Cliff Top Golf­ing on the Bukit in Bali


There is noth­ing quite like golf­ing in Bali. What can be more in­vig­o­rat­ing than hit­ting a golf ball over ter­raced rice pad­dies, or more sat­is­fy­ing than drain­ing a putt while a soft ocean breeze washes over you?

Bali’s south­ern­most tip, known as the bukit, sits high above the ocean, and golfers are in for a real treat play­ing a round at Bukit Pandawa Golf & Coun­try Club. It opened in Oc­to­ber 2016, and this 18-hole, par-3 cham­pi­onship course sits above the fa­mous surf breaks of the Bukit Penin­sula. I feel clifftop golf­ing with beau­ti­ful sea breezes and fab­u­lous views makes you play a bet­ter round of golf. The scenery in­spires you to shine and do your best.

I quickly found that I could rely on my cad­die Ilu for guid­ance and some good golf­ing tips. When she handed me a six iron on one of the holes, I was highly scep­ti­cal. The hole seemed so far away. But she in­sisted it was the right club for the shot. Lo and be­hold, she was cor­rect. I made a good swing and was on the green in one shot.

I was even more im­pressed when I reached the fifth hole. A wait­ress came along with two cap­puc­ci­nos. “This can­not be pos­si­ble,” I thought. I had been dream­ing of cof­fee, and then this cof­fee ge­nie just ap­peared.

Alas, the cof­fee was for other play­ers, but I quickly or­dered one for my­self and con­tin­ued to play. Sure enough, mine showed up at the next hole.

Golf­ing at Bukit Pandawa is in a class of its own. The course wraps around wa­ter­falls, lakes and ter­raced rice pad­dies, and even for the highly skilled golfer there are chal­lenges on ev­ery hole. There is an ocean view from al­most ev­ery hole, and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ru­ins next to three of them. It’s sim­ply di­vine.

After your round of golf, you get to ex­pe­ri­ence the club­house. On en­ter­ing the pala­tial 3,000 square me­tre com­plex, I im­me­di­ately felt at peace. I was greeted by the sound of gen­tly fall­ing wa­ter and passed by a large stone wall that was an­gled to give an ef­fect like the pyra­mids of the an­cient world.

Fur­ther on I dis­cov­ered the sauna and more elab­o­rate wa­ter fea­tures in the VIP area. Th­ese wa­ter fea­tures com­ple­ment the spec­tac­u­lar views look­ing out to the ocean.

Next, onto the food. The Kul-Kul Restau­rant brings an in­no­va­tive an­gle to golf din­ing. It is on par with fine din­ing. My food ar­rived stacked on a high-tea-like mini tower with sam­plers of meats and cheeses. I am a pretty fussy eater with a gluten-free re­quire­ment and was pleas­antly sur­prised when fresh-baked, gluten-free bread ap­peared with my tast­ing plat­ter tower. All the bread is made fresh daily on the premises.

The nasi goreng (fried rice) came beau­ti­fully pre­sented in a wafer-thin egg wrap with pick­led veg­eta­bles and two chicken sa­tays. My part­ner tried the sam­pler – seared tuna, tra­di­tional warung-style chicken sa­tay and wagyu beef.

If you have a func­tion in mind or are look­ing for a party or wed­ding venue, the Spike Bar on the sec­ond level af­fords an out­look of na­ture and ex­pan­sive blue ocean.

If you are in the mar­ket for new clubs or new golf at­tire, there is a range of clubs, de­signer ac­ces­sories and smart golf cloth­ing. It can all be found at the pro shop. There is even a tai­lor ser­vice. Just speak to the pro shop man­ager and se­mua bisa di atur (ev­ery­thing can be ar­ranged).

To take ad­van­tage of the am­bi­ence and stun­ning views, you may like to con­sider try­ing the high tea which is rolled out ev­ery day of the week from 2pm to 5pm. An­other pop­u­lar op­tion is tapas and sun­set drinks which keeps go­ing till 7pm. The Pandawa sig­na­ture cock­tail is in­fused with kaf­fir lime and home­made syrup. Try it, you will like it.

Be sure to put Bukit Pandawa Golf & Coun­try Club on your list of things to do in Bali if you en­joy good food, Bali ocean views and golf­ing.



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