About an hour’s drive to the south of Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city, in the resort area of Prigen lies the course that Jack built at the Taman Dayu Golf Club.
Opened in 1995, Taman Dayu has established itself as one of Indonesia’s best and most private courses and it sits in a resort spanning more than 600 hectares which includes exclusive homes and country club facilities. Measuring 7,165 yards from the championship tees, Taman Dayu is a Jack Nicklaus signature track and we’ll bring you a full report as soon as we can.
Here’s what the Golden Bear had to say about his creation: “We have designed a course that fits naturally into the environment, provides a good test of golf for all players and features spectacular views and scenery.”
An excellent resort course set in a mostly rural area 50Km south of Surabaya. Taman Dayu is pretty much a suburb in itself with high end housing, its own school and resort facilities.
The course has sweeping elevation changes, plenty of interesting hazards and was in good condition, although greens were at times a little ponderous following recent coring/punching. My favourite holes were the 'sea of sand' 10th, the uphill plateau green 13th, the snaking fairway 18th, picturesque par 3 3rd and the long dogleg-right 5th where the approach shot is all carry over rice paddies. My only concern is that in the future the course will lose some of it's 'natural isolation' as additional large mansions are built alongside some of the holes.
It is a better design and had better conditioning than the nearby Finna Golf but both are well worth playing if staying in the area. Compulsory caddie as is usual in south east Asia, but great value golf with a Friday special of Rp 550K . One of the best in Indonesia and would appear to have public access availability also, as I organised a tee time a couple of days in advance with no questions asked.