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Why you should swing (as well as swim) in New Cal

Perhaps the most overlooked recreational activity in New Caledonia, thanks to the South Pacific nation’s myriad water sports, is one of the world’s most beloved pastimes – golf. But it definitely shouldn’t be, as the destination has a selection of top courses to choose from.



Top of the list is the Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa and Golf Resort, which is perched on 13 kilometres of white sand beach near Bourail.


Opened just two years ago, the resort offers five-star service and myriad activities, including the chance to tackle the championship layout built by Cynthia Dye, which has quickly become the best course in New Caledonia.


Deva is not merely for golfers – it also has plenty to keep the non-players happy as well. There’s the Deep Nature Spa with a hammam, sauna and treatment rooms, pool, kids’ club, activities aplenty including hiking and the chance to go out on a glass-bottom boat.


But the beauty of New Caledonia as a golfing destination is that there are three other courses to tackle. Tina was once ranked among the top 100 courses in the world and has hosted the annual South Pacific Open Championship.


The 18-hole Dumbea course is only 30 minutes from Noumea while La Ouenghuiis located at the Paillotes de la Ouenghi resort, roughly 70 kilometres north of Noumea and 10 minutes from the Tontouta international airport.


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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 31 July 2017

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