Golf has been popular in Fiji for decades with many of the courses laid out to meet the recreational needs of the old colonial settlers. Most of the older courses are located around the sites of old Colonial Sugar Refinery Company’s (CSRC) sugar mills with new courses located in popular tourist destinations.
With championship courses, professional players and international competitions under its belt, Fiji is rapidly gaining credibility as a premier golfing destination.
The quality of courses, facilities, and the range of difficulty from beginners to championship, makes Fiji a golfing heaven. Here are some of the courses registered with the Fiji Golf Association that you will find around the islands.
Some resorts also offer smaller onsite 9-hole courses for your enjoyment as you explore the islands. The golf course at Plantation Island Resort on Malolo Lailai is great spot for anyone looking for somewhere to swing while moored at Musket Cove Marina. You will also find 9-hole courses at Novotel Nadi, and the Coral Coasts Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Naviti Resort.
Toberua Island Resort in the Lomaiviti Group is home to the Royal Toberua golf course. As the tide retreats, a 9-hole, par three course is exposed and you will also find a 9-hole mini putting path amidst the resorts tropical gardens. Over on Taveuni the Soqulu Golf & Country Club also offers a 9-hole course.
The Fiji International
With the successful hosting of the Fiji International Golf Tournament, Fiji has stood proud on the world stage of Professional Golf. Supported by the Fijian Government and Tourism Fiji, the inaugural Fiji International professional golf tournament was held in August 2014 on the stunning Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course on the main island of Viti Levu.
The event sits on both the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia and in its first year attracted a world class field including local hero and World Golf Hall of Fame member Vijay Singh, three-time major champion Nick Price, and the number one players from China, India and New Zealand. Not to mention Australian players, both young and experienced who jumped at the opportunity to play an event in Fiji. With the tournament broadcast around the world it soon became the talk of the international golf industry.
In 2015, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course will once again play host to the Fiji International, to be held from 15 – 18 October 2015.
Apart from the golf competition, the second year of the tournament is set for bigger, bolder and brighter festivities as tournament organisers, the PGA of Australia and Sports & Entertainment Ltd, intend to make the most of the idyllic location and utterly unique tournament venue. So if you like golf, it’s definitely an event to mark in the diary!
The course suits either the golfing enthusiast with the challenging layout and perpetually windy conditions, or the golfing novice who is just ready to enjoy some Fiji time with a spectacular view. It is not just tournament week however, where the Fiji International experience is delivered, the Natadola Bay Championship Course offers the opportunity to play the “Home of the Fiji International” all year round, and coupled with a room at the luxurious InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa it is “paradise to a tee”