Royale Jakarta Golf Club

By: Simon Reynolds

Royale Jakarta Golf Club - Hole 5 West Course

Royale Jakarta Golf Club – Hole 5 West Course

Introduction

Royale Jakarta Golf Club is a world-class championship golf layout open to the public, which has recently grown famous amongst avid golfers in Indonesia and South-East Asia as the host venue for the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters, an Asian Tour sanctioned event.

Being the host venue for Indonesia’s most prestigious professional event attracting Asia’s biggest stars as well as a handful of top Internationals, is testament to the quality and standard of the 27 championship holes available at Royale’s: the South, West and North Courses.

The course was designed by Bob Moore Junior and the JMP group and it incorporates many unique features which have earned it the prestigious accolade of the Best Golf Course in Indonesia for the last three years by the Asian Golf Awards committee.

Royale is the very first golf course in Asia to use Sea Isle Supreme Paspalum grass which is in immaculate condition in all areas of the course from the tee boxes, fairways, adjacent rough and its challenging greens.

This particular type of Paspalum is the latest of its kind, the Windows 8 or iPhone 5 of golf courses. Many professionals have commented on its consistence and the Golf Indonesia thoroughly enjoyed playing on the international standard conditions on a recent visit.

The Course

Bob Moore Jnr and co. have created 27 holes of sheer golfing joy. The level of detail in the design proves just why this course continues to the host prestigious events with the variety of holes providing all kinds of unique challenges.

The 6th hole on the South Course stands out as one of Royale’s signature holes, the tee shot requires a large carry over water with large bunkers protecting the right side of the wide green, and with the flag positioned to the left of the green on our visit, we were forced to play safe and aim for the right side or the heart of the green, and I was chuffed to walk away with a two putt par 3.

The upcoming 9th hole on the South Course is another Royale stand out. The long par 5 has several obstacles that the golfer must consider. The  resident Australian professional Adam Taylor, emphasised the importance of positioning from the tee box, as the tee shot requires a carry over water towards finding a thin fairway.

The water runs all the way from the tee box to the green some 600 meters away and the waiting majestic clubhouse behind the green. There is also a water passage to carry which forces you to ponder the length of your lay up and will make your muscles tighten slightly when considering going for a crack at the green in two. The view towards the club house and green with the vast expanse of water on the left and the looming clubhouse is a site you will remember long after your close out you round. The hole plays 565 metres from the back tees and only the longest of pro players reach the green in two during the masters.

Over the past 20 years, Bob Moore of the JMP group has designed and completed 5 courses. His philosophy is to build beautiful and enjoyable golf courses, which the average golfer will want to play again and again.

Everything about the course was impressive: the quality of the fairways; well into the rainy season, were soft, spongy and consistent. There were also adequate numbers of well-positioned distance markers and the fairway sprinklers were all marked with distance reads so there was never any doubt to the distance of your next golf shot.

The consistency of the sand in the bunkers was most impressive, there are rumours that all the sand was imported from an island off the coast of Sumatera in bulk, due to its fine texture and reminiscent of the soft sand found on the championship courses used on the PGA tour. The quality of the bunker sand is just example of the attention to detail that which makes playing golf at Royale  pleasurable.

Royale Jakarta Golf Club - Hole 5 South Course

Royale Jakarta Golf Club – Hole 5 South Course

Facilities

The practice facilities are comprehensive, with a 300m international standard driving range with numerous target greens to enhance your driving range experience. The driving range is backed up with a shopping gallery where several shops offer all the top brands of golfing equipment and there is even a comprehensive custom fitting establishment on site.

The driving range is also home to the Ancora Golf Institute. Ancora Sports, led by Australian PGA Professional Adam Taylor who, alongside two local professionals, are devoted to helping you develop and improve your  game.

A short walk from the driving range there is a large short game haven, with a huge putting surface with many undulations as well as a large practice bunker where you can fine tune your short game in your own time.

The short game area and the large putting green located near the North Course opening hole are both maintained to the same standard as the on course conditions at Royale.

The Royale Resto is open and spacious and offers majestic views of the West Course and South Course closing holes and provides a large selection of cuisine from all over the globe. The Pro-Shop is complete with all the top brands in Golf as well as an impressive selection of golf fashion items while the locker rooms are large, luxurious and airy and there is a spa on site to soothe your weary bones after the likelihood of too many holes on the course.

Caddies

Our caddies for the day were pleasant. Always smiling and willing to have a chat about life, golf and local celebrity gossip, the two we had were hardly shy.

Their golf knowledge was well trained, yardages were precise and greens were read with confidence and assertiveness. I like to take a divot with my irons and wedges and my only complaint was often my caddy had to be reminded to add sand to my temporary damage. There seemed to be several divots, which had been left un-attended to during our round.

Smiling, friendly and charming female caddies, all the more reason, which makes your golf at Royale such a top-quality experience.

Royale Jakarta Golf Club - Hole 9 South Course

Royale Jakarta Golf Club – Hole 9 South Course

Ambience

The Royale Jakarta Golf Club is conveniently located close to the Pondok Gede toll exit on the Jakarta – Cikampek road. A long drive from the front gates and a long and winding road towards the clubhouse with lovely views of the West Course as you sweep towards the clubhouse drop-off point.

Being such a large facility, there is a huge number of staff on site and in the clubhouse. The staff are attentive as well as friendly, especially in the pro-shop, and they are more then happy to attend to your every need.

The Royale Jakarta Golf Club and its private owners have created a world-class golf venue, which will cater for all the needs of the golfer here in East Jakarta, and it is to no surprise why the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters is hosted here with great success for the last three years and long may it continue.

Value for money

Royale is by no means cheap. Yet, like all things in life for the quality of golf on offer you will not feel short changed. Maintaining 27 holes to international standard comes at a considerable cost, and after you experience the level of quality on the course I cant imagine many people complaining about paying the price of their green fee’s after 18 holes of Golf at Royale. There are cheaper golf courses on offer in Jakarta, but not many golf courses in Asia offer the avid golfer this high standard of golfing pleasure, so close to the city centre.

Course Rating
Course – 5
Facilities – 5
Caddies – 4
Ambience  – 4
Value – 4
Total Score: 88%

Golf Course Information

Societies
Societies welcome. Contact clubhouse for arrangements.

Greens Fees
Monday: Rp. 599,000 / Tuesday – Friday: Rp. 799,000 / Saturday & Public Holiday, Morning: Rp. 1,899,000 / Afternoon: Rp 1,250,000 / Sunday, Morning: Rp. Rp. 1,295,000 / Sunday, Afternoon: Rp 1,019,000 (All Prices incl. Green Fee, Golf Cart & VAT)

Driving Range (50 balls): Rp. 43,000
Drving Range (100 balls): Rp. 80,000

Facilities
Pro-shop, Driving Range, Golf Arcade, Club Fitting, Putting Green, Short Game Area, Massage, Restaurant, Function Rooms, VIP Meeting Rooms.

Location
Jl. Raya Halim Tiga, Halim Perdanakusuma – Jakarta Timur 13610

Contact
Telephone: (62-21) / 021 80 888 999
Fax: (62-21) 8087 8877
Email: info@royalejakarta.com
Marketing Communications: aidaristany@gmail.com
Website: www.royalejakarta.com

Public Course Private Ownership
27 Holes
Golf Buggies mandatory

North Course / Par 36
Black: 3291m
Blue: 3067m
White: 2801m
Red: 2420m

South Course / Par 36
Black: 3379m
Blue: 3191m
White: 2895m
Red: 2432m

West Course / Par 36
Black: 3318m
Blue: 3318m
White: 2867m
Red: 2472m

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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