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KILLIAN MURPHY Born in Ireland in 1977, Killian has a computer science degree but left computers behind to own and run two Irish Pub’s in Jakarta. In his spare time he loves to play golf on the many different courses in Jakarta and has also recently started writing his first book.
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“ Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.” (Winston Churchill)
recently had a conversation with a very talented golfer about what fascinated him most about the game of golf. His answer had a very profound impact on my enduring curiosity for the game and made me think: What is it about this very game, which has the power to turn grown men into idiots and fools? After all, the talented golfer reminded me: golf is a game where people hit a small white ball over large distances outdoors into cup-sized holes in the ground. It is a truly bizarre concept, or shall we say, genius? Could it be the threefold nature of the game, which makes it so appealing? The combination of physiological, psychological and social elements. Firstly, the golfer must swing his club, combining a vast array of muscular movements joining as one in unison, with balance to propel the dimpled white ball forward the desired distance. Physiologically it takes more than sheer force to play good golf, as a 300 yard drive may impress, but without a degree of calmness and grace, the golfer
Secondly, the golfer, having hit a perfectly timed 7-iron to a green 150 yards, sees his ball fly over a large pot bunker towards a back pin stopping 6ft short. Having made his uphill putt for birdie, he has officially fallen in love with the game. This novice begins to give some serious consideration and thought to his golfing strokes. At this point he may start reading golf books, watching old Youtube footage of Ben Hogan, picking up tips from golf digest magazines and taking lessons from his local pro, for at this point he has become determined to discover what it takes to become even better at this game. Yet sometimes, despite all the practice, the lessons and the hours of reading, his scores may not improve immediately - patience is key at this point. The golfer has come to realise that the mind and brain has just as much influence to the game as the hand and the eye. Thirdly, the social factor, at this point the beginner has acquired all the fundamentals: like the correct posture, the adequate grippressure even the best tempo for varying golf shots. He may also discover the impact of his temperament and character on his golf game. More importantly could be the effect of his opponent's character and temperament and the quality of their play
on his golf game. Perhaps he stays humble and plays with hackers for the enjoyment of playing the better golf, or perhaps he seeks out a game with the scratch club champion to learn how real golf is really played, and be further inspired. Yet there should never be too much thinking on the golf course, as the thinking affects the mind, and the mind can affect the muscles. Take some time the next time you play golf to contemplate, or ask your companions why they like golf so much. Every golfer will have their very own reasons. My reason is simple: Jakarta is a bustling, constantly developing, traffic congested metropolis and we are ever so lucky as golfers to be surrounded by 40 golf courses in the Jabodetabek region alone, some within only 30 minutes drive from the SCBD district. On these courses we have our playgrounds for four and a half hours where we hit small white balls in the fresh air, navigating our way past obstacles and hazards, or ideally straight down the fairway towards well guarded greens and putting into strategically positioned cup-sized holes 4.25 inches in diameter. The Golf Course, the golfer's very own Garden of Eden. "Golf combines two favourite American pastimes; taking long walks and hitting things with a stick." (P.J O’Rourke) Happy Golfing! Simon Reynolds
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GUNUNG GEULIS L
ocated in the foothills of the Puncak rests the Gunung Geulis Country Club, about 50km from the business centre of Jakarta. Take the Jagorawi toll all the way to Ciawi then take the left fork towards Puncak and after approximately 4 km there is a lefthand turn with a large signpost for the golf course. The course is 400m–500m elevation above sea level, offers cleaner air and cooler temperatures than other courses in Jabodetabek, and upon arriving the golfer will feel a sense
of escape from civilisation in this truly wild, tranquil and relaxing setting. The iconic clubhouse is large in scale and a welcoming site, unique in design, with its circular blue roof, designed by the famous Australian architect Kym Hughes. There are 36 holes on offer, with the original West Course opened in 1992, and the newer East Course which opened in 1994. Both courses were designed by Thomson, Wolveridge and Perret, world famous golf course designers.
Gunung Geulis West Course Jakarta is one of the biggest cities in the world and has many issues that people living here have to deal with every day. However, it is also home to some of the best golf courses in the world and for a casual golfer/ hacker like me, I get the chance to play on some of these world class courses for very reasonable prices.
So when I was invited recently to have a game at Gunung Geulis I jumped at the chance, especially as I had never played this particular course before. It was an early start so traffic was light on our way to Gunung Geulis in the Bogor hills. It took us approximately one hour from
Ampera in South Jakarta, but to be safe you should give yourself at least one and a half hours. After a light breakfast we headed off to our buggies and were greeted by our friendly caddies in their bright orange uniforms. We had a few practice putts on the large practice green and then hit the first tee box. There are two 18-hole courses at Gunung Geulis, and we were playing the West Course on this visit. We made our way down to the first hole—and all I could say was “wow”—a spectacular view greeted us, with the surrounding countryside in full view and the fairway at least 100 yards below the tee box. It was a relatively short par 4, but had danger on both sides. This is a hole you don’t just tee up and smash. We must’ve spent at least five minutes looking at the views and taking pictures before hitting off. Luckily there was no one waiting behind us. As first holes go in Jakarta, I definitely have never played any as spectacular as this. I smashed on and luckily found the fairway and the day’s fun was underway. If the remaining 17 holes were half as spectacular as hole 1, we were in for a fantastic day.
