Jababeka Golf & Country Club

By: Dick van Toulon

Jababeka Golf & Country Club

Jababeka Golf & Country Club

As is the case with most residential golf courses, Jababeka Golf and Country Club was built primarily to increase the appeal of the residential real estate to be developed in the immediate vicinity, currently in its early stages.

Currently, there are approximately 500 members, mostly corporate memberships purchased by Japanese, Korean and Philippine factories established in the Cikarang Baru area.

Jababeka G&CC and sister club Borobudur Golf & CC Magelang (course design by Nick Faldo), are co-managed. A third course near Ujung Kulon (southwestern tip of Java) is being managed by the group as well, for re-opening by the end of 2014 or 1st half of 2015. The original course design was by Jeff P. Howes (Ireland).

What follows is the result of an interview I was granted by Jababeka G&CC General Manager Pak W. Widiasmanto.

From 8 through 11 January 2014, Jababeka Golf and Country Club hosted its first international professional tournament; the final event of the 2013 Asian Development Tour, the LINC Group Jakarta Invitational, a stepping stone to the region’s leading Asian Tour.

What criterion did Pak Widi and his staff have to meet, to be selected as the host for this official ADT event?

In Greater Jakarta with more than forty 18-hole courses, competition is one hurdle to overcome. For the LINC Group Jakarta Invitational last January, Jababeka was selected over two other courses. After the final decision by the Asian Tour and Asian Development Tour to hold the event at Cikarang Baru, Jababeka’s management started working closely together with the tournament director (IMG) and representatives of the Asian Tour & ADT to bring the course up to ADT standards. With Jababeka G&CC already being near championship standards, this was not too much to handle. Throughout the year Jababeka’s greens already belong to the truest and fastest of Greater Jakarta; the average stimp metre speed at Jababeka normally hovers around 9. Nevertheless, ADT tournament standard is 11+. This gap, the course management was able to close within two weeks. Officials of the Asian Tour & ADT, together with Jababeka management, double checked various course issues, such as length per hole, fairway width, rough length, and OB areas thoroughly.

That the course held its own during the event was illustrated by the halfway cut (+12 for 36 holes) and the 72 holes winning score of Thai professional Pavit Thangkamolprasert; his -9 is not dissimilar to that of major champions.

Another field in which Jababeka performed well was its caddies. Only 30 of the total field of 94 pros brought along their own caddies for the event. The majority chose to work with a Jababeka caddy, no doubt because of financial constraints. For the ADT event the caddy master selected 60 of his most experienced caddies, who had to undergo a special two weeks training. An important point of attention was to get the chosen ones used to the much heavier pro bags they had to hand carry for 108 holes (two practice and four tournament rounds for pros surviving the cut), including covering the distance from green to next tee, which at Jababeka is quite considerable on some of the holes.

At the ADT event, caddies had to manage without the cart they normally drive around the course with amateur clients. Their local course knowledge must have been valuable for the pros, so it was no surprise that the feedback from pros working with Jababeka caddies was very positive.

Many other issues come into play for the host of an official professional golf event: overnight facilities for the pros and commuting time to the course (in Jababeka’s case, five minutes), accessibility of the course to spectators, which in Jababeka’s case will greatly improve when the new Cikampek toll road exit, now under construction, will be opened in a few months. The quality of catering also is very important for the professional’s nutritional standards and requirements during tournament competition.

Feedback from last January’s event partners (Asian Tour and ADT) was positive to very positive. Whether Jababeka G&CC in the future will host more official ADT and/or Asian Tour events depends on its own desire to do so (management says it is keen), the standard of the course and supporting facilities, competition from other courses in Greater Jakarta (many are already in a position to meet Asian Tour/ADT standards) and how regularly the Asian Tour and ADT want to rotate their events in Indonesia between different courses. Needless to say, they have ample choice.

In any case, Jababeka G&CC’s debut on the Asian professional golf circuit was a success. The club put itself firmly on the radar of both the ADT and the Asian Tour!

Jababeka Clubhouse

Jababeka Clubhouse

COURSE INFORMATION

SOCIETIES
Societies welcome, contact the clubhouse for arrangements.

RESERVATIONS
To book and enquire about tee times, please contact the clubhouse management office.
Reservation open daily from 08.00 am – 18.00pm
Phone : + 62 21 8936148
Email : sales-pgc@jababeka.com

GREEN FEES (‘Visitor’ Fees)
Visitors Welcome, Member’s Guest rates also available:
SENIORS: Monday & LADIES: Wednesday Rp. 330,000
Standard: Monday – Friday (AM & PM) Rp.575,000
Saturday & Sunday (AM) Rp.1,750,000 / (PM) Rp.1,200,000
(All prices incl. Green Fee, Cart Service, Insurance & Caddy Fee)

DRIVING RANGE FACILITY
(Open every Tuesday – Sunday: 6.00 – 20.00)
50 BALLS: Rp.20,000
100 BALLS: Rp.40,000
Night Driving: Rp.20,000

Golf Lesson: Rp.110,000/ hour
Rental Club: (1 set) Rp.250,000
Rental Club: (Putter) Rp.15,000
Rental Golf Shoes: Rp.50,000

FACILITIES
Restaurant, Locker Room, Massage, Tennis, Pool, Pro Shop, Teaching Professional, Driving Range, Putting Green, President’s Exec. Club with 10 suites + standard rooms (5 mins from clubhouse) standard room rate: Rp. 600,000++ / night

LOCATION
Jl. Raya Lemah Abang, Cibarusah Cikarang Baru — BKS CKR 17581

CONTACT INFORMATION
TELEPHONE: + 62 21 8936148
FAX: + 62 21 8936150
EMAIL: sales-pgc@jababeka.com
GM: widi_golf@yahoo.com
WEBSITE: www.jababekagolf.co.id

MODESTLY UNDULATED RESIDENTIAL COURSE

COURSE DESIGNER
Sir Nick Faldo

18 Holes

PAR 72
Gold : Professional 6,589m
Blue : Champion 6,142m
White : Men’s regulation 5,624m
Red : 4,861m

COURSE RATING
Course: 4
Facilities: 4.5
Caddies: 4
Ambience: 4
Value: 3.5
Golf Indonesia rating: 20/25

About Dick van Toulon

Dick van Toulon van der Koog (61, Dutch, what’s in a name ?) is a pensionado resident of Jakarta. He has been a keen follower (obsessed is the right word, according to friends) of the US and European golf tours, ever since he took up golf in 1973. A mediocre amateur golfer, he thoroughly enjoys the great courses of Jabotabek. If his knowledge of historical professional golf data borders on the bizar: so what ?

One Response to “Jababeka Golf & Country Club”

  1. William Chin (Malaysia) says:

    We will visit Jakarta from 23-27 September, may play in yr estem club on 25/8/2016

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