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.