Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Most Dramatic Course at Laucala Island

(LAUCALA ISLAND, FIJI) – With 10 hours by plane from LA to Nadi and a short ride to the private island of Laucala, visitors discover a special paradise and one of the most vivid golf courses in the world. As guests approach the island by air, they are able to catch a glimpse of the four holes that run alongside the seashore giving a firsthand perspective of the beautifully manicured grass against the dramatic rugged, natural topography. The stunning course includes a back drop of volcanic mountains, natural island vegetation and a sheer cliff dropping into the turquoise water of the Pacific Ocean.

While the resort was being built, Scotsman David McLay Kidd was called upon to design the 18-hole championship golf course. Highly acclaimed, he was in fact chosen to create the seventh course at the legendary St. Andrews in Scotland, home of golf. The main goal was to preserve the original character of the island and create the most environmentally sensitive and sustainable golf course possible. The par-72 layout has been thoughtfully integrated into the environment, with minimal impact on the island’s old coconut plantation area and jungle. Today golfers enjoy undulating fairways, challenging greens and strategic bunkers.

Unique blends of grasses were used to provide the ultimate playing surfaces. The tees and greens have been planted with a hybrid Bermuda grass called Novatek, providing smooth putting surfaces year-round. Fairways were seeded with Zoysia Japonica, a strand of grass which is ideally suited to the warm tropical climate of Fiji.

Situated on the water’s edge sits arguably the most picturesque Halfway House in the world. Here golfers can enjoy a well-deserved rest after a challenging front nine. Players can reboot with a healthy snack and refreshing drink while indulging in the breath-taking panoramic views of Satokoro Bay, the ideal way to rejuvenate body and mind before taking on the back nine.

Golfers of Laucala Island enjoy the ultimate privacy, as adequately staggered tee times ensure players feel they have the entire course to themselves. Home to a variety of different terrains and course obstacles, the island’s 18 holes create distinct challenges for the most advanced golfers while offering forgiveness and fun for beginners. Laucala’s signature par-5 12th hole boasts breathtaking views, with a seaside green extending onto the beach. The hole never plays the same twice, with a player’s second shot determined by the ever-changing tides. A true do or die hole, immense green-side bunkers test a golfer’s skill and accuracy on a tricky approach shot.  PGA professionals are on site to ensure all golfers’ needs are met, offering private lessons both on and off-course. Golf at Laucala is an adventure never forgotten.

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