Situated close to Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta’s military airport, the 27-hole golf complex at Royale Jakarta Golf Club was constructed with Sea Isle Supreme Paspalum grass sown from tee to green on every hole.
The course is one of several Indonesian layouts designed by the JMP Design Group over the last couple of decades and the three returning 9-hole loops (West, South and North) all play to a par of 36 with each circuit ending with a testing par five hole.Royale Jakarta has made a big impression since its inauguration in 2008 as the club has hosted the Asian Tour’s Indonesian Masters on the West & South nines in 2011 and 2012, Lee Westwood winning both events.
Royal Jakarta GC opened in 2008 and was designed by American architect Bob Moore from JMP Partners. The founding members of the club comprise many of the most successful business leaders in Indonesia and they have managed to site 27 holes on rolling terrain within the city precincts.
However at the time of writing Jakarta is home to approx. 10 million people, and is one of the largest cities in the world. The traffic is horrendous!
We were fortunate to have a police escort, but even so our movement was painfully slow- so the message is 'plan for the traffic' and leave extra time for gridlocks.
When you do drive in the gates at Royal Jakarta it is a green carpet of tranquillity after the hustle bustle elsewhere in the city.
The course has 3 loops of nine, named the north, south, and west. This is very much parkland golf with plenty of water hazards, but the strategic golfer would also be very aware of the bunkering which is both strategic, and plentiful.
The club has been one of the first to adopt the new Sea Isle Supreme Paspalum, and it is used right across the courses including tees, fairways, greens and rough, and looks good. It certainly gives a good cover, and when we played – just a few days after the Indonesian Masters – the rough was long and particularly hard to negotiate. The greens proved very tricky and I wondered if the paspalum was perhaps subject to graininess? Certainly on this day the slopes, speed and grain were challenging!
In its short history Royal Jakarta has already hosted major international events including the Indonesian Masters from 2011- 2016, and has a number of times been rated best course in Indonesia.
I recommend it to you!
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.