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Golf in Bali: 5 Best Golf Courses On The Island Of The Gods

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The sparkling gem on the crown of Southeast Asia, Bali is known for its tropical beaches and thick rainforests and is a favorite for holidays in the sun. Brimming with culture, arts, and stunning scenery, it is no surprise that Bali’s seen an enormous tourism boom in recent decades. Now, you can do near to anything on the island, including the ever-popular holiday favorite of golf.

The island offers an exciting combination of challenging greens and well-maintained fairways, perfectly landscaped into some of Bali’s most stunning locations. Whether it’s thick forests overshadowed by volcanoes or a cliffside view of the Indian ocean you’re after, Bali’s golf courses are unbeatable and will take your breath away every time.

The new year has only just begun, leaving plenty of time to start planning your next getaway. Our guide to the top five golf courses here in Bali will show you why the paradise island should be at the top of the list for your next golfing holiday. Find all the best spots below. 

Bali Handara Golf & Resort

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You may recognize these majestic gates as a popular Instagram spot, but few know this is the entrance to one of Bali’s oldest golf courses, Bali Handara Golf & Resort.

The extravagance of this course is not limited to the picture-perfect entrance, just take a look inside, and you’ll see that the course is located in a crater between the slopes of Lake Buyan and Lake Beratan. It is the only golf course located up in the cool highlands of the Buleleng Regency, so it is perfect for those who prefer a slight breeze and a picturesque mountain backdrop while shooting those holes. 

The gates have welcomed many distinguished patrons and passionate golfers from around the world, and for good reason. There’s no doubt you’ll have an unforgettable golfing experience with the 18-hole course, designed by Peter Thompson and Graham Wolveridge, 1,142 meters above sea level. 

There is no comparable landscape like this to play golf in the world, and certainly not with the same high-quality dining options, accommodation, and hospitality. Handara is ranked Indonesia’s Number One golf hotel, but the resort also offers several tailored experiences for guests to enjoy off the course. A night’s stay starts at just $40, with great seasonal discounts, and a day on the course varies between $50 and $150 per person.

Bali National Golf Club

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A superb choice and readily accessible no matter where you’re situated in Bali, the Bali National Golf Club is located in the Maj Hotel in Nusa Dua, just a 20-minute drive from the international Ngurah Rai Aiport. Nusa Dua is the heart of luxury beach hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, and museums. You can tour the course while fulfilling all your holiday requirements on your doorstep in The Nusa Dua tourism complex.

Holes one through to nine navigate creeks, canyons, and lush native vegetation with tropical birds and wildlife to observe while you play. Holes 10 through to 16 follow green fairways through a mature grove making for pleasant intermediate play. While holes 17 and 18 are situated lakeside, posing a challenge for any golfer. 

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, or just a casual weekend golfer, there is something for everyone on this ultimate luxury golfing holiday. Five-star service and views you’ll never grow tired of. You’ll enjoy absolute comfort away from the demands of home. To ensure this, each guest even gets the option of a personal butler.

As well several guest rooms, the hotel also offers luxury villas overlooking the course with accommodation for up to six guests. Although, one night could set you back $300 a head. If it’s just a day on the course you’re after, 18 holes start at $80 per person with a Two-Tee start, personal caddy, and shared golf cart included.

New Kuta Golf Course

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On Bali’s southernmost peninsula, perched on a cliff and with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, The New Kuta Golf Course is undoubtedly one of the island’s most picturesque. Complete with an ocean breeze, this is one of Bali most popular golfing destinations, even if less coveted, with its unmatched vistas and reasonable pricing. 

The international standard, 18-hole course is the first of its kind in Indonesia, with a links-style layout. The course overlooks two famous beaches on Bali’s southern coast, Pantai Balangan and Dreamland Beach. And even though the New Kuta Golf Course doesn’t have its own accommodation, situated in Uluwatu, the area has no shortage of beautiful hotels, hidden coves, bohemian shops, and magical temples, all within a short drive of the course. 

At the clubhouse, you’ll find a pro-shop, restaurant, and even a spa for you to unwind after an exciting game. New Kuta is also partnered with some neighboring five-star hotels if you’re looking for the complete golfing holiday experience.

