11 June 2018
When Two Legends Met
Opened in 1994, Emeralda Golf Club consists of 27 holes which are a blend of the work of two of the world’s biggest golf legends: Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Palmer’s course has 18 holes consisting of the River and Lake Course, while Nicklaus’s work is only nine holes, the Plantation Course.
The name of each course reflects its character. The River Course is dominated by water obstacles, especially rivers, while the Lake Course presents ponds and lakes as features at the majority of its holes. The Plantation Course is dominated by plains, occasionally decorated with small rivers running through the fields, plus coconut trees.
The River Course is believed to be the most difficult nine holes. In addition to many water hazards, narrow fairways on several of the holes require good course management if players want to card a respectable score. Meanwhile, the Lake Course’s fairways are considered quite friendly for all handicaps. Both courses have a small number of bunkers to be avoided. The holes of the Plantation Course are generally longer, making it a favorite for long hitters.
Since 1995, Palmer’s course was a venue for international professional tournaments, such as the Alfred Dunhill Masters, Volvo Asian Matchplay Championships, Johnnie Walker Super Tour, Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open, and the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia, along with the national professional circuit, the Indonesian Golf Tour.
Golfers visiting Emeralda Golf Club are able to select one nine from each of the two famous designers to make up their round. Where else can you experience playing both a Palmer and Nicklaus course in the same round?