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As we moved slowly through the front nine I can definitely say we were not disappointed. Every hole at Gunung Geulis is so very different within amazing surroundings. Jakarta’s traffic and pollution are a distant memory as you move your ball with caution around this beautifully designed course. For the more serious golfers and low handicappers, I think this course would also really appeal —no holes are the same or even similar. All the holes have their different obstacles, whether it’s a dog leg left or right, bunkers or water in front of the green, or the trees that line each fairway—the challenge is there. We got through the front nine and my caddie told me my score, which I conveniently can’t remember for this piece, but it was relatively decent. It did not matter though and I was ready for the back nine and looked forward to grabbing another few pars. Birdies would be pushing it a little.
'FOR THE MORE SERIOUS GOLFERS AND LOW HANDICAPPERS, I THINK THIS COURSE WOULD ALSO REALLY APPEAL —NO HOLES ARE THE SAME OR EVEN SIMILAR.'
Again the back nine did not disappoint and was a further breath of fresh air altogether— as on certain holes you could easily think you are playing golf at one of the top U.S. courses and the following hole would not look out of place in Ireland or Scotland, with small pot bunkers protecting the green. My caddy on the 12th was getting a little frustrated with my constant slice of the tee or as I like to call it, my natural fade —she mentioned maybe I should aim a little further left when driving. She said it with a smile and throughout the whole day had been extremely professional and friendly.
The course manager later explained to us that it was Gunung Geulis that was the first course to introduce girl caddies to golf in Jakarta, a pretty smart idea looking back.
it a good try, it did not come off. I am not one to count the scores, so walked up the 18th and sunk my putt for par and shook hands with my playing partners and said quietly to myself, “I will be back”.
spectaculars views, hole variation, beautiful peaceful surroundings, and excellent caddies.
I sank another energy drink and set myself a target of 1 over for the final three holes. After the 16th and 17th I needed a hole in one of the par 4 to hit the target of 1 over, so even though I gave
To sum up—I would highly recommend Gunung Geulis West Course to any golfer in Jakarta. It really is one of the best courses around. It’s one of the best for a few reasons. To name a few:
All in all it was a fantastic day’s golf in a wonderful location. I will be back up there soon for sure.
Did I mention the caddies’ bright orange uniforms?
Gunung Geulis East Course Having played the West Course in the morning, we played the East Course after lunch. The East Course plays 6.066 meters in total, and is specially designed for the golf buggy, which will take you through the contours of the landscape. Peter Thomson was a five time British Open champion and after a few holes, the British links inspired design is prevalent. The thin fairways are never flat, with plenty of undulations to ponder and carefully placed bunkers, reminiscent of the sand traps located on links courses in the British Isles.
The front nine is fittingly named the Valley Course, and is located in the lower part of the club’s terrain. The fairways are often tight with little room for error, and carefully placed tee-shots are imperative for any chance of a decent score. Although the East Course is shorter than the West, the tighter, sloping fairways, and hazards-a-plenty offer a more challenging round of golf. Golfers are rewarded by breathtaking natural and wild landscapes set amid the misty slopes of the Bogor Mountains. Geulis in Sundanese means ‘beautiful’, and rightly so.
The eighth hole was my favourite of the front nine, although only 433 meters from the blue tees, the elevated tee box looks down towards a tight fairway with a huge lake on the left side welcoming any golfer who gets overexcited with their driver. A good solid drive will allow a confident golfer a good shot at two on, to a blind green, playing downhill, with several pot holed bunkers littered around the putting surface. The following ninth hole is also a gem. It measures 170 meters from the blues but plays significantly
'GUNUNG GEULIS IS THE PERFECT GOLFING ESCAPE FROM HECTIC URBAN LIFE, A BREATH OF FRESH AIR IN A GENUINELY NATURAL LANDSCAPE WITH TWO FANTASTIC GOLF COURSES, WHICH WILL SATISFY THE ADVENTUROUS GOLFERS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT.' downhill to a tiny green, a good test for the accuracy of your iron game. Throughout the valley’s front nice, the course offers open panoramic views of the foothills, with lovely views of the Rainbow Hills course and the tropical mountain foliage, teaming with singing birdlife. The back nine, the Hill Course, presents the golfer with a steeper hilly terrain. The fairways remain tight and undulating as the golf course meanders through the Bogor foothills passing a local kampung nearby. Hole number sixteen is an interesting hole; a longish par 3, which plays somewhat uphill, playing a lot longer than its measured 164 meters from tee box to green. The corridor to the green is very tight, leading to an elevated green encapsulated by bunkers ready to gobble up anything short. The Gunung Geulis resort has several cottages and bungalows on site, catering for all sizes: from one bedroom to four or five. The cottages are an ideal option for the weekend getaway or midweek
golfing break. A family getaway and non-golfers are also catered for by a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and even an adventure camp, where local guides can lead local hikes into the surrounding areas and teach outdoor games and survival skills to groups. The cottages offer the opportunity to travel from Jakarta in the evening, stay the night and play the following morning your 18 holes, or even an extra round. Gunung Geulis is the perfect golfing escape from hectic urban life, a breath of fresh air in a genuinely natural landscape with two fantastic golf courses, which will satisfy the adventurous golfers looking for something different. Thomson, Wolveridge and Perret have created, what feels at times, like a links style layout in an elevated landscape, which provides a memorable golfing experience in the crisp air of the Bogor foothills. The travel time may be a little longer than some of the other courses in the region, but as a wise man once said: good things come to those who wait.