Prices start at $50 per person for all 18-holes, but there are several packages available with spa treatments and nearby accommodation included from $170 per head. 

Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club

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The epitome of first-world luxury and golfing exclusivity, the Bukit Pandawa Resort and Country Club occupies 150 hectares of hidden clifftop in southern Bali, with stunning sea views and its own private stretch of beach.

Watch the sunrise from your hotel room, and enjoy the golden hour as the sun disappears behind the ocean from your evening golf session. Designed by JMP Golf, the course weaves through dramatic rock outcroppings and terraced rice paddies, with the Indian Ocean as a backdrop. Complete with two beach clubs, an infinity pool, a fine-dining restaurant, and even an arts center, there’s something for everyone at this resort, aside from the 18 championship par-3 holes.

The clubhouse is the finishing touch, inspired by Bali’s ancient temples and towers with its own spectacular ocean views. You can book a day on the course for just $75 without any add-ons, but a night at the resort will set you back at least $100. 

Bali Beach Golf Resort

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Bali Beach Golf Course allows you to experience a more private country club atmosphere, as the smallest golf course on the island. Still complete with facilities like the Sector Bar & Club, which is nestled into the course perimeter, Bali Beach is situated in Sanur with sea views of Bali’s east coast.  

Landscaped with lush greens to provide a fair putting surface and subtle breaks to keep any golfer guessing, Bali Beach is set within an environment of tall mature, and rolling mounding. The sleepy area of Sanur is popular with retirees and honeymooners, and Bali Beach echoes this feel, removed from tropical Bali life to give golfer’s a taste of home.

The club offers equipment rentals, so no need to travel heavy with your clubs, as well as premium golf lessons for beginners and children. Bali Beach provides a more intimate experience that is perfect for families or couples. You can even try your hand at some healthy competition with in-house mini-tournaments regularly hosted at the club. 

You can book nine holes for around $75 or the full 18 for just shy of $100. Whereas lessons start at $30 per person. 

How much does it cost to golf in Bali?

Golfing holidays are in high demand worldwide, and the sport is primarily associated with first-world luxury and quality service. This means golfing isn’t cheap, and despite its southeast Asian location, Bali is no different. The cost of golfing in Bali is at a premium because of exceptional course conditions, luxurious clubhouses, and word-class service. Weekday golfing or a starter lesson cost you as low as IDR 400,000 to IDR 700,000, which is $30 to $50. At the same time, a weekend on the course is likely to be closer to IDR 900,000 to 2,000,000 or $60 to $150.

Will the weather affect my golfing experience in Bali?

As golfers will know, a full 18 holes can take some time to play, and that’s part of the joy of the sport. But when playing in hot weather, this could hinder enjoyment, and your ability to perform. Bali is hot all year round, so it is essential to drink plenty of fluids and towel off the sweat while you’re putting holes. Luckily, Bali’s golf courses are strategically located in the mountains or on cliff sides so you’ll get cooler breezes and ocean winds to make play more pleasant. 

Although Bali is almost never cold, it is a tropical island and endures a rainy season from November through to March. This may not mean constant rain, but it does mean heavy downfalls, which can reduce visibility and make for undesirable course conditions. This doesn’t mean you should avoid golfing in the rainy season. In fact, you’re far more likely to find discounted prices as this time of year. But always check the weather ahead of schedule and save your course time for the sunshine.

Are there golfing tournaments in Bali?

There are a number of golf tournaments held throughout the year at Bali, hosted at all of the five main courses. From Bali National’s End of Year Challenge to the Handara Open and the Pecatu Open Golf Tournament at New Kuta. There is also the more coveted Bali Golf Walk, which is held twice annually and is attended by amateur golfers from all over the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has put this global event on pause but it is set to restart in 2022. 

How many golf courses are there in Indonesia?

Indonesia is a great place to play golf with its lush green islands and rolling landscape. There are almost 150 golf courses across the archipelago from which to choose, with five large courses located on the popular island of Bali. Bali is the best place to play golf in the country, and arguably one of the best places in Asia with carefully curated greens, scenic locations, well-maintained putting surfaces, and world-class hospitality. The luxury side of golf is in line with Bali’s exclusive feel, and each golf course is complete with country clubs and restaurants that are equally stylish and inviting.