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Asia-Pacific golf courses anyone can play: Nirwana Bali Golf Club

By: Hal Phillips

Nirwana Bali Golf Club
Jalan Raya Tanah Lot
Kediri, Tabanan, 82171

Plenty of sights along Nirwana Bali's fairway
Plenty of sights along Nirwana Bali’s fairway

As we count down Asia-Pacific’s top 10 courses you can play (read: private clubs need not apply), we hail Nirwana Bali Golf Club, not merely for its exquisite seaside setting but also for its direct access to enlightenment and serenity — two things golfers often find in short supply

There are 19 Hindu temples located out and about on this diverse Greg Norman-designed track. Indeed, beside the cliff-to-cliff par-3 7th sits the iconic temple at Tanah Lot — just offshore and perched on its own island outcropping, where, at sunset, the devout wade out in the hundreds amid faintly orange, billowing clouds of incense

There are four more seaside holes nearly as compelling as the vaunted 7th, plus a dozen strong inland/jungle holes riven by rushing streams. (There’s nothing quite so soothing as putting out to the sound of rushing water.

Looking for inspiration that’s a bit more… pastoral? Several holes here in Tabanan — an hour northwest but a world way from Kuta, Bali’s vibrant tourist district — are bounded by working rice paddies, elegantly tiered and often fully integrated into golf holes as hazards

Nirwana Bali GC’s western exposure (and that of the swank Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort next door) provide one last opportunity for golfing introspection — namely, some of the finest sunsets to be had anywhere in the world. If you leave this place at something other than peace, it’s time to give up the game.
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