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ORIGINS OF RAMAH

In 2008, New Kuta Golf Club’s General Manager, Stephen Banks, started a Saturday afternoon competition with the aim of selling memberships for the recently opened golf course. This later changed to a game on Friday afternoon.

The regulars in the early days included Banks, Tony Smith, John Sampson, Putu Mahendra, Craig Steeples & David Campbell – several of whom are still members of our Club.

Sir Stamford Raffles had a significant association with Indonesia before becoming the founder of modern Singapore. His name adorns many landmarks and edifices in SE Asia, including streets, schools, an MRT station, parks, a hotel and city squares. So the name Raffles Golf Club was deemed appropriate for this new initiative.

Raffles was not really a constituted Club in the early days, it was more of a gathering of players getting together to enjoy some golf and amber refreshments at the end of each round (and during the round as well). At the end of that first day, Stephen presented the winner  with a small prize (worth about Rp20,000).

The weekly winner thereafter would provide the next week’s prize. The first ever winner was current Club stalwart Putu Mahendra, whose substantially better trophy for the second week set a higher bar for following winners.

In early 2009, the numbers of Raffles players grew as more people joined NKG Club, and the need was felt for a more structured association. As a result, John Sampson, Tony Smith, Jon Dean, Mark Watson, Roland O’Neill and Risto Poskiparta moved to set up a slightly more organised weekly event and started selling Raffles memberships  costing about Rp200,000.

There was no official committee in those days, but player numbers were growing by ‘word of mouth’. The core organisers decided to formalise the group.

Raffles Golf Bali was begun with an inaugural Annual Meeting in July 2009. The elected Board was headed by Risto Poskiparta as President and Mark Watson as Club Captain.

A Mission Statement, By-Laws & a web site followed. More games weekly were held at New Kuta & discounted rates were negotiated at other Bali golf clubs. In 3 years the Raffles Membership base grew to over 700.

Club competitions became more structured and in 2010 a Golf Week was introduced. This has grown into one of the most celebrated events of Bali’s golfing calendar.

As the Club continued to grow, it became impossible to manage the ever-expanding data manually, so Raffles shifted to the computer based system we know today.

In September of 2016 through the hard work by the Chairman Robert Nelson, Club Captain Peter Manz and Treasurer Mark Dyson, Raffles moved further ahead by replacing the by-laws (which the Club had out-grown) with a new Constitution that better served the needs of Raffles whose membership had swelled to over 500 active members and well over 1200 long-term and short-term memberships.

Raffles Golf Bali is now incorporated in Australia as a non-profit sporting organisation and is affiliated with both Golf WA and Golf Australia.

We have been very active in providing charitable support to Bali over the years, but particularly over the Covid pandemic, which devastated everyone on an island dependent on Tourism. Thanks to our Membership our substantial support for Golf employees and their families has been much needed, and much appreciated by all.

In late 2019 we were informed that Accor, the relatively new owners of the venerable Raffles Hotel in Singapore, had registered the name of Raffles in all sporting associations in Indonesia, and demanded we change our name. We of course attempted to reach a mutually amicable compromise, however in the end had no choice but to accede to their demand.

So now Ramah International Golf Club takes up the mantle as the premier independent golfing association in Bali, dedicated to offering affordable golf with great camaraderie to members and guests, along with a continuing dedication to supporting the wider golfing community.

The Indonesian word ‘Ramah’ means, amongst other words, friendly, hospitable, amiable, cordial… apt descriptions for the core of our Club

This is a long way from what the Founders of Raffles, now Ramah International ever envisaged, however their early philosophy of having a fun, relaxed group of social golfers enjoying the Bali lifestyle, remains the cornerstone of our club.

FAQS

Monthly schedule of competitions:

  • Wednesdays at New Kuta Golf (shotgun starts: 8:28am / 12:03pm)
  • Fridays at New Kuta Golf (shotgun starts: 8:28am / 12:03pm)
  • Sundays at New Kuta Golf (shotgun starts: 8:28am / 12:03pm)
  • 1st & 3rd Monday of each month at Bali National Golf (shotgun starts: 8:15am / 12:15pm)
  • 2nd & 4th Monday of each month at Bukit Pandawa Golf (shotgun starts: 8:28am / 12:03pm)
  • Subject to availability, club hire is available at all golf courses (additional fees incurred).
  • Please contact us at least 1 week prior to playing.
  • Membership Number: This is the alphanumeric number issued to you in the original joining email notification and is also the same as the one on your membership card – Example RGB0217.
  • Password: If you have forgotten your password, please click the dialogue box which will send you a new one to your registered email address – this can be changed to one that may be more easily remembered once in the members area.
  • Try clearing your web browser history and cookies
  • Your account may have been deactivated due to non-payment of renewal fees
  • Write to us info@ramahgolfbali.com with your original log in details / and email address used to sign up and we will get back to you
  • Yes, members and guests must register online
  • We also strongly recommend for groups that they provide advice on dates and numbers before coming
  • Those registered can be easily contacted by their supplied email address if there are any changes to the programmed days

Monthly schedule of competitions:

