Located around 140 kilometres southeast of Jakarta, Bandung is Indonesia’s third most populous city, with more than two and a half million inhabitants. It lies on a river basin, surrounded by volcanic mountains, and is said to enjoy cooler year-round temperatures than many other cities in the country.
In the foothills to the northeast of Bandung, less than half an hour from the central business district, the 18-hole course at Mountain View Golf Club is a relatively short, tight and dramatic Thomson and Perret design from 2007 that’s set within a prestigious residential complex.
Extending to 5,583 metres from the back tees and configured with five par three and five par five holes, the course is routed across rather hilly terrain, placing a premium on accuracy off the tee and with approach shots. And in such sensational surroundings, expect thrilling mountain views as the club’s name accurately suggests.
A nice enough course set in the hills of the Dago area of Bandung. It was probably spectacular when opened approximately ten years ago, but has deteriorated as groundstaff are unable to keep up with the tropical growth. The course appears quite short but covers that by having generally narrow fairways and very small greens. Also, the thick growth and mountainside setting mean poor shots are heavily punished.
It's a much better course than the nearby Dago Heritage and has a feature hole par 3 requiring a shot over a ravine and down significantly, making club selection tricky. Then the green itself slopes sharply from back to front making a par something to be very satisfied with.
Clubhouse is well equipped and has spectacular views over the course.