Boasting some of the world’;s most scenic settings, Indonesia has become a world-class golf travel destination. Following is a brief description of some of Indonesia’;s best.
Bintan Lagoon’;s Ocean View course mixes jungle surroundings on the front nine with spectacular views of the South China Sea on the back-nine. The Baker-Finch course doesn’;t have the diversity of environment as found on the Ocean View, but is tougher, tighter and even more undulating.
Indah Puri doesn’;t have the high reputation of Bintan, but it is definitely one of the most scenic courses in Batam. The course runs parallel to the ocean one moment, then meanders between scenic lakes and bunkers the next.
Laguna Bintan offers scenic golf along the South China Sea. On the front nine, twice you come down to the palm-fringed beach. The first occasion, the tough par-3 8th, requires a shot across the beach, over a rocky shore and onto a secluded green lined by trees. Though this hole looks intimidating, the stress is minimized by the beautiful ocean view, with Malaysia in the distance and the Banyan Tree villas situated on a jungled hill across the bay. The second beach encounter happens on the other side of the resort. Here you will find the short and palm-fringed par-3 12th.
Next on the list is the beautiful Ria Bintan Golf Club, and its spectacular Ocean course. The impressive par-4 5th and 6th holes take you through scenic natural jungle. Then on the award-winning par-5 7th, you tee-off in the jungle and arrive at a green with a small pond on the front-right, and the South China Sea beyond. The next two holes are even more spectacular. The par-4 8th features a green which appears to sit out in the ocean, while the tough par-3 9th is played across the ocean to another stunningly framed green, this time situated above the ocean on a rocky platform.
Although golf at the Tering Bay G&CC does not have the excellent reputation of neighboring Bintan, with poorer maintenance standards often cited, it does have a reputation as another of Batam’;s best courses. Set among green hills, tropical jungle, and luscious lakes, the scenery alone would be worth the visit.
For those wishing to combine tropical paradise with world-class golfing, Indonesia is becoming a must-visit for traveling golfers.