With an ideal climate and a host of imaginative courses, Indonesia has nurtured a burgeoning golf industry that offers expats looking to take a golf trip plenty of fantastic options for unique experiences.
Since Indonesia consists of nearly 18,000 islands and 150 courses, the country is well developed for offering golf in tropical locals, with a heavy reliance on resort settings. Just because the golf offerings in Indonesia tend to market themselves to overseas travellers, it doesn’t mean they aren’t open for expats to explore and enjoy.
Here is a list of four golf courses that you will find very interesting when planning your golf trip through Indonesia.
Damai Indah Golf Club, Bumi Serpong Damai Course in Tangerang
The first course on our list is the Jack Nicklaus-designed Bumi Serpong Damai course at the Dami Indah Golf Club in Tangerang. Opened in 1992, the course measures a lengthy 6,545 metres from the professional tees, creating quite a challenge for an experienced golfer.
What’s terrific about the course is that each hole can be played numerous ways, making Bumi Serpong Damai one of the most replayable layouts in Indonesia. You’ll undoubtedly want to play the course during the dry season, since flooding can knock out a few holes during the wet months at the Damai Indah Golf Club.
Ocean Course at Ria Bintan Golf Resort in Lagoi, North Bintan
Nine-time major winner Gary Player designed the ridiculously entertaining Ocean Course at Ria Bintan Golf Resort in Lagoi North Bintan. Carved into the surrounding jungle of Riau, the Ocean Course will delight any golfer as you play five-star golf along with a layout that features wildlife and spectacular seaside holes that will leave you speechless.
Player has littered the Ocean Course with inland water, and strategically placed bunkers that will give golfers fits if they aren’t accurate off the tee box. Playing at 6,470 metres, the course is perfect for bringing together a group for golfers of all ages and skill levels for a relaxing day swinging the sticks.
Bali National Golf Club in Bali
After a recent renovation, the Bali National Golf Club in Bali is one of the most gorgeously manicured golf courses in Indonesia. As you play here, you’ll swear you’ve never seen a greener course; each hole is a testament to the stunning lengths that the maintenance crew at the facility goes to present first-rate golf throughout the year.
Exquisitely designed, Bali National Golf Club presents a daring round of golf that will engage the mind and body as you look to figure out the ideal way to play each hole.
Old Course at Jagorawi Golf & Country Club in West Java
On the island of Java, the Old Course at Jagorawi Golf & Country Club is a local favourite that should be high up on your list of possible playing locations for an Indonesian golfing trip. With large, inviting fairways, the Old Course utilises the native vegetation to craft a setup that will dazzle golfers from any background.
With numerous elevation changes against magnificent landscapes, the Old Course isn’t rough, but instead is governed by thick jungle and nearby rivers and ravines. Sure to provide an unforgettable experience, the Old Course is a timeless treasure to Indonesian golf.
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