Golfing in Paradise
The Nirwana Bali Golf Club, as part of the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, features an 18-hole course beautifully designed by golf legend Greg Norman. The construction was completed in 1997 with challenging holes for the pro-golfer but still enjoyable for the beginner.
Around an hour’s journey by car from the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, you will discover a secluded luxury resort set in the tranquil village of Tabanan in Southwest of Bali. This resort is a must-visit destination for every golfer in the world. Nestled on top of a sheer cliff with breathtaking views of Bali’s most iconic view, the Tanah Lot Temple with the backdrop of the Indian Ocean, this lush 103-hectare has a unique concept, a resort that is surrounded by a golf course.
The Nirwana Bali Golf Club, as part of Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, features an 18-hole course beautifully designed by golf legend Greg Norman. The construction was completed in 1997 with challenging holes for the pro-golfer but still enjoyable for the beginner. Where else in the world can you combine climbing up and down the valleys, crossed the creeks, traversing across the rice fields, with playing golf? These, along with the stunning scenery, are the reasons why the Nirwana Bali Gold Club won an award from WTA 2011 as “Indonesia’s Leading Golf Resort”,
and is also listed in the top 100 Golf Courses in the World in Golf Digest Magazine.
Golf is mostly known as a prestigious sport. It’s expensive and exclusive, especially here in Indonesia. That’s no wonder. Golf is arguably the only sport that requires a vast field on which to play, and with the land prices always increasing, building a golf course can’t be cheap, especially with all of the grass maintenance, golf carts, and other equipment. But the price paid is worth the unique experience you can get from this place.
The name “Nirwana” itself means “paradise”, and it truly makes you feel like you are playing golf in paradise.
The rates for a round of golf varies depending on several options, but mostly it’s around Rp. 1,000,000. If the players want unlimited access to use the course, they have to pay an annual membership fee for Rp. 6 million.
The perk of living on a tropical island is that you can play any time of the year since there’s no winter season, although sometimes the weather can be very unpredictable. For beginners, they offer lessons and on-course instruction that includes green fee, caddy, and card.
Each of the course’s 18 holes presents a different challenge for the player. Holes 7, 13 and 14 are located on the cliff-top beside the Indian Ocean. These are extremely dramatic holes that require a combination of skill and concentration to play well. Hole 7 is their signature. With the view of the Indian Ocean and the Tanah Lot temple, the combination of natural beauty and the exoticism of Bali is very exquisite. It’s also challenging, as you have to hit the ball across the cliff, from the cliff side tee across a piece of the ocean to a scenic and well-guarded green. There are not many places in the world where such dramatic cliff-tip land is allocated for golf-holes. Hole 13 will require all a golfer’s skill and concentration as it plays along the Indian Ocean cliff top. Hole 14 is a dramatic par 3, with the ocean thundering below.
Greg Norman’s design style is very different from many of the other modern golf course designers. He places a great deal of emphasis on making the appearance of the course as dramatic and beautiful as possible. He tries to create the maximum contrast of colour and texture between the highly groomed tees, greens and fairways, and the more informal areas of short rough and outer rough. He also believes in using ornamental or native grasses in the outer rough, as these will require little or no irrigation and maintenance. At the Nirwana Bali Golf Club, much of this outer rough is rice fields. The overall effect is to maximise the use of the site’s natural features and to minimise the area of intensive maintenance, which requires chemical applications. This approach is friendly to the environment.
During your game, some beautiful Balinese caddies will accompany your and ensure you to have a wonderful and memorable experience. The caddies are there to improve the quality of your golf experience, speed up play, provide encouragement, and share in the excitement of a great shot or stroke of good fortune. Each of the caddies is put through a 3-month training program before heading out on the course. This outstanding caddie program covers all aspects of the game in great detail. The new caddies will be paired with the experience caddies who will also monitor their progress closely.
For refreshment after a tiring game, a full 2,500 square meter Balinese-styled clubhouse with a restaurant is waiting for you. There are also lockers and pro-shop facilities, where you can rent clubs if you didn’t bring your own.
This unique experience of playing golf in the rice fields, hitting the ball at the edge of a cliff while viewing the famous Tanah Lot temple and enjoying the sunset with a fresh breeze and the sound of crashing waves below your feet, will definitely make you want to play another round.
Text by Devishanty
Nirwana Bali Golf Club
Pan Pasific Nirwana Bali Resort
Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Kediri, Tabanan
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