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The Three Best Golf Resorts In The Pacific

The Pacific is best known for its lively island nations, colourful central coast, balmy tropical climates, and impeccable beaches; but there is more to the region than just its natural beauty. Thanks to a sizable number of luxurious resorts and many world class courses, it is also a region that holiday makers, golfers and golfing tournaments frequently tour.

Home to no less than 100 golf courses and a whole host of lavish golfing resorts, it is no wonder that enthusiasts flock to the region for their active getaways.

If albatrosses, eagles and birdies are more than just animal jargon to you – or even if they’re not – you will want to bookmark these luxurious Pacific golfing resorts for a later visit.

Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa and Golf Resort

The 18-hole course at the new $250-million five-star Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa and Golf Resort is the latest addition to the growing list of PGA approved courses in the Pacific region. Beach front and fringing the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the resort offers prime access to untouched white sand beaches and some of the world’s best marine life; and it is home to the first Dye branded course in all of Oceania.

Hosting the South Pacific’s first ever women’s PGA tournament in May this year, the Sheraton’s par 72 course cements itself as one of the best of the four courses in New Caledonia. The 18 holes are played amongst lush natural forest and crystal clear lagoons, giving the course a distinct country club feel. You don’t have to be a guest at the Sheraton to play the world class course, but there is a 10 percent game discount applied for anyone who is staying at the resort.

Comprising of 180 rooms, suites and bungalows, the Sheraton accommodates all types of holiday makers from singles with a golfing agenda or business guests, to couples on a romantic getaway and families. A 900sqm pool and peaceful day spa give the non-golfing guests something to look forward to, while the hotel’s kids club keeps the little ones entertained while you are out chasing down that hole-in-one.

Rooms at Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa and Golf Resort start from XPF20,575 ($278) per night.  Lot 33 Domaine de Déva, Route de Poé B.P. 50, Bourail, 98870, New Caledonia

Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa

There are currently six 18-hole golf courses in Fiji, and the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa is home to one of them. Since its opening in 2009, the world class par 72 Natadola Bay course on Viti Levu has played host to the Fiji Open, the Nomura Cup and the Natadola Bay Fiji Classic.

Recently redesigned with help of famous golfer Vijay Singh, the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course takes players on a stunning journey through 18-holes of rolling pastures and beachfront greens. The vistas from the picturesque course will test your concentration, but the best vantage point is at the clubhouse, with views right out across the golf course, the coral reefs and rolling surf breaks.

Sitting in amongst 35 acres of tropical gardens on the world-famous Natadola beach, the Intercontinental Fiji is the epitome of a secluded tropical getaway. Family friendly, the resort operates a kid’s club and has a family activity pool; but its adult’s only pool and relaxing day spa also caters to couples on a romantic getaway or friends looking for a retreat.

Rooms at the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa start from $979.00FJD ($627AUD) per night.  Maro Road, Natadola Bay, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands.

Four Seasons Punta Mita

Mexico’s Four Seasons Punta Mita is a golf lover’s mecca with not one, but two world class golf courses on site, as well as the world’s only ‘island green’.

A 45-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, the Four Seasons is nestled in to a 400-acre nature reserve on a private peninsula that overlooks Bahía de Banderas. Surrounded by white-sand beaches, clear seas and lush gardens, the resort and it’s two Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses take full advantage of their location with panoramic views of the peninsula’s beaches and the bordering Sierra Madre mountains.

Or for those who don’t know the difference between a bogey and a birdie, perhaps a game of tennis, a swim in the adults only Tamai pool complex or a little indulgence at the day spa might have appeal.

With 3 room sizes to choose from – a 1-bedroom Mexican-style casita, 1 or 2-bedroom suite or the 4 and 5-bedroom private residences – and a choice of either garden or ocean views, there are plenty of accommodation options to suit any type of traveler at the Four Seasons. As an added element of luxury, all suite and residence bathrooms feature spacious and private outdoor showers, so you can continue to enjoy the sunshine and sea breeze while you freshen up.

Rooms at the Four Seasons Punta Mita start from $451.00US ($596.00AUS) per night. Punta Mita, Bahía De Banderas. 

Published 26 April, 2018