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Bali National Golf Club

Holes 18 | Par 72 | Length 6298 m / 6888 y | Type Parkland | Architect Nelson-Haworth Redesign

Freshly re-opened in 2013 following extensive and much-needed renovations that have stretched the course to over 7,100 yards from the black tees, Bali National Golf Country Club is set to reclaim the elevated status it had during the days when it hosted the 1994 Asian Dunhill Masters and was voted one of Asia’s Top Five Courses by Fortune Magazine in 1997.

Stunningly set on the southern tip of the island just 15 minutes from the airport, this Hawaiian-themed championship course will likely once again host the top pros on the Asian circuit.  The course is split into three distinct sections. The opening nine meanders uphill though tropical jungle that offers repeated glimpses of the Indian Ocean and, if your luck is in and the weather is fine, the spectacular Mt. Agung in the far distance. The opening dogleg left is the first of two demanding par-5s on the front nine, and you should take the opportunity to get your driver working because you are certainly going to need a big, straight hit to stand a chance of making par on the epic and narrow 618 yard par-5 7th. You may want to think long and hard before letting bravado get the better of you and deciding to take on this course from the back tees!

After successfully negotiating the tricky approach over water to the semi-island green of the 9th, it’s a short buggy ride to the back nine, where the jungle gives way to a coconut grove lined with palm trees up to 100 feet high. All of a sudden there are massive sand-traps everywhere – on both sides of the 10th and 11th, and all the way up the left hand side of the 13th. If you don’t enjoy having to hit mid-irons out of sand, you’ll need to be hitting straight. It’s only the bunker-free par-3 12th that offers an escape from the sand, in favour of water from tee to green.

The final section is down by the beach, comprising the last two par-4s that play around an imposing 16 acre lake in front of the modern clubhouse. The cooling ocean breeze is one part blessing and two parts curse as for the first time you must deal with water hazards and sand traps at the same time. If that weren’t enough, the final approach on the picturesque final dogleg left has the added pressure of an audience, given the green is set right by the only clubhouse in Bali that offers views of the course.

After a shower and a massage in the spacious locker rooms, it’s your turn to grab a drink or a top-notch meal on the terrace and enjoy the travails of those still out on the course.

Superb maintenance of the newly-laid Paspalum turf ensures that the course stays in pristine championship condition all year round, and it’s wise to take advantage of the grass driving range and chipping/putting greens given the need for accuracy as your drive off through the trees. Golf carts are compulsory here but give the distance between the three sections of the course, you’d want one anyway. Overall, a must-play on your Bali golf holiday.

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  • Condition 5
  • Facilities 5
  • Pace of play 5
  • Service 5
  • Overall 5
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Bali National Golf Club - Course Reviews

"The best in Bali - period!"

Reviewed by Thomas; on 16 Mar 2016
After 6 rounds at Bali National I can honestly say that this is the best golf course in Bali. I played here four years ago and it’s hardly recognisable as everything is immaculate with hardly a blade of grass out of place. It is a very challenging course and from the blue tees it’s pretty long. I enjoyed the contrast between the front nine in amongst the trees and the more open back nine. The two finishing holes are beautiful and a wonderful way to end a superb round of golf. What more can I say except I will be back.

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"Faultless in every respect"

Reviewed by Hk; on 15 Mar 2016
The first time I played this course back in 2008 it was known as Nusa Dua Golf & Country Club. I recently returned to the renamed Bali National and it was wonderful to see what they had done with the club. The clubhouse and locker room are immaculate. The course is very pretty,, perfectly manicured and very challenging and requires careful shot selection. I still prefer the romance of playing Nirwana but this course is in better condition and is a “must play” course.

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  • Condition 5
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"Brilliant Course!"

Reviewed by Brian; on 19 Jan 2016
I have played 2 times at the new Bali National and it is my go too course in Bali now.The location is ideal for that quick game. The grounds are in great shape and the caddies are first class I have just returned from a golf trip to Hau Hin Thailand and played at Black Mountain which I would rate as the best I have played but the Bali National has a lot going for it. The club house and food are superb Do yourself a favor go play there.

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  • Facilities 5
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  • Service 5
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