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GOLF FEATURE BY WANDY WAURAN
HERE ARE THE REASONS: The main reason of slow play is that amateurs emulate the professionals. They see how the pros go back and forth on the putting green and think that will work on their own game. They also see how the pros take their time when picking a club to hit. In a nutshell, amateurs are directly influenced by the professionals, as far as slow play is concerned. Jack Nicklaus recently made this interesting assessment on slow play on the professional tours: "The main culprit in slow play to me is the golf ball and the distance the golf ball goes. Golf, it used to take three hours, three and a half hours. British Open, you used to play the last round in three hours or less. Today they take close to five hours.”
ost of weekend golfers in Jakarta have played a fivehour round of golf at one time or another. Not very fun, is it? You are waiting 5-10 minutes before every shot, the sun is scorching your skin and most importantly, you are playing not so well at that moment. Most weekend golf rounds around Jakarta will take AT LEAST five hours for 18 holes. Why five hours when a round of golf for a foursome should not take longer than three hours and 50 minutes (see R & A policy and guidelines)?
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He meant that the longer balls today are the main factor for longer golf courses. 500-yard par 4s are becoming the norm today on tour. Longer can mean more strokes, which means more time. Mr. Nicklaus has some really valid points. His statement also proves that there is a slow play issue out on tour. There have been two players penalized for slow play on two Majors this year: Guan at the Masters and Matsuyama at the British Open. Is it a bit strange that they penalized two Asian golfers? I guess they are trying to use these players as an example that the tour has no tolerance for slow play. In any rate, the professionals need
'DO NOT LET WHAT YOU CANNOT DO INTERFERE WITH WHAT YOU CAN DO'
tee off from the white. Even if you are a single handicap, do not think you can play from the black (championship) tees. Most of you do not hit the ball as far as the Pros.
to resolve the slow play issue. Once accomplished, there will be a trickle down effect to the amateurs.
Be ready. Do not wait until your playing partners have hit their drive then get your club and put on your glove. On the green, even when it is not your turn to putt, read your putt and go through your routine while your playing partner is putting.
Another reason for slow play that is closer to home is that golf courses in Jakarta do not have a reservation system in place. They will tell you they do, but they don’t. Trust me on this. On the weekend, the golf course will not be able to accommodate the demand for tee times. There should not be more than 30 morning tee times booked on any given 18-hole golf course. Any more than that will be like Jakarta traffic on Sudirman. Unfortunately the only real solution to this problem will mean less revenue to the golf course. John Wooden once said, “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” The economics of golf course tee times are out of our control, but playing faster is very much in our control. The issue above pertains to weekend golf. Weekday golf, in general, should not have issues of five-hour rounds of golf. HERE ARE SOME TIPS ON HOW WE CAN PLAY FASTER: Play from the correct tees. Most golfers let their ego get the best of them. If your drives do not go longer than 200 meters, please
Play ready golf on the tee. Do not worry about who has the honour before teeing off. If there is a shorter hitter in your group, let him hit first since he will not reach the group ahead. Keep up with the group in front of you. Do not fall behind the group ahead of you. If you lose sight of them, you are probably holding up play. The key here is to have good common sense; if you know you are hitting your 8th shot on the hole and you are not on the green yet, please pick up your ball. Another key is to have golf etiquette: for example please do not take too long on your cellular phone. Please give these tips a try next time you play on the weekends. I guarantee you will have more fun, perhaps even play better. You will also make it to your meeting without driving like Schumacher.
