Laguna Golf Bintan is set on 60-hectacres on the shores of the Straits of Singapore. Originally designed by Greg Norman, the Bintan golf was brought up to modern standards in 2016 by Paul Jensen.
All 18 green complexes have been revised and bunkers have been reduced in number and better positioned to more strategic locations. Also, low maintenance features such as grass depressions, fairway tiers and mounds have been added to enhance the playing strategy and shot variety. Wider fairways not only benefit average golfers, but also open up new possibilities for serious golfers looking for birdie opportunities. However, accurate approach play is required to score well and avoid the longish grass found on most holes.
The Laguna Golf Bintan layout, comprising two out-and-back 9-hole loops, is more undulating on the front-nine, flatter on the back, and contains a number of really memorable holes. The golf course starts with unique sea views on the 2nd to 4th holes, then wraps around a series of lagoons on holes 6 to 8. The 9th is another challenging hole as it plays long and uphill back towards the clubhouse.
The back nine plays on the other side of the resort and opens with holes 10 to 15 playing through dense jungle and the unique rock outcroppings. The highlight of the golf course is the long par-4 sixteenth which plays through the jungle back towards the sea. The signature hole is the 17th. The spectacular and tough par-3 requires a shot across the beach, over an impressive rocky shore and onto a tree-surrounded and well-guarded green. The impact of this visually intimidating hole is only slightly eased by the beautiful backdrop of the sea and the Banyan Tree Resort on the hillside.
The traditional Indonesian-style clubhouse sits at the highest point of the property and looks out over the golf course. It was also refurbished in 2016 and while it retains much of the tropical island design feel, modern luxuries and conveniences have been added to pamper all golfers. The terrace café offers a selection of local and international dishes catered as part of the Banyan Tree. A well-stocked pro shop has a decent selection of logoed golf apparel, supplies, and equipment.