Small is Beautiful

Duncan Forgan reports on the opening of Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club, the first 18-hole par-3 championship course in Indonesia designed by Bob Moore

The 141-yard 16thLocated on a spectacular limestone cliff top overlooking the world-famous surf breaks of Bukit Peninsula, AccorHotels’ flagship course in Asia offers 18 exquisite par-3 holes ranging from 117 to 244 yards in length.

From the back tees, it plays 3,027 yards, a few hundred yards longer than lauded Turtle Hill Golf Club at Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda, which ranks among GOLF Magazine USA’s top 10 par-3 courses in the world.

Some holes at Bukit Pandawa G&CC are back-dropped by the Indian Ocean. Others are accented by waterfalls, lakes or terraced rice paddies, all are subject to the wind.

“It can be a real test,” said Banks, a former playing professional from Manchester, England. “When the breeze is up - and it almost always is - there’s a good chance you’ll use every club in the bag. Even a driver.”

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