The signature hole # 8, Par 3 166 yards with water to carry
Located 45 minutes from Semanggi on the Jakarta – Merak Toll Road, take the Cikupa toll exit two stops after the Karawaci toll gate , and golfer’s will find the water rich golfing haven of Kedaton Golf & Country Club. In fact 17 of the 18 holes at Kedaton feature water hazards, either the natural passing river or a man-made lake so bring plenty of golf balls if it happens to be your visit.
Kedaton opened itself to the golfing public in the mid 90’s and was designed by American Rick Robins from Robins & Associates International Inc. This established company has designed several famous golf courses around the world for example: The Doral Country Club of Miami in Florida and the Wood lands, Texas.
Playing 7000 yards from the back tees and with so much water in play, the course requires precision combined with distance for a decent score and combined with lush tropical greenery, swaying coconut trees, colorful flowerbeds and sparkling blue water features with both man-made lakes and flowing natural rivers adjacent to many of the fairway’s: Kedaton is a course that will leave an impression on even the most picky of golfers.
Many of Jakarta’s golf courses distinctively lack water and natural water hazards and golf in the dry season can be an extremely dry and hot experience. We played Kedaton in the peak of the dry season, and with temperatures reaching 40 degrees centigrade it was calming and refreshing to see the passing rivers on many a fairways and glistening lakes around the course. Water is Kedaton’s signature feature and as mentioned earlier it features as a hazard on 17 of its 18 holes.
The Par 3 Hole # 8 at 170 yards from the black tees: epitomises the Kedaton golfing experience. This mid-range Par 3 often play’s into a stiff breeze with a large water carry over the passing river guarding the front and left hand side of the green creating a semi-island green. Please refer to the main picture to get a feel for this hole. The view from the tee box is spectacular. The hole requires a low struck medium to long iron to cut through the wind and land safely on the green to stay dry.
The presence of water adjacent to nearly every fairway and green is something special and will make you alert to its potential danger whilst at the same time adding to the lush, green, tropical scenery on this visually pleasing golf layout. It’s the perfect combination in golf course design: beauty amongst challenging conditions.
The minimalist club-house is made out of natural materials with lots of wood, and with a large open air dining area in the restaurant area looking out towards the practice green, starters area and 1st and 10th tee boxes, creates a comfy and warm environment for pre and post round food and refreshments. The restaurant blended with traditional Sundanese architectural motifs and comfortable rattan furnishings: provides a wide range of a la carte cuisines from Indonesia, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and European.
A well stoked pro-shop will cater to all your equipment needs, and as part of Top Golf good deals can be found for leading golf equipment if you feel like treating yourself to a new Callaway Driver or Titleist iron-set. Clubhouse facilities are more than adequate with large and spacious locker rooms for male and female golfers. One noticeable missing feature was no massage or spa onsite, so if you enjoy a post golf ‘massage’ it would be advisable to book a time on your returns.
Currently there is no driving range onsite, but for the golfing purists there is a huge putting green and short-game area behind the clubhouse where golfers can get a feel for the green’s and get your putting, chipping and pitching into a good rhythm before their rounds.
With a large banqueting area which can accommodate 50-300 and reasonable closing fee’s (please enquire with golf club for details) Kedaton would be an ideal venue to host a large tournament short or long in duration. In fact the course has hosted several large, top quality events over the years: PON (national sports event), Indonesian Men Amateur Golf Championship, to name a few!
Both female and male caddies are available. Our two caddies for our visit were two junior girls, charming Sundanese girls with a good eye for a break on the Kedaton greens and pleasant to look at thus great company during our round. What they lacked in golfing experience they have more than made up for in the right attitude, a willingness to help and never forgetting or too lazy to replace fairways divots rake bunkers or offer useful navigational tips from the tee boxes. Several of the male caddies are more senior and have been at the course since its opening. For those looking to go low, senior caddies are always available on request with the starter on duty.
Kedaton is located on a large plot of land on what appears to be a large residential estate which has yet to be developed. With the residential properties only just beginning to rise, the golf course has a very spacious feel and natural feel to it. With the abundance of water and the tropical greenery, Rick Robins has created a golfing haven to test your accuracy and golf skills only 1 hour away from Central Jakarta’s Business District. The Sundanese inspired clubhouse is stunning and creates a warming atmosphere with all its wooden materials, fish ponds and flower gardens combining nicely to create a relaxing vibe that will leave you in no rush to get back on the toll to head back to the office/home after your round.
The Clubhouse at Kedaton
Due to its location and close proximity to nearby Japanese and Korean industrial estates, Kedaton is extremely popular with Korean and Japanese golfers over the weekends. Due to its added distance of ‘just’ two toll gates from Karawaci and three toll gates past Serpong, Kedaton can be very quiet during weekdays. To attract golfers to come and visit during weekday’s the club offers extremely cheap weekday deals of just Rp 350,000 including cart: Tuesday – Friday which can be booked through golfclick.net. For the quality of the course and its conditions this deal is one of the best there is here in Jabotadebek for avid and adventurous golfers. Even during the weekend, Kedaton offers green fee prizes at very affordable prizes compared to many of Jabotadebek’s other golf courses. The Weekend Twilight offer (after 12pm) is great value at Rp 600,000 per player.
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