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:
The view looking in the other direction. It is quite spectacular country
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
The clubhouse at Bogor Raya is splendid. It merges beautifully into the jungle terrain and is intimate and characterful
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
The golf experience
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/
The drop shot 1st hole at Guning Guelis GC. 60m of sky time. Look at that view.
Rock, trees and scenery at Guning Guelis
The recently renovated Guning Guelis (2nd course) by Ross Perret. More environmentally sound with jaw dropping scenery
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)
See video link for Sentul Highlands. Just wonderful: https://youtu.be/02F4U89xyCo
The delightful Riverside Golf Course. Jungle, gorges, streams and strategic golf
Welcome to the jungle at Riverside
Lovely set of Par 3’s at Riverside. This one is beautifully defined by bougainvillea