Bintan Lagoon Resort – Jack Nicklaus Course

Course Data
LocationBintan, Indonesia 
Yardage6947 yards Par 72  
Course Rating73.5 
Playing Date4 Jul. 2004 
DesignerJack Nicklaus  
Golf CartYes (Compulsory) 
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Landscaping & Views

A view from the clubhouse

This is a 36-hole golf club with this sea view Jack Nicklaus Course and a woodland Ian Baker Course. The front 9 have an average design but the back 9 are more challenging, and water and the ocean come into play on most holes. The fairways are relatively generous, so you can hit hard on the driver.

9th hole and the clubhouse

18th hole and teh clubhouse

2nd Par 4 460 yards

2nd Par 4 460 yards (2)

2nd Par 4 460 yards (1)
An excellent, long par 4 with a wide fairway. The bunker at the left front of the green is in play.

5th Par 5 522 yards
A dogleg to the left par 5 with various impressive bunkers in front of the green. The drive is a little downhill from the elevated tee and the second and third shots are uphill. The second shot offers many options. The most risky one is to take a short cut over the bunkers. The less risky one is to hit to the fairway on the left, 70-80 off the green and go for birdie with good approach shot. The safest one is to lay up in front of the bunkers and hit a 120-yard uphill approach shot and go for par.

5th hole seen from the green

5th Par 5 522 yards (2)

5th Par 5 522 yards (1)
6th Par 4 430 yards

6th Par 4 430 yards (2)

6th Par 4 430 yards (1)
The tee shot is blind, but a beautiful par 4. The second shot is slightly downhill and the lake facing the left of the green is well in play.

11th 570 yards
A gentle dogleg to the right with water on both sides for the tee shot. A creek crosses the fairway and extends into the right side of the green, so must pay attention to the second shot.

11th green

11th 570 yards (2)

11th 570 yards (1)
12th Par 3 173 yards

12th green

12th Par 3 173 yards
A very beautiful “ signature hole”. The tee shot is over natural beach sand that becomes a huge bunker when you are short of the green. There is a great ocean behind the green and on the right side of the hole. The green is deep, guarded by the bunker on the left and by the coastline on the right, and is as narrow as 20 yards. A very precise shot is required and moreover you need to read the sea wind. This is the hole of “no rose without a thorn”.
13th Par 4 378 yards

13th Par 4 378 yards (2)

13th Par 4 378 yards (1)
A relatively short par 4, but full of dangers. The approach shot needs to be especially careful. Trees in front of the green on the right side of the fairway are in play. There is a creek on the left and at the back of the deep green and a bunker in front of it.
16th Par 5 512 yards

16th Par 5 512 yards (2)

16th Par 5 512 yards (1)
A dogleg to the left with a large lake on the left. The fairway is tight and slopes from the left to the lake on the right. The water and bunkers come into play on each shot.
19th hole

The course seen from a kayak

A ferry to go to Bintan Island

It takes 45 minutes from Singapore to Bintan by ferry. The club has a hotel next to the course, and the clubhouse is the one of best in the region.

It took 10 minutes by car from the Club Med where I stayed. I was able to see the course from the ocean kayaking for 25 minutes from the Club Med beach. The course and Ria Bintan GC (20 minutes kayak paddling) are adjacent.

The other Jack Nicklaus designed courses in Indonesia are Damai Indah G&CC – Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) Course, Emeralda GC – Plantation Course (9 holes), The Taman Dayu Club and Bukit Darmo Golf.