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SNEAD TROPHIES UP FOR AUCTION A collection from the PGA Tour's winning golfer will be sold next month in Chicago. The Masters trophy Sam Snead won in 1954 after the epic playoff with Ben Hogan. The claret jug when Snead won his only British Open at St. Andrews. The gold medal for the 1942 PGA Championship, the first of his seven major championships. Those are among 14 lots from the Sam Snead Collection that will be the centrepiece of Heritage Auctions' offerings next month in Chicago. SOURCE: THONLINE.COM
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 2013: PHIL MICKELSON SHOOTS 66 TO CLAIM THREE-SHOT VICTORY Phil Mickelson produced a storming finish to win his first Open Championship by three shots as Lee Westwood suffered more major heartbreak. The left-hander broke free of a bunched field with four birdies in the last six holes to post a closing 66 - the joint best round of the week - and a winning total of three-under. SOURCE: SKYSPORTS.COM
ELS ACCEPTS HONORARY MEMBERSHIP Ernie Els, a four-time Major champion and a World Golf Hall of Famer, has accepted an invitation to become an Honorary Member and International Ambassador of the Asian Tour. The South African star said he was delighted to receive the recognition from Asia’s premier Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season as a players’ organisation this year. “It is a great honour for me to receive an Honorary Membership from the Asian Tour. This is absolutely wonderful. I’ve played in Asia for many, many years and for them to do that, to basically be their International Ambassador as well, is something which I will take seriously,” said Els. SOURCE: ASIAN TOUR
Interior Design Ever wondered what the inside of a golf ball looks like? James Friedman did so, too, and actually took the idea in practice. Check out his website for many more chopped up golf balls and other great photos. James says on his website, “Incidentally, I do not play golf.”
AFRICA'S MAJOR HAS THE TRUMP CARDS—ROPER Despite Tiger Woods’ tournament "The World Challenge" being back on, Nedbank Golf Challenge tournament director Alastair Roper says, "Africa's Major still may have some trump cards”. When the new 30-man field for the South African event was announced, it seemed Woods’ event would not be played at all due to a lack of sponsorship. It has since been reinstated, mainly due to a cash injection from Woods. Both events start on December 5 and will compete to attract the world's best golfers. SOURCE: SUPERSPORTS.COM
2013 ASIA PACIFIC GOLF SUMMIT TO LOOK AT INDONESIA AND MYANMAR The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is widely considered to be one of the fastest growing regions in the world and in a golf context, it is said to have tremendous growth possibilities for the golf industry. Golf is expected to grow exponentially in Indonesia and some 50 new golf courses are believed to come on stream over the next few years. The country already has some 160 golf courses and the game enjoys wide and growing popularity. Both Indonesia and Myanmar will come under the spotlight during the staging of the 2013 Asia Pacific Golf Summit (APGS) which will be staged in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta on November 5 - 7 at the plush Shangri-la Hotel Jakarta. SOURCE: WORLDGOLF.COM
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GOLFING ABROAD BY DAVID BOWDEN
GLITZY SWISS GOLF
Moritz doesn’t need too much introduction to jet-setting skiers, but golfers may be surprised to learn that there are three summer courses to play within close proximity to this glamourous Swiss alpine town. Located in the Engadine (or Engadin) region of northeast Switzerland, the narrow streets of St. Moritz are lined with boutiques of all the world’s leading fashion houses and it’s easy to see just how popular it is with jet-setting travellers. It was also the home of the 1928 and 1948 Winter Olympic Games. HISTORIC GOLF
David Bowden flies on SWISS into Zurich and then onto St. Moritz to play golf in one of Switzerland’s smartest year-round alpine sporting destinations.
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Golf is nothing new to St. Moritz and in fact the Engadine Golf Club is the oldest course in Switzerland, dating back to 1893 when a nine-hole course opened near the picturesque lake. The idea for the course was first mooted in 1889 when one of the region’s leading hoteliers travelled to England to find out about the new game of golf. Now there are three courses to play around St. Moritz with the 18-hole championship course located in Samedan (which adjoins St. Moritz) along with its sister 18-hole course at ZuozMadulain. Together, these two courses constitute what is known as the Engadine Golf Club. The
third course, Kulm Golf St. Moritz is located right near the town centre of St. Moritz but it’s only a nine-hole, chip and putt course.
you’ll need to turn up with your skis as it becomes a cross country ski field in winter. CHIP N’ PUTT
Switzerland’s first golf championships were staged at the Samedan course in 1904. Despite the golfing heritage of these three courses, innovation is something that is important to all. Both courses of the Engadine Golf Club are par 72 but are completely different in character. While Samedan is situated on the plain between Samedan, Punt Muragl and Celerina, the golf course Zuoz-Madulain stretches from Zouz to Madulain along the River Inn and between hills and woodlands in an alpine setting. Golfers familiar with Indonesian scenery and tropical conditions will be seriously distracted while playing most Swiss courses especially those in St. Moritz. At an altitude of 1,700m, snowcovered peaks are a year-round feature with some 20 rising above the St. Moritz town exceeding 3,500m with names that were all new to me. Golfers will notice their ball will travel a little further and they may become a little more breathless in the rarified alpine air. It’s usually easy to get onto the Samedan course from mid May to the end of October but after that
