There are two golf courses in the Damai Indah Golf portfolio – Bumi Serpong Damai and Pantai Indah Kapuk – the former is from the Jack Nicklaus-design stable and the latter is a Robert Trent Jones Jnr creation but both are set in totally different locations. Bumi Serpong Damai is located on the outskirts of the West Java city of Tangerang and the Pantai Indah Kapuk course is set on the edge of the Java Sea in North Jakarta.
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. Measuring 6,545 metres from the tips, Bumi Serpong Damai incorporates many of the Golden Bear’s hallmarks and the famous designer made the following comments: “There is no single 'correct approach' on most holes. Instead, there are many possible solutions, so that the course remains fresh and exciting each time you step up to the first tee. My hope is that members who play regularly will gradually move back their tee shots, and let the course grow with their game. In this way, the ‘Spirit of the Hills’ will always be as fresh and exciting as the first time they play the course.”
“Spirit of the Hills”, as the Bumi Serpong Damai course is sometimes called, was established by Indonesian real estate magnate Ir. Ciputra.
Damai Indah club has two courses about 25Km apart and this Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) course is easily the better of the two. It's in West Jakarta in a newer and wealthier suburb and is a resort style parkland course. Excellent design, conditioning and just a pleasant place for golf.
Plenty of bunkers in strategic locations and some use of water but not overly penal. Further evidence of the quality of this course was that we had a wet season torrential downpour whilst I was playing the 8th. We sat it out for about 10 minutes but there was no let-up in the rain so returned to the clubhouse. There was flooding evident on every hole I could see. After a bit of a wait and a nice char kway teoh meal in the clubhouse it was back out onto the course. Total delay 90 minutes. There were still damp patches when I played the 8th to 10th, but after that it was quite amazing how well the course had recovered.
Caddies compulsory. It's also excellent value for weekday golf in Jakarta. I had no problem getting a weekday tee time as a visitor, three days before playing.