Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort
With a wide range of exquisite Bali villas, rooms and suites, leisurely pursuits and pampering services available right at your doorstep, fall in love with the irresistible charm of the ‘Island of the Gods’ at the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort. Step onto the award-winning Nirwana Bali Golf Club, one of the most picturesque golf courses ever built in Asia. The course is enjoyed by both casual and seasoned golfers and renowned for its meticulously maintained landscapes. Not many courses will feature terraced rice paddy hazards or holes running along the cliffs of the Indian Ocean.
With a wide range of exquisite Bali villas, rooms and suites, leisurely pursuits and pampering services available right at your doorstep, fall in love with the irresistible charm of the ‘Island of the Gods’ at the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort.
Step onto the award-winning Nirwana Bali Golf Club, one of the most picturesque golf courses ever built in Asia. The course is enjoyed by both casual and seasoned golfers and renowned for its meticulously maintained landscapes. Not many courses will feature terraced rice paddy hazards or holes running along the cliffs of the Indian Ocean.
Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort offers a choice of outstanding amenities combined with discrete and understated service. Nirwana Spa, Kokokan Kids Club, Yoga, Tennis, Squash, ATV and Dokar ride, High Rope/Flying Fox, Paintball, Surfing, Diving, Wall-climbing, Cycling, Swimming and tours.
- Merica - The resorts signature Restaurant.
- Driftwood - Mediterranean-style grills, meat, seafood and pizzas set by the landscaped pool.
- Tanah Lot Gastro Deli - A European-styled deli that serves freshly made sandwiches, salads and specialty coffees overlooking the picturesque golf course.
- Golfer's Terrace - Casual dining with a perfect view of the golf course.
- Sunset Lounge - Sip crafted cocktails by the Indian Ocean.
- Drift Bar - A relaxing retreat within the four tiered swimming pools.
Superior Golf View
Enjoy breathtaking views from a spacious and well-appointed Balinese-inspired sanctuary overlooking Greg Norman’s Championship Hole No. 6.
Superior Ocean View
Luxuriate in contemporary comfort with scenic views of the Indian Ocean and Tanah Lot from your private balcony.
Deluxe Pool View
Be charmed by elegant modern furnishings, calming Balinese-inspired interiors and views of our idyllic pool.
Indulge your children with an access to the playground, pool and kids’ club.
Deluxe Ocean View
Soothe your senses amidst contemporary Balinese interiors with warm timber finishings and refreshing garden views.
Pacific Club Suite Golf
Enjoy modern and spacious comfort complemented by views of Greg Norman’s Championship Hole No. 6 from your private balconies.
One Bedroom Villa
Enjoy a heightened sense of exclusivity in a romantic one-bedroom villa that comes with a private garden, pool and gazebo.
Experience privileged living at its finest with exquisite furnishings, breathtaking views as well as access to exclusive Pacific Club privileges.
Bali Golf & Country Club
Bali Golf & Country Club - an enjoyably varied challenge on a championship course that offers some truly spectacular views.
Host of the 1994 Asian Dunhill Masters, an event at which Nick Faldo set a course record of 63 that stands to this day, Bali Golf & Country Club was recently rated in the top 5 courses in Asia by US magazine Fortune. It's a well deserved accolade.
The course winds through three distinct sections: you tee off uphill, the fairways lined with hand-built stone walls and thick vegetation, and as you climb you are treated to some spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and, if the weather is fine, the stunning Mt. Agung in the distance. If you've successfully negotiated the epic 580 yard 7th, you'll certainly have earned this treat. After the turn, you play through a coconut grove where palm trees as high as 100 feet can easily catch you out, and the round ends with two spectacular holes by the beach, where the cooling ocean breeze can be at once a blessing and a curse as you try to avoid the imposing 16 acre lake beside the 18th.
This is a course where you can choose the level of difficulty thanks to the range of tee boxes on offer - from the back tees you'll have to be a magician to get anywhere near Mr. Faldo's record, but play from further forward and the landing areas are much easier to reach, and even the longest holes don't seem as daunting. Thanks to some excellent maintenance, you'll rarely find yourself in the middle of the fairway but stuck in a divot, and the greens run fast and true. After your round, the elegant clubhouse is a perfect place to unwind with a beer or a massage at the Spa before a top notch meal at the open air restaurant. Given it's a course you'll want to play more than once, it's handy to have a series of rentable three- and four-bedroom villas on site; those taking advantage of this can benefit from special green fees and priority tee times.
New Kuta Golf Club
A stunning quasi-links style course with a run of three stunning holes along the cliffs that you won't forget in a hurry.
Opened in 2007 and quickly hailed as the Best New International Course by Links Magazine, New Kuta Golf Club, which is located at the southern tip of Bali, is now a mainstay of the Indonesian golf circuit having recently hosted the Indonesian Open.
Despite playing along the cliffs rather than at sea level, the course retains a quasi-links feel in its use native grasses with just a handful of trees bordering the bumpy paspalum fairways and greens of ultradwarf bermudagrass; like the best links courses, the wind is a constant factor and keeping the ball low becomes a good percentage play. The round starts inland over varied, bumpy terrain and features some memorable challenges, not the least the extreme slopes on the tiered green of the par-3 6th, the putting surface literally an island of green in a sea of sand. On the very long par-4 7th, a long drive avoiding the fairway bunkers is necessary to allow you to reach the corner of the dog-leg and give yourself a shot of reaching the elevated, protected green in two.
