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There is a welcome mood about Merapi Golf Course, from its cool highlands calm to Clubhouse with its soarina, joglo-style roof. From some holes, country surrounding course reveals itself: cattle and their sun shaded keepers wondering by from nearby Canakringan village. But it's Merapi —12 kilometers to summit from clubhouse — that makes manicured Piers Thompson-designed course a marvel to play. Several holes offer stilling views, including #4, with its wide-angle vista to south face and western flanks falling toward Muntilan.
Jetsetters Magazine Golf MallThe 17th gets you as close as your want without going walkabout. From there, you can see rise and fading of forest along Merapi's southeast slope. On an active day, Merapi smoke colors clouds that cling to it like supplicants to royalty. Look closely, and you may see silhouette of Parangtritis, jagged cliffs hiding black sand dunes that give way to Indian Ocean. Golf never looked so good.
OTHER AMAN GOLF COURSES
Duffer DVDsSwing for peaks that ring Jackson Hole's two 18-hole courses. Locals say light mountain air makes ball travel 10 percent farther.
On Phuket five courses make southern Thai island a holiday haven for golfers. The most prestigious, Blue Canyon Country Club is restricted to members. Happily, Amanpuri's corporate membership gives guests privileged access to one of Asia's finest courses.
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By Lise Lacasse, Jetsetters Magazine Correspondent. Read Jetsetters Magazine at www.jetsettersmagazine.com
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