Archive for March, 2018

Unique Golf Courses of the World – Rimba Irian Golf Club…

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Rimba Irian Golf Club West PapuaFollowing on from Scottish Bob’s blog series on the Oldest Golf Courses of the World by continent in 2017, Bob now turns his attention to some of the lesser known courses around the world, this time its the turn of Rimba Irian Golf Club West Papua, Indonesia…

Rimba Irian Golf Club – Golfing in Indonesia…

You will have to travel to ‘West Papua’ or “Irian Jaya” on the western half of Papua New Guinea to find this golf course, which is situated in the middle of a rainforest jungle!

While you’re getting ready to tee-off, in the hope of achieving Eagles or Birdies on the lush greens of this truly remarkable 18 hole championship golf course, there is an abundance of birdies in the jungle tree-tops.

Most tropical & exotic birdlife you could ever imagine including the very rare Bird of Paradise, The White Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and the very impressive Hornbills. All singing a cacophony of birdsong which is just magical.

However, if this is your first time playing golf at this wonderful and unique golf course, it might require some additional concentration so not be distracted by the noise around you!

This prestigious par 72 golf course, which was built by the renowned golf course designer and Tour Player Ben Crenshaw (along with and Bill Moore).

Rimba Irian Golf Club West Papua New Guinea

It was opened in 1996 and joins a growing list of the unique golf course of the world.

From your very first tee shot, you get an insight into the magic of actually playing golf, in a real living and very imposing rainforest jungle, which make you think about every shot very carefully.

Of all the holes on this beautiful course to single out just one great golf hole. However, if there is any hole epitomises this course better, it would have to be the par 5, 11th which plays very close to 500 metres from the back tees.

The hole meanders gently left to a lush green, which lies in an amazing clearance surrounded by more jungle.

Rimba Irian Golf Club – The location…

Set in the foothills of Indonesia highest and most sacred Puncak Jaya Mountain and totally surrounded by the very impressive dense Irian Jaya Jungle.

The two designers have captured the uniqueness of the large and beautiful ironbark fig trees (some of them over 100 metres high) and the great diversity of the flora & fauna that make this place special.

Many species of wildlife can be seen while you play your round of golf including Cassowaries, Wallabies, reptiles, insects and much more.

If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the infamous but well protected Boelen’s Python, however, golfers are advised that if their wayward shots, land in the dense jungle, it would be best to leave them where they are!!!

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This ancient rainforest frames this golf course so well, which has a significant amount of tropical rainfall, but the course has been so well planned, that all the excess water is channelled into the rainforests natural streams.

It still remains a fragile environment, with the locals and overseas visitors all contributing in helping to maintain a fine balance with nature.

Rimba Irian Golf Club – Thank you’s…

I would like to thank my good friend Dennis G. Kloeth of Indo Golf, who was kind enough to help me to obtain a lot of the facts and also pictures of this wonderful golf club.

Anyone wanting to play this amazing course or any of the many 150 golf courses of Indonesia can contact Dennis at

Till Next Time…

Scottish Bob Davies

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Which Golf Ball is right for me?

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Which golf ball is right for me? Premier Lake Balls - Hard or Soft...Which Golf Ball is right for me?

It’s a pretty simple premise that using the same golf ball in practice as you do in competitions, will help heighten your feel.

It also makes for a more reliable short game but what golf ball will suit your best? And what do you need to consider?

We asked Scott from Premier Lake Balls for his thoughts…

Which golf ball is right for me – Soft or firm? 

A lot of the best golf balls 2018 has to offer come in alternative versions that spin slightly less for players, who prefer a firmer feel or more control off the tee.

Try both types from a range of distances to find your preference. As a guide, the softer the ball, the higher the price tag will be!

Which golf ball is right for me – Cover material?

Urethane covers offer the best spin control and feel but do cost more.

Experiment to see if you notice enough of a difference to validate the extra cost, you may find losing 20 yards off the tee for more spin does not benefit your game.

After all, spinning an 8 iron rather than a wedge is tougher even for the better players.

Which golf ball is right for me – Long game or short game?

With conflicting fitting messages from different brands, consider if your game will benefit most from extra yards off the tee or better feel and control around the greens.

A mid-range ball that offers a bit of length and also a little bit of spin is quite often the best way to go.

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Chateau Des Vigiers is better than ever…

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Chateau des Vigiers Golf ClubOne of France’s leading golf resorts Chateau des Vigiers has prepared for the country’s first Ryder Cup year by making a wide range of improvements…

Chateau des Vigiers – The Resort…

Chateau des Vigiers, the 27-hole golf resort in the heart of the Dordogne wine region of south-west France, now promises ‘visiting golfers’ an even better experience.

With upgraded golf & leisure facilities, renovated bedrooms, and a sumptuous new wine cellar in the chateau’s Michelin Star restaurant, “Les Fresques”.

Known as ‘Petit Versailles’, the resort’s 16th-century chateau forms an enchanting backdrop when you check into one of the hotel’s 65 four-star rooms.

And if you’re a golfer you will find new-look changing rooms, a much more comprehensive pro shop and upgraded golf buggy tracks this season, as well as improved bunkers out on the golf course.

The latest Callaway and Titleist golf equipment is now available to test and buy from the Chateau des Vigiers pro shop, with the 2018 range of FootJoy golf shoes plus golf apparel from Under Armour, Adidas, Glenmuir, Rohnisch and Brax all on show.

Chateau des Vigiers Golf ClubChateau des Vigiers Golf Club – Property…

For those looking for a more permanent ‘home away from home’ in beautiful south-west France, Chateau des Vigiers also now has five brand-new golf homes for sale overlooking the 7th and 8th greens, each individually-designed by French architect Didier Griffoul.

The one, two and three-bedroom properties come complete with their own golf buggy, and give owners direct access both to 27 holes of French resort golf and to the estate’s many facilities, right on the doorstep.

If you are seeking to relax as well as play golf, the newly-renovated Spa at Chateau des Vigiers will reopen in May 2018 with a new hydrotherapy pool.

Three new treatment rooms and a new team of beauticians on hand with the 2018 range of Sothys Paris beauty products.

Chateau des Vigiers Golf Club – What They Said…

2018 is a significant year for golf in France, with the eyes of the world upon us when The Ryder Cup visits our country this September, and we are expecting to welcome record numbers of golfers to our wonderful facility.” said Niels Koetsier, Managing Director at Chateau des Vigiers.

Our goal is to end 2018 ranked well inside Europe’s Top 50 golf resorts, and among the top five places to stay & play golf in France.”

“Our enchanting location, our beautiful accommodation, our gourmet dining and of course our majestic golf course and chateau all make Chateau des Vigiers a unique experience, and these recent improvements will make your memories even more magical.”

Director of Golf Matthew Storm said: “Alongside the other golf facility improvements which we have made over the winter, we have also recently invested in our greenkeeping team. “

“As a result, all 27 holes will be in stunning condition for the new season. Our greens, tees and fairways offer truly wonderful playing surfaces, and golfers will find one of France’s best-maintained golf courses when they come here in 2018.”

New shareholders took a controlling interest in Chateau des Vigiers in July 2017, and have already spent in excess of one million Euros on improvements.

The resort is now under new management, headed by Niels Koetsier who took over as the resort’s new Managing Director, also in July 2017.

Visit to book your next trip to Chateau des Vigiers, or call the resort on +33 (0)553 61 5000.