Batam & Bintan Golf
Bintan Island is home to four enchanting golf courses, making it a genuine golfer's paradise. The 23,000 hectares Bintan Resorts project, located on the north coast of the island, certainly has contributed to Bintan's popularity in this part of the world. Once you have entered the gateway to the resort you'll find yourself in a self-contained holiday destination with white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. Public transport to and from full-facility beachside villas, chalets and resort hotels as well as the many food and shopping places is part of the Bintan Resorts package.
Bintan Lagoon Resort boasts two excellent courses in the Ian Baker-Finch (Woodlands) course and the Jack Nicklaus (Sea View) course. The former Banyan Tree course is now called The Laguna Bintan Golf Club and offers an 18-hole layout designed by Greg Norman. The Ria Bintan Golf Club offers play at the 18 holes Ocean course and the first nine holes of the Forest course, both designed by Gary Player. Bintan can be reached via the isle of Batam by a 30 minute fast-boat ride or from Singapore by a 45 minute ferry ride.
Although Batam lacks a lifestyle resort like Bintan Resorts, the island offers enough attractive places for stay & play, while golf in Batam is of equal quality to that of Bintan. Golf certainly plays an important role in Batam's tourist industry.
In Batam golfers can pay for golf in local currency and this in comparison to Bintan where most of your golfing activities have to be paid for in Singapore dollars.
From Jakarta to Batam it's just a short one hour and twenty minute flight while from Singapore Batam can be reached by way of a 45-minute ferry ride. The courses that can be played in Batam are Tering Bay, Palm Spring, Southlinks, Indah Puri, Batam Hills Resort (formerly known as Paradise Bay) and the nine holes of Tamarin Santana course.
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