Situated in the South China Sea and part of Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago, Batam is a small island, which can easily be reached from Singapore. Despite its size, Batam is a busy island and is home to close to one million people. Due to its location, Batam can be reached via a short boat ride from both Singapore, which is 20 kilometres away and Johor, Malaysia, which is 25 kilometres away. Many visitors from Singapore and Johor come for the discount shopping and lively night life and there are a wide number of operational ports on the island. Other attractions on the island include water sports, fishing, swimming, snorkelling and playing golf.
This is another course crafted by one of the world’s leading golf professionals and celebrities, Greg Norman.
Design to be breath taking and challenging par 72 course, Tering Bay is laid out amidst rolling hills, lush tropical greenery and pristine lakes.
It’s located on a site of over 167 hectares overlooking the picturesque bay north of Batam. With water has a functional centerpiece for many of the holes, do not surprised to find many holes where you would be tempted to take a risk and “go for it”. It would not be easy to clear these water hazards, however, but should you be game enough you would be rewarded.
Padang Golf Sukajadi is an 18-hole championship course and another on the island of Batam which has been redeveloped in recent years, to ensure visitors a top-quality golfing experience. This Batam golf course is part of a larger complex, the Radisson Golf and Convention Center Batam, which offers a choice of 240 rooms and suites and makes for an ideal place to stay when playing golf.
The course was originally designed by Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett and was redeveloped by PT. Flora Tjipta Sarana, Jakarta. Having opened in 2009, this is another course where water comes heavily into play and it is a feature on 13 of the 18 holes, so be prepared to take on water hazards several times during the round. There are four tee locations to choose from, making Padang Golf Sukajadi ideal for beginners and the quality of the course is such that it could easily hosts a professional golf event. Having been rated as the second-best golf course in Batam in 2014 by Golf Digest Singapore, Padang Golf Sukajadi played host to the first Indonesia Golf Association Amateur Open Golf Championship in 2014 and more recently, the Ladies Amateur Open Golf Championship. Padang Golf Sukajadi comes with a big reputation and with great onsite facilities, such as a hotel, driving range, pro shop and restaurant, it’s easy to see why it’s classed as a must play when golfing in Batam.
South Links Country Club is located on elevated ground and has a very tropical feel. Being only 20 kilometres Southeast of Singapore, it’s easy to see why this is a course which is popular with locals and visitors alike. The golf course was originally designed by Japanese golf course architect, H. Ohnishi, who wanted to create something which would be accessible to amateurs but also provide a good challenge to professionals. With that concept in mind, James Wee has since re-shaped the course and improved the overall playability, to make South Links Country Club an undulating course, with natural streams and lakes, blended seamlessly into the fairways.
The fairways and greens are quite undulating throughout the 18 holes and being set within 213 hectares of lush rolling countryside, adjacent to the Sei Ladi Reservoir, the views are fantastic. There is plenty of variety between each of the holes, something James Wee was striving for when he changed the layout of the course and more than enough to keep golfers returning for more. Book a round of golf at South Links Country Club when golfing in Batam and you will not be disappointed.
Palm Springs Golf and Country Club, started life as a 9-hole golf course in 1989 and was known as Talvas Golf and Country Club. This was completely renovated in 2002 and a new, 27-hole golf course was created and the name of Palm Springs Golf and Country Club was adopted. The views from the golf course are tremendous, with the lovely beach of Nongsa and the modern skyscrapers of Singapore, providing a great backdrop to a round of golf.
The 27-hole course was designed by Larry Nelson and the International Management Group and is split into three different sets of nine, the Island Course, Resort Course and Palm Course. The most noticeable feature around these courses is the water, with several man-made lakes and ponds coming into play throughout the 27 holes. The Island Course boasts many natural features, such as mangroves and palm trees, whereas the Resort Course is more undulating and can rise to more than 35 metres above sea level. Perhaps the most challenging of the three, is the Palm Course, with numerous shots over water and a par-3, which is arguably the most beautiful on the course, with the green close to the coast and offering excellent sea views.
The fifth and final golf course you should play when golfing in Batam, can be found at Tamarin Santana Golf Club. This course is located just behind Nongsa Point Marina and is the first in the region to be designed by Jack Nicklaus. Reachable in 35 minutes from Singapore, the course has been strategically designed and features contoured greens and sculpted bunkers on the 9-holes which have been completed and opened to the public. The second 9-hole course, which is under development will be open soon and will offer a championship standard level of golf. The golf course is part of Nongsa Resorts and therefore, staying at the resort villas, which are nearby, makes for a lovely golf break. There is a great choice of accommodation and the Turi Beach Resort is a good place to relax and enjoy the idyllic surroundings, after a round of golf at Tamarin Santana Golf Club.
The Batam Hills Golf Resort (formally known as “Paradise Bay Golf Resort”) is located near the Waterfront City area of Batam, which is on the north-western side of the island. The 18 hole par 72 gplf course is internationally designed, with a course length of just over 6000 meters . The 80-hectare golf course features a challenging landscape design for both beginner and professional golfer.
The sloping fairways, Bermuda tifdwarf, water hazards and strategically placed bunker are quite challenging for all level golfers. The scenic views of natural forest with tree-lined fairways surrounding the first 9 holes at the right side of the clubhouse. While the next 9 holes are surrounded by wide fairways and less hilly contours which is located on the left front side of the clubhouse.
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