AROUND THE TRAPS
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.