Vanuatu To A Tee!
Golfing in Vanuatu can be rewarding for both the handicapped and the hackers. There are resort courses at Le Lagon and Holiday Inn. While these can be fun or useful for a warm up, they are by no means championship standard. In fact, you may even find that some of the metal flag pins have ‘gone missing’. They make terrific spears for fishing!
At the time of writing White Sands Country Club was only allowing occasional games as the resort is undergoing renovations. There is, however, an excellent 18 hole golf course in the Port Vila Golf and Country Club. The course is measured in metres, has a driving range and Australian handicapping and general rules of golf apply. The Tusker Vanuatu Golf Open and Pro Am follows the Vanuatu Amateur competition in late August here each year. The field is open to visitors providing proof of handicap.
The PVGCC is at Mele (on the way to Hideaway Island, Cascades Waterfall and Devils Point). Fields range between 70 and 110, there are generally heaps of vacancies but it’s still best to phone first to book a time (22564). Visitors are encouraged and made to feel welcome. Tuesday is Ladies Day (9 hole comp in the afternoon) and Saturday is only for players with a registered handicap (proof required). There are morning and afternoon fields on Saturdays with more people turning up in the afternoon. As in most golf clubs worldwide, comps flow to the 19th hole with prizes etc presented at 6pm (nearest to the pin, longest drive, NAGA etc).
Mele is a reliable and well-maintained course in a pretty, seaside location (you can look across to Hideaway Island). The greens are slow by Australian standard (Tifton Dwarf grass). The two-storey clubhouse overlooks the water, drinks are reasonably priced and meals are available.
You can grab a bus from town (200vt one way) or get your resort to arrange transfers. Green fees 2500vt (AUD$32) or 1200vt if playing with a member, caddies 1000vt ($14) for 18 holes (prices adjust down for fewer holes – 1500vt for 9 holes, 500vt for a caddie). Caddies come from the local village, are very friendly, but may not be too reliable with advice on which club to use. Club hire is 800vt and there’s a limited selection of left and right-handed clubs. Buggy hire is 500vt as is a bucket of balls. While it’s always wise to take water with you, there are drink stalls on four tee boxes.
Remember, it is the tropics, so slip an umbrella in your bag and take bottled water because of the humidity. If you opt to socialise after a game, there will always be a local who will give you a lift back to Vila but do choose wisely – there are no drink driving laws in Vanuatu!
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