A run of three holes on the back nine are memorably tough. Perched on the cliffs edge high above the beach, holes 14 to 16 are the cause of many a ball being lost to the ocean. The green of the downhill par-4 14th sits right on the cliff edge, fronted by a pot bunker that means you must keep your nerve and trust in your distances to avoid a sandy, or more terminally watery, end. The wind makes the exposed headland that is the site of the short 15th a true challenge - your tee shot needs to be sent out over the ocean, as you trust the wind to bring the ball back to safety. A narrow landing zone in the blustery conditions means a successful tee shot on the long par-4 16th is something to be cherished, and a fairway that narrows as it approaches the green means a lay-up for those of us not confident of extreme accuracy from distance.
Overlooking the 9th and 18th greens is the large clubhouse, where you can grab a drink, meal or a massage whilst enjoying the panoramic views of the sea; even better, there is a lookout tower beside the clubhouse from where you can watch the typically stunning sunsets from the perfect vantage point. Like the sound of this course?
For a quasi-links cliff top course play the New Kuta Golf Club during your Bali golf holiday.
Nirwana Bali Golf
Nirwana Bali Golf is one of the most photographed courses on the planet and a challenge to match, quite simply the best place to play golf in Bali. Overlooking the Indian Ocean a short drive from the famous Kuta Beach lies the Greg Norman-designed Nirwana Bali Golf Club, a stunningly beautiful course that is as close to golfing bliss as you can get in Bali. The best course in Indonesia according to Golf Digest and the best golf resort in the whole of Asia as voted by Asian Golf Monthly, this is genuinely a course for the golfing connoisseur. As you make your way through the lush Balinese landscape and the terraced rice fields, taking in the mesmerising views of the ocean, it's easy to see that this is one of the most photographed courses on the planet. Three holes wind along the cliffs overlooking the ocean, and the view of the Tanah Lot temple from the 12th is quite simply stunning. It's easy to get distracted from the task of navigating what is a pretty challenging course, with tee shots over deep ravines (the 13th) and cleverly located fairway bunkers that narrow the landing zone (pretty much all the holes). Take the 441 yard par-4 5th for example: from an elevated tee you must drive across a valley to a fairway with three large bunkers just waiting to claim anything off-line. Attacking the flag on your long approach is not for the feint of heart, with a large greenside bunker to be cleared. Unless you can go over this and stop the ball on a dime, you're best off playing to the right hand side of the green and praying you can navigate the typically lightning quick greens in two. Take the advice of the friendly and experienced caddies for the best line. The Balinese-style clubhouse is luxurious but not overbearingly so, with beautifully furnished locker rooms, fully stocked pro shop and quality restaurant. Overall, this is ultimate golfing experience on offer in Bali.
Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club
Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club - in the crater of a (thankfully extinct) volcano and as aesthetically spectacular as that sounds, this is a must-play course.
The journey to Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club may be a long one (a couple of hours from Nusa Dua and an hour from Ubud), but take our word for it, it is worth the effort. Nestled in the crater of a volcano in the Bedugul mountains, this is a simply breathtaking course. Even the drive up through the traditional villages, rice paddies, and into the mountains past Lake Bedugul is captivating. Open since 1974 and consequently benefitting from the fully mature trees that are often noticeably absent from newer courses, visually this is a course to behold, with indigenous flowers in bloom, creeks cutting through the course and the rim of the crater in the distance.
Aside from all this there is the small matter of the golf on offer, and thanks to some severe elevation changes, cleverly placed hazards and some memorable holes, Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club does not disappoint. On the 90 degree dog-leg par-4 3rd, a creek prevents you from cutting the corner and the opposite side of the narrow fairway is a mass of thick bushes - needless to say, accuracy from the tee is vital here, not least because your second must carry across water to a green whose use of Bent grass renders it lightning quick.
The choice of the 14th as the signature hole is more to do with aesthetics than anything else; this uphill 203 yard par-3 with a well protected green is indeed tough to par, but it's the huge mountains in the background that really make it stand out. With all the hills it's something of a relief that the round ends downhill, with a par-5 that will offer up birdies for those who can avoid the fairway bunkers.
Off the course, there are excellent practice facilities which include 3 putting greens, a chipping area and practice bunkers and a clubhouse which, though dated, is a pleasant place to reflect on your round with a drink. Japanese food is the order of the day but if you are in the mood for something local there are a variety of Indonesian restaurants just a 10 minute drive away on the banks of Lake Bedugul. Here you can also stay overnight in the club's hotel, but they have really started to show their age and are overpriced for what is on offer. Despite this, overall this is highly recommended as a stop on your golfing itinerary. Cross your fingers for a clear day though - the first time we played here, an early morning mist left visibility at just a couple of hundred yards so it was only after the round that the true majesty of the course became evident. On the plus side it gave us the perfect excuse to come back a second time to this hugely enjoyable and spectacular course. Like the sound of this course?
Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club - a must play on to your Bali golf holiday package.
Bali Beach Golf Club
A decent nine holer for those looking for a quick game.
Open since 1972 but rebranded in 2004 with the addition of a driving range and clubhouse, the Bali Beach Golf Course is a decent nine hole course for those in the Sanur area after a quick golfing fix.
Set in a pleasing environment of tall mature trees and flowering hibiscus shrubs, it's a well laid out par-36 course that's a little heavy on the par-4s for the purists, with only one short and one long hole on offer. It's fairly straightforward, with water hazards rarely coming into play, although there are enough bunkers to keep you on your toes and the wind can certainly be a factor, particularly on the par-3 2nd.
The newly opened clubhouse has a decent Indonesian restaurant and a pleasant bar, and the staff are friendly. Overall, not one for the connoisseur, but if you go with realistic expectations it's a good option for a quick scratch of that golfing itch.