Finna Golf & Country Club Resort

Simon Reynolds

May 8,2014

The Majestic Clubhouse at Finna Golf and Country Club Resort

Finna Golf & Country Club Resort boasts a 18 hole championship course located at 500m altitude in the foothills of three majestic mountains: Mt. Welirang, Mt. Arjuna and Mt. Penanggungan.

Peter Thomson and Ross Perret have crafted a mountain resort course amongst rolling foothills, East Javan tropical fauna and rice terraces to create a golfing experience amongst spell bounding natural beauty and fresh air. The course is by no means long, playing at a modest 6,345m from the back tees, but golf in a natures Garden of Eden should not require power but craft and care. On more then one occasion, the golfer may be forced to stop and pause and appreciate the level of beauty surrounding them, playing golf amongst the foothills in the presence of three towering mountains on the horizon.
Finna Golf will celebrate their 21st Anniversary at the end of this month, and the mountain resort offer golfers and visitors a sanctuary of peace and comfort from their busy professional lives. Located just over an hour away from Surabaya’s Juanda International airport and just over half an hour away from Malang airport where direct flights connect to Jakarta’s Halim Airport through several local air carriers. The resort offers pick up services and after a one hour flight from Jakarta and journey from Surabaya or Malang airports the resort environment is where one comes to relax and refresh and the complete facilities on offer will accommodate golfers and non golfers equally. The resort boasts several very unique features that one will struggle to find elsewhere in Indonesia. Located near the VIP villa one can find a 115m long swimming pool 2m wide, the pool is visible from Google earth and one must see it to believe it, it’s a sight to behold. Please refer to the course information where the full list of on site facilities and accommodation are displayed for your consideration. During our visit a grass tennis court was near completion, and the prospect of a game of grass court tennis at Finna Golf adds extra kudos to an already complete mountain resort package.
The three food and beverage outlets at the resort will cater for all your dietary requirements, and one would be advised on sampling the local specialities unique to East Java. The Sop Buntut Goreng was sumptuous and a worth meal after 18 holes of golf. For those who prefer Western Food there is a complete array of western dishes, The Finna Burger is also highly recommended, as this hearty burger is comprised of top quality Australian beef, very wholesome.

The Course
Designed by acclaimed international golf course architects; Peter Thomson, Michael Wolveridge and Ross Perret, providing two distinctive “nines” starting and finishing at the clubhouse. The architects, whose pedigree include such courses?as the New Course, St. Andrews, Scotland; The Royal Hongkong Golf Club; and the Bali Handara Country Club, has skillfully incorporated Finna’s grounds and natural features into their?design to create a golf experience to rival the best in the world. Many historical features scattered pot bunkers and the omni-?present clumps of lemongrass that guard the edge of the fairways.?It is no surprise that Peter Thompson was a British Open Champion, as the distinctive pot bunkers strategically placed around the course and rolling mounds amongst fairways portray a distinctive links style course albeit at 500m altitude in the East Javan jungle, truly a unique golfing experience.
The Par 3, Hole # 5 was our signature hole of the front nine. Playing 156m from the white tees, and teeing off from an elevated tee box over rice terraces towards a cove-like green enclosed by large tropical trees and in the shadow of the looming Mt. Penanggungan. Holes like this, encapsulate the playing conditions here at Finna, golf surrounded by sheer natural beauty.

The Par 3, Hole # 12 was our favorite hole of the back nine. Golfers once again navigate their tee shot through a thin opening, between rice terraces to the left and towering trees to the right, as a deep pot bunker waits patiently at the front of the green and again towards the rear, as Mt. Welirang and Mt. Arjuna stand tall in the horizon. Although a modest 127m from the white tees, the tee off requires deft focus and accuracy to land safely on the green in regulation. Thomson and Perret once again demonstrate their ability to create a challenging golf course intertwined amongst this setting of teaming natural beauty.
Golf and leisure at Finna Golf is a breath of fresh air. Offering a round of golf amongst genuine natural scenery backed up by warm and comforting East Javanese hospitality and fantastic mountain resort facilities. Stay and play packages are advised as I am sure you will not want to leave after one day and one day only at this mountain resort.