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.
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.