Java

Situated between Sumatra to the west and Bali to the east, Java – with an estimated 140 million residents – is the most populated island in the world. It was heavily involved in the struggle for independence against British and Dutch forces after World War II, with the country finally overcoming colonial rule from the Netherlands in 1949. The capital city of Jakarta lies on the northwest coast of the island and the Big Durian, as it’s sometimes called, is at the cultural, political and economic heart of the nation.

Golf in Jakarta can be traced back to 1872 when British businessmen (involved in building the railways) formed Batavia GC and this club was subsequently named Jakarta Golf Club when it was reconstituted sixty years later. The course at Jakarta Golf Club, lying right in the heart of the city centre, has contracted somewhat in the modern era due to the encroachment of other building developments but membership of the club itself is still highly desired.

There are around 35 golf courses in and around Jakarta with all the top tracks located inside an hour’s drive from the city centre. To the south, there’s the “Grand Old Lady” of Indonesian golf, the Old course at Jagorawi Golf & Country Club which debuted in 1979. To the north west, lies the 36-hole charms of Damai Indah Golf, where the Jack Nicklaus-designed Bumi Serpong Dami course and Robert Trent Jones Snr’s Pantai Indah Kapuk layout were unveiled in 1992 but located some 20 miles apart. Back close to downtown Jakarta, the modern 27-hole complex at Royale Jakarta has made a big impression since it arrived in 2008 with the West & South nines hosting the Indonesian Masters in 2011 and 2012.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Java

Taman Dayu

1st Java - Best in Area

Opened in 1995, Taman Dayu Golf Club has established itself as one of Indonesia’s best and most private courses and it sits in a resort spanning more than 600 hectares...

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Damai Indah (Bumi Serpong Damai)

2nd Java - Best in Area

The Bumi Serpong Damai course at Damai Indah Golf Club in Tangerang was Jack Nicklaus’s inaugural Indonesia design project and the course opened for play in 1992.

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Royale Jakarta (West & South)

3rd Java - Best in Area

The West and South nines comprise the premier 18-hole configuration at the 27-hole Royale Jakarta Golf Club. Lee Westwood claimed the Indonesian Masters title here in 2011 and 2012.

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Jagorawi (Old)

4th Java - Best in Area

The Old Course at Jagorawi Golf & Country Club was the first of two 18-hole Thomson, Wolveridge & Perret designs completed for the club and was built under the supervision of Ronald Fream.

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Rancamaya

5th Java - Best in Area

Set out on hilly terrain, the eighteen fairways at Rancamaya Golf & Country Club are routed around a number of interconnected lakes with golfers forced to play blind shots on several holes.

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Pondok Indah

6th Java - Best in Area

Venue for the World Cup of Golf in 1983, the testing 18-hole layout at Pondok Indah Golf Course is a strategic Robert Trent Jones Jnr design.

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Jagorawi (New)

7th Java - Best in Area

The New course at Jagorawi Golf & Country Club is a good bit longer than its older sibling but it’s also a little wider and more forgiving, allowing big hitters to let loose with the driver.

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Damai Indah (Pantai Indah Kapuk)

8th Java - Best in Area

Robert Trent Jones Jnr’s PIK course tells only half the story at Damai Indah Golf because the Jack Nicklaus-designed Bumi Serpong Damai layout provides a complementary 18 holes at this wonderful golf facility.

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Rainbow Hills (Forest & Mountain)

9th Java - Best in Area

Bob Moore of JMP Design laid out the original 18-hole course (the Forest and Mountain nines) across hilly terrain at Rainbow Hills Golf Club in 1995 and he returned twenty years later to renovate the layout...

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Merapi

10th Java - Best in Area

Opened in 1994, the mountain course at Merapi Golf Yogyakarta is an 18-hole public layout which can be stretched to a massive 6,370 meters from the back tees.

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