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.
Taman Dayu is a Jack Nicklaus Signature track measuring 7,165 yards from the championship tees and 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.”
I agree with both the earlier reviews. I played Taman Dayu just the one time in May 2018, after having played most other top courses in the more popular Jakarta, Bali and Bintan a couple of times. I made the trip specifically after reading one of these reviews and its ranking as no. 1 in Indonesia on top100golfcourses. I did not play well, but I have to concede that I agree with the no. 1 ranking without any hesitation. There is not a single weak hole and there is no shortage of challenge. Visually, every hole is spectacular, thanks to a terrific job by Jack Nicklaus to blend the design with the landscape. You could not ask for more of a golf course. The pertinent question therefore is if one would go to Surabaya just to play this one course. The answer, while yes if you are living in Singapore or Malaysia or Jakarta, it doesn't need to be such as there i the nearby Finna and Ciputra golf course in Surabaya city can serve as perfect add-ons.
To get some more information about Taman Dayu and other golf courses in Surabaya visit my blog on Surabaya's golf courses written in May 2019.
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.