Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta lies on the northern coast of the island of Java. With more than 35 golf courses to choose from within the city and surrounding areas, Jakarta really is a golfing heaven. Some of the world’s most famous golfers, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, have designed golf courses in and around Jakarta. The cities’ best known golfing region lies next to the Jagorawi toll road, between Bogor and Puncak.
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Cengkareng Golf Club is a semi-private golf club built close to Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Members can choose to golf instead of waiting for long periods of time in the departure lounge at the airport. Opened in 1999, this par 72, 18 hole golf course has hosted several European Tour Indonesian Opens.
The Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) Golf Club, is around 30 minutes from the airport and sits beside the Java Sea. Locals often refer to the course as “The Spirit of the Sea”. Created by American Robert Trent Jones, it opened in 1983 when it hosted the World Cup.
Imperial Klub Golf is a public golf course, just 25 minutes from the center of Jakarta. Designed in 1997 by British architect Desmond Muirhead, the course was created by the Lippo group as a centerpiece for their latest satellite town. This 7,204 yard, par 72 layout is more challenging than most.
Opened in 2008, Royale Jakarta Golf Club offers 27 championship holes, par 72/36, over 6,609 yards. Golfers can play three nine hole layouts, named simply North, South and West. All three feature lush manicured fairways with earth mounding, water hazards and mature trees.
Originally opened in 1962, Senayan National Golf Club became popular with locals and politicians alike due to it’s location in the heart of the city. In 2012 it was revamped by golf course architect, Bob Moore. At 5616 yards, it is one of Asia’s shorter 18 hole courses, however it still offers a great par 69 challenge.