Batam Golf

If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive golfing getaway nearby which is easy to get to, then check out Batam which is a 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore. It has a handful of well-maintained golf courses in addition to decent resorts, delicious seafood, relaxing SPAs and reasonably priced shopping.

Indah Puri Golf Resort

World-renowned golf architect Ronald Fream designed this 18-hole golf course which is spread out over the resort’s 300 acres on the northwest coast of the island. Quite a lot of water comes into play on this layout which sees some holes hugging the coastline or containing other water hazards such as scenic lakes. The course one can choose to either walk or have a golf cartis quite diverse with different challenges for golfers, but both low handicappers and novices will get a kick out of playing it with its aesthetic value and different testing holes. Golf packages here include return ferry tickets from Singapore as well as land transfers.

Facilities include accommodation, club house, driving range, practice putting green, pro shop, SPA, fitness centre, tennis court, bar and restaurant.

    Jalan Ir Sutami
    Patam Lestari
    Sekupang
    Batam 24922
    Ph: +62 778 323
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    www.indahpuri.com

Padang Golf Sukajadi

Padang Golf Sukajadi, which opened in 2009, is a semi private course located in the centre of Batam and only about 30 minutes drive from the ferry terminal and 15 minutes from the airport. The 6,340 metre 18-hole championship course has four separate tee boxes and was originally designed by Thomson, Woveridge and Perret. After a few years, it was altered and renovated by PT. Flora Tjipta Sarana. The signature hole is the par-4 sixth which has an uphill green surrounded by trees and is guarded by bunkers on both the left and the right. The challenging par-3 fourth requires carry over water, so the key here is club selection, especially if there is a head wind which is quite common. There is also a bunker strategically placed in front of the green. Another hole worth mentioning is the par-5 third which is difficult to conquer with its fairway bunkers on the left. The location of the green which has water running down the right side will force golfers to hit their second or third shots with great accuracy. Golf packages here include accommodation at Novotel Batam as well as land transfers.

Facilities include a pro-shop, SPA, restaurant and meeting room.

    Jl. Jenderal Sudirman
    Club House Sukajadi
    Batam 29432
    Ph: +62 7788073008
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    www.padanggolfsukajadi.com

Southlinks Country Club

This 18-hole par 72 course offers gorgeous views of Batam’s coastline. It was initially designed by Hisamitsu Ohnishi who has made good use of the lush woodlands and undulating terrain. Over time, the course has been tweaked here and there with optional greens and tee boxes added.

Hole 15 is the most difficult par-4 on the back nine. On the left, three ponds form a water garden and while your ball should be aimed for the centre of the fairway do watch out for trees on the right. There is a stream which runs just in front of the green and unless you are sure of clearance it would be wise to lay up. The green is wide but not deep from back to front. The index 1 hole however is the par-4 fifth which is a dogleg right with tall trees. In order to cross the large mound on the right of the fairway, you must carry your tee shot more than 200 metres. Both sides of the fairway are OB and both have bunkers. And if that wasn’t difficult enough, more bunkers guard the left, right and back of the green.

Facilities include accommodation (chalets), clubhouse, driving range, pro-shop, SPA and massage facility, Japanese Hot Bath, restaurants, tennis court, swimming pool, snooker hall and fitness centre.

    Jalan Gajah Mada km 9
    Sei ladi
    Batam 29444,
    Ph: +62 778 323837
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    www.southlinksgolf.com

How To Get There

Batam is a short ferry hop away from Singapore. It takes around 45 minutes from Harbourfront or Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Batam, depending on the location of your resort.

What To Do

  • The Barelang Bridge for a cultural view of Batam’s local way of life
  • Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple which is famous for its laughing Buddha statues
  • Shopping at Nagoya Hill Mall, Batam City Square, Mega Mall Shopping Centre
  • Waterfront City for water and sea sports
  • SPAs and massages
  • Indulge in some excellent seafood at Harbour Bay, a stretch of seafood restaurants
  • Batam is renowned for its beaches – check out Melur, Tanjung Bemban or Danau Batam

 

Where To Stay

Many of the golf courses either have accommodation in their facility, or have tie-ups with hotels on the island. For an upmarket stay, check out the gorgeous Montigo Resorts located in Nongsa.

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