Bali

Bali is located to the east of Java – spanning a largely mountainous landscape that extends to over 2,200 square miles – and it’s one of thirty-three provinces that collectively form the country of Indonesia. Once largely agricultural based, the island’s economy has since diversified in a big way into tourism and large numbers of mainly Australian, Chinese and Japanese visitors arrive annually to surf the white sandy beaches, explore the dense jungles or visit the wonderful array of temples. Of course, golf plays its part in providing recreational options for tourists and there are a handful of courses in play around the island.

The 9-hole Balibeach Golf course is situated within the grounds of the Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel in the south coast resort of Sanur and it’s a testing track that features only one par three. Forty miles inland, the course at The Handara Golf Resort, formerly Bali Handara Kosaido, sits inside the crater of an extinct volcano at an altitude of more than 3,500 feet above sea level. The New Kuta course sits atop limestone cliffs within the Pecatu Indah Resort and the fairways of this 18-hole layout overlook The Dreamland resort and Balangan Bali surf camp. The course at Bali Golf & Country Club closed in February 2012 for refurbishment and it reopened in 2013 with a new name – Bali National Golf Club. Finally, with three holes running along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, Greg Norman’s 1997 design at Nirwana Bali is recognised as the best in region and worthy of top billing in the national rankings.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Bali

Nirwana Bali

1st Bali - Best in Area

Nirwana Bali is of that ingenious subspecies of golf courses, a course that looks more difficult than it plays.

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Bali National

2nd Bali - Best in Area

Bali Golf & Country Club closed in 2012 for a major renovation, twenty years after it first opened for play. New owners, Narendra Interpacific, reopened the golfing facility in 2014 as the rebranded Bali National Golf Club.

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New Kuta

3rd Bali - Best in Area

One of three 18-hole layouts operated by Golflink Resorts, the New Kuta course enjoys a stunning setting on top of limestone cliffs that overlook the Indian Ocean.

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Handara

4th Bali - Best in Area

The 18-hole course at Handara Golf & Resort Bali (formerly Bali Handara Kosaido) is a mid-1970s design by Ron Fream (when he worked with Peter Thomson and Mike Wolveridge) and it occupies a stunning location nestled inside a volcano crater in the Bedugul mountains.

Bukit Pandawa

5th Bali - Best in Area

Opened in October 2016, Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club is the first of its kind in Asia – a thrilling 18-hole par three executive course that JMP Design built on a dramatic limestone ridge. It simply must be played for sheer fun if visiting Bali.