Murcia, Spain: Bali’s reputation as one of the world’s prime golfing destinations has been further underlined at the 2017 World Golf Awards.
During a black-tie awards ceremony at La Manga Club, Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club was named as ‘The Best Par-3 Course in the World’.
“The inclusion of such a category says volumes about the future of golf,” said JMP Golf Design Group’s Bob Moore, who conceived the 18-hole, par-54 course overlooking the Indian Ocean and accepted the award on behalf of Bukit Pandawa.
“We are embracing courses that have not historically been included in our perception of great golf experiences.
“I believe that one of golf’s strongest growth markets lies in the creation of courses that can be played in relatively short time frames while providing a non-intimidating experience for young and beginning golfers. Bukit Pandawa is an example of beautiful golf design applied to a non-traditional layout.
“In large part, I think the appeal of Bukit Pandawa is in the quality of the golf course. It was designed and executed just as we design and execute championship courses. It is visually beautiful, strategic golf with numerous tee boxes to provide a broad range of challenge.”
The imaginative collection of 18 championship-standard one-shotters was one of four finalists for ‘World’s Best Par-3 Course 2017’.
Turtle Hill Golf Club in Bermuda, Cromwell Golf Course at Nailcote Hall in England and The Zhang Lianwei Course at Mission Hills Shenzhen in China were also in contention for the award.
“Just a tremendous accomplishment for such a young course,” said Djie Tjian An, General Manager at Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club. “We couldn’t be more proud of the job everyone who has ever been affiliated with the project has done. It takes dedication, passion and commitment across the board to even be in a position to receive an award.”
Opened in October 2016 on the southernmost tip of Bali, Bukit Pandawa is one of the partners of Play Golf Bali, a group that also includes Bali National Golf Club, Handara Golf & Resort Bali and New Kuta Golf along with Baltic Tour and Travel, Indonesia’s foremost golf travel operator.
Bukit Pandawa is the flagship course of AccorHotels in Asia and the recreational centrepiece of Bukit Pandawa Resort & Golf, a 150-hectare integrated luxury resort development taking shape on a limestone clifftop overlooking the world-famous surf breaks of Bukit Peninsula.
The signature hole is the 148-yard 13th, which is framed by three bunkers and features curved stone walls in the foreground and a traditional Balinese kul-kul tower in the background.
The ‘World’s Best Par-3 Course 2017’ was determined by the results of an online survey conducted on World Golf Awards this year. Votes were cast by the public as well as professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry, including senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals.
St Andrews Links (Old Course) in Scotland scooped the award for the World’s Best Golf Course, while The Belfry in the English Midlands was recognised as Europe’s Best Golf Hotel and Portugal picked up the trophy for World’s Best Golf Destination.
Chris Frost, World Golf Awards’ Managing Director, said: “The fourth instalment of the World Golf Awards has been the most successful to date, welcoming industry leaders to Murcia, Spain, for a weekend of golf, networking opportunities and our fabulous Gala Ceremony.
“It has been an honour to recognise so many world-class organisations and I offer my sincere congratulations to all our winners.
“World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations. While celebrating and rewarding excellence across golf resorts, courses and the golfing destinations throughout the world, the 2017 World Golf Awards strive to ultimately raise the golf tourist customer experience and stimulate both the domestic and international golf tourism market,” said a spokesperson.