The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
GOLF & LEISURE 163 A FEW HOT ROUNDS INDONESIA MIGHT BE OFF THE USUAL ASIAN GOLF BEAT BUT ITS COURSES ARE MORE AFFORDABLE THAN MOST IN THE REGION AND MANY ARE UP THERE WITH THE BEST. WORDS Peter Lampp E ver fancied playing golf on the side of a live volcano? And no, I don’t mean at the Waimarino Golf Club below Mt Ruapehu. Instead, get yourself to Indonesia and fly across Java to the sultanate of Yogyakarta and play Merapi Golf, rated one of the world’s most dangerous golf courses. The reason? Well, puffing away above it is the 2,911-metre-high Gunung Merapi, the most active of the 127 live volcanoes in Indonesia and part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. When Merapi last blew its stack in 2010, 353 people died, twice as many as perished in the Tangiwai disaster below Ruapehu in 1953. The Merapi golf course was covered in ash during the 2010 eruption, although it escaped the killer lava flows. The devastation could be seen from outer space. About 28km away is the famous Borobudur temple (which was also covered in ash in 2010).
The Cut - Spring 2016