Garuda Airlines since early this year has been organising this golf competition for Malaysian golfers in their effort to promote golf tourism to Indonesia. Three qualifying rounds had been organised in April, May and June and after the Ramadan break another four qualifying rounds were planned for August, September, October and November. The Grand Finale will be held in Bali in January 2015 and all winners of the qualifying rounds will be fully sponsored by Garuda to the event.
This is also a 'value-for-money' golf package. An all-expense-inclusive package ( airfare, 3 rounds of golf, 3 nights of hotel stay, all land transfers and many attractive prizes to be won) only came to about RM2000 for a single-occupancy participant. The surprise was that most of the meals were also thrown in although these were not mentioned in the original invitation.
Naturally this tournament has received great response. The qualifying rounds have received nothing less than 60 participants with the October event having already registered a full-house of 120 golfers!
The September event which pakdokter and some RSGC Buayas signed up for had 80 golfers.
We were put on the 8am Garuda flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta. Upon arrival 3 buses were waiting to ferry us to the golf course for a practise round. A truck loaded our golf bags - golf bag covers and golf bags were all tagged to facilitate the smooth running of the golf games. It was a good first impression at how well the event was organised.
On the bus to the golf course we were surprised by the provision of police outriders to facilitate our journey from the airport to the golf course. As such we were able to move smoothly through the infamous Jakarta 'macet' ( traffic jam). To save time 2 girls came around to take our orders for lunch at the club so that by the time we reached the golf club, our lunch will be ready for us so that we will not be delayed for the booked tee-off times. What an organisation.
the truck that transported our golf bags
80 golf bags being tagged for the golf event and ready to be transported
3 comfortable buses to ferry 80 golfers
lunch orders on the bus - sup buntut a popular order
ice-cold coffee on the bus