Jack Nicklaus Seaview Course Venue Spotlight

Coming up on the schedule is the Jack Nicklaus Seaview Course for the JGTA Bintan Lagoon Junior Championship presented by Tradewinds Furnishings Singapore. This exciting venue features unbelievable views and it first opened in 1996. It is designed by the 18-time major winner, The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus. The Seaview course was nominated for Indonesia’s top golf course in 2014 and the Par 72 course measures to a challenging 6707 yards.

The course features shaped fairways, carefully plotted doglegs, lush greens, as well as perfectly placed bunkers, which challenge the player to place their shot in a safe position and out of trouble. Holes on the front nine plot their way through the beautiful, tropical jungle where Nicklaus has made unbelievable use of his bunker design throughout the topography. However, the back nine showcases the stunning views of the South China Sea as the holes plot their way towards the water. Players constantly must factor in the cool sea breeze which will change their club selection throughout the round.

The premier highlights of the Seaview course are as follows:

5th Hole- A par 5 that consists of a dogleg to the left with impressive bunkering in front of the green. After a downhill tee shot, the second and third shots play slightly uphill. Very much a risk-reward hole, the player can attempt to go for the green in two, but the safer play is to lay up to the 100-yard area.

12th Hole – A par 3 that is the signature hole on the course with a stunning backdrop of the South China Sea. Due to the gusting winds at times, club selection is key and can sway your decision by multiple clubs. The tee shot is over a natural sand beach that becomes a massive bunker if you are short of the green.

13th Hole – A par 4 featuring a unique split green, with a stream that runs through the middle, making this the most difficult and tricky hole on the course.

Navigating the course can be daunting, but safe shot placement and strategy off the tee is key. The course can yield low scores, as the 2017 boys champion, Jiakun Li (Shanghai, China) and the girls champion, Camille Boyd (Yorba Linda, California, USA) posted impressive three-day totals of 221 and 218, respectively. Who will break through and be crowned champion of the JGTA Bintan Lagoon Junior Championship presented by Tradewinds Furnishings Singapore?