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Merapi Golf Course
Cangkringan, Java, Indonesia
This tough golf course on Java is laid out on the slopes of one of the island’s most active volcanos, Gunung Merapi, which literally means ‘fire mountain.’ The setting itself is gorgeous: the fairways wend their way over ancient lava tracks and there are repeat views of the volcano.
There are lots of blind shots, and an errant drive will see you hacking through the jungle, but you’ll have to keep an eye on the mountain itself: the last time it erupted was 2010, and three of the holes were covered in ash. (Don’t worry – local seismologists know of any activity well in advanced, so golfers will be forewarned).
Getting there & doing it
The course is 125km south of Semarang and 30 minutes from Yogyakarta.
When to do it
It’s open all year round, seven days a week; morning times are best for less humidity and heat.
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