J-Mar really enjoys a good round of golf, and in my research on Bali before we left, I found what looked like a pretty spectacular golf course overlooking the ocean and a famous temple. It was called Nirwana Golf Club, listed as one of the top 100 in the world. Okay, that may not sound super dazzling, but golfing in Bali next to the ocean still sounds pretty great. I showed some photos to J-Mar and he decided to schlep his clubs all the way from Korea just for this place.
On Tuesday, Mom and I decided to hang out and get a massage while J-Mar played golf and meet him later to visit the nearby Tanah Lot temple. We thoroughly enjoyed browsing the shops and relaxing while J-Mar flexed his golf muscle for a little while. And, you know, enjoyed the random temple and/or ocean view at each hole.
When he arrived, he got paired up with a Korean couple, believe it or not! He said the local caddies (all women) were really great. In true cater-to-tourists fashion, they wore traditional Indonesian rice hats. Despite their skill and knowledge of the course, they only make the equivalent of about $5 per day, so he made sure to give them a very sizable tip.
I’m really glad he got to have a little fun with this, because Lord knows I am not a golfer. I am also glad he got a few awesome photos of the hole overlooking the temple. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more picturesque golf course in my lifetime.
J-Mar’s overall take? Not worth hauling his personal clubs all the way to Bali, but it was a great course, and worth playing if you’re in the area. Tanah Lot is a pretty popular tourist destination and your driver can have you there in about 45 minutes from Seminyak.
After his round, we picked him up to go check out the beautiful temple on the water, Tanah Lot. When we first arrived at the temple grounds on the water, we saw lots of other tourists wandering through the markets set up near the site. As we followed the path through to the water, some other Asian tourists saw J-Mar and wanted a picture with him. We definitely weren’t the only Western tourists around, but I guess a tall white guy with golfing clothes stands out in this crowd? I thought it was a funny sight.
We walked a little bit further to explore the beach area and the 16th century temple on the water. The temple was renovated with artificial in the 1980s with a loan from Japan, but still maintains its majestic glory out on its own little rock in the sea.
Though it was high tide, you could walk in a thin strip of shallow water to get from the mainland out a few hundred feet to the temple. In order to walk up it, you had to get your dose of holy water sprinkling and rice on your head (a custom for religious sites in Indonesia) and of course give a small donation.
The temple and grounds had a beautiful view of the golf course. Tanah Lot is also part of a chain of seven Balinese sea temples where each is within site of another in the chain, thus, you are supposed to be able to see part of Ulu Watu temple from here.
We ended our day with an awesome barbecue dinner at Naughty Nuri’s, which serves up really good ribs, sausage, chicken and other meat, as well as delicious side dishes, milkshakes, and of course, Bintang, Bali’s local beer.
There was a line out the door to this place by the time we left, so you know it’s good. They have a few locations in various parts of Bali, and certainly worth a stop if you’re nearby. Especially if you haven’t had decent barbecue in a long, long time.
More fun days ahead!