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South Pacific Golf, Fiji

Natadola Bay Golf Course, Hellacam, Vimeo
Natadola Bay Golf Course, Hellacam, Vimeo

These South Pacific islands offer all you’ve dreamed of, making your journey from the U.S. very worthwhile. Read on for reviews of the best south pacific golf destinations.

For many of us, planning a golf vacation to the South Pacific islands of Fiji promises the vacation of a lifetime. Offering a warm tropical climate on a year-round basis and home to some of the friendliest people on the planet, Fiji is an idyllic South Sea travel experience that remains firmly fixed as one of the world’s most spectacular golf holiday destinations.

The famed land of the “Bula Spirit,” this collection of more than 300 volcanic islands and coral atolls, with its and its famously friendly people, make the perfect holiday solution with a myriad of destinations and activities on offer within the archipelago.

While families, couples and honeymooners have traditionally formed the bulk of the destination’s annual visitor intake, the ever-evolving Fiji of today caters to everyone irrespective of budget—from romantic hideaways to fun-filled family holidays, luxury island resorts to boutique cruising, world-class spas and a huge range of soft adventure activities. But for golfers, Fiji represents a veritable nirvana.

Fiji is a golfer’s paradise, offering players—irrespective of ability—a huge range of courses and facilities. Choose from hacker-friendly pitch and putt nine-holers to the challenging greens and fairways of the internationally acclaimed, world-class Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.

No matter where you are in Fiji there is always somewhere to swing a club, but the majority of the courses—including several championship courses—are located on the main island of Viti Levu. Other golf courses abound on Vanua Levu, Taveuni and there’s even a private championship-rated course located on the very exclusive Laucala Island.

Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course

This is the most prestigious and most challenging of links. The par 72, 7,000-yard course at Natadola Bay on the western side of Viti Levu is a 45-minute drive from Nadi International Airport. Sitting alongside Fiji’s first-ever six-star resort, the Intercontinental Fiji Golf & Spa Resort, the course is both a golfer’s dream as well as a challenge, with 10 of its 18 holes hugging the coastline and up to five different tees per hole.

Denarau Golf & Racquet Club

Located on the doorstep of some of the finest five-star resort hotels to be found anywhere in the South Pacific, this premier par 72, and 7,164 yards championship course has been described as a “thinking” course with water hazards featured on 15 of its 18 holes. Facilities include a driving range, two practice putting greens, golf and tennis Pro Shop, adult and junior clinics, private lessons and mini-golf.

The Pearl Championship Fiji Golf Course and Country Club—Pacific Coast

Just a short drive from Suva and set among tropical rainforests and ball-trapping winding canals is the Robert Trent Jones Jr, par 72, Pearl Championship Fiji Golf Course & Country Club. It sports no less than 66 bunkers and multiple water hazards on 12 of the 18 holes. Measuring 6,908 yards from the tee, the links are described as one of the most adventurous golf courses in Fiji. The course also hosted the 1978 World Amateur Team Championships.

See also: Golf in Costa Rica

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