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HK Golfer - - CONTENTS - By Calvin Koh

What a week it turned out to be in the 2018 Fiji In­ter­na­tional, a place called Par­adise.

Calvin Koh re­calls what a week it turned out to be in the 2018 Fiji In­ter­na­tional, a place called Par­adise.

Bula! It was a Fi­jian greet­ing that wel­comed me when­ever I went at the Fiji In­ter­na­tional pre­sented by Fiji Air­ways. Over the last decade on the Asian Tour, I had the priv­i­lege of trav­el­ling the length and breadth of the world. From the ma­jes­tic Swiss Alps in Switzer­land to the tran­quilly of Lake Wakatipu in Queen­stown, New Zealand, my lat­est voy­age took me to the South Pa­cific where the won­ders of Fiji awaited.

For a coun­try known to em­brace a sport pas­sion­ately like rugby, the sport­ing nar­ra­tive could pos­si­bly be shared with golf as the Fiji In­ter­na­tional made its re­turn to the beau­ti­ful Nata­dola Bay Cham­pi­onship Golf Course.

The live tele­vi­sion cov­er­age of the event took Fiji to the four cor­ners of the globe, and it helped that former world num­ber ones and Ma­jor win­ners such as Ernie Els and Vi­jay Singh were the faces of the tour­na­ment this year too.

If beauty had a face, Fiji would be one. Tee­ing off against the back­drop of one of the most scenic venues in the world, I, along the rest of the pro­fes­sion­als were mes­merised by the cap­ti­vat­ing beauty of the Coral Coast. With some of the most unique hospi­tal­ity op­tions in the world of golf, the Par-3 8th hole also pro­vided the per­fect van­tage point to watch the golf, whilst so­cial­is­ing on the beach.

Now, it’s also not dif­fi­cult to know why Fiji is home to the hap­pi­est peo­ple on earth.

They en­joy breath­tak­ing nat­u­ral beauty, great out­door life­styles and an abun­dant of unique cul­tures.

Out­side the sanc­tu­ary of my room, the palm tree fringed is­lands, pris­tine clear blue waters and un­spoiled beaches pro­vided that ther­a­peu­tic re­lief away from the daily hus­tle and bus­tle of city life which I’ve been so used to.

The writ­ing was also on the wall for In­dia’s Ga­gan­jeet Bhullar to win the Fiji In­ter­na­tional. With his last name, the In­dian was hugely pop­u­lar with the gal­leries who showed up to watch and ac­quaint them­selves with golf.

Bhullar’s maiden trip to Fiji ended with him tak­ing home the Fiji In­ter­na­tional tro­phy and price­less mem­o­ries of his week-long stay in Fiji.

While I could not lay my hands on the prized tro­phy, like Bhullar, I also took home mem­o­ries of Fiji that would stay in the re­cesses of my mind for a very long time.

With his last name, In­dia’s Ga­gan­jeet Bhullar was hugely pop­u­lar with the gal­leries

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