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IF BALI is on your golf travel radar, here’s an­other rea­son to stick it on your ‘to-do’ list.

Bali’s Bukit Pan­dawa Golf & Coun­try Club opened for play just 13 months ago and has al­ready been named the World’s Best Par-3 Course after the re­cent World Golf Awards cer­e­mony in south­ern Spain.

It was the first time in the his­tory of the World Golf Awards that vot­ers could se­lect the World’s top par-3 course.

“The in­clu­sion of such a cat­e­gory says vol­umes about the fu­ture of golf,” said JMP Golf De­sign Group’s Bob Moore, who con­ceived the 18-hole, par-54 course over­look­ing the In­dian Ocean and ac­cepted the award on Bukit Pan­dawa Golf & Coun­try Club’s be­half. “We are em­brac­ing cour­ses that have not his­tor­i­cally been in­cluded in our per­cep­tion of great golf ex­pe­ri­ences.

“I believe that one of golf’s strong­est growth mar­kets lies in the cre­ation of cour­ses that can be played in rel­a­tively short time frames while pro­vid­ing a non-in­tim­i­dat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for young and be­gin­ning golfers. Bukit Pan­dawa is an ex­am­ple of beau­ti­ful golf de­sign ap­plied to a non-tra­di­tional lay­out.”

The imag­i­na­tive col­lec­tion of 18 cham­pi­onship-stan­dard one-shot­ters was one of four fi­nal­ists for ‘World’s Best Par-3 Course 2017’ in­clud­ing Tur­tle Hill GC in Ber­muda, Cromwell Golf Course at Nail­cote Hall in Eng­land and The Zhang Lian­wei Course at Mis­sion Hills Shen­zhen in China. Opened in Oc­to­ber 2016 on the south­ern­most tip of Bali, Bukit Pan­dawa G&CC (www.buk­it­pan­dawag­olf.com) is the flag­ship course of Ac­corHo­tels in Asia and the recre­ational cen­ter­piece of Bukit Pan­dawa Re­sort & Golf – a 150-hectare in­te­grated lux­ury re­sort devel­op­ment.

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