Finna Golf & Country Club Resort
In a country as large and geographically diverse as Indonesia, it’s difficult imagine a single course that typifies or effectively embodies its golfing “flavor”. But Finna Golf & Country Club comes close. Its mountainous setting and open landscaping theme affords golfers panoramic views of the course and its magnificent surrounding countryside, not to mention Mt. Arjuno, Mt. Welirang and Mt. Penanggungan.
The Australian course design firm of Thomson, Wolveridge & Perret here created an absorbing, quirky, tournament-ready 18 whose broad, natural contours are accented by a collection of features not ordinarily scene on the same golf course: British-style pot bunkers, stands of lemongrass, terraces of rice paddies, tropical water features and the odd stone monolith. The spectacular par-3 12th manages to incorporate all of these on a single, thrilling hole, but effect over 18 holes is similar: A picture of each hole remains distinct and forever burned into the golfer’s memory.
Finna is not merely a place to enjoy a spectacular day on the golf course. It’s is a place to stay and play, long term. Adjacent to the clubhouse, Finna maintains a wide array of fully serviced luxury cottages and villas, where individuals, couples and large groups can enjoy extended visits. There are 30 Deluxe Cottages (each fully air-conditioned with private jacuzzi, indoor & outdoor showers), two VIP Suite Cottages (with their own swimming pools), even 3- and 4-bedroom villas to accommodate entire foursomes in one place.
The expansive Tuscan-style clubhouse itself makes all this possible, with its many bars, private dining rooms, comfortable public spaces and restaurants. The Pool Cafe is a favorite, specializing in grilled delicacies served al fresco (Korean and Japanese items a specialty). The Lotus Garden offers exquisite Chinese cuisine and makes superb use of the region’s fresh seafood (the main dining room here is equipped with a karaoke system for after-hours gatherings).
• The par-72 layout at Finna measures 6,345 meters from the championship tees — but it plays a bit shorter because the course is situated some 700 meters above sea level. This and the many changes in elevation, from tee to green, make club selection a real challenge.
• It’s not all about golf at Finna. The resort maintains the only grass tennis court in East Java. With such extensive accommodations and meeting spaces, Finna has also become a popular venue for corporate retreats and team-building events, organizing everything from zip lines to river rafting.