Golf in Bali: the Nirwana Golf Course

by Maarten Rol

July 23, 2015
A lot of the people who come to Bali are passionate golf players. Among all the stuff that is being unloaded from the airplanes that have landed at Ngurah Rai airport, one can see a lot of golfing bags.
And is Bali a fine place to play golf!
There are four 18-hole courses and one 9-hole. And the Nirwana Golf Course is one of those very beautiful, but also challenging 18-hole courses. It has been designed by Greg Norman and boarders the Indian Ocean in the Tabanan region. While some holes are actually played alongside the ocean, there are a lot of holes where you can hear the waves crashing on the shore. The ocean also provides some coolness in the tropical heat. But mind you: some of the greens are really killing.

Nirwana Golf Club Clubhouse
The Nirwana Golf Course Clubhouse

When entering the clubhouse you will find everything is just the way you would expect in a top quality golf club. The elegant caddies receive an intensive training before they are allowed with golf players on the course. Rest assured that they know every inch of the greens and will practically "talk your golf ball into the hole".

Nirwana Hole 1
The Nirwana: Hole 1, with one of those very able but modest caddies

I still remember the first time coming up to the famous hole 7, which offers an unparalleled view of the Tanah Lot temple. It makes things a bit difficult: concentrate on the challenging hole ahead, or enjoy the breathtaking view?
At that time there were four Aussies playing just ahead of me and as I was alone, they politely invited me go first. Pretending being happy with their offer I entered the tee and felt very lucky when the ball went over the ocean onto the green. The Aussies applauded and with a "Well done!" I left with the caddy for the green. They should have seen the sweat that was between my shoulder blades! If I recall well that has been the only time that hole 7 went well in one time: there must be quite a few of my golf balls on the ocean floor...

Nirwana Hole 7
The Nirwana: Hole 7, before the shot...

Our villas in Kediri, Villa Iskandar and Villa Atacaya are quite close to the Nirwana. From Seminyak en Canggu the ride is a little bit longer, but very acceptable.
The Nirwana Golf Course is not cheap, but if you are an avid golfer, we think you really should put this one on your bucket list!

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