Gading Raya Golf Club

By: Simon Reynolds

The Par 5 Hole # 8 at Gading Raya Golf Club

The Par 5 Hole # 8 at Gading Raya Golf Club

Intro

Gading Raya Golf Club is exclusive golf and country created by PT. Jakartabaru Cosmopolitan, who have successfully developed Gading Raya Serpong Housing & Business District Complex. Established in the mid 90’s, Gading Raya is a golf course and country club in top quality condition year round where club members, members guests and weekday visitors can enjoy great golf and country club facilities in the heart of the Serpong area, close by to Summerecon Mall. The Golf and Country club’s location is very convenient, and easily accessible from the Semanggi, SCBD area, and should take longer then 30 minutes, via the Jakarta-Merak toll road during early weekday mornings. Being in the heart of a residential area, the golf course’s privacy and setting are perfect for club members and guests to retreat in golf, leisure and entertain business guests in a relaxing, quiet, calm and informal surroundings.

Course

Highly acclaimed Australian Course architect, Graham Marsh has created a very playable golf layout within an oasis of scenic private parkland which is complemented perfectly by: ample tree’s, birdlife, forgiving fairways, shimmering lakes, subtle bunkers and well kept and manicured greens. The 18 hole layout is forgiving to golfer’s and wayward drives are seldom punished by out of bounds but subtle dangers are present to those golfers who fail to acknowledge them allowing for a fun and challenging round of golf for amateurs, avid golfer’s and professionals alike. Off the back tees, single digit golfers and professionals will be tested by 18 holes measuring 6500m and there are rumors suggesting that Gading Raya will host the Indonesian Amateur championships in 2014, testament to this top quality championship golf course onsite.

On our visit to Gading Raya, the Golf Indonesia team were very impressed by the golf course playing conditions, immaculate throughout the 18 holes. Many of the golf courses towards the Bogor area and Jagorawi toll often battle and toil to maintain good green conditions, whereas Gading Raya’s greens were a pleasure to putt on. Consistent in speed, fast enough to make things interesting measuring 9 on the stint meter. Golf is far more enjoyable with true these rolling putting services, keep it up Gading Raya.

The signature hole just may be, the long par 4, Hole #16, measuring in at 380 meters from the regular tee’s. Slightly uphill and often into the breeze, the hole requires a straight and long strike with the big stick and a stream runs all the way down the right side of the fairway and out of bounds guards the left hand side. The second shot plays up towards a large, long in length green, shared with, the front nine’s Hole #6. A confident drive and an accurate second shot just may reward the golfer with a well crafted regulation par on Gading Raya’s handicap index one hole.

Gading Raya is by no mean’s a tough course, but it is a well designed championship course, providing challenging golfing conditions for both it’s member’s, regular visitor’s and avid golfer’s who come for their famous greens and all-round great playing conditions.

Your own personal caddy for your round, the beauty of Tangerang

Your own personal caddy for your round, the beauty of Tangerang

Facilities

The golfing experience continues after the 18th hole at Gading Raya. With a spacious, fully carpeted locker room: including grooming, prayer and massage rooms to freshen up and rejuvenate after hot playing conditions. Adjacent to the locker room is the spa room, well equipped with Jacuzzi, sauna and whirlpool facilities. We found the upstairs bar, to be a real gem in the clubhouse. With a cozy yet suitably private feel, members and their guests can enjoy top quality hospitality food and refreshments whilst reminiscing about their adventures from the golf course. On the ground floor of the clubhouse is the large spacious restaurant, with large glass windows overlooking the golf course, serving a wide range of international and local food, to satisfy even the hungriest of golfers. There is also a well equipped pro shop, where all leading brands of golf attire, equipment and club merchandise can be purchased at competitive prices.

Special mention must be for the Driving Range and Short game areas onsite. A multi-bay range play towards a series of island greens amongst a shimmering lake, a unique driving range both fun and useful for practice purposes. There is even a golf custom fitting store where golfers can tinker with and purchase the latest custom shafts and grips for their golf equipment.

Club members can enjoy a well-equipped sports club, with a state of the art gym, spacious aerobics rooms, a haven to prepare themselves for a healthier lifestyle and better physical golfing conditions. Family members who don’t play golf will be equally entertained at Gading Raya which also has tennis courts and a large swimming pool which completes the country club setting with facilities to be enjoyed by all members of the family, golfers and non golfers.

