Natadola Bay on Fiji’s Coral Coast is about to play home again to another round of the PGA Tour of Australasia and is attracting players from around the globe who come for not just the game but a taste of the tropics where the ‘water hazard’ is just a stunning view of the bay.
When thinking of Fiji it would be safe to assume that golf, and more specifically professional golf, is not the first activity that comes to mind. One would likely think of surfing, diving, weddings and family fun in the sun, but with the Fiji International making a noise on the global stage of professional golf, Fiji is now a golf destination which just happens to be in paradise.
The 2015 Fiji International professional golf tournament was held from October 15th – 18th at the stunning Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course on the main island of Viti Levu. It is fully supported by the Fijian Government and continues to showcase golf in Fiji to new markets.
The event sits on the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule and has been attracting world class fields including local hero and World Golf Hall of Fame member Vijay Singh, US Golf legend and 2015 defending champion, Matt Kuchar, three-time major champion Nick Price, and the number one players from China, India and New Zealand. Not to mention Australian players, both young and experienced who jumped at the opportunity to play an event in Fiji. With the tournament broadcast around the world it soon became the talk of the international golf industry.
Most importantly, however, is the fact that the tournament is here to stay, with plans for 2016 already underway.
Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course will once again play host to the Fiji International, to be held from 6th – 9th of October 2016.
The slogan of the Fiji International is bigger, bolder and better and this year promises to be the best yet with some exciting new developments going on with the tournament to take it to that next level. Supporters and fans of the Fiji International are encouraged to check out the www.fijiinternational.com website for all latest developments as well as some fun competitions which have been launched.
No other tournament venue in the world offers the opportunity for corporate guests to relax on the beach, enjoy local hospitality while watching the professionals tear up the course. That is just what the signature 4th hole at Natadola Bay offers. A dip in the breathtaking Coral Coast waters between groups could even be on the cards.
In addition to the 4th hole, there are another 14 holes on the course with water views of the Coast, and the traditional style hospitality bures around the 18th green provide spectators with a truly Fijian experience.
It is not just tournament week however, where the Fiji International experience is delivered to tourists and locals alike. The magnificent Natadola Bay Championship Course offers the opportunity to play the Home of the Fiji International all year round, and it is ‘paradise to a tee’.
The course suits either the golfing enthusiast with the challenging layout and perpetually windy conditions, or the golfing novice who is just ready to enjoy some Fiji time with a spectacular view.
Either way, now that the secret of Natadola Bay has been exposed to the world through the Fiji International it will never be the same again.
It is fair to say this is a good result as a destination such as Natadola is too good not to have the world come to play.
The Fiji International and Natadola Bay is set to be the next big player on the world stage of golf. Watch this space.