While a chip and putt course may not initially appear challenging to many golfers, you just have to remember the location in which the course is situated. This is St. Moritz after all and the chance to play in such as a glamorous destination rarely arises. Kulm Golf St. Moritz is part of the famous Hotel Kulm (and hotel guests play free of charge) dating back to 1856, but non-guests are welcome to also play the course. An 18 hole (two rounds of the nine hole course) game here is just 1,700m long but precision is essential and golfers need to ‘pitch in and putt the green’. At 1,860m altitude, it’s a good course that, while it only takes 1.5 hours to play, provides the opportunity to hone one’s skills as accuracy is paramount. The 120m-long sixth hole has remained unchanged since the course’s inception. Parts of its fairway are noticeably slower as it can’t be cut so low in order to protect the alpine meadows growing here. A natural ice bob run starts from near the second hole and is a big St. Moritz attraction in winter. Dracula Club, offering St Moritz’s
most exclusive entertainment is also located within the club grounds and it’s worth befriending a member to obtain access. St. Moritz Golf Academy has a driving range with 16 places of which six are under cover. Also included is a practice putting green and bunker. The Clubhouse Chesa Al Parc has brilliant alpine views and showcases Swiss cuisine and beverages. ALPINE SCENERY
Travellers flock to St. Moritz to admire the alpine scenery and the glamorous lifestyle associated with its winter skiing. While St. Moritz is a year-round destination, some outlets close out of the main winter season. While there are many dining options in St. Moritz, travelling up the solar-powered Punt Muragl funicular railway to Muottas Muragl is highly recommended. One of the advantages in travelling to St. Moritz in summer is that the sun doesn’t set until after 9pm, so enjoying dinner in the ‘magic hour’ of the high alpine setting of the Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl is especially memorable. From the veranda, a score or so of snowcapped peaks shimmer in the early evening light and the lakes in the valley make for an unforgettable evening. At 2,456m, the restaurant here has spectacular views over St. Moritz and the food served matches the scenery. Enjoy local delicacies of pizokel (homemade pasta and mountain cheese) and grilled veal steak with morel sauce and summer vegetables. Local beers such as Engadiner Bernina and Swiss wines like Gerald Clavien Miège Syrah are served at prices below those in Indonesia. RAIL JOURNEYS
Switzerland is blessed in having many great golf destinations to visit and countless journeys to enjoy along the way. The nation’s train system is the best in the world and, for many travellers, the only way to get around Switzerland is by train. This means hiring clubs at golf courses so as not to be restricted by lugging a golf bag. As there are no direct flights from Indonesia to Switzerland, visitors have to travel via Singapore or the Middle East. My preferred carrier was SWISS, which just reintroduced daily flights from Singapore using Airbus aircraft. Their flight arrives into Zurich just after 6am and by the time you have cleared immigration and
collected your baggage, it’s time to catch a train from the station beneath Zurich Airport. Several famous train journeys can be made in Switzerland with St. Moritz being the departure point for the famous Glacier Express; the world’s slowest express train. The 8-hour Glacier Express journey departs St. Moritz at 9.15am precisely and arrives into Zermatt in the early evening after passing through some of the world’s most spectacular alpine scenery. A grand three-course lunch accompanied by Swiss wines and beers is possible and a highlight of the journey. I travelled while listening to an informative commentary on the features of the landscape we passed through. We passed Switzerland’s ‘Grand Canyon’ located in the Rhône Gorge. Later, the cogwheel train of the Matterhorn Railway was connected for the steep climb that starts just after Disentis Mustér. Snow-capped mountain peaks covered in ski runs were traversed at Nätschen. This moveable feast is one of the most indulgent ways to enjoy Swiss trains, but there are many other journeys within the country that offer just as much.
TRAVEL FILE ARRIVING Travel to St. Moritz by flying first to Zurich on daily flights on SWISS (www.swiss.com) ex Singapore with connecting flights from Jakarta. From Zurich, catch a train (prepaying for a Swiss Pass enables first class travel on all Switzerland’s public transport) to Chur (pronounced her) and then on to St. Moritz on one of the most scenic train rides in Switzerland. Travelling time from Zurich to St. Moritz is three hours. STAYING Hotel Steffani (www.steffani.ch) is a fine hotel ideally located in the middle of St. Moritz township and within walking distance from the lake, restaurants, bars and Kulm Golf St. Moritz. CONNECTING Engadine Golf St. Moritz (www. engadin-golf.ch), Glacier Express (www.glacierexpress.ch), Kulm Golf St. Moritz (www.stmoritz-golfclub.ch), Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl (www. muottasmuragl.ch) and Switzerland Tourism (www.MySwitzerland.com).
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EQUIPMENT REVIEW BY M.A.P
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BEAVERTON, Ore — Nike Golf brings performance designed specifically for women to its latest women’s club set, the Nike Verdana. Designed from the grip down, the Verdana line is the lightest women’s set ever produced by Nike Golf. Lightweight materials and construction from top to bottom combine to deliver faster swing speeds and more control. The Nike Verdana set is a total game solution that includes 11 clubs: driver, #3 fairway wood, 4–6 hybrids, 7-PW, SW, putter, and a matching carry bag. This holistic full-set design takes distance gapping, trajectory, and spin profiles into account, producing a set engineered just for women.
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MEET THE GOLFER BY SIMON REYNOLDS
GEORGE GANDRANATA We caught up with George Gandranata at Royale Jakarta’s impressive driving range. George has been a professional golfer since 2012, competing on the Asian Development Tour, with ambitions to qualify for the full Asian Tour. His dream is to be playing on the European Tour in five years time. He spent his college years playing golf for the prestigious UC Berkeley in California. George was a late starter in the game, first playing golf when he was 13 years old. After a year-and-a-half playing he had already shot Par for 18 holes.
