Architect(s): Peter Thomson, Michael Wolveridge, Ross Perrett
Fairways: Zoyzia and Bermuda
Season: Year round
Padang Golf Sukajadi is a world-class golf course near the Batam center, Indonesia. Originally designed by golf course architects Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett in the late 1980s, the course underwent redevelopment by local architects and land developers and opened to the public in 2009.
Since then, Padang Golf Sukajadi has become a popular destination for both professional and amateur golfers. The course has hosted several notable golf championships, including the 1st Indonesia Golf Association Amateur Open Golf Championship in 2010, and the 31st Indonesia Ladies Amateur Open Golf Championship in 2015. In 2014, it was rated the second-best course in Batam by Golf Digest Singapore.
The course spreads over 6,340 meters and features four different sets of tee boxes, catering to golfers of all abilities. The layout is relatively flat, but the clever use of earth-moving has created gentle undulations and mounds, which are not only aesthetically pleasing but also strategic in their placement. The Seashore Paspalum grass used throughout the course gives it a year-round bright green color.
The course is generally well-maintained, with particular attention to the greens, which are smooth and fast-running throughout. However, the fairways can get soggy during the wet months, and local grass varieties like Zoyzia and Bermuda can invade some holes.
Padang Golf Sukajadi is a semi-private club, and public golf is welcome. Weekday tee times are readily available, and the course is part of the Radisson Golf & Convention Center, which provides excellent clubhouse facilities and friendly caddies to ensure a pleasant golfing experience. The on-site spa also offers full-service amenities in the locker rooms, making Padang Golf Sukajadi a must-play for golf enthusiasts visiting Batam.