Handara Golf Resort
The second part of the five course series of golf in Bali takes us to Handara Golf Resort. This course is probably the most unique from the other due to its location. Located in the highlands above Denpasar, you won’t find any ocean or beach nearby. The elevation changes the foliage, the temperature, and the views.
The course has garnered some prestigious awards including being places in the Top 50 Greatest Golf Courses in the World by Golf Magazine and Indonesia’s Best Golf Hotel.
See how it stacks up the the Traveling Tee Times review!
Handara Golf Resort is a two hour drive from South Kuta, a one and a half hour drive from Denpasar Airport, and a one hour drive from Seminyak. Taxi will likely cost too much to get there and you will need a private driver who can stay with you at the course for your round.
Course Views: 8/10
Handara Golf Resort is up in the mountains/volcanic region of Bali. There is plenty of nice mountain scenery with tropical plants and the beautiful Christmas Plant, which produces a vibrant orange flower and can be found throughout the course.
Pro Shop: 4/5
The Pro-Shop is tiny and nestled in the main club house. They were light on supply, especially branded gear.
Practice Facilities: 9/10
The driving range out back has a distance up to 200 yards. You hit off natural grass and balls are available for purchase from pro shop. The short game area is nearby and has a bunker to hit out of. There area also two small putting greens which were representative of the conditions on the course. Lockers are also available.
The Breeze Terrace is the 19th hole at Handara Golf Resort. With beautiful views of the 9th and 18th holes, it features a full menu with more traditional dishes. Prices are more than reasonable.
The caddy I had at Handara golf resort was good. A couple misreads on the green but accurate yardages from the rough and fairways. She was helpful in cleaning clubs, finding stray balls, or taking pictures.
Please remember to tip your caddy.
Rentals/Golf Cart: 4/5
The rental golf cart was without GPS but had a cooler with water included. Rentals are available.
Fairway Condition: 8/10
The fairways were in decent shape. The bentgrass was consistently cut and healthy for the most part. Divots were mostly repaired as well. The fairways were definitely more on the firm side but didn’t allow for much roll. This may have been because of all the dew on the course during my round.
Rough Condition: 7/10
The rough was a mix of long 4 inch and shorter 1-2 inch rough. Some areas hard to tell where the rough and fairway start and end. Unlike other courses on Bali, carts were allowed on the fairways and rough and it actually made a significant difference in the playing experience with some areas of rough being matted down from the carts.
Sand Trap Condition: 9/10
The bunkers were a bright spot on the course. While a tad thinner than I’d like, they were consistent throughout and you could still get a club underneath the ball no matter where you were.
Greens Conditions: 3/5
I wanted to love the greens but I couldn’t get myself to. First, when I tee’d off at 8:30 AM, there were still 4-5 greens that had dew on them and weren’t dried out. This significantly affected a few putts and was frustrating to see.
Another reason I couldn’t like them was how battered they were. There were numerous dirt spots on the green that effected the roll and trajectory of the ball. Aside from those, they rolled quick and when you putted on a healthy green, it was great.
The fringe was either a small strip of grass seemingly patched in between the rough and the green or it was a continuation of the rough just cut shorter. The course also favored tightly cut landing areas on a few holes.
Par 3's: 3/5
The Par 3’s were average at Handara Golf Resort. No hole in particular was stunning or memorable and most were fairly straightforward.
For 1,800,000 IDR (~$128 USD) plus your additional driver and caddy fee, this is a tough sell. The commute to this area makes it a full day trip if you’re staying in the resort dense area of South Kuta. Unless you plan on being up in the highlands or staying at the resort, there’s better golf closer to other main areas of civilization.
Final Rating: 77.5/100
Handara Golf Resort offers a very unqiue golf experience on Bali. It surprised me with the change in scenery and course conditions and certainly had a more historic aspect to it.
The conditions were fair and could use some improvement to make it a more competitive course compared to its competition on Bali.
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