12 May Bali Golf Festival Set for Launch
Bali, Indonesia: The Island of the Gods is gearing up to welcome visitors for a month-long celebration of Bali’s golfing facilities.
One of the initiatives of the newly-formed Play Golf Bali partnership, the four-week Bali Golf Festival (May 25 to June 24) is aimed at enticing golfers to the idyllic Indonesian getaway from all over the world.
Play Golf Bali comprises Bali National Golf Club, Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club, Handara Golf & Resort Bali, New Kuta Golf and Nirwana Bali Golf Club along with Baltic Tour and Travel, Indonesia’s foremost golf travel operator.
Baromeus Gosal, President-Director of Baltic Tour and Travel, said: “Enhancing Bali’s reputation as one of the world’s most exotic golfing destinations was the over-riding target of the Play Golf Bali partnership when it was launched this year.
“With the special packages and prices that have been put together for the Bali Golf Festival for individuals, families and groups, we are anticipating an influx of golfers from Europe and around Asia.
“Bali has all the ingredients for the ultimate golf holiday packages. As well as world-class courses, world-class caddies, world-class service and wonderful weather, all the Bali golf clubs also offer top quality dining and a variety of accommodation options.”
Gosal said it was the intention of the partnership to make the Bali Golf Festival a highlight on the region’s annual golfing calendar.
A variety of packages are available, ranging from four-day/three-night to five-day/four-night.
Visitors can also select which part of the island they’d like to focus on with a broad combination of choices at which courses to play and which hotels to stay.
In the wake of the news that Nirwana Bali Golf Club is set to close its doors on July 31, Gosal said there has been a surge in interest from golfers wanting to play the iconic Greg Norman-designed course which is beautifully set along the dramatic coastline among manicured gardens and traditional Balinese rice paddies.
Described as the jewel of the Indian Ocean, the course includes five ocean-side holes, three cliff-to-cliff tee shots and eight holes sculpted into the terraced rice fields. The signature par-three seventh hole overlooks the famous Tanah Lot temple.
“We’ve had many inquiries and bookings from golfers who have heard all about the course but never yet been there … and also from those who have played, and loved, the course and want to go back to play it for one final time,” said Gosal.
There has also been widespread interest in Bali National Golf Club, Handara Golf & Resort Bali and New Kuta Golf, all past venues for professional tournaments, and the Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club, Indonesia’s first and only 18-hole par-three course which is among four clubs shortlisted in the category for Best Par-Three Course in the 2017 World Golf Awards.
“All the courses in Bali are distinctive and have their own unique charm,” said Gosal. “That’s why we encourage visitors to experience as many of them as possible during their visits.”
In addition to the Bali Golf Festival, the Play Golf Bali partners will join forces to host a Bali Golfing Extravaganza (November-December) and the Bali Dewata World Golf Tournament (December 19-25), an event staged in conjunction with Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism.