Sentul Highlands is a challenging and charming mountain golf course designed by Gary Player amongst the foothills above Sentul City. The course was constructed in 1997 and like all great golf course architects’, Mr Player has made good use of the hilly terrain and majestic local natural vegetation to create this impressive golf layout which will cater for all levels of golfers. In the land of the female caddy, enjoy the company of your own young female caddy who will be more then capable of guiding you around this mountain golfing layout.
Gary Player relished a challenge as a player and this is evident in his course design philosophy, creating many a test for ones golf game throughout these 18 holes whilst incorporating the scenic surroundings of the area, the panoramic views throughout the course of the infamous Gunung Salak on a clear day and the Bogor foothills are at times truly breath-taking. The course is by no means long, playing just 5654 meters from the white tee’s and most of the tee boxes are elevated to the fairways below which should add extra length to your drives. The course has 5 tee boxes available so there will be a suitable tee box for all levels of golfers. Sentul Highlands is a public course, but the level of service and quality of the facilities on offer are of top quality thus creating an ideal venue for a stimulating round of golf.
The course layout on the Par 4’s and Par 5’s will test your accuracy more then your length, and the course often requires carefully placed drives to narrow down-hill fairway landing areas. Hole #2 epitomises Mr Player course designs, a Par 4, dogleg right to left at 397m from the blue tee box. The fairway becomes very thin towards the landing area from the tee-box and an errand drive will find out of bounds left and right. A well struck tee-shot finding the fairway will fill the golfer with joy and confidence to take on the many challenges coming up ahead.
Soon after Hole #5, is a long par 4, handicap index 1. One of many blind driving holes on the course, in this case with an up hill tee-shot requiring a confident drive to position one self on the right hand side of the fairway, in order to have any chance of finding the green in regulation. With this steep elevation and the deep bunker guarding the front side of the green left side, the golfer should opt for a one club extra or two to land on the green in regulation.
Gary Player has created a truly challenging course amongst the natural beauty of this region. The highlight for me was the abundant blind tee shots required. The golfer must pick a spot on the horizon and trust his swing, for often the landing area will be hidden from view from the tee box and over the horizon down to the fairway. The blind drives will stimulate your imagination and test your nerve to stick to your line and let it go into the abyss. Albeit the course is no monster in length, but Gary Player being a master of the short game, has created small and puzzling greens, with quirky mountain breaks, on our recent visit the greens were running 10 on the stint meter and are often well protected by deep sand traps ready to consume any poor approach shots.
Hole # 14 is undoubtedly my favourite of the lot, playing downhill from tee to green. A well-positioned drive, must find a thin landing area, which doglegs significantly from left to right. An ideal club would be a 3 or a 4 iron from the highly elevated blue tees, finding the left hand side of the fairway amongst the rock boulders littering the fairway, not to dissimilar to the desert mountains of Arizona, then a downhill second shot to a small undulating green is required with no more then a well struck 8 iron or a solid 9 iron flick down to the green well guarded by a bunker short and right. Typical Gary player design at work, although short in yardage, this hole has the combination of a true dogleg towards a small landing area, and a downhill approach to a small well-guarded green. It’s not a test of distance but a test in course strategy, mindfulness and accuracy.
After 16 holes, Hole # 17 sets up as a long and open par 5, 501m from the blue tees. The hole plays in two parts, with the opening drive requiring a draw off the elevated tee to a fairway down below, take your time, pick your spot and admire the view of the fairway below, mountain golf at its best, where on the right side runs a mountain stream which then turns left and splits the first fairway from the second landing zone, where you can aim your second shot. Go for glory and be wary of the large lake on the left side of the second fairway, a classic mountain Par which will let your imagination run free as you access the risk and reward on offer. Play safe and layup to the right side leaving a sand-wedge in for your third shot to a long and narrow green.
The range of facilities is complete. The pro shop run by Raja Golf stocks the full range of all major golf brands, and will provide the golfer with all his requirements. A driving range with adequate numbers of driving bays and plenty of target areas, but one very unique feature being the 3 hole practice facility. Adjacent to the driving range there are 3 practice holes, of both par 3’s and par 4’s where beginners’ can practice their golf game and get some on-course practice and some confidence before committing to paying and playing a full 18 holes, ideal for beginners or high handicappers.
The locker rooms are spacious and suitably decorated, minimal, fresh inducing a feeling of comfort and calm. Massage and spa services are also available.
The food and beverage is of hotel quality. There is a good selection of international dishes, and suitably given its location a couple of splendid Sundanese dishes. Ask your server for the local specials on offer for some tasty local cuisine. Service is amongst two large outdoor areas surrounded by balconies with glorious views of Tee Box 10 outwards and Hole 18 inwards.
Sentul Highland’s sets up perfectly for leisure golfers looking for a good challenge.
Sentul City, Sentul Bogor – 16810
Telephone: (62-21) 8796 0266-68 / 021 7063 7245
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Course Architect: Gary Player
Open Monday-Sunday: 6.00 AM- 7.00 PM
18 holes, Par 72