▶ What was your home course as a junior in Indonesia? ▶ My father got me into the game of golf, he used to hang out at Padang Golf Pangkalan Jati with his golfing buddies. This is where I first played rounds of golf. It’s a tricky course, not long from tee to green, you have to be straight to score well there. It has several very tricky holes, which test your shotmaking abilities. ▶ At what point did you realise that you wanted to be a professional golfer? ▶ I was competing in a junior event in the States organised by the American Junior Golf Association. These events attract the very best junior golfers from all over the country, so it was the kind of event that I would get nervous and excited about. I finished 6-under for the tournament over the four days play. It was a life changing moment in my early golf career.
It made me realise that I had the game to compete against the very best golfers and gave me a lot of confidence for the future. ▶ How old where you when you first shot par on a golf course? Which course was it? ▶ I shot par at the old Senayan Golf course from the white tees as a fourteen-year-old. It was a junior best net tournament, my handicap was seven at the time, I carded a 65 net to win the event. My handicap soon changed. ▶ Playing golf as a junior, who were the professional golfers you turned to for inspiration? And which professional players do you follow today? ▶ As a junior obviously Tiger Woods, he was a huge inspiration, his exciting style of play and multiple tournament wins, he made golf look cool. Today I like to follow players like Tim Clark, Bob May and Zach Johnson, who
have similar games to me; straight hitters with good short games, who are not particularly long off the tee. ▶ Please describe what is it about the game of golf that you love the most? ▶ For me, I guess the whole concept of hitting a small white ball into a cup-sized hole in the ground is genius. What I love most about the game is the putting, like when you are on the green facing a long putt, all you are thinking of is putting and moving on, but all of a sudden you make it. That is the magic of golf, the unexpected. Like when you have a short, makeable putt and it lips out, you are disappointed, even angry. Yet when you stroke a short putt and it circles the hole before falling in, you’re ecstatic. That’s the reason why I keep coming back for more. Golf is a healthy game, you are in the outdoors, in the fresh air, and if you let it be, it can be very relaxing. It can clear your mind, and every course has its own characteristics, that is what makes it unique. ▶ Here we are at Royale Jakarta, one of your regular venues for practice in Jakarta. Can you describe to our readers today’s practice schedule. ▶ It all depends on what I want to work on. Today I went chipping and putting before lunch. Chipping for two hours, then putting for two hours. The secret to my long chipping sessions is to keep picking different targets and to keep things interesting by stimulating my imagination by picking daring shots. Then after a mini-lunch I started hitting some
are several good examples: James Hahn is one of the best strikers of the golf ball I have ever seen in my life. He used to practice at the same facility, he is a good friend, and since joining the PGA Tour he has made a lot of cuts, and seems to be enjoying himself. Also Peter Tomasulo went to UC, he captained a NCAA winning team whilst he was there, he played on the PGA Tour in the past, however he is now playing on the Web.com tour. He’s a great guy, with a great game and work ethic and I am sure once he figures things out he will be back playing PGA tour golf.
balls with the full swing on the range. The short game is often my priority. ▶ Golf is a somewhat time consuming hobby—what can you be found doing to relax and have fun when you are not playing golf? ▶ I like hanging out with my close friends, we usually go out and eat, on the lookout for new restaurants, watching movies. On the weekends my friends like to play other sports like basketball or even archery, I am often up for joining. It is nice to take a day off from golf once in a while to play other sports. ▶ What are your favourite restaurants in Jakarta? ▶ I like Luna Negra, it has some nice Italian food on the menu. I like Japanese food, and Sushi Tei the chain never fails to disappoint my regular sushi fix. Maruichi Ramen in Plaza Senayan has some really, really good food as well. I am a huge fan of Japanese food. ▶ What books do you enjoy reading? ▶ I prefer non-fiction books, I have read a lot of Bob Rotella’s books, my favourites being: ‘Putting out of your mind’, and ‘Golf is not a game of perfect’. On a non-golfing level: ‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell was interesting. I don’t read a lot of fiction to be honest. ▶ Did you ever play with or compete against someone at college level who is now surprisingly winning/ competing on the PGA Tour? ▶ No one in my UC team in particular, but in my alumni there
GOLFER'S PROFILE FULL NAME
27 years old
▶ What do you have for breakfast in the morning? ▶ I love eggs, usually two, either fried or half boiled with some rice. I really enjoy rice in the morning, especially after returning back to Asia. My favourite is the Hawaiian style: Rice, scrambled eggs, ham, bacon or even sausage. It is really tasty. ▶ You are currently playing on the ADT—in search of your Asian Tour card— where do you see yourself professionally in five years time? ▶ I am hoping to be competing on either the Japanese Tour or European Tour in five years. Japan is closer to home, and I feel like my game is more suitable to these tours. The Web.com has the reputation as a bombers tour where one has to drive the ball over 300 yards. I have played in the US before, I feel like the European tour would be very exciting and a whole new experience. ▶ Golfers in Indonesia are blessed with the opportunities to play some world-class golf courses designed by the likes of Greg Norman and Gary Player. What is your favourite course to play, for the sheer pleasure of playing golf, say with friends or your dad? ▶ Taman Dayu just outside Surabaya is majestic and beautiful, we played an ADT tour event there last year and the course was in such good condition, a really impressive setup. The other course closer to home is Jagorawi, it is challenging, and it is not affected a lot by modern technology. It’s a very tight course, and it penalises those who can’t hit the ball straight. It’s a great course to determine who is the best in the field.
