Set in an expansive property in the foothills of the East Java mountains on the lower slopes of three volcanoes, some still in various stages of life, Finna Golf & Country Club provides a unique golfing experience.
Designed in the mid-1990s by the Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett partnership, the layout makes full use of elevation changes, winding its way around the vast estate.
Thrilling high tees play over former rice paddies in this tranquil, tropical paradise, which is located less than a two-hour drive south from Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya.
With Taman Dayu located close to Finna, golfers visiting
East Java are well rewarded for journeying off the beaten tourist path, which tends
to centre on Bali and Jakarta.
Finna was the first golf course I played on my trip to explore the courses in and around Surabaya. Finna is located in Pasuruan about an hour's drive from Surabaya but not far away from one of the best golf courses in Indonesia, Taman Dayu. The course layout in a hilly wooded terrain is fantastic with some excellent and challenging holes that you encounter. The course maintenance may leave a little more to be desired, but the layout leaves nothing for complaint. Some of the memorable holes are the par 5 10th, the par 3, 5th which overlooks Mt. Penanggungan and the par 3, 12th. You can read more about this course and other courses in Surabaya on my blog
A pleasant, challenging and well-designed resort course that just lacks the real polished edges to make it something special. Don't get me wrong, it's well worth playing and would be well worth the 60Km drive south from Surabaya city. The tall-treed rural setting adds to the aesthetics, as do the nearby towering volcano mountains. There's doglegs, undulations, bunkers and occasional water and to add local flavour even shots over rice paddies. Compulsory caddie of course and good value if staying in-house at the Finna Resort.
If coming to Finna to play, you almost have to travel the 10 minutes and play the course nearby, Taman Dayu, as well. It's a spectacular course and what Finna could be with a little work and more attention to detail.
If allowed a little more granularity, I'd call this a 4.5 ball course.