Golf is not just a sport, but a true way of life. After all, what could be nicer than playing in a beautiful setting, foretasting a nice lunch or a trip to the spa? This explains why the locker room at Seminole Golf Club makes so many people sigh: the golf addict looks for more than just a beautiful golf course. Look for anexperience.
This of leads to the Ria Bintan Golf Club, which perfectly embodies the concept. Its golf course has everything one could ask for: it is well-designed and challenging to the point; it is nestled in a breathtaking natural setting; and it is within walking distance of a luxury resort. Little wonder it is considered the most beautiful golf club in all of Indonesia.
And the best luxury golf club award goes to…
The world is full of golf clubs claiming to be the best in the region, the nation, the world! Those who have a piece of paper to prove it are far fewer, and Ria Bintan is one of them. Since 1998, it has collected a good number of national and international awards; the Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2020, in the category of best luxury golf club in Indonesia, is only the latest.
In 2019, the golf club earned 35th place in the ranking of the best golf courses in Asia. In 2010 it was named best golf course in Indonesia, and in 2008 best golf course in Asia. It has also been chosen to host numerous regional and national events. The most important prize, however, is another.
Ria Bintan has earned Audubon International Classic and Cooperative Sanctuary certification. In a nutshell, it is a “green” golf club, in which as little as possible is wasted and the environment is respected, just like Justin Timberlake’s Mirimichi. You can then play and enjoy your vacation with a little lighter heart.
What makes the Ria Bintan Golf Club so special?
The aforementioned awards and certifications are a great calling card, but in essence, why does Ria Bintan dream?
The club boasts an 18-hole golf course that directly overlooks the ocean, offering breathtaking views at every hole. If you fancy a slightly shorter round, however, there is a 9-hole golf course that runs through the forest. Both were designed by Gary Player, whose portfolio boasts a rich variety of dream camps in some of the world’s most beautiful places.
Because the golf courses were built with the utmost respect for the environment, as you play you may come across some wild animals that inhabit the surrounding forest. Mostly deer and monkeys scamper around, absolutely harmless and delightful to watch. As long as they don’t try to steal your ball, at least.
Monkeys aside, the biggest dangers to your balls come from the many ponds that dot the holes, as well as the proximity to the ocean. When you get to holes 7,8 and 9 on the ocean course, the risk of getting the ball into the water is all too real. Especially because the view is too beautiful not to be distracted.
Golf only or all-inclusive?
Rin Bintan Golf Course’s many prizes attract tourists from all over Asia and the world, including Europe. For this reason, the club offers two different packages: Golf Only, if you just want to play on the ocean; Stay and Play, if you are looking for an all-around experience. The second option is certainly the best if you are a hedonist.
After finishing the round, you can rest your tired limbs in the spa and have a bite to eat. After that, a wonderful room with a view of the field awaits you to fall asleep with your passion in front of your eyes.