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Indonesia Aims to Become Top Golf Destination

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Indonesia aims to become a top golfing destination in the region as neighboring Singapore has been shutting courses.

Singapore’s land crunch has led to the closure of many of its public golf courses, including the Marina Bay Golf Course, its last public 18-hole course, last weekend. This has led golf fans to seek courses overseas.

“As Singapore has become more expensive and less affordable, we could provide in Riau Islands,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno says.

Indonesia could position Riau Islands, the third-largest entry point for tourists after Bali and Jakarta, as the country’s golf tourism hub.

Located less than an hour’s ferry ride from Singapore, the province is home to seven private and three public golf courses on Batam and Bintan Islands.

Demand for golf is growing in Indonesia. The minister points out also increased interest from international tourists and players.

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