Rainbow Hills Golf Club
27 holes par 72/36 (6289/3115 meters)
Rainbow Hills Golf Club Information
|Designer:||J. Michael Poellot (JMP) Golf Designs|
|Holes / Par / Yardage:||27 holes par 72/36 (6289/3115 meters)|
50 kilometers from Jakarta
1.5 hours from Jakarta or 45 minutes from Bogor
|Max. golfers per group:||Weekday: 4 |
|Facilities:||Accommodation, Massage, Restaurants, Sauna|
(impressive mountainous JMP designed course)
Rainbow Hills Golf Club is located in the low lands on the way to the Bogor Region. It’s slightly longish distance from Jakarta is more than rewarded by cooler temperatures and less crowds. The Jakarta golf course was designed by famous US based golf architect Bob Moore of J. Michael Poellot of JMP Golf Designs. He was able to take advantage of a picturesque setting with natural environment surroundings. The original 18 holes play through mostly deforested mountains and opened in 1995. The new 9 plays on the valley floor and were completed in 2014.
The Rainbow Hills course is designed to accommodate and reward golfers of all abilities. Length off the tee is not as important as accuracy on the fairways. Well placed shots almost insure a birdy chance if not par. The course generally follows the natural contours of the landscape and many shots roll towards the center of the fairways. Greens are slightly undulated, but also follow the land contours. When in doubt about the break use the surrounding mountains as a guide.
There are number of long par-4 and par-5 holes with breathtaking views. The signature hole thirteen is one of the best par fives around. The elevated tee affords excellent views over the course and surrounding areas and drops to a downhill fairway. Out of bounds left and bunkers right require a straight drive to be in play. Finding the fairway some 130 meters below is the key to success. In fact a 3-wood here might be preferred over a driver. The second shot is a dog leg to the left. Another accurate wood is required to stay clear of the water. The approach shot plays to a well-bunkered green.
The ninth and eighteenth holes are also standouts. A par-4 and par-5, respectively, they finish with an approach over waterfalls in front of the clubhouse. Any groups at Rainbow Hills can watch their fellow golfers close out their rounds from the clubhouse balcony.
Overall the facilities are quite good for Indonesia. The clubhouse is large, with a variety of dining options from local cuisine to international dishes. The VIP villas with their own lockers and F&B are really upmarket and can be rented by the day for groups looking for more privacy and even higher service standards. Whatever option, be sure to relax with a cool drink and take in the excellent views of the surrounding environment.
The Rainbow Hills caddies are some of the best in Indonesia. They all speak English and are well trained in the rules and etiquette of golf. As a bonus, the caddies are well groomed and fit perfectly into the “innocent Asian girl” mold.
Rainbow Hills is recommended for golfers looking to get away from hustle-and-bustle in a remote countryside that is not too far from Jakarta. There are many golf options available in Jakarta and Rainbow Hills is certainly one to be considered. It's an impressive course!
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