Zen Golf: Stay and Play at Lido Lakes

By: Dan Richards

Lido Signature Hole

We have all heard and used Robert Frost’s metaphoric phrase, ‘to take the path less traveled’ but how many of us can say that we actually have? For golfers around Jakarta that less traveled path is the one that leads to the Lido Golf Club and Resort in the mountains just outside of Bogor. Quietly nestled between mount Salak, Pangrango and Gede75km from Jakarta, the Lido G.C. rewards golfers who are willing to make the trek with one of the most serene 18-holes in all of West Java.

The vision of Australian course designer Ross C. Watson, Lido G.C. was constructed in 1994 to create an honest challenge for any golfer while incorporating the natural elements and mountainous terrain of its surrounding environment.

Throughout the round players will encounter a wide variety of wildlife, dense forests and scenic vistas that are more reminiscent of Japan than Jakarta.

Course

Not to be undone by the panoramic views and crisp mountain air, the course at Lido G.C. speaks for itself. Throughout the round players will encounter a series of challenges ranging from tee shots over lush valleys to long holes protected by steep drop-offstoapproach shots into greens of varyingelevations.

From the 1st tee box to the 18th green the course at Lido G.C. is in great condition with flush lies, a good balance of doglegs right and doglegs left, natural mountain contours built into every shot, and slick but very true greens. Rewarding players for a good tee-shot the greens at Lido are attackable and setup perfectly for the golfer’s eye.

With so many great holes to play choosing a favorite may require playing Lido G.C. a few times. Some highlights include the dogleg left Par 4 #4 that has a green jetting out into the valley, the long Par 5 #8 with sweeping views down the right side of the fairway; or the downhill Par 3 #14 that requires an over water shot while Mount Salak provides a stunning backdrop.

Although there are not many flaws to be found at Lido G.C. there is still some room for improvement when it came to the rough and bunkers. At Lido G.C. the rough was a bit thin and not punishing enough for errant shots while the strategically positioned fairway and greenside bunkers were dense as a result of the afternoon rainstorms.

Facilities

With a sleepy clubhouse feel and a weathered locker room the facilities leave much to be desired, however once you tee-off it is clear that golf is the focus here, as the clubhouse becomes amore distant memory with each shot played. After the round the clubhouse restaurant provides a comfortable place to tally up the scores while offering a wide selection of delicious foods and drinksat very reasonable prices.

Prior to teeing off players can take advantage of the driving range and large putting green just steps outside of the clubhouse. After a long drive to Lido G.C. we highly recommend a few practices swings to refocus the mind and calm the nerves.

Caddies

The all female caddies were knowledgeable of the fairways distances, breaks on the putting surface, and strategy for playing the course. The biggest surprise of the day was that the shy caddies were allowed to wear denim jeans complimented by their standard issue purple shirt and long brimmed hat.

Gunung SalakAmbiance

A great escape from the concreted jungles of Jakarta, the Lido G.C. experience maintains a perfect balance of nature to golf. The staff are warm and welcoming while groundskeepers can be found providing immaculate care throughout the course. During the week you are likely to find only a handful of other players on the course allowing for an enjoyable round without the crowds or feeling of being rushed.

Value

Lido G.C. is the definition of value.  The quality of golf for rupiah spent is the best around. For true value seekers, the Lido Lakes Resort stay-and-play package is a steal; for less than the cost of a weekend round of golf at a course off the Jagorawi, the stay-and-play includes golf at Lido G.C., a superior room, breakfast and a dinner buffet.

Hotel

As a reprieve to battling traffic after a calming day on the links, the Lido Lakes Resort offers an affordable stay and play package for golfers and families alike.

Players can drive up in the morning, play golf in the afternoon and enjoy the hotel facilities for a few hours before returning home the next day.

The Lido Lakes Resort is a 4-star hotel with 105 rooms, featuring a comfortable setting over the scenic Lake Cigombong and a wide variety of onsite activities such as massage treatments, water rafting, all terrain vehicles, hiking trips, tennis or just relaxing by the pool. Most importantly the rooms are comfortable and provide a quiet sanctuary that allow guests to recharge and distress before returning home.

Also available at the Lido Lakes Resort is a full service bar, dinner buffet and a concierge that can help you with any request.  For more information on booking a stay and play visit www.lidolakes.com

Course Rating

Course – 4.5
Facilities – 3
Caddies – 3.5
Ambiance  – 4.5
Value – 5
Total Score: 82%

Golf Course Information

Societies

Societies welcome. Contact clubhouse for arrangements.

Greens Fees

Weekdays: Rp. 375,000
Saturday (am/pm): Rp. 875,500 / 749,000
Sunday (am/pm): Rp. 798,500 / 683,000
Replay rate: 40% off morning rate
Driving Range (50 balls): Rp. 25,000

Facilities

Pro-shop, Driving Range, Putting Green, Chipping Area, Massage, Restaurant

Location

Jl. Raya Bogor, Sukabumi, Km 21,
Bogor, West Java (75km from SCBD Jakarta)

Contact

Telephone: (62-251) 8221008
Website: www.lidogolfclub.co.id

Course

18 holes, Par 72
Blue: 6,211m
White: 5,794m
Red: 5,286

Lido Lakes ResortLido Lakes Resort

Address
Jl Raya Bogor – Sukabumi Km.21
Bogor 16740 Jawa Barat – Indonesia

Website
www.lidolakes.com

Email Contacts
welcome@lidolakeshotel.com
jktsales@lidolakeshotel.com

IkaYuniarti
MarketingCoomunications
ika@lidolakeshotel.com
ikay_lido@yahoo.com

Telephone
(+62-251) 8220922

Facsimile
(+62-251) 361815907

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