Padang Golf Halim II
The view from Tee Box Hole #8, tree-lined fairway, dog-leg right, uphill Par 5 at 444m
Padang Golf Halim II aka Halim 2 is located on the Indonesian Air Force base south of Halim Perdanakusuma Airport. It was built in 1971 alongside its sister course Halim I. The course is easy to get to, taking the TMI (Taman Mini Indonesia exit) the first having entered the Jagorawi Toll Road, so early morning the course is very easy to get to for Jakarta residents in around 30 minutes from the SCBD district. Run by the Air Force and with male caddies, many of which have been there from the start, Halim 2 is a traditional course unlike the glamorous courses further up the toll road. The course is fun to play, with meandering tree-lined fairways, the copious amount of greenery on site create an oasis of Zen, which is a blessing so close to congested Jakarta.
The course plays 6508m from the back tees hardly short, the 230m Par 3 17th may just be the longest Par 3 in Indonesia and will have some player’s hitting Driver’s or 3 Wood’s to the green. A walk along the fairway’s of holes 16 and holes 17 many golfers have sensed a feeling of being teleported into another country, as the large towering tree-lined fairway’s provide a sense and feeling of playing golf abroad, its really magical.
Like all the original Indonesian courses, Halim II uses the elephant grass variety not the modern day grass like Bermuda found on up market modern day courses. Un-liked by some but natural to Indonesian climatic conditions, although the course stays open 7 days a week one will never find the course in bad nick. Fairways are mowed evenly and greens kept at a consistently slow speed, don’t expect slippery greens here. Adopt a putting style with some added ‘wrist cock and pop’ to putt well here.
Nonetheless the abundance of tree’s at plant-life, lakes, ponds and aero-nautical relics like space shuttled and jet planes onsite create a dreamy, yet picturesque oasis of beauty, tranquility and calm at Halim II.
The signature hole must be the classic par 4, Hole # 5, playing about 345m, the fairway plays uphill from the tee box, with large tree’s left and right. Hit the ball to close left or right and the old tree’s branches will restrict you from playing a high shot to the green and you’ll be forced to go under. It’s not long but requires a straight drive or 3 wood to position yourself well enough to get on the green in regulation. Hole # 16, a sharp dogleg right Par 5, playing at less 521m. The brave and the Tiger line is cut the corner with a long drive and you’ll have a shot at the green in two, otherwise play left and settle for on the green in three shots. Many of Halim II’s tee shots require shot shaping skills, a fade to the left or a draw to the right. Hole #8 is also a dogleg right, playing very shot at just 444m. Cut the corner and over the lake with a driver and you will have a good chance for an eagle albeit firing to the green in two towards the smallest green onsite is challenging.
On Hole #17, the long tree-lined Par 3 at 221m, it feels like Augusta National
Somewhat dated as it appears not much has changed since its opening in 1971. None the less Halim 2 is not about luxury, it’s a modest public course and golfers will have everything they require on site: ample changing room facilities, decent clubhouse restaurant and also driving range and short-game practice area’s on site. There is a large atrium area in the centre of the clubhouse which would be perfect for prize giving ceremonies during golf tournaments and golf events. There is also a small pro – shop where you can pick up last minute essential before heading to the first tee like: golf balls, tees, marker’s golf gloves, golf hat’s, golf shirts. There are also some interesting secondhand golf clubs available whether or not they are authentic products I am not sure.
Compared to the modern more luxurious courses further up the Jagorawi toll, Halim II does not offer massage and spa services, or VIP rooms, Jacuzzi rooms, sauna’s that today’s Jakarta-based golfer has grown used to expecting. Yet it is fair to say the lack of luxury is reflected in the great green fee price at Halim II.
With its location on the Indonesian air-force base adjacent to Halim Airport and its establishment in the early 1970’s. Halim II is by all means old-school in its charm. Yes there are female caddies but they are sparing the caddie shack is dominated by mature caddies who have been pulling trolleys here for many years. If you fancy a round of golf, in pleasant surroundings, for a good price, Halim II ticks all the right boxes. It’s not lavish and spectacular, it’s a well-designed course, with many interesting holes that will provide the setting for 18 holes of traditional walking golf just 30 minutess from your apartment in Central Jakarta. It’s Escapism from 21st century life, at its best here in Jakarta. A golf course to slow down your clocks, and to re-energize.
It’s very green and zen-like at Halim II, here is a corridor of large trees on Hole 17
A full 5/5 stars for value. Halim II is Rp 300,000 all in weekdays and approx Rp 550,000 all in at weekends. Considering its close proximity to the SCBD area and the beauty of the course it really is fantastic value.
The time saved not stuck in a traffic jam is somewhat priceless nowadays. For US $50 dollars for 18 holes of walking golf during weekend’s and its public course status, Halim II offers humble golfers a real golfing treat here in Jakarta where playing golf is top of the agenda, not entertainment.