Lido Lake stands serene in the bountiful natural scene-scape that encapsulates the West Javan city of Sukabumi. With rolling waterfalls, one even likened to the world famous Niagara, fabulous beaches that sees surfers ride enormous waves and sea turtles finding respite in bringing their young to this world, sits a family resort and golf course that will soon receive a new lease of life.
You have got to thank Indonesian property developer MNC Land for it. Hary Tanoesoedibjo is the tycoon and chief executive that owns the company and he has hired the legendary golfer Ernie Els and golf course management company IMG to ensure that the project, targeted to cost between US$2 to 3 billion, will put this unassuming site on the world map.
Construction began in August 2014 and will turn 2,000 hectares of land into four and five-star hotels, villas, a theme park and other supporting infrastructure, including golf courses, in phases lasting two to three decades. A seeding US$400 million fund has been set to finance the first phase of the resort, which is expected to open in 2016, during which the Ernie Els Design will create five completely new golf holes while utilizing many of the existing golf corridors to improve the revised master plan of the resort.
The world-class Ernie Els Designed golf course is due to reopen in early 2016. IMG will be responsible for on-site project management and will also look into pre-opening management services when it is ready.
Particularly impressed and excited with the prospect, the South African says, “Ever since my initial meeting with MNC in Indonesia last year, I have been impressed with their vision for the total renovation and upgrading of this golf course and the overall resort. I am excited that my first design in Indonesia is on such a great piece of land that not only will allow us to create a great golf experience, but also offers tremendous views over the surrounding mountains and valleys.”
With Rp 1.4 trillion (US$117.83 million) spent on the Lido project, the MNC Group continued to extend beyond this to also include Nirwana Bali, already a hallmark in golf in the region, as part of a deal in 2013 from British Virgin Islands-based Charlton Group Holdings Ltd and Bakrieland, spending another Rp 1 trillion on acquiring the famous Tanah Lot based property.
An interesting development for sure, but for the vacationing golfer, we can certainly look forward to yet another an exciting new golf experience in the year ahead, crafted, no doubt diligently by an affable South African champion.