Finally my “golf around the world” trip started with a stunning masterpiece of a golf course. We arrived almost one week ago before we had the first tee time at one of the most exciting golf courses of Bali.
Already when we arrived at the gate of the Bali National Golf Club we felt the special atmosphere. And after seeing the club house I was even more curious about the course.
We had the option to hit a bucket on the range before we started at the first tee. Our first tee today was No.10 a 338 yards a impressive par 4 dogleg to the right with a huge bunker area on the right hand side. I decided to play from the blue tournament tees to discover all tasks of Bali National. I played a par on the first hole and therefore sure that i will have a good golfing karma for this round.
After we played some holes I was just so positively impressed by Bali National. Honestly I never played a course like this before. Everything was perfect. The greens so fast and hard to read, thank god I had this awesome caddie who knew exactly every angle of the greens, she was my total score safer.
Every tee box, every fairway, all was just in an outstanding condition. After some tough holes with a lot of lost balls and ugly three puts, I found my score on the 16th hole again.
Seriously you need to play golf to have a good score at Bali National. No excuses and no options to find a ball in the beautiful maintained course area. I played a birdie on the 17th hole, an island par 3 and took the positive energy with me for the front nine of Bali National.
Hole No.1 of Bali National is such a beauty. A 437 yards long par 4 with an elevated green. Don’t ask, but i decided to hit a 3 wood and hit it just right hand side in the rough.
From there i punched it well out of the rough with my p wedge for a good approach. Thanks again to my caddie because a bogey was written. In my opinion the front nine are more spectacular. First you play 4 holes up to the top of the hill. From there you have such a scenic view over the area. Again from there you play the last holes downwards back to the club house.
My goodsundays.com signature hole was No.8 with just 346 yards not the longest but the hole description from the website of Bali National Golf Club describes the hole and how to play it pretty well. „An accurate tee shot through a wooded ravine to a left sloping fairway, with OB along the right side, makes driving accuracy paramount here. The pin placement on an elevated green, will determine the target landing area for your drive, which to score well, will need to be either right or left on the day.“ I was very proud that i played a par on this hole.
But also No.9 was a devastating blast for a front nine finishing hole. You need to place your drive well to have the option for a good approach shot to the elevated island green with water all around.
In summary Bali National Golf Club is a clear advice and you really need to play this amazing course if you ever go to Bali. It can´t be better than this. For good reasons, Bali National has won the award for the best golf course of Indonesia in 2016. I really wish to get the opportunity to play this course again. Then without the camera.