Far from the maddening crowds, one of Asia’s most attractive golf getaways is preparing for an influx of golfing visitors.
To commemorate the setting up of Bogor Heavenly Golf – a newly-formed consortium of six world-class golf clubs in the vicinity – a one-month Bogor Golf Festival is to be launched.
From June 1-30, enticing packages are being offered to experience the delights of golfing in Bogor, about 60 kilometres south of Jakarta on Java Island, set against the volcanic backdrop of Mount Salak.
Made up of Bogor Raya, Emeralda Golf Club, Rainbow Hills, Rancamaya Golf Club, Riverside Golf Club and Sentul Highlands Golf Club, Bogor Heavenly Golf comprises a sextet of award-winning courses, sculpted by some of the best-known names in golf.
Riverside Golf Club and Sentul Highlands Golf Club are both Golf Course Facility members of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“As well as a cool climate and outstanding golf courses, the Bogor clubs are famous for their outstanding caddies, warm hospitality and value for money,” said a spokesperson for Bogor Heavenly Golf.
Such is the quality of the facilities in the region that the six clubs have come together to spread the word about Bogor in general and golfing in Bogor in particular.
“Until recently, Bogor has been a hidden gem for golfers. We believe the time is now right to market ourselves to golfers from Asia and beyond who are looking for an exciting new golfing destination. Couples, families and groups of friends are all welcome. They will not be disappointed,” added the spokesperson.
All of the courses offer unique challenges, from the 27-hole championship test at Emeralda, designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, to scenic mountain resort courses like Rancamaya, Sentul Highlands and Rainbow Hills … to the beautiful parkland set-up of Bogor Raya, or Greg Norman’s Riverside, carved out of a tropical jungle.
Off the course, too, Bogor has plenty to offer in terms of history, culture and dining.
As well as a presidential palace established by Sir Stamford Raffles, where he stayed as the Governor of Java prior to discovering Singapore, the city of Bogor boasts one of the world’s eldest and largest botanical gardens.
Bogor Golf Festival www.bogorheavenlygolf.com