BUKIT PANDAWA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
With 18 championship-caliber par-3 holes that weave through spectacular rock outcroppings that define the limestone clifftops of Bali’s dramatic southern tip, Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country offers one of the most singular golf experiences not only in Indonesia but anywhere in the world.
Conceived by Bob Moore of California-based JMP Golf Design Group, the novel layout mesmerizes with ocean views from almost every hole, a clutch of architectural ruins that personify the Island of the Gods’ rich history and wall-to-wall Pure Dynasty, a seashore paspalum grass that makes for the purest of playing surfaces.
Other features of AccorHotels’ flagship course in Asia include lakes, waterfalls and terraced rice paddies, all of which help shape and frame the jaw-dropping closing hole, a challenging downhiller made all the more memorable by its incomparable backdrop: a magnificent clubhouse inspired by the iconic temples and towers of Bali.
Opened in October 2016, Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club is the first piece of an unprecedented hospitality project taking shape on Bukit Peninsula, where the club’s ownership group, luxury resort developer PT Bali Ragawisata, is in the process of adding hotels and residences managed by such world-renowned brands as Mandarin Oriental, Waldorf Astoria and Swissotel.
“We’ve set the stage for everything that’s to come here,” says Stephen Banks, the course’s general manager. “We’re equal parts groundbreaking, eye-popping and extraordinary.”
While Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club will get any golfer’s attention straight away — panoramic views of the Indian Ocean from the opening tee box will do that — it was designed to up the ante with each passing hole. To wit: the 148-yard 13th, which is framed by three bunkers and features curved stone walls in the foreground and a traditional Balinese kul-kul tower in the background; and the aforementioned home hole.
Since every hole at Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club is a par-3, total par for the course is 54. That means a typical round only lasts about two and a half hours. For that reason, the course is especially popular with short-stay visitors and families. “You can be in and out in no time,” Banks says, “and be on with your day.”