Priced from around $800,000 to $13 million, the residences range from just under 1,000 square feet to 10,764-square-feet custom layouts. All units come fully furnished and include pools and maid’s quarters. Forty homes have sold, and move-in dates are planned for early 2019. A standout amenity for all guests and owners will be a 1.2-mile walking trail hugging the cliff’s edge, which connects the residences with a funicular to the beach, three sacred Hindu temples, and the amphitheater, where traditional dancers will perform nightly.
By Mohammad Hilmi FAIQ
At first glance, the wide expanse of the green field looks like a giant staircase, bordered by rock piles. The neat and uniform height of the grass delivers a fresh sensation in the observer’s eye. A golf tournament participant suddenly lies down and closes his eyes. “Take my photo, okay. The view is great, he-he-he,” he said. This was at the beginning of last October.
It took place on hole 2, also known as the terracing hole because of its terraced form, which recalls the rice paddies of Bali. The terracing hole has adopted the concept of local Balinese wisdom in ricefield farming, creating short terraces which decreases run off water and promote water absorption.
Hole 2 is part of the four-hectare piece of land belonging to the Kutuh Indigenous Village, Kuta Selatan Regency, Badung, Bali, which it has developed together with PT Bali Ragawisata as the developer of Bukit Pandawa Golf. Bukit Pandawa Golf itself is 30 hectares wide, and has 18 holes.
The Kutuh Indigenous Village in fact owns 16 hectares of land. On the remaining land which has not been rented, the village is presently building the Guning Payung Cultural Park side by side with Bukit Pandawa Golf. The Gunung Payung Cultural Park is intended to be a miniature of Bali, showcasing local beliefs, practices and traditions with local wisdom foremost. It is also the location of Gunung Payung TemplePura Dhang Kahyangan, one of the most renowned temples in Bali. “The park is open to the public,” said the Kutuh Made Wena, the Village Head.
The village will build the park higher than the golf course so that all visitors to the park will have a view of the golf activities. PT Bali Ragawisata and the village have also agreed not to build a fence between the golf course and Gunung Payung Cultural Park, showing the harmoniousness of the relationship between the developer and the residents. “From this cooperation, we receive funds from PT Bali Ragawisata each year,” added Made Wena.
In general, the construction of Bukit Pandawa Golf refers to American architect Bob Moore’s blueprint. In creating the golf course, he took into consideration the placement of the resorts around the green and ensured that golfers would be able to enjoy ocean views. After discussion with PT Bali Ragawisata CEO Djie Tjian An, Moore decided to create a par-3 green. Par refers to the number of strokes that players must hit to safely reach each hole. Par 3 means that three strokes should be enough to get the golf ball into the hole.
“Our land is limited. A par 3 makes it compact, and the view is controlled. From the resort it looks good. The reverse is also true,” explained Djie. He also explained that the grass seed used was brought from Florida.
From the Club House, visitors can enjoy the green scenery, changing to the blue ocean and sky. The curves of the course starting from the teeing ground to the green, the areas around the holes which have shorter grass, invites one to linger.
On hole 16 is a large traditional gapura entry gate carved with Balinese motifs. At hole 13 and 17 are viewing towers with limasan roofs and limestone foundations. Between the foundations and the roofs, a blue paint fence gleams brightly amidst the greenery of the golf course. The two iconic buildings bring in the Balinese element into the very American golf landscape, local elements merging with global elements.
These two icons are in part the architecture of the late Australian born native Made Wijaya, originally named Michael White, who lived in Bali since 1973.
Bukit Pandawa Golf built a meeting hall or Club House practically in the central position, enabling golfers to take a break after finishing holes 5, 9, 13 and 18. This is called a four loop concept, in which one can finish all the holes within four loops. Thus, they can play sections, without waiting until hole 18 to rest.
Bukit Pandawa Golf emphasizes the locale and also strives to be environmentally friendly. They use technology to recycle seawater into potable water. This technology is driven by an engine that runs on electricity rather than fossil fuel , preventing noise pollution.
Local elements are also showcased in the Club House, whose construction at a glance is similar to models of traditional Balinese houses with their limasan roofs. This building was designed to be as eco-friendly as possible, using natural light and air circulation to avoid the need for aircondition. From dozens of rooms, only one is equipped with aircondition to fulfill a special request.
The architect, Antony Liu, explained that this 2,000 meter square building is like a block that has been divided in two, whereby the upper part has the form of a Bali limasan roof. “This enables as much as air as possible to enter from the outside,” he said.
Of these two parts, one side contains lockers, bathrooms and saunas. Whereas the other side contains stores, a bar, a café and a staircase leading to the upper floor. The rooms are arranged like a labyrinth, so that anyone entering experiences sequential surprises. A different experience for those who are used to entering buildings with uniform room patterns, such as typical hotel or office buildings.
The walls of the building have been covered with greenish-black lava stone, over which water flows to create natural noises such as one would hear by a river. On the bottom, to the left and right of floor are pools with blue flooring, which reflect external light as a refreshing sensation.
In the upper part of the building, an arrangement of chairs and sofas invites anyone to sit and relax. You can watch the ocean or enjoy the sunset. Here are restaurants. “We made the Club House modern and relaxed to attract tourists so that they can have dinner and stay till late,” said Djie, CEO PT Bali Ragawisasta.
The restaurant at the Club House is designed to be open to non golfers as well. Tourists can gather there with friends or family to enjoy a night there. At Bukit Pandawa Golf, visitors can enjoy local and global harmony.
From left clockwise: This building in the form of a tower, designed by Made Wijaya, is an icon of Bukit Pandawa Golf. Tournament participants hit a ball at hole 2, the terracing hole. The staircase inside the Clube House by Antony Liu, designed to seem as though it is floating.