Tee Off Your Fiji Holiday in Style
Tee Off Your Fiji Holiday in Style
Lush tropical surroundings, a warm climate, breathtaking mountain and ocean views – and a chance to tee off on some of the Pacific’s most beautiful greens. What more could any golfer ask for? If you’re planning a holiday in Fiji and you’d like to get in some extra practice on the green – then you’ll be spoilt for choice in this island paradise.
It’s not that long ago that Fiji’s Vija Singh drove home to victory at the 2004 world champs, ending Tiger Woods’ record-breaking reign. Singh used to practice on the greens of his native Fiji, but these days, Fiji’s golf courses have really come of age. You’ll find everything from challenging championship fairways to 9 hole courses and small ‘pitch and putts’ ideal for a spot of family fun. There are world-class facilities for holiday golfers too, from fully stocked pro shops to driving ranges and professional coaches for those who want to upskill their game.
A good place to begin your golfing adventures is the main island of Viti Levu, where there are several championship golf courses. Pacific Harbour has Fiji's most recent 18-hole championship golf course, which is part of The Pearl South Pacific Resort. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, the course has well-bunkered fairways and golfers can test their skills on a couple of par fives and fours. Waterways, mountains and lush vegetation surround the course, providing a stunning tropical setting.
Just out of Nadi near Denarau Island, you can tee off at Denarau Golf & Raquet Club's 18-hole championship golf course – one of the Pacific’s best known golfing venues. Set amid coconut palms and surrounded by stunning views of the Pacific ocean, this course was designed by Japan’s Pannya Planning. There are some adventurous water hazards to keep you challenged, along with practice facilities and a well-stocked pro shop. Nearby, the 18 hole Nadi Airport Club is definitely one of Fiji's toughest courses – and it also has some of the best views on the island.
Just 10 minutes from central Suva, the Fiji Golf Club is well used by the local Suva residents and is usually busy at the weekends. Hire your clubs onsite and enjoy the long, flat fairways. Other 18 hole courses open to the public include the Lautoka Golf Club, Vatukoula Golf Club, Penang Golf Club (Rakiraki) and Labasa Golf Club. If you’re after a more leisurely game or just some fun with the family, then The Warwick Fiji Resort Spa has a family friendly mini golf course that makes for a great day out. Children under 12 are free when playing with their parents and the hotel holds golf tournaments daily from 9am.
Heading offshore to Vanua Levu’s southern coast, Koru Sun Resort’s 9 hole golf course is set in an old coconut plantation right beside the ocean. The resort has its own marina and beachfront and there are fishing and diving adventures when you’ve finished on the green.
Beautiful Taveuni Island – known as Fiji’s Garden Island – has an equally picturesque links. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, this nine-hole course at Taveuni Estates hugs a pristine stretch of the island’s coastline. Off the fairways, you can tackle everything from sailing, snorkelling and diving to birdwatching and hiking.
For something just that little bit different, you can head across to Toberua Island where Toberua Pitch and Putt offers a nine hole course on its beautiful sandy beach – but only at low tide!
New Golfing Retreat
The new Natadola Golf Hotel which is part of the Natadola Marine Resort, is an 18-hole championship course designed by golfing champ Vija Singh. The stunning course will combine lush tropical landscaping and sweeping ocean views with state-of-the-art golfing facilities. Off the fairways, you can try your hand at a range of marine sports including scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing and windsurfing.