Imperial Klub Golf
Imperial Klub Golf is a public golf course designed by British course architect Desmond Muirhead. Developed by the Lippo group, as the showcase centre features of their satellite town, the 500-hectare development at Karawaci. With the golf course in the area it completes a unique living environment for local residents in Karawaci, and the golf course is surrounded by several up-market residential properties owned by many Jakarta’s most successful businessmen.
This public course offers golfers of all standards a unique golfing experiences with challenges and for this reason the course as hosted several professional Asian professional events, most recently the Asian Development Tours Jakarta Classic in 2013, a $60,000 event. From the gold tees the course plays 7200+ yards a stern test for the best of golfers.)
Here we have an introduction from Desmond Muirhead himself towards what makes Imperial Klub Golf unique:
“The course is designed so that each hole is a separate event, an individual theater where every golfer can give his maximum performance. We were determined not only to make the course a work of art but to arrange it so that the golfer could have once of the best days of his life when he played Imperial”.
There are many examples throughout the round, which illustrate Muirhead’s design philosophy, Hole #4 a leading candidate. With an island fairway centrally, or an alternative detour around the island which requires a longer second shot to the green, golfers from the blue tees require a 185 yards tee shot to land at the centre of the island leaving a pitching wedge or nine iron to the green. When the wind is up the island can play even smaller and will test the golfers accuracy and confidence with their long irons or hybrids.
The course is fun to play, and Desmond Muirhead has successfully created a challenging yet interesting course, which is very unique alongside other Indonesian Golf Courses. It is one of very few Indonesian Golf courses, which has a genuine island Par 3, Hole #5 which plays only 157 yards yet the island is surrounded completely by sand as well as the water, which is a sight you will always remember.
Holes #9 and #18 are the signature holes. Both are par 5’s with vast amounts of water, and #9 is accompanied by a large lake to the left-side all the way from the tee box until the green. This creates the feeling of a narrower fairway from the tee box especially when the wind comes into play. How you play these holes could determine how well you score.
The course is open 7 days a week, and with very affordable midweek golf prices courtesy of QGolf and Prestige it is beginning to have an effect on the golf course. The fairways are often torn up with inconsistent divot repairs far from perfect and several of the greens were under repair during the round. The course is highly enjoyable to play but a day off for maintenance would be beneficial for its physical conditions.
Hole # 4, the infamous island fairway
The clubhouse is open aired and airy with majestic views over the course and the 18th hole. The restaurant and sunset bar provide a tasty selection of Indonesian, Japanese, Korean and Western Food which is expected at all golf establishments of high standards. The driving range is located at the back of the clubhouse adjacent the 10th fairway and is two tiered and flood lit so golfers cab practice until 20.00pm. The Imperial Golf Academy (mentioned in the course information) is one of a kind here in Indonesia, run by two highly experienced professionals with over 30 years of experience between them. The academy has its own private range located at the far end of the driving range with grass bays and covered bays and an onsite classroom. The chipping area and large putting green located near the 1st tee are also excellent areas for short game development.
Our caddies were polite and attentive, and Imperial like most Indonesian golf clubs has a huge number of caddies working at the club. The level of skill vary, senior caddies like often read the best putts and are less likely to be found re-applying their makeup in between holes or operating their Blackberry’s. Often the junior, trainee caddies like one we had on this occasion can be very shy and timid and will only speak when called upon. Golf Clubs all over Indonesia need to be more proactive in their training to allow caddies to be more assertive with their advice to golfers regarding how to play the course. So they don’t simply accompany you for the round and smile, although it’s nice though.
Due to its location at the heart of Lippo Karawaci, the golf course was busy and buzzing during a midweek afternoon, with lots of golfers enjoying the course and its great midweek green fee tariffs. The atmosphere in and around the course is more laid back and open then many private or semi-private golf courses in Indonesia. With its top quality golf and leisure facilities Imperial offers local residents and keen golfers a golf hub easily accessible where a well designed and interesting course can challenge and develop your game, without breaking the bank. Indonesia needs more golf courses like this. There are often many junior golfers seen enjoying the facilities and course at Imperial, something all golfers like to see.
Value for Money
Imperial offers very economical midweek rates for QGolf and Prestige members: @ Rp 308,000 incl cart, green fee, caddy fee and insurance, this deal for the quality of course and its standard of facilities really is hard to beat here in Indonesia. The weekend rates are more expensive. There are also good rates for seniors, ladies and juniors.
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