Bali National - Bali - Indonesia

Bali National Golf Club,
Kawasan Wisata,
Nusa Dua,

  • +62 361 771 791

  • Yuni Wulandari

  • Robin Nelson (1991) Neil Haworth (2013)

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Bali Golf & Country Club closed in 2012 for a major renovation, twenty years after it first opened for play. New owners, Narendra Interpacific, wanted to develop hotel and accommodation on the property so the original course architects, Nelson & Haworth, were brought back in to completely renovate the layout.

To make room for the new hotel and villas the clubhouse was moved further inland and holes one to ten were repositioned. The 17th was changed from a par four to a par three and the 18th hole was also reconstructed.

Sand was mined on site to rebuild tees, greens and fairways, cutting down the cost of shipping this material in from elsewhere. All the lakes were relined and interconnected and new deep wells were drilled to maximise the usage of water on the course.

The final touches were then applied, as described by Neil Haworth: “Waste areas and bunker complexes were made more dramatic, green surface contours were softened to make putting fairer and trees were removed to open up views of the South China Sea and Mount Agung.”

The outward half is routed through hills with lush tropical vegetation flanking the fairways. Stone walls have also been incorporated into the design to terrace the fairways and tee boxes, affording golfers the sensation of traversing the type of rice field landscape that’s so typical of the Bali countryside.

The back nine is laid out on more level terrain, holes weaving around coconut trees and lakes. The 17th, one of the signature holes on the course, is a dangerous par three to encounter so late in the round as stray tee shots to its island green will be severely punished, potentially ruining a good score.

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Description: 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. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 2

Rather typical overpriced Asian resort course: nicely conditioned, compulsory carts and caddies, plenty of greenery, large clubhouse and a formulaic mix of holes that are mostly forgotten the next day. There is a greater use of sand and a few water hazards on the back nine and the short island green hole at the par 3 17th are really all I remember. The course is definitely top ten in Indonesia, but nothing spectacular.

Based on the reviews below, green fees don't appear to have changed much and are Rp1.8 - 2.1 million depending on when you play (or about USD150-175). What has changed however are a number of the holes and all the marketing spin from designers or course management can't disguise the fact that the course was changed to pack in accommodation. Lots of accommodation and supporting facilities. The ninth, for example, has gone from being an interesting and challenging par 4 with elevation changes, to a nothing much par 3, so the land can be repurposed. The feature par 3 17th no longer has any views of trees or the water as a giant hotel is going up behind the green and villas will completely encircle the hole. And the 18th is a short dog-leg with water which is probably interesting the first or second time it is played, but then you realise it's a confected fairway wood or rescue lay-up off the tee because the design had to be constrained.

It's not all doom and gloom of course: if you're playing golf here you're probably on holidays on a tropical island and life is good, and if you're a local and playing golf here, you're much richer than most Indonesians and life is still good. Even with the changes, the tourists will still roll up and play, just like I did, and most won't know what they're missing. Progress hey?

4 / 6
Bali National
July 05, 2018

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I played Bali Golf & Country Club in 1998 during the Asian financial crisis. It was a trip to remember, as I was truly a rupiah millionaire for the duration of the holiday. When I cashed a £100 traveller’s cheque I walked out of the change bureau with a carrier bag full of banknotes to the tune of 1.6 million rupiah. As I was staying in an all-inclusive hotel, spending this money became a serious challenge and I ended up playing Bali G&CC using hire clubs purely to get rid of some of the cash! So I set off from the first tee in a cart with a mandatory female caddie glued, standing like a limpet to the back of the cart. The course itself reminded me of a hybrid of a number of courses I’d played across Florida and the turf was very similar in the way it totally disintegrated as soon as the club head touched the ground. Replacing a divot was never possible and it took me a few holes to get used to the way the turf responded to the club. I liked the variation of the holes and loved the closing two holes that played close to the coastline but frankly much of the layout blended into the nice but nothing special category. I found the course quite challenging, possibly due to the hire clubs or my new heady status as temporary millionaire. I would have liked to have played Nirwana Bali, but the facility wasn't fully open and also Bali Handara Kosaido, the original Balinese course located in the mountains, but sadly ran out of time as there is so much to do on this most charming Indonesian island.
4 / 6
Bali National
March 10, 2010

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November 29, 2010
played the course in nov 2010, course is average (don't forget that you are paying 160US$ for 18 holes, yes it is true. It is just an average course, if I put on top of that that you play 160 US, it is a waste of money. Nothing compared to Nirwana (45 mn away), or Ria Bintan or Lagoon, not the same league...
August 30, 2011
Good, but not great. As all the courses on Bali are 150 -$170 US$, I would play Nirwana over this course every time.