Thanks for your time George, and good luck for the remainder of the Asian Development Tour season.
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TIPS & TRICKS BY ROBERT TURVEY
LAG PUTTS It is no secret that when it comes to scoring, most high handicappers don’t spend enough time practicing their putting. You will often see driving ranges full of people practicing their swing and look over to the putting green and see that it’s empty. Even though I encourage
people to practice their swing, I would hope they balance their practice with enough putting exercises to save their score. When it comes to avoiding the dreaded 3 putt, it is important to make sure your first putt is close enough to the hole. That’s when you have to be clear about what’s important—Line or DISTANCE.
QUICK TEST Take 10 golf balls and hit 10 putts from 15 meters to a slightly breaking putt. After hitting the putts, have a look at your results where the balls are. Most people will find that overall they will not miss a putt much more than one meter either left or right, but can easily miss a few meters short or long. With this in mind, our general instinct is usually good enough to keep the ball on a decent line, however being able to judge the distance poses a problem for most people. Therefore if we focus on being able to get correct distance control, you will significantly reduce the amount of three putts in your game and save vital strokes.
Many people struggle with distance control because they have trouble making a smooth stroke through the ball. Instead of using the weight of the putter to complete the action, I see many amateurs grip too tight and try to hit the ball. It’s better to make a good stroke and just let the ball get in the way.
To improve your ability to judge the correct distance set up a 15 meter putt with a circle one meter around the hole.
To give you a very good idea of good feel, hold the putter with only your right hand and using the weight of the putter, create a pendulum stroke even on both sides. Hold the putter with a light grip and when you create the stroke try to keep the putter stable without getting tight. Let the weight of the putter do the work for you. Try with a few balls and get used to the feel of the putting stroke through the ball with a smooth tempo.
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Step 1—With five balls use the “Feel Drill” above and try to get the ball into the circle around the hole. Most importantly place your focus in distance control. Step 2—Now try to repeat the same feel of the stroke with two hands. Use five balls and see how many you get within one meter. Step 3—Repeat steps one and two until you are able to get all five balls within one meter when you use two hands.
EXTRA TIP This is a great drill for learning the feel of the stroke and applying it to distance control. However, on the golf course you are not going to have only 15 meter putts. Therefore it is important that once you achieve your putting goal from 15 meters, that you practice different distances as well. Try also from 10 and 20 meters both up and down hill. This will give you a complete understanding on how to have good distance control from anywhere on the green. If you would like to learn more about the putting stroke, come see me at the Senayan National Golf Club and we will help you reach your golfing potential.
MEET THE CADDY BY SIMON REYNOLDS
olfers can often be a frustrating sporting pursuit for some amateur players, and anger can be an unfortunate consequence on the golf course. Keeping the golfer calm and happy is one of the biggest challenges facing Jeani as a young caddy. Jeani is still learning all the time; helping the hackers with words of encouragement and her sweet smile can make the duck hook into the lake more bearable. Or perhaps a word of advice when something is not working, but there are no easy fixes for a chronic slice, perhaps just a subtle suggestion to aim for the far left hand side of the fairway and not to take centre aim down the middle of the fairway. Golf as a sport fascinates Jeani, all the challenges it reveals and presents the golfer. Of all the different skills, putting is the most exciting. The opportunity for Jeani to read the greens, sport the right line, and the satisfaction of seeing a well read birdie putt drop, is most enjoyable during a round of golf. Helping her golfer make tricky putts with good reads is satisfying for Jeani, especially when the jubilant golfer jumper has just pocketed a few extra skins. The nature of the work in the outdoors, the banter with her fellow caddies
CADDY PROFILE LOCATION
Imperial Golf Klub, Lippo Karawaci
FULL NAME Jeani Kusumawhardhani
FAVOURITE FOOD Nasi Goreng Seafood
WORKING HOURS 6 days on, 1 day off (weekday)
FAVOURITE MUSIC Pop, Agnes Monika
HOBBIES Shopping, hanging out with friends, eating out, going to the cinema
and golfers beats the stale atmosphere of her previous job, working in administration in a kantor. That job was far from fulfilling; a long commute, with family relatives in the business, Jeani felt like she was always being watched. The work as a caddy offers a young individual a lot more freedom and free time to socialize with their friends, and the camaraderie amongst the other caddies is healthy and there is plenty of gossip and fun to have amongst the others at Imperial Klub Golf, like joking about a regular member who crashed his Ferrari on the way into the clubhouse. Once in a while Jeani will have the luck of being paired with a rich business tycoon, one particular
HIGHEST SCORE RECORDED ON ONE HOLE 12 on a Par 5
golfer rewarded Jeani with a financial tip of Rp 2 million after a round of golf. On this particular day, the golferâ€™s putts kept dropping, and he was cleaning up the large skins on offer amongst his golf buddies. Jackpots like these help to ease the disappointment of the stingy golfers, who after sweating for 4 and a half hours pulling golf trolleys, the cheaper (walking) option, giving a measly tip of only Rp. 70.000. Jeani is grateful for having a job alongside all the excitement and unpredictability that may come with it. At the end of the day, Jeani prefers the balls on the short grass, theyâ€™re far easier to handle than the balls in the long grass.
