New Kuta Golf

New Kuta Golf

Overview:

The third course on the Bali Golf Tour is New Kuta Golf. With it being the third course, it is also ranked third out of the five courses on Bali. Previously, we reviewed Handara Golf Resort (#4) and Bali Beach Golf Course (#5).

New Kuta Golf has played host to multiple tournaments including the 2009 Indonesia Open and 2010 Bali Open.

Check out the full review to see if you should play this course while in Bali!

Course Statistics:

  • Yardage: 7,341 yards
  • Tees: (R)-Rating / (S) Slope / Yards
  • Black: (R) 75.7 / (S) 144 / 7,341
  • Gold: (R) 73.4 / (S) 138 / 6,854
  • Blue: (R) 71.8 / (S) 132 / 6,400
  • White: (R) 70.3 / (S) 124 / 5,908
  • Red (Women's): (R) 72.1 / (S) 129 / 5,377

Location: 16/20

Accessibility: 8/10

New Kuta Golf Course recieves an 8 for accessibility score because the average travel time is still under 30 minutes from any major resort no matter what side of the island. The best way is via taxi or private driver. Also accessible via motor scooter if you plan on using one while on the island.

Course Views: 8/10

The course offers ocean views from a handful of holes on the back nine which are absolutely breathtaking and would garner a 10/10. However, the rest of the course you are away from the ocean and while there are some nice villas here and there, there are a lot of empty lots full of trash and unkempt. This detracts from the overall scene although the ocean views are amazing.

Facilities: 26/30

Pro Shop: 5/5

The Pro Shop at New Kuta Golf is smaller sized but holds plenty of gear including a plethora of branded gear to take home. 

Practice Facilities: 8/10

The driving range is a short walk behind the clubhouse and practice balls can bought in clubhouse for an additional fee. You have the option to hit off mats or grass.

The short game area with bunkers is located between the practice green and driving range.

The putting green is directly behind the clubhouse. Early in the morning, the practice green was not dried off so it was very slow and wet. This was a big misrepresentation of how the course greens played.

Restaurant: 4/5

The restaurant is located in the clubhouse and offers a full bar with a full service menu including Japanese dishes, western plates, and local Balinese meals. Highly recommend the Nasi Goreng.

Staff: 5/5

The staff were friendly and accommodating. No cart service on the course but the caddy you play with can get you anything. Distances are in meters so when your caddy gives you a number, be prepared to do some mental math. They gave fairly accurate reads on the green and were good about converting meters to yards.

Rentals/Golf Cart: 4/5

Cart was without GPS and had cooler with water to purchase. Premium Club rentals are available.

Fairways: 24/30

Fairway Condition: 7/10

The fairways at New Kuta Golf were consistently cut and generally well-manicured aside from poor divot repair and some poor drainage areas. There were also the occasional area where the grass was a bit thin and burnt out but they were few and far between.

Rough Condition: 7/10

The rough at New Kuta Golf was mostly crabgrass and generally well kept. It was consistent throughout and a there was a generous amount of rough in keeping with the “links style” of the course.

Sand Trap Condition: 10/10

The bunkers are in immaculate shape at New Kuta Golf. The only knock, is that they use two different sands. If you put a blindfold on and played both of them, you’d hardly notice the difference other than the color of the sand.  They are well-manicured by the staff and the caddies do a great job cleaning up when you’re done making a mess. They are also well placed on the course.

Greens: 11.5/15

Greens Conditions: 3.5/5

The greens at New Kuta Golf were quick but somewhat receptive. They changed pace ever so slightly as the morning turned to midday but otherwise the consistency was there throughout the round. A handful of dirt patches, burnt spots, some poor cup replacement, and some GUR knock the score down quite a bit.

Fringe: 4/5

The fringe was really just a continuation of the rough but cut shorter. There really are few complaints other than it was over-grown in a few spots.

Par 3's: 4/5

The Par 3’s at New Kuta Golf were average aside from the Par 3, 15th. This is the famed ocean view hole and although it’s tough to see from the tee box, on the green you get 240 degrees of ocean view. Wind can play a major role on this hole, as expected. 

Value: 3/5

New Kuta Golf costs 2,300,000 IDR ($162 USD) and at that rate, it’s a hard sell when you have stiff competition from Bali National and Bukit Pandawa. If you came to Bali to play golf and expect ocean views with lush green fairways, you’re not going to get it here other than a couple holes. It’s a steep price to pay for two holes with an ocean view and an otherwise average course.

Scoring Recap:

Final Rating: 80.5/100

New Kuta Golf is a great option for those staying in New Kuta. The location is convenient and the conditions of the course are great. The ocean views are epic and definitely make this course worthwhile. If you can afford the steep rate, it should be a course to consider.

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