As every golf-lover knows, the pleasure of golf is found both in its technique and in the beauty of the course on which it is played. New Caledonia has embraced this sentiment, with its four 18-hole courses offering a variety of challenges and features to discover, helping to make a round golf more enjoyable than ever.
Jewels of nature
From the courses in Tina and Déva to those located in Ouenghi and Dumbéa, golf in New Caledonia is truly incomparable. Although each course has its own unique identity, these spectacular courses are all abundant in natural beauty that originates from the archipelago’s varied geography. At Dumbéa, the course follows the river, at Boulouparis, the soft valleys of the course invite you to complete all 18 holes, while at Déva and Tina, the views from some holes allow you to see straight out over the Pacific Ocean. True jewels of nature, it’s difficult to decide which course to visit first, so why not plan a game of golf at each?
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Perfect for amateurs and pros alike
New Caledonia’s golf courses are suited to all levels of sporting proficiency, from amateurs to seasoned professionals, and just about everyone in between. Be aware, though, that as with any golf course around the world, you’ll need some level of skill to play and score well in New Caledonia. It’s unlikely that you’ll reach par in your first few games, so embrace the challenge and make the most of the beautiful local scenery that gives golf in New Caledonia its own unique feel. Choose to take on a nine or 18 hole game, spend a week or more mastering a course, or head to the Pacific Golf driving range in Nouméa to practice your swing. If you’re looking to perfect your game or learn from locals in the know, some golf courses also offer lessons and professional advice, which can help you add an extra edge to your game.
Technique takes over
Although golf in New Caledonia is suited to a variety of skill levels, there are some parts of the archipelago’s courses that take incredible technique to conquer. The 17th hole of Garden Golf de Dumbéa in Dumbéa, for example, is one of the longest and most complicated par-5 holes in the Pacific. At 560 metres long, and with a dogleg hole, a small lake, and a river to cross, it’ll test even the most well practiced players. Those planning a visit to Golf de Tina in Nouméa should note too that easterly winds will challenge your skills as you make your way across the course.
Fun family holidays
In order to increase their patronage, some of New Caledonia’s golf courses have chosen to focus on making their facilities more family friendly. Some are located within larger complexes, or now offer activities to keep the whole family happy. The Exclusiv Golf Deva in Bourail is connected to a high-quality resort and spa offering babysitting services, and is perfectly positioned for hiking, kayaking and other fun outdoor adventures, while Golf de Tina in Nouméa hosts golf lessons for kids and adults alike. Whether your family isn’t fond of golf or happen to be less handy with drivers, putters and iron, there are plenty of great ways to spend the day.
A driving range in the heart of Nouméa
If you’re looking for the perfect excuse to work on your technique or enjoy a touch of golf in Nouméa, a detour to the Pacific Golf driving range is just the ticket. Part of the Henri Milliard Hippodrome (Racecourse) complex, the driving range is the place to head to practice your golf swing and soak up some great ocean views. Bring along your golf clubs, buy a bucket of golf balls, choose one of the range’s 20 covered practice bays, and swing away the afternoon.
The region’s golf courses
- Exclusiv Golf Deva, Bourail - an 18-hole international championship course designed by golf architects Dye Designs Group
- Garden Golf de Dumbéa, Dumbéa - New Caledonia’s oldest golf club with panoramic mountain views
- Golf de la Ouenghi, Boulouparis - set between the mountains and river, the course sits at the gateway to the bush
- Golf de Tina, Nouméa - overlooks the world’s largest lagoon, using the local geography to its advantage
- Pacific Golf driving range, Nouméa - a covered, 20 bay driving range located at the heart of Nouméa