Fiji - Pearl South Pacific

Thanks to a change in ownership, this once-lauded Robert Trent Jones II design, situated on the magnificent southern coast of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu, is well on the way to getting itself back on the golfing map

Situated halfway between Nadi, the main gateway to Fiji, and the island's captial, Suva, the course is part of the Pearl South Pacific, an all-encompassing resort overlooking the South Pacific in an area known as Pacific Harbour. The beaches here are some of the best on Viti Levu and the cystal-clear waters are renowned amongst diving enthusiasts the world over. Deep-sea fishing is also a big attraction. The course is just over two hours' drive from Nadi International Airport. Air Pacific flies direct from Hong Kong twice a week.
The first international-class course in the Fijian Islands, the Pearl South Pacific was designed by Robert Trent Jones II and opened for play nearly 40 years ago . The World Amateur Team Championship (The Eisenhower Trophy) was played here in 1978 (when it was known as Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club) and the club has also hosted a number of Australian PGA Tour events. Indeed, the course was the setting for one of Greg Norman's earliest professional wins. Once recognized as one of the finest layouts in the southern hemisphere, the club dropped off the golfing radar in the 1990s through neglect. But now, helped by a change in ownership, the club, led by manager Alan McCulluch, is undergoing a significant overhaul with the hope of returning it to its former glory.


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