Caddies

Gading Raya offers the best of both worlds. Attractive and competent female caddies as well as large number of male caddies many of him are competent golfers themselves for those who prefer the male caddy. Team Golf Indonesia team were suitably impressed with our caddies on the day, two young, energetic, attentive and pleasant female caddies accompanied us for a day of golf under the hot Tangerang Sun. It is humbling to know that even in the middle of the fasting period caddies are more then ready for us non-fasting golfers to enjoy a day of golf at this top class venue. Male caddie or often chosen by the regular walkers of the course, and single digit players and pros.

Gading Raya has several chipping and putting area’s by the clubhouse where golfers can practice their short games

Gading Raya has several chipping and putting area’s by the clubhouse where golfers can practice their short games

Ambience

The management have done a stellar job, in providing and maintaining Gading Raya as a championship standard golf venue whilst providing club members with great golf and country club facilities. Its location in the heart of the Gading Serpong residential district and business area, providing members with the perfect venue to entertain clients and friends, with a professional yet not to formal atmosphere. He quality of the driving range and short game practice areas allows serious golfer looking to improve their handicaps an ideal venue to improve all aspects of their game before heading out onto the course.

Value

Due to its member’s only policy at weekends, Gading Raya’s management have ensured, visitors can freely visit and enjoy the course during weekdays for very affordable prices. Q Golf and Prestige golfers are well cared for, with weekday rounds costing a little over Rp. 300k all in with these golf card memberships. Despite it’s exclusivity, juniors, seniors and ladies are all taken care of with very affordable green fees midweek, and contact the golf club to confirm the days and prices if you happen to qualify for one of these groups.

Golf Indonesia Rating

Course – 3.5/5

Facilities – 4.5/5

Caddies – 4/5

Ambience – 4/5

Value – 4/5

Total: 20/25 = 80%

Course Information

Societies

Societies welcome. Contact marketing dept. for arrangements.

Greens Fees

18 Holes

Weekdays (Tuesday – Thursday):  Member’s Guest Rp. 460,000, Visitor Rp. 555,000

Friday: Member’s Guest Rp. 485,000, Visitor Rp. 600,000

Saturday (Morning): Member’s Guest Rp 1,525,000, Visitor NOT PERMITTED

Saturday (Afternoon): Member’s Guest Rp. 1,525,000, Visitor NOT PERMITTED

Sunday (Morning): Member’s Guest Rp. 1,525,000, Visitor NOT PERMITTED

Sunday (Afternoon): Member’s Guest Rp. 1,100,000, Visitor NOT PERMITTED

Special Program Rates

Ladies Day: Visitor Rp. 375,000

Senior Day (55 years and above): Visitor Rp. 363,000

Junior Day (18 years and below): Visitor Rp. 345,000

Twilight Weekdays (After 2pm 9 holes): Visitor Rp. 369,000

Twilight Sunday’ (After 3pm): Visitor Rp. 575,000

(All rates inclusive of Green Fee, Cart Fee, Caddy Fee and 10% PPN Tax)

Facilities

Pro-shop, Driving Range, Putting Green, Chipping & Bunker & Pitching Area, Massage, Spa, Jacuzzi, Whirlpool, Locker Room, Restaurant, Member’s Bar, Meeting Rooms.

Sport’s Club:  Gym, Aerobics room, Tennis, Swimming pool.

Location

Jln. Bulevar Gading Golf, Gading Serpong, Tangerang 15826 – Banten, Indonesia

Contact

Telephone: (62-21) 546 7668, Fax: (62-21) 546 7666

Membership and marketing enquiries: Lita Sari Husty – litasari@gadingrayagolf.com

Website: www.gadingserpong.com

Course

18 holes, Par 72

(In meters)

Professional: 6,472

Regular: 6,010

Member: 5,609

Red: 5,092

About Simon Reynolds

Simon fell in love with the game of golf at an early age. Watching Happy Gilmore when he was 12, Simon was hooked, and to this day thanks Adam Sandler's genius in the film for his passion for the game. His golfing hero is more refined and mature these days, and he continues his spiritual quest to model his golf game on Ben Hogan's perfect golf swing.

One Response to “Gading Raya Golf Club”

  1. z00b00 says:

    as a long time member of gading raya, i agree playing at gading serpong has always been a pleasure. but the greens used to be very bad in 2011-2012. until the new GM came.

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