Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Golfplan's New Kuta GC Debuts on Bali

The course is centerpiece of a resort development that will eventually contain hotels, villas, restaurants and shops. The Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay are already nearby; both have arrangements for guests to play New Kuta, which will serve as the site of the 2009 Indonesian Open.

Golfplan partner David Dale believes that New Kuta, with its native vegetation sitting along the edges of fairways, will remind many of another tournament venue, the Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort in Hawaii, where the PGA Tour holds its Mercedes Championship each January.

"It has a quasi-links feel to it, though it generally plays along cliff tops rather than down near the shore," Dale said. "This tableau has a real appeal, of course, as places like Kapalua and Pebble Beach exemplify. At New Kuta, there are holes that run right along the sea. The par-4 14th and par-3 15th play right down to the water and travel along ocean's edge. They are very memorable, but the holes that sit higher on the property have water views that are longer and, in their own way, are more breathtaking.

"We are very happy with the final product," Dale continued. "Many local events have already taken place there and the owner seems very pleased. It would have been difficult to build a golf course on this site that wasn't drop-dead gorgeous. New Kuta is all that, but it's also got real strategic integrity."

The par-72, 6,812-yard layout features native grasses, vegetation and a handful of trees bordering its seashore paspalum fairways, tees and roughs. The greens are planted with smooth-rolling ultradwarf bermudagrass.

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