  • Wednesdays at New Kuta Golf (shotgun starts: 8:28am / 12:03pm)
  • Fridays at New Kuta Golf (shotgun starts: 8:28am / 12:03pm)
  • Sundays at New Kuta Golf (shotgun starts: 8:28am / 12:03pm)
  • 1st & 3rd Monday of each month at Bali National Golf (shotgun starts: 8:15am / 12:15pm)
  • 2nd & 4th Monday of each month at Bukit Pandawa Golf (shotgun starts: 8:28am / 12:03pm)
  • Subject to availability, club hire is available at all golf courses (additional fees incurred).
  • Please contact us at least 1 week prior to playing.
  • Membership Number: This is the alphanumeric number issued to you in the original joining email notification and is also the same as the one on your membership card – Example RGB0217.
  • Password: If you have forgotten your password, please click the dialogue box which will send you a new one to your registered email address – this can be changed to one that may be more easily remembered once in the members area.
  • Try clearing your web browser history and cookies
  • Your account may have been deactivated due to non-payment of renewal fees
  • Write to us info@ramahgolfbali.com with your original log in details / and email address used to sign up and we will get back to you
  • Yes, members and guests must register online
  • We also strongly recommend for groups that they provide advice on dates and numbers before coming
  • Those registered can be easily contacted by their supplied email address if there are any changes to the programmed days

RAMAH LOCAL RULES

  • A major shotgun start at 12pm
  • A minor shotgun start at 8:30 am on event days.
  • Members wishing to play at other times please contact the administrator before 5pm on the day before the event
  • You need to register and place your name on the online tee-sheet.
  • A email on registration and an SMS pre-game will be sent.
  • It is very possible our administrator may not be available to add and change names on the tee sheet.
  • There will be a convenor for major shotgun starts but they cannot/will not organise tee sheets.

Ramah Golf Bali:

  • Offers a one tee start with 8 minutes intervals from 8:20 am & 11.23 am.
  • Organises tee sheets.
  • Expects players to register so that caddies and carts are available.
  • Expects players to be ready for tee off 10 minutes before the desired starting time.
  • Expects a minimum distance between a member and any other person to be 1.5 meter.
  • Supports temperature checking on arrival lobby.
  • Supports 1 cart per golfer.
  • Supports the golf cart being driven by the member with the caddie standing on the back.
  • Suggests the member mark, clean and remove their own ball.
  • Suggests strongly the member and caddie social distance at all times.
  • Notifies members that they may deposit an amount of their choice into the New Kuta Golf Course Bank Acc BCA – 7720210210 New Kuta Golf and Ocean to enable less contact with staff and cash.

Ramah Golf Bali supports the following New Kuta procedures:

  • Caddie will rake the bunkers, fill divots with sand, fix pitch marks on the green and inform your ball direction.
  • Caddie will remove and replace the pin on request
  • Caddie will assist your clubs without holding on the grip/ head of the club.
  • Members are asked to check their clubs are cleaned with disinfectant
  • One player is asked to keep the score for the playing group on the scoring app. (A caddie may be asked to do this)
  • It is suggested players keep their score on a scorecard. One card per group, one card per pair or an individual card are all acceptable.
  • At present we ask for players not to swap cards or sign another player’s card. Ramah does not require a card to be submitted. The card is there to check with the app at the conclusion of the round.
  • At the conclusion of the round and before leaving the starter/ cart return area individual players are to check their score with the person who scored on the app.
  • Upon leaving the starter/return area you are deemed to have signed off on your score and you score is returned to the scorer.
  • Upon leaving the starter/return area you are deemed to have signed off on your score. Presently the App score is your signed off score. There is no need to submit your card.
  • All rounds should be completed in less than 4 hours 20 minutes.
  • Ramah members and New Kuta members are encouraged to call the course Marshall (ask a caddie) if they are held up by slow players. The Marshall will try to remedy the situation and will report the call to Golf Operations at New Kuta and at Ramah Golf Bali.
  • If for ‘some reason’ there is a group of 5 or 6 players playing together on the course, the New Kuta Golf Operations will explain they must let groups behind through. (Call the Marshall and insist they deal with the issue.)
  • Ramah members are reminded that they must have the permission of the Marshall to change the card order in which they play their round. (Rules of Golf 5.1, & 6.1 (b). Once a starting tee is allocated the course must be played in card order, unless with the approval from the Marshall. Raffles players should note the name of the Marshall, the hole and the time so that Raffles Golf Operations can follow up with New Kuta Golf Operations.
  • During the time of the Pandemic modified events, the awards will be recognised with modified prizes due to reduced registration income.
  • A member having an Eagle during any Ramah event will receive 2 sleeves of high-quality balls.
  • A member having a hole in one will receive recognition & name on the website Honour Board and a small gift from the Captain.
  • A hole in one at Pandawa will be recognised as a hole in 1 however will be paid as an eagle and receive 2 sleeves of balls, recognition on the website and a small gift from the Captain.

We have been able to reach an agreement that the range be open on Ramah days, and in such a way that we Help New Kuta Golf with a small income.

  • The driving range will be open on Ramah events days.
  • When the driving range is open it should be available to all Ramah members and other players on the course that day. Ramah should be recognised for the opening of the range on those days.
  • Ramah will pay the 150,000 costs per day that New Kuta will charge us to have the range opened on Ramah competition days.
  • There are three categories of members who have access to the range, see below. New Kuta guests would have to pay at registration.
  • The initiative will be funded from the ‘nearest the pin allocation’ from registration fees as, at this stage, we are not offering nearest the pins awards.
  • Ramah members who are New Kuta members (are entitled to 1 bucket of 50 Balls).
  • Ramah members who are not New Kuta members will have to pay for their driving range balls.
  • Non-Ramah members should discuss with New Kuta reception the use of the range. (It would be nice if these people were encouraged to give a donation to the caddie fund for the range being open.
The Official Rules of Golf can be viewed here

BOARD MEMBERS

Robert Nelson
Club President

Tony Brandenburg
Club Captain

Melanie Lange
Treasurer

Hugh Brown
Secretary

Ronald Fletcher

Howard Otten

Brendan Durkin