Bandung, around 180km southeast from the country’s capital Jakarta, is the capital of West Java and, as it sits almost 800 metres above sea level it has year-round cooler temperatures than most other parts of the country. Its average temperature of 23.6°C makes a round of golf definitely more enjoyable than some of the other tropical and humid locations in South East Asia. GOLF takes a look at three courses which should be on one’s itinerary.
Bandung Giri Gahana Golf & Resort
There is a superb 18-hole golf course here which was designed by Austro Asian Golf & Association. The fairways sport Bermuda grass while the greens have been constructed using Bent grass. Measuring 6562 metres from the black tees, water comes into play on only some of the holes – notably the 6th, 13th, 14th and 16th. Bunkering makes up a lot of the other hazards with a long bunker stretching down the right fairway of the third hole. The course is quite stunning with its views of the nearby mountains and its impressive clubhouse which can be seen from a few of the holes. Check out their stay and play packages in addition to their regular golf rates. While weekend play is double the rate of a game during the week, a round of golf here is immensely enjoyable.
Facilities include accommodation, clubhouse, restaurant, driving range, tennis courts, SPA, swimming pool, fitness centre and pro shop.
- Jl. Raya Jatinangor
- KM 2
- Bandung 45363
- Tel: (62 22) 779 8401
Dago Golf Course
Dago Endah Golf Course
One of the oldest courses in Indonesia, this 18-hole golf course was built in 1917. Like the other courses in Bandung, the views are quite magnificent and excellent use of the natural terrain and contouring have contributed to the enjoyment of playing this course. Due to its altitude being at close to 1000 metres above sea level, the cool mountain air in amongst the pine forest also adds to an enjoyable round.
Facilities include a clubhouse, executive lounge, pro shop and restaurant.
- Jl. Dago Golf Course Top 78
- 40135 Bandung
- Tel: (62 22) 250 3025/250 2567
Mountain View Golf Club
Located around 30 minutes from the city centre within a residential complex, this premier course lies at 900 metres above sea level and is simply stunning. In excellent condition, the par-72 18-hole championship course, which was designed by five-time Open Championship winner Peter Thompson and golf course architect Ross Peret, measures 5,583 from the back tee markers through the rolling hills of Dago Pakar. There are five par-3s; five par-5s and eight par-4s and all have their own unique challenges. The terrain is very undulating so make sure your buggy is fully charged and brakes are working - the elevated tee boxes mean that you can hit some pretty spectacular tee shots into fairways and greens. The signature par-3 14th deserves a few pictures. You have to take your shot from highly elevated tee boxes, and at 166 metres from the blues you’ve really got to let it rip to land on the green as there is an enormous bunker in front of the green. In fact, it’s better to be long and land behind the green in the rough than be faced with either a bunker shot or a chip from below the flag. A par on this hole will feel like a birdie, and a couple of rounds here are a must on any golfer’s itinerary.
Facilities include a superb clubhouse, The View bar and restaurant which serves excellent Sundanese, Indonesia, Chinese, Japanese and western cuisine, pro shop, VIP rooms and The Balcony Massage.
- Jl. Resort Dago Pakar Raya
- Bandung 40198
- Tel: (62 22) 253 6089
- www. Mtnviewgolfclub.com