It’s pretty solid fact that spending time outside in Jakarta is a challenge, but there is one thing that we still haven’t figured out to squeeze into a mall – that ‘ole 18-hole game. forever steals our heart whether or not we are good with a club. For all of you looking for something to do out in the open, or are genuinely in love with the game, Jakarta has a slue of options for you.
Golf and the city
Damai Indah Golf
With two locations, one in Pantai Indah Kapuk and the other in BSD City, the Damai Indah Golf courses offer two very different experiences and localities. The PIK location hails its inspiration from the sea, while the BSD course pays homage to the forestry of Java. But both were overseen by legendary pro Jack Nicklaus so you can be sure that you’re getting some world-class play.
Damai Indah Golf, Jalan Bukit Golf I. Sektor VI, Serpong, Tangerang, West Jakarta, p. 62-21/537-0290.
Damai Indah Golf, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Marina Indah. Penjaringan, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta, p. 62-21/588-2388.
Senayan National Golf Club
Located in the heart of SCBD, there is no way you could have missed the Senayan National Gold Club. If you’re looking for a quick fix, you can’t get more convenient than Senayan and thanks to its 2012 revamp, you’re sure to get a quality course. During the recent work, the team addressed many infrastucture issues and has instilled an artistic touch to the layout but has maintained the infamous “tight” layout challenging even the best of the best.
Senayan National Golf Club. Jl. Asia Afrika Pintu XI, Senayan, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/571-0181.
Cengkareng Golf Club
The Cengkareng Golf Club is located just a few kilometers from the Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and a favorite place to play 18-holes for locals and foreigners alike. Golfers from neighouring countries are known to pop in just to play during the weekends. The club allows non-members during the week and on Sunday afternoons, and have special rates for guests staying at the Sheraton Bandara.
Cengkareng Golf Club, Soewarno Business Park, Blok G, Lot 1-2, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, West Jakarta, p. 62-21/5591-1111.
Imperial Klub Golf
Opened to visitors all week long, Imperial Klub Golf is another one of Jakarta’s premier golf clubs. The design of the course plays on Indonesian identity and even manages to fit in a nod to one of the oldest and most revered greens in the world, St. Andrews in Scotland. They have incredible facilities, including a driving range, a host of restaurants, Ladies’ Days (On Tues and Thursdays ladies enjoy a special rate) and a spa to work out any kinks you developed over the 18-holes.
Imperial Klub Golf, Jl. Pulau Golf no. 2709, Lippo Village 2700, Karawaci, West Indonesia, p. 62-21/546-0120.
Royale Jakarta Golf Club
Test your swing at 27 holes with Mount Salak and Mount Gede as your backdrop at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club in East Jakarta. But be warned, there are some considerably longer and more difficult holes along the course, so come prepared. To help you out, the club is open until 9 pm now, you’re welcome!
Royal Jakarta Golf Club, Jl. Rawamangun Muka Raya no. 1, Matraman, East Jakarta, p. 62-21/475-4732.
Pondok Indah Golf Course
Another golfing option located in town is Pondok Indah Golf Course although it comes with a hefty price tag to play its 18 holes. Convenience comes with a price! Try to avoid shanking a shot at the numerous mansions outlining the course. Repairs won’t come cheap!
Pondok Indah Golf Course, Jalan Metro Pondok Indah, Pondok Indah, South Jakarta p. 62-21/750-4006.
Fatmawati Golf Course
If you’re just getting into the swing of things, the Fatmawati Golf Course in Cilandank has nine basic holes and a much lower green fee compared to the other courses in town, the perfect thing for beginners.
Fatmawati Golf Course, Jalan Cilandak Barat Cilandak, Cilandak, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/765-4299.
Just a small drive outside of town
Rainbow Hill Golf Club
We vote Rainbow Hills Golf Club the most picturesque golf course around. There’s no better way to play a round of golf than against a backdrop of valleys and mountains. It’s a lengthier trip from the toll road as you snake your way through surrounding villages until you enter the huge golf estate.
Rainbow Hill Golf Club, Jalan Raya Bukit Pelangi, Ds. Cijayanti Ciawi, Bogor, West Java, p. 62-251/827-2111.
Palm Hill Golf Club
Palm Hill Golf Club is a popular 18-hole course is set amidst the beautiful Sentul Highlands and offers remarkable views of the verdant surrounding area. You’ll hardly believe you’re less than two hours away from the city and easy access from the toll road makes for a quick outing. When you’ve finished off the back 9, cool off in their air-conditioned clubhouse restaurant and you grab a bite to eat.
Palm Hill Golf Club, Jalan Raya Sentul, Desa Kadumanggu, Bogor, West Java, p. 62-21/8795-4307.
Sentul Highlands Golf Club
Another golfing option in the Sentul area is the Sentul Highlands Golf Course, designed by pro Gary Player. When you’re ready to play, enjoy 18 world-class holes spread over 85.4 hectares of land and when you want to take it easy, the clubhouse and facilities are also very impressive.
Sentul Highlands Golf Club, Cijayanti, Babakan Madang, Bogor, West Java, p. 62-21/8796-0268.
Emeralda Golf Club
Enjoy 27 holes over three distinct courses with a variety of challenges at Indonesia’s first community golf course, Emeralda Golf Club. This course makes sure that you’ll never get bored. Make sure you book your tee time as this course can get very busy!
Emeralda Golf Club, Jalan Cimanggis Boulevard, Desa Tapos, Depok, West Java, p. 62-21/875-9019.
Riverside Golf Club
Play against a backdrop of lush tropical surroundings, the sound of chirping birds, and running streams at Riverside Golf Club in Cibubur. The course is long and demanding, but well worth the effort. The grand clubhouse, a huge colonial home, boasts al fresco dining that overlooks the course.
Riverside Golf Club, Ds. Bojongnangka, Gunung Putri, Cimanggis, Cibubur, West Java, p. 62-21/867-1533.
Jagorawi Golf & Country Club
The premier Jagorawi Golf & Country Club has a total of 45 holes on offer, yes, you read correctly! Try your hand on three courses: Old Course, New Course, and the Z-Nine. If you’re serious about improving that handicap, Jagorawi is not to be missed! It also helps that the course is nestled on stunning terrain right by the Cikeas River Valley.
Jagorawi Golf & Country Club, Jalan Karangan Raya, Cibinong, Bogor, West Java, p. 62-21/875-3810.
Top image: Rainbow Hill Golf Club