Beautiful Bandung

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 33 provinces spread out over 17,000 plus islands, has long been a draw card for Singaporeans travelling to play golf in the region. From Jakarta, West Java, Surabaya and Papua to the islands of Bali, Batam and Bintan, there are a number of reasons that golfers flock to the country. These include first class championship designs, caddy quality, excellent food, the beaches and other lifestyle activities.

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


Giri Gahana

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
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    www.girigahanagolf.com

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
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    www.dagogolfcourse.com

Mountain View Golf Club


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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
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    www. Mtnviewgolfclub.com

HOW TO GET THERE

There are now direct flights from Singapore on Indonesia AirAsia, Silk Air and Tiger Airways.

WHAT TO DO

  • Factory outlet shopping – there are a number of shops with many famous brands in Bandung. Check out a few of them in Jalan Riau, Jalan Dago and Jalan Merdeka Bandung.
  • Saung Angklung Udjo – a traditional Sundanese musical performance.
  • Wayang Golek wooden puppet show.
  • Kawah Putih – a beautiful lake situated around two hours from the city centre. Due to its high altitude, the temperature ranges between 8 and 22 degrees Celsius. Activities include trekking and quad biking.
  • Trans Studio Bandung – theme park.
  • Check out the famous hot springs such as the Sari Ater Hot Spring Resort, Ciater Hot Spring and Maribaya Hot Springs.

 

There’s a mass of Sundanese, Indonesian, other Asian and international restaurants in and around the city. I would recommend trying the Sundanese cuisine - Sambal terasi is the most important and the most common condiment in Sundanese cuisine, and is eaten together with lalab or fried tofu and tempeh. Chicken is usually fried or grilled and served with sambal or sweet soy sauce, and seafood such as carp, gourami, tilapia and catfish are also popular and served grilled or deep-fried. Meats such as beef, water buffalo, lamb, or goat can be marinated with a mixture of spices and coconut sugar.

WHERE TO STAY

Like most cities there is a number of comfortable hotels and motels to stay in, depending on your budget. To experience truly wonderful Sundanese hospitality, check out the Hilton Bandung which is located in the heart of the city and only a 10-minute drive from the airport. In addition to large guest rooms, a SPA, outdoor rooftop swimming pool and fitness centre, there are superb F&B outlets serving international and Sundanese cuisine. Try their ‘Chef’s Table’ in the kitchen where you can watch them prepare a four-course menu for you which you can eat leisurely in the kitchen over a glass of wine. Do also check out their golf and spa packages at Giri Gahana and Mountain View.</div<

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