"Nirwana Bali Golf Club has several spectacular holes that run alongside the Indian Ocean, wind through rice paddies and cross deep creeks. The fairways are relatively wide, but if you miss them you will find junglelike trouble. And the deep greenside bunkers make getting up and down in two a feat worthy of great celebration.
You really need to keep the ball in play to score well here. Leave the driver in the bag and use the three-wood from the tee on most par fours and par fives. Avoid the rice paddies—which are in play and red-staked as lateral water hazards— as you'll have to drop in a soggy area. Forget about going for the pin on approach shots. Play for the middle of the green."
Nirwana Bali Golf Club
WHERE TO PLAY
Bali Golf and Country Club, Nusa Dua, Badung Regency
par/yardage: 72, 6,849 green fee: $133 architects: Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright phone: 011-62-361-771793
Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club, Pancasari, Tabanan Regency (Northern)
par/yardage: 7 2, 7,024 green fee: $100 architects: Peter Thompson, and Michael Wolfferidge and Associates phone: 011-62-362-22646
Grand Bali Beach Hotel and Country Club, Sanur, Denpasar Regency
par/yardage: 36, 3,288 green fee: $50 phone: 011-62-361-288511
Nirwana Bali Golf Club, Tanah Lot, Tabanan Regency (Southern)
par/yardage: 72, 6,805 green fee: $177.50 architect: Greg Norman phone: 011-62-361-815960
WHERE TO STAY Amandari, Kedewatan, Gianyar Regency
Amanusa Resort, Nusa Dua, Badung Regency
Bali Cliff Resort, Ungasan, Badung Regency
Bali Handara Kosaido Hotel, Pancasari, Tabanan Regency (Northern)
Bintang Bali Hotel, Kartika Plaza, Kuta, Badung Regency
Four Seasons Resort Bali, Jimbaran Bay, Badung Regency
Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur, Denpasar Regency
Kartika Plaza Beach Hotel, Kuta, Badung Regency
Le Meridien Nirwana Golf and Spa Resort, Tanah Lot, Tabanan Regency (Southern)
phone: 011-62-361- 851900
Oberoi Hotel, Seminyak, Badung Regency
WHERE TO EAT
Amandari Restaurant, Kedewatan, Gianyar Regency
Cafe Lotus, Raya, Ubud, Gianyar Regency
Ikan Restaurant, Nusa Dua, Badung Regency
Kamandalu Restaurant, Pancasari, Tabanan Regency
Kul Kul Restaurant, Sanur, Denpasar Regency
Made's Warung, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Badung Regency
Matsuri, Galleria, Nusa Dua, Badung Regency
Puri Agung Restaurant, Denpasar, Denpasar Regency
WHILE YOU'RE THERE
Bali Museum, Pupu-tan Sq., Denpasar, Denpasar Regency
Besakih Temple, Gunung Agung, Karangasem Regency
Monkey Forest, Sangeh, Badung Regency
Museum Le Mayeur, Sanur, Denpasar Regency
Neka Museum, Campuan, Gianyar Regency
Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Bukit Peninsula, Badung Regency
TRAVEL AGENT: The T&L Golf Itinerary
DAY ONE: Take the free transport from the airport to Amanusa Resort. Eat lunch at Amanusa's restaurant. Enjoy views of the Gunung Agung and the Bali Golf and Country Club from your room. Dine at Matsuri.
DAY TWO: Play Bali Golf. Eat lunch at Bali Cliff Resort. Be sure to visit the Pura Luhur Uluwatu. Hire a driver and head north to Kartika Plaza Beach Hotel for the Legong and Rijstaffel Night. Dine and enjoy the traditional dance.
DAY THREE: Head northeast toward Sanur. Play the nine-holer at the Grand Bali Beach Hotel. Lunch at the Kul Kul Restaurant. Explore the temples. Visit Museum Le Mayeur. Dine at the hotel.
DAY FOUR: Head west to Denpasar. Explore Puputan Square and the surrounding markets. Lunch at Puri AgungRestaurant. Visit the Bali Museum, then catch a westbound bemo to watch the sunset at Pura Tanah Lot. Check in at Le Meridien, dine and relax.
DAY FIVE: Play an early round at Nirwana Bali Golf Club. Go northeast to Ubud for a late lunch at the Cafe Lotus. Explore the shops at the Pasar Ubud and catch a dance performance at the Gunung Sari dance-and-music pavilion. Take a short taxi ride to Amandari and eat there.
DAY SIX: Visit Neka Museum and Monkey Forest. Head north to Pancasari (pack a lunch for the trip). Dine at Kamandalu Restaurant. Check in at the Bali Handara Kosaido Hotel.
DAY SEVEN: Play Bali Handara. Visit the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Lunch at the hotel. Drive southwest to the Gunung Batukau, if you've got the energy, or just head south to Seminyak and stay at the Oberoi Hotel. The airport is nearby.