Riverside Golf Club
Hole #5, a Par 4 with a downhill approach shot to a green surrounded by water, magical
“I’m a firm believer in using what Mother Nature gives us on a particular site,” the very words of designer Greg Norman with regards to his approach for creating his signature golf courses.
At Riverside Golf Club in Cikeas, Greg Norman did just that when he sculpted Riverside Golf Club, his first course in Indonesia, with naturally rolling fairways, multiple carries over the Cikeas River and lush forest to protect each hole.
Located just 30km from the SCBD, Riverside is a challenging golf oasis waiting to be tamed by golfers of any skill level looking to escape the hustle and congestion of Jakarta. Beyond golf, Riverside Golf Club offers all of the necessary amenities and the ideal atmosphere for carefree relaxation that will have you coming back time and time again.
Designed with some heroic ‘Go for it’ shots, Riverside rewards the golfers brave enough to accept her challenge, but will punish those who fail to execute. Three of the four Par 3s require a gutsy carry across the Cikeas River with little room for error.
First time Riverside golfers will often find themselves asking their caddy for recommendations as the greens on the Par 4 and Par 5s are hidden from every tee box. Beyond a little course knowledge, the key to a successful round at Riverside is to hit the landing zones and then attack the greens. Tee shots that find the rough or don’t make the dogleg will almost always require an extra shot to reach the green.
A few highlights from the course include Hole #5, a Par 4 with a downhill approach shot to a green surrounded by water; Hole #7, a Par 5 takes a zigzag through the forest setting up nicely for a birdie attempt; and the signature Hole #14, a Par 3 that requires a mid iron shot across a vast gorge into a green perched atop a jungle cliff.
The open air and spacious restaurant awaits and overlooks the #18 Hole
Apart from the golf, Riverside stands out for their commitment to player improvement. The driving range is created in a way to emulate an on course playing experience while the massive chipping area provides ample space to master the short and bunker game. Throughout the clubhouse players will find the standard amenities of a full pro shop, well kept locker rooms and a tasty open-air restaurant featuring a refreshing house special mint strawberry ice tea sweetened with only local honey.
The caddies at Riverside are just as enjoyable and scenic as the course itself. To compliment their fun spirit, kind smiles and soft beauty, they are knowledgeable course experts who receive frequent training and are genuinely interested in having a great 18 with you. While declining in numbers, male caddies are also available upon request.
Located in the peaceful countryside, Riverside is an idyllic environment for those looking to refresh and play great golf. Overall, course is in nice shape, the operational staff welcoming, and the starters keep play moving smoothly. Besides the occasional carry, Riverside is forgiving enough that every golfer should enjoy a round here at least once.
For the weekday golfer Riverside offers exceptional value with the green fee, buggy, caddie fee and hole-in-one insurance only costing Rp. 595.000. Unfortunately for the weekend warriors out there, Riverside is priced to keep the Saturday crowds away while preserving a positive playing experience for its members.