11 April 2019
A Course With Distinction
There’s an interesting golf course nestled in the highlands of Bogor. The par-72 18-hole course provides a distinguished experience that draws players to return time and again.
Rancamaya Golf Club opened its championship course in 1995. Located in Rancama-ya Estate, the course boasts spectacular volcano views of the extinct Mount Salak and also the clean, fresh, and cool air that is typical of the highlands in Bogor.
Ted Robinson, a renowned international course architect, designed Rancamaya Golf Club to encourage golfers to focus on three major elements: flexibility, memorabil-ity, and natural beauty. Each and every hole of Rancamaya Golf Course, which sits 500 meters above sea level, is unique and comes complete with its own name that characterizes the distinct features of the hole.
For example, the 1st hole is named Volcano. The opening hole is played from an ele-vated tee next to the clubhouse and presents a superb view of Mount Salak. This short par-4 looks more difficult than it plays. A large landing area on the fairway provides a comfortable margin for error. However, long hitters need to be aware of the lake on the right.
Meanwhile, the 14th hole, a par-3 signature hole, bears the name Turning Point. With stunning views of Mount Salak and the surrounding valleys, your tee shot from the elevated tees requires pinpoint accuracy to avoid the wash of water ahead of you before the green.
Overall, the 6,853-yard championship golf course demands players to be smarter, especially in club selection. While enjoying a series of lakes connected by small wa-terfalls and the sound of moving water on most holes, you will be challenged by mul-tiple teeing areas, strategically placed hazards, large greens, and out of bounds stakes that closely guard most of the fairways.
However, Rancamaya Golf Club’s alluring blend of natural beauty and challenge in the form of extraordinary course contours results in an exciting and refreshing golf-ing experience those who play it.