Riau Islands

Situated an hour’s ferry ride to the south east of Singapore, Bintan is the largest island in Indonesia’s Riau archipelago with a land area of approximately 900 square miles. It was an important trading post for many centuries due to its position on the route between China and India but, in the modern era, it’s tourism potential is being developed in much the same way as Bali's.

The Bintan Resorts project in the north of the island now boasts three excellent golf facilities which all opened for play in the late 1990s. Laguna Bintan (formerly known as Banyan Tree) is a Greg Norman design laid out in two returning loops of nine, each of which flirts with the waters of the South China Sea.

The Ria Bintan 27-hole complex from Gary Player’s design company consists of the short, tight 9-hole Forest circuit and the more expansive 18-hole Ocean layout. Finally, the 36-hole Bintan Lagoon resort offers two contrasting courses with the Jack Nicklaus-designed Sea View course preferred by many to the tighter, more challenging Woodlands layout from Ian Baker-Finch.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Riau Islands

Ria Bintan (Ocean)

1st Riau Islands - Best in Area

Gary Player's excellent Ocean golf course at Ria Bintan offers two distinct playing atmospheres. For the most part the course cuts through the interior native jungle but also it has its seaside holes…

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Laguna Bintan

2nd Riau Islands - Best in Area

Set along the northern shores of Bintan Island, overlooking the Straits of Singapore, the Laguna Golf Bintan course is a mid-1990s Greg Norman design which was recently upgraded by Paul Jensen...

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Bintan Lagoon (Woodlands)

3rd Riau Islands - Best in Area

Ian Baker-Finch’s 18-hole Woodlands layout is the perfect complement to the Jack Nicklaus-designed Sea View course at Bintan Lagoon Resort.

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Palm Springs (Resort & Island)

4th Riau Islands - Best in Area

Situated 14 kilometres north of Hang Nadim airport, overlooking the Singapore Strait, the golf facility at Palm Springs Golf & Beach Resort features three 9-hole circuits (Island, Palm and Resort) that were originally carved from a mangrove swamp.

Bintan Lagoon (Sea View)

5th Riau Islands - Best in Area

The Sea View golf course at Bintan Lagoon Resort is not only about the panoramic South China Sea views it’s also about strategy.

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