As Jack Nicklaus´ first design in Indonesia, The Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) course part of Damai Indah Golf was set to be a stunning addition to golf in Indonesia, and he did not disappoint. The course opened in 1992 and has since won numerous awards for both the quality of the course and the service provided. In 2008 the green underwent a remodelling, undertaken by Nicklaus design to bring them up to modern day standards.
Located in the Jakarta region, the course boasts a clubhouse which is luxurious, with immense locker rooms offering a massage service to multiple restaurants serving an array of local cuisines. As with many courses in Asia, a caddy service is available and is more than recommended just for help negotiating the fast undulating and often multi-tiered greens.
At 6,545 meters the course is one of the longer Indonesian courses but the difficulty doesn´t lie in its length.
The design of Bumi Serponng Damai is, unsurprisingly full of Nicklaus traits none more so than the huge expanses of waste bunkers that protect the holes, but unlike some of Nickluas´ courses also add dimension and are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. IN creating this course, huge amounts of top-soil were moved to create mounding and movement to what would generally be considered a relatively flat terrain.
It was Nicklaus´s imagination which really sets this course apart from others. With the inclusion of water hazards, huge bunkers, undulating well protected greens the “Golden Bear” has created a golf course that offers a myriad of options to suit different playing styles and abilities.
Sometimes known as “The Spirit of the Hills” the design has captured the essence and spirit of golf.
Golfers, regardless of ability will be required to think their way this course, and although the fairways are generous the importance of hitting them makes them appear smaller than they are. But you will feel the pressure of hitting good shots on a regular basis on this course.
On regular occasions, you will be searching for your caddy to give carry distances to avoid bunkers, water hazards or waste areas, whilst the “amphitheatres” around the greens would have even the best golfers worried about getting up and down on the multi-tiered obstacles. Three putts are common and even four and five putts are often witnessed. If you can try to leave an uphill putt.
The clubhouse is superb, with locker rooms that are minimalistic in design but full of luxurious amenities which many golfers will not be akin to.
The restaurants offer a selection of local cuisines and the food is delivered to a world class standard.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the off-course facilities is the driving range. Playing from immaculate grass tees you are faced with floating islands in the lake to take aim at. The adjoining short game practice area is stunning with the greens exactly as the course, it would be very easy to lose yourself for a few hours here.