Tee Off: The 4 Best Golf Courses in New Caledonia to Check Out

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Posted by on 26 Apr 2024

New Caledonia is home to numerous pristine beaches, with some of the largest lagoons in the world and barrier reefs teeming with life. In fact, one of the most popular things to do in New Caledonia is to discover and admire the marine wildlife firsthand.

Aside from all this scenic beauty and biodiverse landscapes, the archipelago is also naturally home to picturesque hills and lush greenery, which have become a hotspot for beautiful golf courses boasting coastal views and comfortable weather year-round.

If you’re a golf enthusiast wondering where to golf in New Caledonia, check out these four 18-hole golf courses on Grand Terre, New Caledonia’s main island.

The 4 Best 18-Hole Golf Courses in New Caledonia

Tina Golf

Nouméa, the archipelago’s capital, is one of the best regions to explore in New Caledonia for its gorgeous beaches and culturally rich sites. It’s also home to Tina Golf, one of the most exquisite golf courses in the territory.

At a whopping 5,899 metres, Tina Golf boasts lush greenery and beautiful coastal views all in one place. For the first nine holes, you can admire the rolling hills and vegetation of Nouméa.

Meanwhile, for the latter half of the course, you’ll enjoy jaw-dropping views of New Caledonia’s renowned, turquoise-coloured lagoons by its shoreline. Try your luck at making a hole-in-one playing over these lagoons at hole 15 (par 4).

Because of the diverse terrains and landscapes in the course, it may be quite challenging for first-time golfers. Nonetheless, its stunning views will show any player the spectacular golf New Caledonia has to offer.

Garden Golf de Dumbéa

Dumbéa is another popular golf course near Nouméa. But instead of lagoon views from rolling hills, this 18-hole course follows the path along the Dumbéa River.

As you go from hole to hole, you’ll see beautiful and unique trees, from ironwoods to kaoris. It’s an amazing way to see and admire the endemic greenery of New Caledonia while playing your favourite game.

One area in the course you can’t miss is the elevated hole 11 (par 3). You can take a swing at your golf balls with the impressive Mounts Koghi and Dzumac as your backdrop.

Exclusiv Golf de Déva

Déva is a world-class golf course in Bourail, New Caledonia that boasts scenic views of hills and lagoons. It’s connected to the Sheraton Resort, making it extra convenient for guests who love to play.

The newest course on Grand Terre, the terrain and fairways of the New Caledonia golf resort was designed by popular American golf course firm Dye Design. With the Bourail Lagoon as its backdrop, the course is nothing short of spectacular.

Aside from the 18-hole course, guests can also enjoy swinging at a driving range and a putting green.

Ouenghi Golf

Lastly, we have the Ouenghi golf course, an easy, well-maintained course found in Bouloupari, New Caledonia.

This 6,154-metre golf course is perched right between a river and some majestic mountains in the South Province, allowing for fantastic views of both greenery and waters. You’ll find one of the prettiest views the course has to offer at hole 15, where you can see the glimmering, azure waters.

The golf course is connected to Les Paillottes de la Ouenghi, a resort hotel and restaurant where you can stay for the night or grab a bite after your game.

What to Bring When Playing Golf in New Caledonia

The key to a perfect day playing golf in New Caledonia (aside from pretty fairways and scenic views) is bringing the essentials that will make your game the most comfortable it can be. Here’s what you need to pack if you intend to play at a New Caledonia golf course.

  • Golf equipment and apparel: Wear comfortable, moisture-wicking golfing clothes such as collared shirts, pants and shoes that are appropriate for the terrain. To shield your face and eyes from the sun, consider wearing a cap or a visor, too. You may also bring your own golf clubs if you wish, but many golf resorts in New Caledonia will likely have rentals available.
  • Sunscreen: New Caledonia is quite sunny, so it’s always best to slather on some sunscreen on your face and body before golfing.
  • Rain-proof jacket: If you plan on coming during the wet season, make sure to bring a waterproof jacket and other rain gear in case it rains during your game.
  • Insect repellant: New Caledonia has a tropical climate, which means coming across some mosquitoes and other insects is inevitable. Pack some insect repellent to protect your skin from getting bitten.
  • Snacks and water: Keep yourself energized and hydrated by packing a water bottle and light, portable snacks like granola bars, protein bars and trail mix.

When is the Best Time of the Year for Golf in New Caledonia?

New Caledonia has a consistently temperate climate that never gets too cold or scorching hot. Temperatures typically rise and fall within a short range of about 20°C to 28°C throughout the year.

The best time to visit New Caledonia is when there is the least rainfall. This happens from September to November—the latter half of what is considered the dry season in the islands. If you prefer it to be colder, come any time between May and September. If you want to avoid rain, avoid the monh of February, New Caledonia’s wettest (and hottest) month.

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A holiday in New Caledonia promises many unique cultural spots and beautiful beaches to swim and snorkel in.

When you want to relax a bit and practice that backswing, you can always head on over to the many golf courses on the islands and enjoy the temperate weather and scenic views as you play the game you love.

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