It goes without saying that “art&culture” in the so called ‘off-the-beaten-track’ destinations” is of a completely different scale compared to the major golf destinations such as Jakarta, Bandung, Yogya, Surabaya and Bali to name just a few places.
Here, natural wonders, pristine beaches and imposing forests or impressive mountainous landscapes with tribal and/or indigenous people find a home.
In South Sulawesi – where golfer can play the impeccable course of Padivalley in Makassar – the Tana Toraja regency is an ‘art&culture’ option of extreme beauty. This regency is famous for its characteristic architecture and unique burial rites, set in idyllic valleys. The “expedition-like” trip that takes up to 8 hours traversing many an interesting mountain landscape is something out of a documentary. It reads like a trip straight out of a travel log.
In Sumatera – where golfers can play golf in and around the city of Medan for instance – a trip to the Berastagi region, where two active volcanoes (Mount Sibayak and Mount Sinabung) dominate the landscape, is highly recommended. A trip to the highly impressive district of Lake Toba brings you into a landscape that is so “surreal” that it will stay with you for a long time after you have taken up your daily routine back home.
In Papua, nature is at its best and most raw and untouched. In the Timika area – where golfers can play a genuine Jungle course – you’ll also find the Kamoro tribe, known worldwide for its woodcarvings, whereof many artful pieces have found a way into New York’s Metropolitan Museum as well as into the private collections of renowned anthropologists.
In Papua too, the Raja Ampat district north of Sorong is globally recognized as the world’s epicenter of marine biodiversity. From all over the world divers and scientists come to Raja Ampat to explore its unique natural gifts. “Art & Culture” in Papua will surely forever change your perception of golf holidaying.