Being a thick concrete jungle as it is, it’s probably a little hard to believe that golf is one of the many fast growing sports in Jakarta. Before rejecting the claim, bear in mind that the city is a business destinations, meaning many meetings and discussions occur on the green manicured grass instead of in board rooms. Golf does indeed offer a chance for the overworked to relax, enjoy the view, and work the muscles once in a while. Here are some of the best golf courses in Jakarta and surrounding area:
Royale Jakarta Golf Club is located just 15 minutes from central Jakarta and accessible via the toll road. One of the new breed of Jakarta golf courses, Royale Jakarta was designed as a world class championship course from day one.
The course is the permanent home and was the venue for the 2011-2015 Indonesian Masters. Additionally, Royal Jakarta was awarded Best Course in Indonesia at the 2011-2014 Asian Golf Awards and at the Indonesian 2011 Tourism Awards.
Consisting of three 9-hole courses (North, South, and West) with a mountain backdrop, Royale Jakarta Golf Club challenges for all types of golfers. Royal Jakarta features lush, manicured fairways and rolling greens and was the first golf club in Asia to use Sea Isle Supreme Paspalum grass. This turf covers the entire course including– tee boxes, rough, fairway and greens and provides year round excellent playing surfaces and consistent green speeds.
Jagorawi Golf & Country Club is situated 60 minutes from the center of Jakarta off the Jagorawi toll road. There are 3 courses making up in total 45 holes.
Opened in 1981 and designed by Thomson, Wolveridge & Perret, the Old Course is one of the most challenging in Indonesia. It demands precise shot accuracy to have any chance to a good score. Fairways are largely of native grass which adds to the difficulty as the ball neither sits up nor comes out clean when stuck.
Damai Indah Golf and Country Club, the brainchild of well-known Indonesian real estate developer and business baron, Ir. Ciputra, consist of two international championship courses in completely different and challenging surroundings: Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) course, located in the West Java satellite city of BSD; and Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) course, located along the Java Sea in North Jakarta.
Recognized as one of the finest courses Jack Nicklaus has ever designed, the Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) Course features the “Spirit of the Hills” with its lush tropical landscapes, rolling green hills and many enormous and challenging bunkers. Opening in 1992, the BSD Course was designed to offer an enjoyable challenge in a visually appealing setting. Every hole is set against beautiful landscapes and is enjoyable for golfers of all handicaps. As Jack Nicklaus’ maiden project in Indonesia, he ensured that this remarkable 6,545 meter, par 72 course was incorporated with many of his personally favorite features from some of the world’s top courses. The BSD Course is indisputably one of the best the world has to offer.
Pantai Indah Kapuk Golf Course is one of the Damai Indah golf’s course that is positioned beside the Java Sea coastline that integrates relaxing pools and gently winding streams which is deliberately positioned as water hazards and bunkers. The “Spirit of the Sea” was created to provide fresh perspectives within the unique 72-par, 6,048-meter golf course by carefully combining the natural beauty of the coastal wetlands to form a playable golf course rich with strategic diversity. The course is being described by many golfers as being washed away by the beauty of the course itself and they are able to enjoy the game without any worries. Even famous golfers such as Anthony Kang and Simon Dyson felt that they had to try out the course themselves.
Hole 4, one of the most challenging holes requires one to land a well-placed shot and make critical decisions according to one’s ability. A tee shot placed close to the water will give a better approach shot while a tee shot on the right would have less risk, but a second shot will be more delicate as the water along the left of the green comes into play. Hole 18 is unquestionably the most difficult hole of the course. It requires a combination of strength and good strategic planning. Just like hole 4, you are required to make one of the toughest decision. To go for an easy tee shot and have a long and difficult shot towards the green or to go for a difficult tee shot, risk entering the water; then the second shot will be much shorter and straight to the green.
Imperial Klub Golf is located in the extraordinary new town development of Lippo Karawaci. Only 25 minutes from downtown Jakarta and 35 minutes from Jakarta’s international Airport.
Created by British designer, Desmond Muirhead, the Club’s 6,429-metre, 18-hole championship golf course has been constructed to blend essential Indonesian images into ‘a large conceptual sculpture’ with each hole having its own identity, name and individuality. Those who are used to playing golf on a flat course will be challenged to experience the difference at Imperial.
Jababeka Golf & Country Club is a semi-private club offering a superb golfing environment. Located just 40 minutes from Semanggi cloverleaf in Jakarta. Designed by world-class golfer Nick Faldo, Jababeka offers the challenges of a championship course while providing an awesome panorama of lush landscaping amidst a tranquil environment. The 18-hole premier course has touches of strategic elements such as water features, and a wide choice of tees, and a large variety of pin position.
Cengkareng Golf Club is a popular golf course conveniently located near the Jakarta International Airport. The beauty of Cengkareng is that the Jakarta golf traveler can golf and depart without having to double back into the city and deal with the traffic.
The Jakarta golf course was built on largely on flat land, so Cengkareng is a course whose contours are entirely man-made. However, this Walter Raleigh Stewart design still manages to blend in with the natural surrounds and large mature trees. Fairways play up and down over large mounds with several blind shots to greens. Also, fairways also tend to be bowl shaped which helps gather tee shots into the center, instead of the rough or worse jungle. The signature hole is the challenging 4th, a par-4 over a lagoon to a narrow peninsula green that is dominated by a prominent central ridge.
Designed and built for the 1983 World Cup of Golf and established in 1976, this course is a Jakarta institution. Ever since Rex Caldwell and John Cook of the USA sat on top of the world in 1983 as World Cup Champions, Pondok Indah Padang Golf Course has maintained its top ranking for its quality.
While the course was built mainly for a much-admired international professional golf tournament, it is noteworthy how flexible the course can be, catering to golfers from different level. Most courses simply choose to push their tees forward to accommodate average or less experienced golfers, hence it is always quite difficult for a course to feel ‘right; from all angles and tee boxes. This makes Pondok Indah Padang Golf Course unique compared to the other golf courses.
Designed by one of Indonesia’s top golf course developers B. Hasan, B. Santoso and Associates to the highest championship standards, the 18-hole, par 72 golf course blends seamlessly into its surroundings. In fact, the 60-hectare course doubles as a conservation area for endangered trees and plants. The championship course with Windsor grass fairways extends as far as 6,402 metres.
The idea to make the course to be function as an “Arboretum” conversation and preservation area of extinct trees and plants species is the scenery for the fairway and greens of Matoa. Located in the quiet and secluded area of Ciganjur, South Jakarta will give you the fresh natural air, without the long drive. The course also equipped with other features such as driving range, luxurious restaurant, conference room, swimming pool, and locker room with sauna.
ince 1962, Senayan National Golf Club has been popular amongst local Indonesia golfers due to its location in the heart of the central business district. In December 2012, Senayan National was reopened its doors to members and visitors after a complete makeover by the JMP Group and golf course architect Bob Moore. The 32 hectare Jakarta golf course feels far larger than the site actually is and there is an abundance of birds on this oasis in Jakarta city.
The new Senayan National is still short. A par-69, playing a humble 5,600 yards awaits the golfer. The course is visually stunning. The native cow grass is completely absent, begin replaced with Paspalum turf grass tee-boxes, fairways and rough and Tifeagle Bermuda grass greens. Previous flat fairways have given way to earth mounded and undulated fairways. Jakarta’s skyscrapers stand tall around the course, so playing in this lush oasis among tall buildings is like being transformed into days gone past.
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