Indonesia Golf Holidays

Come to our Indonesia Golf Holidays and explore the largest archipelago in the world with a total of 17,508 islands according to the Indonesian Naval Hydro-Oceanographic office. The archipelago is on a crossroads between two oceans, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean, and bridges two continents, Asia and Australia. This position has always influenced the cultural, social, political and economic life of the country.

Golf started in Indonesia as long ago as 1872 and has since been part of the scene for the many foreigners who came to work or settle and is often taken us as the pastime for successful Thai businesspeople. Near Jakarta and dotted around the islands, you can play mouthwatering designs by all the big name designers.

Indonesia Golf Breaks

The Indonesian sea area is about 81% of the total area of the country. The five main islands are Sumatra, the most fertile and densely populated islands, Java/ Madura, Kalimantan, which comprises two-thirds of the island of Borneo, Sulawesi and Papua which is part of the world’s second largest island, New Guinea. Coastal plains have been developed around the islands of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan and Papua. The land area is generally covered by thick tropical rain forests.

The tropical climate is perfect for our Indonesia Golf Breaks and is fairly even all year round. The climate and weather of Indonesia is characterized by two tropical seasons - the rainy and dry seasons. The climate changes every six months. The dry season is June to September and the heaviest rainfalls are usually recorded in December and January.

All this warm and wet weather and glorious backdrops mean some of the most amazing golf courses on the planet. We’ve got a golfing treat lined up for you.

The strategic position of Indonesia and its waterways between the Indian and Pacific Oceans has led to a fascinating history. Evidence of Indonesia’s earliest inhabitants date back some 500,000 years. Major migration began about 3000 years ago as the Dongson Culture of Vietnam and southern China spread south, bringing with them new Stone, Bronze and Iron Age cultures as well as the Austronesian language. Their techniques of irrigated rice cultivation are still practiced throughout Indonesia today.

Indonesia came under the influence of a mighty Indian civilization in the first century AD, when great Hindu and Buddhist empires were beginning to emerge. By the 7th-Century, the powerful Buddhist Kingdom of Sriwijaya was on the rise, and it is thought that during this period the spectacular Borobudur Buddhist temple was built in Central Java. The 13th-Century saw the dominance of the fabulous Majapahit Hindu Empire in East Java, which united the whole of modern-day Indonesia and parts of the Malay Peninsula, ruling for two centuries.

Arab traders and merchants laid the foundations for the gradual spread of Islam to the region, which did not replace Hinduism and Buddhism as the dominant religion until the end of the 16th century. A series of small Muslim kingdoms sprouted up and spread their roots, but none anticipated the strength and persistence of European invasions which followed. In 1292, Marco Polo became one of the first Europeans to set foot on the Islands, but it wasn’t until much later that the Portuguese arrived in pursuit of spices. By 1509 the Portuguese had established trading posts and their fortified bases allowed them to control strategic trade routes from Malacca to Macau, Goa, Mozambique and Angola.

Inspired by the success of the Portuguese, the Dutch followed at the turn of the soon after. They ousted the Portuguese from some of the easternmost islands, coming into conflict with another major European power, Spain, which had focused its colonial interests in Manila. The Dutch expanded their control of the entire area throughout the 17th- and 18th-Centuries. The Dutch East Indies, as it was known at this time, fell under British rule for a short period during the Napoleonic Wars of 1811-1816. While under British control the Lieutenant. Governor for Java and its dependencies was Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, who became known for his liberal attitude towards the people. With the return of the Dutch in 1816, a period of relative peace was interrupted by a series of long and bloody wars launched by the local people against the Dutch colonial government.

100 years ago, upper- and middle-class Indonesians, who had reicieved education and contact with Western culture rose up against the Dutch only for the Japanese to take over during WWII.  Indonesia was finally recognised as independent by the UN in 1949 – so a multi-national history and culture for one of the youngest constitutions.

Despite their proximity, the main islands have differing fauna, flora and animals. Some scientists have attributed the phenomenon to three faunal lines: "The Malay Archipelago" an Oriental ecological area and an Australian ecological area.  The result is that the look and experience on each island is very diverse, so much so that the Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation has adopted a national strategy on natural conservation whereby the entire ecosystem is conserved…So, for example, the orangutan has their islands and the Komodo dragon has theirs.

Flora in Indonesia is no less than fabulous. The forest soil is rich in humus which enables the luxuriant growth of a multitude of fungi, exotic plants and hardwood and more unusual trees. About 6,000 species of plants are known to be used directly or indirectly by the people. A striking example in this modern time is the use of plants in the production of traditional herbal medicine or "Jamu". Flowers are indispensable in ceremonial, customary and traditional rites.

For food, fish, shellfish, coconut and rice are in abundance. Cooking is spicy and usually grilled. Fruit is available throughout the year. All this straight from the sea, rivers or orchards.

Life is graceful throughout Indonesia. From court and temple dances to charming folk dances and boisterous play, the performing arts of Indonesia offer an astounding range of types and styles for the visitor.

Theatres, music, puppetry, dance and drama are very often intertwined. A traditional performance can last from dusk till dawn, but shorter versions catering to a western sensibility are available in many cities.

The crafts of Indonesia vary in both medium and style. As a whole the people are artistic by nature and express themselves with canvas and paint, wood, metal, clay and stone. Indonesian artists create some of the finest wood-carvings to be found anywhere in the world. Paintings of an infinite variety, both traditional and contemporary, are to be found all over the country.

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