Guests of Namale Resort & Spa can now enjoy our Veidelana (Fijian for Mountain View) Golf Course. We are so exited to make this activity available to our guests as yet another part of our all-inclusive Fiji vacation package.
This nine-hole course had a rocky start as it was maintained by a grounds team who had never even seen a golf course before. On arrival at Namale in June 2009, Ron Gratzinger, Co-General Manager of Namale, put his passion for golf into action and educated and trained the golf course grounds team to maintain the course in tip-top condition. Granted, Augusta doesn’t have to worry that we’ll lure The Masters away from them, but it has developed into a beautiful little course.
Since June, our nine-hole course has evolved now offering 18 separate tee boxes to give the player an 18-hole experience fully utilizing our nine holes. All are three and four par holes with a total par of 64. We’ve added seven sand bunkers scattered throughout offering distinctly individual challenges depending on whether your approach is from the first nine or the back nine. This is a course you want to play short and straight, because the rough in the tropics can be really rough. It’s even a good idea to toss a few extra golf balls in your bag before coming so you’ll have a few extra to toss in your golf bag before playing. If you can play a round without losing a ball, you’ve really accomplished something!
However, losing a ball gives the less serious competitor the time and opportunity to really take in the scenery. The lily pond with its bright pink, purple and white flowers is quite lovely and often populated with ducks. You will likely spot the two large blue heron that live on the golf course, as well. A couple of the holes take you across a lively spring that runs through the lush foliage of the course and the wider expanses are dotted with towering palm trees. It is a unique and heady golfing experience.
A comical thing has happened since the early education of our golf course grounds team. When it is their break time, you’ll likely see them flipping through one of Ron’s golf magazines studying how golf courses around the globe are maintained, while Ron is on one of the mowers making sure everything is manicured to spec. Well, as much as this tropical climate – where everything grows like mad – will allow, anyway.
While Namale Resort & Spa is not a golf destination, what fun it is to knock a few balls around in such a unique setting! We’ll be waiting for you at the 19th hole for cocktails at the Main Bure!