Monday, June 2, 2008


Monday, 2nd June 2008

Palm Springs Golf and Beach Resort, Batam, IndonesiaJalan Hang Lekiu Nongsa PO Box 616 Batam IndonesiaSite Office: (011-778) 761222

It was our first time golfing at the golf course at
Palm Springs Golf and Beach Resort in Batam. It's only a 30min ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Batam's Nongsapura Ferry Terminal and thereafter a 2min bus ride to the club. Lugging all our new golf sets we arrived at Tanah Merah Terminal at 7.00am to meet the group before departing at 7.45am. Had breakfast at Killiney Kopitiam @ the ferry terminal. This chain has grew to 19 outlets in Singapore and I usually patronise the East Coast outlet which retains it charm but apparently did not quite enjoy it here as they seemed to march you with your orders.
The club is idyllic set with the sea and Singapore skyline and shore in the background. We played at the Palm course (9holes) and Island course (9holes) tho' in total we finished only 12holes as we have to catch the ferry back to Singapore then. It was a hot day but seriously I was not as flustered cos the heat was felt lesser at the green than anywhere. Here, the biawak or the monitor lizard is a common sight besides the eagle circling in the air.

MASH,our trainer today is Tiger Woods look alike and he's a good in explaining the course, the etiquettes, how to drive, chip, putt, ...We each have our own caddy who drives you around and mine is named IRON who attends to you helping you choose the different clubs for tee-ing, driving, hitting fm the bunker, chipping, putting and dishes out tips on golfing too. They were also your motivators as they will pass a well done remark if you hit well. There were a few difficult fairways where we have to hit across mangrove swamps and we ended up a few lost balls.

Lunch at Hazards Restaurant in the clubhouse was Nongsa Nasi Goreng. We also ordered Chicken Boxing as we were curious which dish has this interesting name. It turned out to be deepfried mini drumstick with flesh pushed back from the bone to the bottom to form a lollipop lookalike. By the way, this restaurant accepts SGD too.

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