13 Feb Come Golfing with the Gods in Bali
Bali, Indonesia: With the formation of the Play Golf Bali partnership, a golfing experience to savour on Indonesia’s ‘Island of the Gods’ has never been easier to arrange.
Comprised of 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, Play Golf Bali was officially launched last week.
Mark Holland, General Manager at Bali National Golf Club, said: “All of Bali’s golf clubs have joined forces with the mutual intention of elevating the island’s golfing profile to a global audience. We’re immensely encouraged by the initial reaction that we’ve received.”
Shan Ramdas, General Manager at Handara Golf & Resort Bali, said: “The vision of the partners is to uplift the spirit of golfers by showcasing to them the island’s variety of outstanding facilities.”
As well as launching an array of attractive packages for individuals, families and groups, the Play Golf Bali partnership will come together to host an annual Bali Golf Festival (May-June) and a Bali Golfing Extravaganza (November-December).
Details of the packages as well as profiles of the member clubs of the partnership can be found at a new dedicated website, www.playgolfbali.com
Brodie MacDonald, Director of Golf at Nirwana Bali Golf Club, said: “One of the appeals to golfers from overseas is the quality and diversity of the five courses that make up the partnership. There are few destinations anywhere in the world that can match what Bali has to offer.”
Bagus W. Kurniadji, General Manager at New Kuta Golf, said: “All of the members of the partnership are proud and excited to be playing a role in promoting the world-class golfing amenities that we have right here in Bali.”
While Handara Golf & Resort Bali is now into its fifth decade, Nirwana Bali is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year while New Kuta Golf is preparing for its 10th anniversary in 2018 and Bali National is in its third year since undergoing a facelift and changing name.
The newest kid on the block is the unique Bukit Pandawa facility, a stunning 18-hole par-three championship course.
Stephen Banks, General Manager at Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club, said: “We hope golfers who make the effort to come here will try out all of the courses. We promise they will not be disappointed.”
Situated on a limestone cliff-top overlooking the world-famous surf breaks of Bukit Peninsula, the club is the centrepiece of an ambitious development that will eventually include several luxury five-star hotels, including a Waldorf Astoria, Mandarin Oriental and Swissotel.
Playing to a par of 54, the Bob Moore-designed Bukit Pandawa course is routed through dramatic rock outcroppings, around terraced rice paddies and across a limestone cliff-top overlooking spectacular white sandy beaches and the Indian Ocean. No fewer than 12 holes feature ocean views.
In total there are three tee-boxes with the time limit to complete 18 holes set at two hours and 30 minutes.
Renovated in 2014, Bali National Golf Club boasts three distinct playing environments. Holes one through nine feature creeks, canyons and native vegetation filled with tropical birds, while holes 10 through 16 offer lush, gently sculptured fairways through a mature grove. To conclude a memorable round there’s the island green 17th and lakeside 18th.
Originally known as Bali Golf & Country Club, the course gained international recognition during the 1990s when it staged the Alfred Dunhill Masters and the Indonesian leg of the Johnnie Walker Super Tour, featuring Ernie Els and Vijay Singh.
Within Nusa Dua, which offers a number of star rated hotels, two convention centres, a shopping centre, restaurants and a museum, sitting alongside over three miles of sand beaches, Bali National is less than 30 minutes by road from Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport.
Also less than half-an-hour from the airport on the southwestern rim of the island’s Bukit Peninsula, within the Pecatu Indah Resort grounds, is New Kuta Golf.
Carved out of harsh limestone and edged between the brilliant white limestone cliffs and the blue horizon of the Indian Ocean, New Kuta Golf was the venue for the Indonesian Open in 2009.
Natural desert-like vegetation with native trees, a semi Scottish rough of existing shrubs, long grass and creepers give the Golfplan-designed layout a genuine championship feel.
From a lookout tower beside the clubhouse, members can climb up to watch sunsets so typical of Bali’s magic.
Magical is a word also often associated with Nirwana Bali Golf Club and Handara Golf & Resort.
Designed by Australian golfing great Greg Norman, Nirwana Bali at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort 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 boasts 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.
Set in the tranquil village of Tabanan, this secluded luxury golf resort in West Bali is 22 kilometres from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Also away from the hustle and bustle of the busy tourist hub, Handara Golf & Resort is located in the central highlands of Bali and nestled down inside the crater of an extinct volcano at an altitude of almost 1,400 metres above sea level.
Sculpted by the firm of Peter Thomson, Michael Wolveridge and Ron Fream, Handara Golf & Resort has long been recognised as one of Asia’s most iconic courses.
Surrounded by lush green mountains, crater lakes and an equatorial rain forest, a renovation of the deluxe hotel rooms and suites was completed in 2015.
For further details about golfing in Bali, please visit www.playgolfbali.com or contact tour agent Baltic at +62-21 6530-0054.