There are plenty of destinations that offer full resort course facilities but Vanuatu is not one of them. However, there are a number of small courses at resorts and a well established 18 holes championship course in Port Vila, in addition to a public 9 hole course in Luganville on the Island of Espirtu Santo.
Port Vila, Efate Island – Located on the island of Efate, just outside of Port Vila is the Port Vila Golf and Country Club, a well established 18 holes championship course that plays host annually to the New South Wales PGA sanctioned Vanuatu Golf Open.
In a spectacular location on Mele Bay, the course stretches over 5800 metres providing an excellent challenge for the serious and social player.
Motorised Buggies are not generally available however caddies from the Mele Village do an excellent job in providing a caddie service that will make you feel like a professional. The course is an easy walk with ocean and bush views surrounding lush tree lined fairways.
Green fees for 18 holes will set you back approximately VT2500 (AUD$30) whilst a caddie is an extra VT1,000. Clubs can be hired and transfers to and from your accommodation can be arranged by your hosts.
Competition rounds normal occur as follows:
Tuesday Weekly: Ladies 9 Hole Competition from around 1.00pm
Wednesday Weekly: BDO Sponsored Mens 9 Hole Competition from around 3.30pm
Saturday Weekly: Mens and ladies 18 hole weekly scheduled competition. Saturday is the main competition day for members however there is always room for visitors.
The course is open 7 days and club staff are on hand to look after your needs.
The annual Vanuatu Golf Open attracts a great field of Professionals and amateurs each year and the competition has been ongoing since 1984. Normally the event is held around the end of July. Specific dates are posted on the VTO website and the VGO site once dates are confirmed annually.
Le Lagon Resort & Spa offers a 12 hole golf course set a across a hillside overlooking the resort, offering spectacular views over Erakor Lagoon. Motorized buggies and clubs are available for rent.
Le Meridien Resort and Casino Offer a 9 hole course in spectacular gardens, set along the water front of the lagoon, playing across and out onto a peninsula within the lagoon for a number of holes. Clubs and Buggies are available for rent.
Luganville, Espiritu Santo
Santo Golf Course is a picturesque 9-hole course, overlooking Palekulo Bay and Ambae Island, and situated on the south-east coast of Espiritu Santo, approximately 15 minutes drive from Luganville.
Visitors are welcome and they do have clubs available for hire. On the last Sunday of each month, we hold a 9-hole Ambrose tournament, commencing at 9:00 am, followed by a barbeque lunch. Ladies who bring a plate of salad eat free! Non-golfers can keep cool with a swim or snorkel from the beach in front of the clubhouse. Soft drinks, cold beers and spirits are also available.
Anyone wishing to play on other days should contact their accommodation house to make arrangements, as the clubhouse is not manned on a day-to-day basis.