A sprawling archipelago of 18,000 islands and 240 million people spread over thousands of kilometres of Southeast Asia, Indonesia offers such a wide variety of experiences, cultures and natural wonders that no short summary could ever fully do it justice. From the chaotic urban sprawl of its major cities to the jungles of Sumatra and the resorts of Bali, Indonesia is an adventure. Click info tab for more.
Unsurprisingly for the world's largest archipelago, there are endless pristine beaches and some of the best scuba diving in the world, and not just in the obvious places like Bali. With some of the largest remaining tracts of tropical rainforest anywhere on earth, this is home to an incredibly diverse array of wildlife, from orangutans to tigers to the endangered Javan Rhinoceros, and even the famous Komodo Dragon, and the country's 167 active volcanoes provide a stunning backdrop to life, and you should certainly find time to get up close and personal with at least one while you are here. If city life is more your kind of thing, the sprawling capital Jakarta is a shopper's paradise and boasts the best nightlife in the region, while Bandung allows you to combine hunting for the latest fashions with day trips to the natural wonders on its doorstep.
With well over 50 international standard courses designed by some of the greatest names in golf and no shortage of spectacular surrounds, you're in for a treat wherever in Indonesia you choose to go for your golf holiday. Jakarta plays host to dozens of quality courses from the likes of Norman, Nicklaus and Palmer, including one of the Great Bear's finest ever creations in the form of the Bumi Serpong Damai Course, once voted best in Indonesia and one of two magnificent courses at the Damai Indah Golf Club.
Indonesia's third city, Bandung, boasts a handful of enjoyable courses, from flat yet cleverly designed Bandung Indah Golf & Country Club to the stunning Bandung Giri Gahana Golf & Country Club, with its spectacular hilltop vistas and absorbing challenge.
Away from the cities, Bali should probably be top of the list of Indonesian golfing destinations, where you can combine relaxing on the beach with rounds at some of the most photogenic courses in the world, not least the truly stunning Nirwana Bali Golf Club designed by Greg Norman and the Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club, memorably set in the crater of a volcano. Nearby Lombok features a couple of excellent courses for those wanted to play in less busy and commercialised surroundings, while the proliferation of top-notch courses on the islands of Bintan and Batam are deservedly becoming popular beyond the Singaporeans taking the short ferry in search of quality golf at reasonable green fees. The Ria Bintan Golf Club, recently voted best in Asia, should definitely appear on the itinerary of any Indonesia golf holiday.