Bogor, Indonesia – Asia’s hidden gem

When I asked travel guru Paul Myers (www.asiantravelmedia) to name a golf destination I should visit in Asia that would blow my mind he was quick to list Bogor, Indonesia. I knew little of this hill retreat – an hour out of Jakarta – so this surprised me. In fact the only golf course I had heard of in the region was the Jagorawi Golf & Country Club so I would almost certainly need help organizing my visit to the golf clubs. I was quickly introduced to Gosal Baromeus owner of Baltic Tour & travel (www.balifantasticholiday.com) and everything was organised in quick time and before I knew it I landed in Jakarta and was whisked off to the mountains….and by gosh what a place.

For your information there are 11 golf courses in Bogor, Indonesia and I got to visit 8 of them in the space of 3 days.

Here is my story in pictures:

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The view from my hotel room at the Ibis next door to the Bogor Raya GC. The mountain/volcano in the distance is Mt Salak

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The view looking in the other direction. It is quite spectacular country

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The first golf club I visited was Bogor Raya and what an entrance.  Never underestimate the importance of arrival and Bogor Raya has one of the best

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The clubhouse at Bogor Raya is splendid. It merges beautifully into the jungle terrain and is intimate and characterful

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This is jungle and mountain country and at Bogor Raya you get that feel on many of the holes. #golfingsenseofplace

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Caddies are a big part of the experience of playing golf in Asia. This is no exception at Bogor where you will find the best caddies of them all

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Next stop was the Rancamaya Golf Club. You get a feel for the beauty of the place on the first tee with Mt Salak in the distance. It is hard to believe you are so close to the city of Jakarta

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Mt Salak in the distance on a number of the holes. #golfingsenseofplace

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The next stop on was Palm Hill GC which has a large stream system running in between the golf course. This gives the golf courses a somewhat different appeal to the other ones I had visited. You certainly feel one with nature at Palm Hill….and what a wonderful feeling indeed

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The golf experience

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Late in the afternoon we popped across to the superb Jagorawi Golf & Country Club. 

More information can be found here: https://www.jansengolfdesign.com/blog/jagorawi-golf-country-club/

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The drop shot 1st hole at Guning Guelis GC. 60m of sky time. Look at that view.

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Mountain golf experience at its best at Guning Guelis. 

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Rock, trees and scenery at Guning Guelis

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The recently renovated Guning Guelis (2nd course) by Ross Perret. More environmentally sound with jaw dropping scenery 

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Travel advice: Remember folk the coffee is generally very sweet in South East Asia. That’s condense milk substituted for milk (+ the 3 tea spoons of sugar added to the coffee already)

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I am a huge fan of bougainvillea so its was pleasing to see it at mass at Rainbow Hill GC

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Rocks dot some of the play areas on the new nine at Rainbow Hills. Designed by the JMP Design Group

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View from the clubhouse at Sentul Highlands. Its views like this that make golfers want to return

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later on that night. What a place

See video link for Sentul Highlands. Just wonderful: https://youtu.be/02F4U89xyCo

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Rocks dotting some of the play areas at Sentul Highlands

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Mt Salak from Sentul Highlands

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The delightful Riverside Golf Course. Jungle, gorges, streams and strategic golf

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Welcome to the jungle at Riverside

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Lovely set of Par 3’s at Riverside. This one is beautifully defined by bougainvillea

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Last but not least the relatively flat but big scale Emeralda GC

 

 

 

 

 

 

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