Golf presents the perfect activity for the current realities of the world today, as well as an escape from the omnipresent headlines. It is one of the few sports that can be played safely during these times, provided certain precautions are taken by both players and course operators. With wide open spaces, players can maintain limited social contact while enjoying fresh air, outdoor exercise and the resulting positive physical and mental benefits. The golf industry is adapting to the “new normal” with more courses adopting protocols such as 1 player per cart (unless from same household), no contact with flag sticks (or requiring players to “hole out”) as well as limited social distancing throughout facilities. Be sure to check your golf course’s policies related to play during Covid-19 prior to booking your round.
The following is a list of Bali’s world-class golf courses. Get out there and have some fun!
Handara Golf & Resort Bali
Handara Golf & Resort Bali is an award-winning golf club and resort once ranked among the “Top 50 Golf Courses in The World” by Golf Magazine and chosen as the 2019 winner of the “Best Golf Hotel in Indonesia” by the prestigious World Golf Awards. Handara was one of the first world-class golf clubs in the country and has long been recognized as one of Asia’s most iconic and challenging courses. Located in the mountains (1400m elevation) and central lake district of Bedugul and away from the busy tourist centers, Handara is a scenic golf destination that offers a unique cool weather experience. With deep blue skies, fresh mountain air and temperatures averaging between 14-20 degrees Celsius, it is the most comfortable golfing location in Bali and a perfect nature getaway to escape the heat!
Handara Golf and Resort Bali recently announced that it has been granted Travelife Gold Certification. Travelife is an international sustainability certification scheme which assists its 1,300 members around the world improve their environmental, social and economic impacts cost-effectively.
Located on the southern tip of the island within the Nusa Dua tourism complex, the luxurious Bali National Golf Club sits alongside a long stretch of white sand beaches and is just a 15-minute drive via toll road from the international airport. Parkland terrain, lush tropical jungle fauna, ocean views, coconut groves, high dunes and lakes all elevate your playing experience here. Spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and the Nusa Dua area are evident on practically every hole. A grass driving range with chipping and putting greens are also available. The mature natural setting of Bali National Golf Club offers the best playing experience on the island and stellar maintenance ensures year-round championship playing conditions.
The MAJ Nusa Dua, Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua Lot S-5, Kuta Selatan
Established in 1972, The Bali Beach Golf Course backs on to one of the first 5-star hotels on the island and a historical landmark in Sanur. Bali Beach Golf is a 9-hole course filled with tall trees that may be as mature as the heritage hotel. Surrounded by lakes and newly re-designed greens, Bali Beach is one of the smallest golf courses in Bali, yet its privacy offers a luxurious golf experience. This is a course that will provide challenges to all golfers of all skill levels. Golf lessons and a night driving range are also available.
Kompleks Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Jl Hangtuah No 58, Sanur
Situated in Bali’s southwestern region of Pecatu, nestled between brilliant white limestone cliffs and the endless blue horizon of the Indian Ocean, New Kuta Golf Course is a championship standard golf course ranking among Asia’s best and most challenging. Established in 2007, New Kuta Golf was designed as the first links-style layout in Indonesia with the original contours of the land preserved.
The signature hole is the 15th hole, aptly named “The Cliffhanger” and is perched high above a limestone cliff, overlooking the stunning Dreamland and Balangan Beaches and the Indian Ocean. Taking in the 240-degree ocean views while standing on the tee, you will understand why this is one of the most photographed golf holes in the region.
Tip: When booking your round, a tee-off around 2pm is the perfect time to catch a spectacular sunset at the end of your game. The club also has a lookout tower beside the clubhouse where patrons can climb up to view Bali’s magical sunsets. The course is located just a 20-minute drive from the International Airport.
Jl Raya Uluwatu, Kawasan Pecatu Indah Resort, Pecatu, South Kuta
Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club is situated on 150 hectares of stunning clifftop real estate near Bali’s southernmost point. Established in 2016, this 18-hole championship caliber par-3 course is the latest addition to the growing collection of world-class golf courses in Bali; the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. Offering unparalleled sea views, this course was the the winner of the 2017 Best Par-3 Golf Course and is sure to please golfers of all levels. Unique features including rustic architectural ruins, stunning waterfalls and the majestic backdrop of the Bukit Peninsula are all key components of this highly enjoyable track, where the serenity of Balinese culture is well immersed into the course design. This unique par-54 layout can also be played in an average of just 120 minutes and is just 30 mins from the International airport.
Jl. Gunung Payung No. 8, Banjar Panti Giri, Desa Kutuh, Kuta Selatan