Natadola Bay Golf Club is a seaside and beachfront course in which fifteen holes can be played while watching the cobalt blue Pacific Ocean with beautiful coral shoreline. The course extends from a small hill to the coast. With multiple tight holes, with long fairways protected by thick rough on both sides, continuing throughout, accuracy will be a key factor on this beautiful course. Also, the intensity of the sea breeze needs to be put into consideration. The course is suitable for intermediate and advanced players, as it is a quite a challenging course. My favorite holes are the next four holes.
The par 4 496-yard 1st is a downhill and long hole hitting toward the sea. The landing area off the tee is narrow with a bunker on the right and deep rough on both sides. A guarding greenside bunker on the front right will come into to play on the approach shot. The green is slightly elevated and slopes from right to left. The par 5 556-yard 5th is demanding with a dogleg to the right. The tee shot is dynamically downhill, and the landing area is narrow. With an uphill second shot, players will encounter a much steeper uphill third shot. Players should avoid at all costs an extremely deep bunker protecting the front side of the green.
The par 4 328-yard 12th is a nice risk & reward hole. This short par four is reachable as it is downhill, but a small pond located just in front of the green will come into play. Players need to make a decision whether they use drivers or lay up off the tee. The par 3 220-yard 13th is a long par three in which the sea and coral reef on the left are beautifully aligned. There is a long bunker located on the left side stretching from the tee to the green protected by pot bunkers on both sides. To read more about the course at Natadola Bay click here to visit my website.
Date: August 23, 2020