Palm Hill Golf Club

By: Simon Reynolds

The view from Hole # 9 to Palm Hill’s iconic and inviting Club-House

The view from Hole # 9 to Palm Hill’s iconic and inviting Club-House

Intro

Palm Hill Golf Club is an incredible attractive 18 Hole golf course, located near the Sentul Highlands and the city of Bogor accessed by the Sentul Circuit exit on the Jakarta-Jagorawi Toll road. Hence the name the course is surrounded by hills and densely populated by local flora and fauna. The club is famous for it’s enchanting clubhouse and it’s blue tiles reminiscent of Spanish architecture that one would encounter in the countryside of Spain. The clubhouse features a large outdoor seating areawhere views out towards the 9th and 18th holes are stunning. The course is managed by Golflinks Resorts Group, which also run the New Kuta Golf Club, the 18 Hole championship course in Pecatu, Bali. A Golflinks membership is a sound idea and investment for those looking to play regular golf in both Jakarta and Bali.

Like many courses in the Sentul and Bogor region, picturesque views are plentiful and on clears days the view of the 1500m high Mount Salak are beautiful. A boulder rich river features on many holes where golfers must either cross or avoid left or right and in the rainy season the power of the water is impressive and may very well distract you from your game. The course is perfect for an enjoyable and leisurely round of golf amongst natural beauty, which will also challenge your game on numerous occasions.

Course

The course was designed and developed by Japan’s Taisei Corporation, and the friendly course offers player’s all kinds of unique hole layouts, obstacles and hazards. Friendly in the sense that several holes offer bail out areas or adjacent areas for stray shots played from the tee boxes. Alongside the friendly conditions water often comes onto play, mainly the large lake which divides the 9th and 18 holes. A boulder-rich river plays it’s separating the: 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th holes from the rest. Water comes into direct play on Holes: 7,11,13 and 15 and on holes: 5,7,9 and 18 water should be avoided from either the tee boxes or the landing areas.

Over the last 5 years, the course has been a popular venue for both amateur and professional golf tournaments most notably the Ladies Indonesian Open in 2012. Earlier this year the course played host to one of the very first events of the inaugural Indonesian Golf Tour: The Indonesian Golf Challenge. This is testament to the quality of the course and its maintenance a long with it true rolling fast greens often playing around 10 on the stints. Fast greens are far and far between and faster greens like here at Palm Hill are refreshing to play on.

The Par 3’s at Palm Hill are a stern test for golfers of all abilities, and the Par 3 5th just may be the favorite amongst us golfers: At 153m from the blues, a large lake guards the right side of the green and nine times out of town the holes plays in to the wind thus requiring a long iron or hybrid for most golfers.

The closing hole #18 ranks as one of Jakarta’s most challenging Par 4’s and final holes. Measuring at just shy of 400m from the blues, more often then not playing into a stiff breeze with a river and OB to the right and a large bunker and lake to the left hand side. After a solid Driver a mid to long iron will be required for most golfers towards a narrow green with lots of elevations, a final par 4 is a welcome score on this closing score.

Facilities

The large Spanish style clubhouse with it’s large out door terrace areas and high ceiling’s indoors offer a roomy feel and plenty of space to entertain large golfing gatherings in the Links restaurant and also privately in the banqueting, meeting and VIP facilities. The golf course has always been famous amongst the Japanese golfing community due to its creation by the Taisei Corporation, and the food menu has plentiful offerings from Asia and the West, the Japanese cuisine being highly recommended. A large roomy locker room is also onsite with Spa and Massage facilities inside offering all kinds of massages from Swedish to Javanese.

Two short-game areas are also available near the 10th and 1st Holes, where your chips and putts can be honed before teeing off, and to get the feel for the slightly faster then normal greens. For those looking to stay and play in the area, enquire with the marketing contact (Course Information below), for several different options staying with nearby local hotels.

Caddie

Having hosted several high profile professional and regular amateur events, Palm Hill senior caddies are well trained and experienced from these events. Advise to all serious golfers competing in tournaments here, arrive early and request a senior caddy. The Palm Hill greens are faster then normal and the seniors here are more likely to spot the right line on the these brisk greens. It takes some time naturally to master the details of greens, and all their peculiarities.

Ambience

The GolfLinks Resorts Group have created a winning combination of fun, beauty, quality and challenge at Palm Hill Golf Club. Members, guests and visitors are treated to top quality service both on the course and in the clubhouse. The beautiful surroundings, the standard of course maintenance, interesting course layout, fast green’s,easy transport access and attractive caddies is indeed a winning formula and with all these factors considered, Palm Hill Golf club should remain a favorite amongst Golf events organizers well into the future.

Value

Location, location and location, being next to the Sentul circuit on the Jagorawi Toll, Palm Hill can be reached in well under an hour from the SCBD region, on a weekday morning as little as an hour.  Weekday rates are very affordable and look out for more special then special deals! Monday Madness is a steal at only Rp 368,000 all in, and with the quality of the course and it’s facilities on offer the regular weekday rate morning and afternoon are extremely good value. Weekend mornings may be pricey but patience is rewarded for golfers happy to tee of after 12pm with very affordable weekend rates at these later times. For the quality of the course and it’s facilities on offer, Palm Hill (at the right times) is extremely good value for the golfer’s money.

 

Golf Indonesia Rating

A look back towards Hole # 1’s green and fairway and the lush surroundings of Palm Hill Golf Club

A look back towards Hole # 1’s green and fairway and the lush surroundings of Palm Hill Golf Club

Course – 4/5

Facilities – 3.5/5

Caddies – 4/5

Ambience – 4/5

Value – 4.5/5

Total: 20/25 = 80%

 

Course Information

Societies

Societies welcome. Contact marketing dept. for arrangements.

 

Greens Fees (Visitor Rates)

18 Holes

Weekday – Morning: Rp. 538,000

Weekday – Afternoon: Rp. 438,000

Saturday – Morning: Rp. 1,688,000

Saturday – Afternoon: Rp. 888,000

Sunday – Morning: Rp. 1,288,000

Sunday – Afternoon: Rp. 688,000

 

Special Green Fee Rates

Monday Madness – Morning & Afternoon: Rp. 368,000

Senior – Tuesday & Wednesday: Rp. 408,000

Ladies & Junior – Tuesday & Friday: Rp. 368,000

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

Facilities

MICE, Restaurant, Banqueting, Meeting Rooms, Locker Rooms, VIP Locker Rooms, Pro Shop, Spa, Practice Range, Short Game Area, Play and Stay package

Location

Sentul, (Sentul Circuit Exit Jakarta Jagorawi Toll Road), Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Contact

Telephone: (62-21)-87954 307/09 Fax: (62-21)-87950712

Membership and marketing enquiries: Maya Aryani –mayaaryani@yahoo.com  orreservation@palmhillgolfclub.co.id

Website: www.palmhillgolf.co.id

Course

18 holes, Par 72

(In meters)

Black: 6429

Blue: 5946

White: 5442

Red: 4618

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.

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