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LOCAL GOLF NEWS BY SIMON REYNOLDS
Can we look forward to a yearly Jakarta Classic ADT event? Yes, for sure, hopefully in 2014 there will be two official Asian Development Tour events. James Bowen of the United States was victorious in this inaugural event. He secured a lead at the top of the leader-board after a second round 66, and with back to back 70s, finished on -12 for a final score of 276. The first round leader from Chinese Taipei Chan Shih-chang finished strongly with a final round 68 to finish in second place, to recover from his disappointing second round. The Indonesian rally was led by Indonesia’s number one Rory Hie, who put to rest a disappointing first round score, with a final round of 70 for a -4 total at 284 and a tie for seventh.
JAMES BOWEN WINS THE INAUGURAL JAKARTA CLASSIC
n the 17th – 20th of July 2013, Imperial Klub Golf at Lippo Karawaci was the host venue for the inaugural Jakarta Classic, an official Asian Development Tour event. The Asian Development Tour is a feeder competition to the Asian Tour, and the top three from the order of merit at the end of the season secure their playing rights to compete on the Asian Tour. The tournament is an ideal opportunity for local Indonesian professionals to compete against international professionals, and a chance to shine amongst the local golfing spotlight.
We caught up with Jim Masrin from OB Events, for an introduction to this exciting new event for local golf fans, with a total purse of US $60,000 on offer: What was the inspiration behind the creation of the Jakarta Classic? The motivation was to create another opportunity for local professionals to play amongst an international field. Indonesia already has the CIMB Niaga Masters and the Indonesian Open, events with very high standards where very few local
e caught up with the jubilant James Bowen after the final round, to reflect on his week at the Jakarta Classic going into the second half of the ADT season. The Jakarta Classic is your second win on this year’s ADT, you must be very confident now of a top three finish and qualification for next year’s Asian Tour? Yes, I am feeling great about my game right now. My goal at the start was to finish in the top three and I have put myself in a good position to achieve my goal come the end of the season. You were top of the leader board since the second round, what was your game plan and focus for the final two rounds? After the first two days I was putting very nicely, so I was focused on giving myself chances
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'THE MOTIVATION BEHIND THE CREATION OF JAKARTA CLASSIC WAS TO CREATE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL PROFESSIONALS TO PLAY AMONGST AN INTERNATIONAL FIELD.' players made the cut. An ADT event provides more of a level playing ground, and 16 local players made the cut whilst gaining valuable experience.
with greens in regulation and birdie putts. It all went to plan thankfully. Where did you play your golf, before joining the Asian Development Tour this year? I played on the mini-tours in the States for a couple of year: The E-Golf Tour and the Hooters Tour. What was your primary motivation behind playing your golf in Asia? To try something different and to see a different part of the world whilst doing what I love most in life, playing golf.
'THERE WILL ALWAYS BE UPS AND DOWNS IN GOLF AND WHEN THERE ARE DOWN MOMENTS, THAT IS WHEN YOU LEARN A LOT ABOUT YOURSELF, DON’T GIVE UP!'
The CIMB Niaga Masters was disappointing for Indonesia’s professionals with only a single player making the cut. 16 Indonesian players made the cut at the Jakarta Classic, with a special mention to Andik Mauludin finishing with a – 1 total of 287 and Benny Kasiadi who finished with an even par total of 288, both players featured near the top of the leader board throughout the week playing quality golf. The win in Jakarta was the second of the season for James Bowen, after his previous victory earlier in the season in Malaysia at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters. Bowen sits on top of the order of merit of the Asian Development Tour for now, with six more events to play on the playing calendar.
Playing on the ADT allows you all over Southeast Asia: Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia—what is your favourite country so far and why? I have really enjoyed all the countries so far. I am living in Bangkok at the moment, and Thailand is my favourite because of the food. What advice can you give to young aspiring golfers dreaming of becoming professional golfers? Never give up on your dreams! There will always be ups and downs in golf and when there are down moments, that is when you learn a lot about yourself, don’t give up! Congratulations to James Bowen for his victory at the inaugural Jakarta Classic, we can all look forward to more exciting ADT events in Indonesia in the future.
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