Turfcare NSW’s Managing Director, Shane Summerhayes organised a Golf Tour to show what the courses in Bali have to offer.
We had Australian and Indonesian Turf managers/Superintendents from fare NSW, Sydney, Fiji and Indonesia in attendance on various days, plus some wives, girlfriends and two children.
I travel to Bali quite regularly on holidays and business and thought this would be a great way to show case the awesome golf courses in Bali, Indonesia.
We all flew into Bali between the 21st and 23rd of April, all staying at the Casa Padma suites in Legian.
Our first game was hosted by Mr Mark Isley at the Bali National Golf Course in Nusa Dua on Friday 24th April. The course has been redesigned and only recently re-opened, and is a credit to Mark for the presentation and condition, an amazing golf course (but take some balls with you) and beautiful landscapes.
We were greeted with our yellow caddies for the day who would help with distance, club selection and almost always find your wayward balls.
After golf we had a lovely lunch at the club with Mark, then back to our hotel for some free time.
Day 2 was Anzac day so I had organised a few tables at the Y Bar in Legian, for a sports day of Two Up, Races and a few bintangs.
Day 3 we were picked up early by our transfers to be chauffeured to New Kuta Golf course in Jimbaran Bay. Situated on the Southern Headland of Bali and hosting some holes that look directly at some of Balis top surf spots (Uluwatu, Dreamland, Padang Padang etc) totally amazing position for a golf course with equally amazing views.
Superintendent, Desman is a local Indonesian and had the course in tip top condition. I actually played with Desman and he does hit a great ball, we also had our fantastic caddies dressed Pink for this game.
Day 4, again chauffeured to our destination 1 hour North of our hotel, we played at Bali Nirwana, formerly rated No 1 course in Indonesia. We were met by course Super Eamonn McCarthy, an Irish super who has been at Nirwana for nearly 2 years.
This course has the 7th hole hitting toward the famous Tanah Lot, the sacred temple site of the Indonesian people. Again another fantastic course with holes lining the coast line for sensational views.
Our very talented caddies for the day were dressed in light green. This course has some big plans for a redevelopment with the Trump Empire possible being involved.
Day 5 was a free day of recovery, shopping, massages and some sun, before flying home late that night.
Again this was an amazing trip for all who attended and will definitely be in the diary for round 2 next year.
Please feel free to contact me for further details on some possible dates of next years event, and thanks to all Superintendents who presented their courses in fantastic condition, and the hospitality of the Bali people.
Ph: 0425 280 300