5 out of 5 – Nicely Bali

Bali National does not disappoint as the island’s premier course. Befitting its national moniker it is full of contrasts just like Bali itself.
Like the road to the golf course which narrows from a three-lane thoroughfare to a one-lane side street, many of the holes have wide fairways that is made narrow by protective green-side bunkers leaving a landing strip requiring accurate approach shots.

Just like construction work all over the island, there is some building work-in-progress marring course aesthetics. Especially the signature Par 3 Hole 17 which has now become an island green without water, surrounded by construction debris and cranes that do not fly.

Views of the sea are far and few between and I mean literally far in the distance.

Nevertheless Bali National stands tall with its well manicured conditions and impeccable greens. The marshall even let me take my buggy on course on account of my strapped knee.

But make no mistake that it is a tough course and be prepared to play over your handicap. – Kin Yong C

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