Golf in Jakarta is a favorite pastime among the affluent members of society. Perhaps this is the reason why so many golf courses exist in the city. If you are visiting Jakarta and you love to play golf, you are in for a treat because you will have a chance to play golf in some of the best courses in the area. One bonus for golfers visiting the city is that the rates are not as high compared to those of typical Western courses. Here are some of the courses found in Jakarta.
Jakarta Golf Club, or simply Rawamangun, is one of the most popular and oldest in the city. The course, which was built in 1872, has undergone a lot of changes to accommodate the developing areas around it brought about by the continued advancement of the city. Despite these changes, however, the Jakarta Golf Club remains one of the favorites of regular golfers and still attracts tourists. Rawamangun, the nickname that the locals have given it, is actually the name of the East Jakartan suburb where the golf club is located.
Pondok Indah Golf Course boasts of a uniquely designed terrain that is comparable to that of Scotland’s St. Andrews, with the Grogol River adding more challenge to the course. Most fairways of Pondok Indah Golf Course are parallel to each other but going in opposite directions.
The Bumi Serpong Damai Indah Golf & Country Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is considered to be one of his best works. Because of its unique landscape, it has been fondly referred to as the Spirit of the Hills. In 1999, Golf Digest USA named it the best golf course found in Indonesia. It has hosted important events, such as the APGA Omega Tour and the Asian Tour. Incorporating the features of some of the best and well-loved courses around the globe, the course has redefined golf in Jakarta.
The Emeralda Golf Club is also a favorite among those who love to play golf in Jakarta. Going to the course is an easy ride from downtown through the Jagorawi Toll Road. The Emeralda Golf Club is a 27-hole course with three unique 9s: the River Course, the Lake Course, and the Plantation Course. The River Course is the easiest and can be played by anyone from any skill level. The Lake Course is more difficult, having both hilly slopes and water hazards. The Plantation Course is the most difficult of the three. Vegetation such as coconut trees and other plants commonly found in Jakarta adds a lot more challenge to the course.
Aside from those found in the city, there are also golf courses along the Jakarta-Bogor belt that are worth visiting. One of the most popular and considered by many as the most beautiful in the area – and perhaps in all of Indonesia – is the Bukit Pelangi Golf Club. Michael Poellot designed the course, making use of the natural landscape. As a result, the 18-hole course is not only challenging; it is also framed within a breathtaking setting.
These are some of the best courses in the world, according to those who have been there. It is clear that whether you are a beginner or a professional, you will not run out of choices on where to play golf in Jakarta.