The dreamy island of Bali, part of Indonesia, is well-known for its exclusive holiday resorts and tropical luxuries. However, if you can bear to tear yourself away from the immaculate white sandy beaches lapped by the gentle waves of an aquamarine sea, Bali golf courses are amongst the best in the world. Check out our blog post if you want to check out the best time to visit Bali.
One of the most spectacular golf courses in the world, let alone Bali, the Handara Golf and Country Club is spectacularly set 1,200 metres above sea level in the crater of a volcano (it’s inactive, you’ll be pleased to hear).This elevated setting offers refreshing cool temperatures, the perfect refuge from the scorching heat and ideal conditions for playing golf. With lush green mountain scenery, tropical jungle and deep blue crater lakes, it’s difficult to imagine a more idyllic place to hit the fairways. Designed by a five times British Championship winner, this top quality 18-hole Bali golf course has a pro shop, a driving range and locker room facilities, including a sauna, for luxurious pre- and post-game relaxation.
Recently renovated, Bali National Golf Course offers a secluded spot amongst mature trees and woodland, with sweeping greens and lush fairways providing an immaculate playing surface.With a variety of challenges to test golfers of all abilities, this is a very popular golf course in Bali. Those with the best game will have to be sharp in order to navigate safely around the subtle breaks and yawning bunkers. As well as a sublime Bali island setting, the course provides a golf simulator and a driving range, plus a restaurant and bar.
Just 20 minutes from the airport and close to Dreamland Beach, New Kuta Golf course is located on the southern shores of Bali. This links-style course offers stunning sea views, with many holes playing directly along the coast, bringing into play the world’s biggest water feature – the ocean. Add in the immaculately sculpted bunkers and natural grasses and you have a stunningly beautiful course. The clever design makes use of the natural features, creating multi-tiered holes and leaving the player surrounded by sand at times. There are five sets of tees, helping both novice and experienced golfers to make the most of the course; a tee-time of 2pm will allow golfers to see the magical Bali sunset and a spectacular array of colours glow on the horizon. After you’ve finished on the greens, this Bali golf course resort has a restaurant where some of the best local Indonesian cuisine can be sampled. The beauty of New Kuta Golf Course is perhaps best summarised by the fact that in 2008, the International Golf and Life Foundation awarded it the status of iGolf Laureate Course for its environmental conservation.
One of the most prestigious golf courses Bali has to offer, the Nirwana was designed by golfing legend Greg Norman. Overlooking the lapping waves of the Indian Ocean, the course winds its way through the picturesque paddy fields and shady palm trees. The spirituality of the island of Bali has never been more in evidence than at this course, with a Hindu temple perched atop the cliffs overlooking three of the holes. If you can get through this stretch without dropping a shot, you’ll at least know where to direct your thanks. A peaceful and particularly scenic golf course Bali cuisine can be enjoyed in the restaurant, or players can simply relax with a drink in the bar. With facilities as memorable as the course itself, this is one of the ultimate destinations for golfers on the island.
If you don’t have much time or want to snatch a few holes on a golf course in Bali whilst your wife is sunbathing on the beach then the 9-hole Bali Beach Golf Club offers a good alternative to some of the more prestigious clubs. One of the advantages of this course is that it has been around for a long time so the fairways are lined by mature trees and can cost you shots if your stray offline. Whilst a little lacking in variety – there are seven par 4s – there is enough to keep you interested, with protected greens and swirling sea breezes. Maybe this is not a course for the purist but it remains an enjoyable 9-hole course. Bali golf courses are attracting players from all over the world and with year-round warm temperatures, sunny skies and even sunnier people, a golf holiday to Bali will be one you never forget, for all the right reasons.
The easiest way to book a tee time at any of the golf courses in Bali is using the Golfsavers booking engine which is really simple to use and you can even book using your mobile phone.