we designed the Imperial Golf Course at Lippo Karawachi we wanted an original
golf course which not only related well to its surrounding community but which
was a creation that was actually part of this community.
Planner for the project we were looking for
identity. I determined that a formal island
surrounded by an equally formal lake,
surrounded by a more relaxed golf course
would form a strong identifying symbol for
itself has a theme history of Indonesia, and
this was told by overt symbols which hark
back to the symbols on the Old Course in
St.Andrews, Scotland. The strategic value of
the holes are independent of these symbols
but also owe allegiance to St.Andrews.
The course is
designed so that each hole is a separate
event, an individual theater where every
golfer can give his maximum performance. We
were determined not only to make the course
a work of art but to arrange it so that the
golfer could have once of the best days of
his life when he played Imperial.
We hope you
the player will enjoy the course as much as
we did designing it.
This 381 yard opening hole eases you into to your round.
The hole is a simple dog leg right with a left to right green.
Most players will need an eight or nine-iron to a receptive
green. This is a pleasant informal introduction to the course
and its architect.
multiple choice par four consist of
a drive to an island in the lake or
safe way around it. The second shot
from the island will be to a green
sloping toward you, or a longer iron
from the fairway to a green sloping
very short par three with a small
oval green in a sea of land
surrounded by another sea of water.
the target is much larger than it
looks but an accurate shot is
required on this all or nothing
volcano hole will keep most drives
and second shots in play like
billiard table. Woe to the player
who skies the ball into one of the
volcano bunkers. The wide diagonal
green has different slopes with each
par four with a wide steep-side
fairway. Out-of-bounds to the left
and right will bring the right
bunker play into play. A mound to
the back will hold wedged shots in
the green which has several
different pin positions.
field hole is a potential two short
par five with narrow plateaued
targets. The golfer is rewarded with
better views and lies by keeping the
ball in play with every chance of a
birdie from a second shot to the
famous woman hole, known as Madonna, requires two elegant
shots which befits the theme here.
The green is surrounded by swooping
rolling sand requiring a repertoire
of interesting bunker shots to the
mound behind this long par three is
the highest point on this formerly
flat land. The green undulates. A
shot to right or left of the frontal
bunker will require a long putt over
a roll. A direct shot is thus
three-shot par five with
out-of-bounds left and lateral
hazard right. The second shot is
over a lake. The green is unique to
the history of golf; part on land
and part on water, making an
infinite variety of second and third