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VIETNAM GOLF TRAIL
The Vietnam Golf Trail begins in the Vietnam capital of Hanoi. After playing the top golf courses in northern Vietnam, the trip makes its way to Danang in Vietnam’s central coast, the newest and best golf destination in Vietnam. The southern leg of the trail includes Saigon the economic capital of Vietnam and the fresh mountain retreat of Dalat

Day 1,  
Welcome to Vietnam! Vietnam is lucky in so far as it possesses tropical year round golf weather, an expansive coastal shore, and temperate central and northern regions. Arrival in Hanoi after being welcomed by our staff you will be transported to your hotel.
After freshening up take a half day ‘Best of Hanoi’ sightseeing tour. Steep yourself in history, tradition, and legend in a capital that has been inhabited continuously for almost a millennium. Visitors often note that the city is quieter, greener, and "cooler" than other Asian big cities. Visit the famous Old Quarter, Museum of Ethnology, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and “Hanoi Hilton” (POW prison). After the tour you will be transported back to your hotel.

Day 2,   (B)
After breakfast at your hotel you will be transported to Kings Island Golf Club, arguably the most scenic course in North Vietnam. The golf resort lies on the shores of the Dong Mo reservoir 36 kilometers from Hanoi. In a uniquely Vietnamese touch, access to the course is by boat. As might be expected, water plays a central role in the course design and comes into play on 13 of the 18 holes. Many of the hidden greens require accurate carries over the lake or swampy terrain. A favorite hole among players of the course is the par five thirteenth, with the tee shot having to clear a gorge. Probably the most extraordinary hole is the fourteenth, the highest point on the course affording a spectacular view of Ba Vi Mountains. After golf you will be transported back to your hotel.
 
Day 3,   (B)
After breakfast at your hotel you will be transported to Tam Dao Golf and Country Club, located high in the mountains which makes for year round comfortable temperatures. The course opened in 2007 and was designed to be the best golf course in Vietnam. Natural land contours and local flora were used to create a visual treat for golfers. The golf course plays through a series of lakes and streams, making it one of the most scenic Hanoi golf courses. Various tee boxes cater for players of all levels and from the tips experienced amateurs and professional golfers will be required to use every club in the bag to score well.

Day 4   (B, L, D)
After breakfast at your hotel you will be transported to Ha Long Bay. In 1991 a scene of the French movie INDOCHINE was filmed on the Bay. The film was about the life of a French woman who lived in Vietnam during the French domination in Indochina from mid-19th to mid-20th century. Ha Long, a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO, attracts around 90% of the visitors coming to Vietnam. It covers 1,500 square kilometers and has nearly 2,000 limestone islands and islets. You will stay one night at board along a luxurious replica 1900’s steamer where all meals are included.

Day 5,   (B)
After breakfast at sea you will debark and be transported to Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club. The Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club features 27 holes of challenging international standard golfing. The golf club opened in late 2003, and is located about half way between Hanoi and Halong Bay. Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club played host to the first professional golf tournament in the north of Vietnam, the 2004 Carlsberg Masters Vietnam at which time the pure beauty of the layout was recognized by both golf professionals and amateurs alike. The golf course is constructed in a valley on rolling forested hills, with several creeks, lakes, and natural water hazards. After golf you will be transported back to Hanoi to your hotel.

Day 6, T  (B)
After breakfast at your hotel you will be transported to Hanoi Airport for short 30 minute domestic flight to Danang. After checking in and freshening up at your hotel you will be transported to the Montgomerie Links Vietnam, Colin Montgomerie’s only Asian creation. The site has an amazing beachscape, which makes the perfect palette for this links style course. Moving boldly over wispy Casuarina pines and sand dunes the Montgomerie Links Vietnam gives you the feeling of being in Scotland without the cold temperatures you find in the British Isles! The golf course takes advantage of its close proximity to the Marble Mountains. In addition to excellent golf course, there is a large contemporary club house. After golf you will transfer back to your hotel.

Day 7,   (B)
After breakfast at your hotel spend half a day exploring Hoi An. Built on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Hoi An used to be a transit maritime port in the 10th century. Parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did in centuries past and the town retains the old world feel. With its narrow streets and quaint mix of architecture, picturesque Hoi An is a favorite with many visitors including the old houses, Chinese Pagodas, and the famous Temple Bridge built in 1593 by the Japanese. Hoi An recognized for its World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, boasts 194 historical sites including 87 pagodas, temples and communal houses, 82 ancient tube-shaped houses, 24 ancient wells and an ancient tiled bridge.
The rest of the day is free to relax at the swimming pool or on swim in the warm waters of the South China Sea. The evening is free for you to enjoy one of Danang’s or Hoi An’s excellent restaurants.

Day 8,  (B)
After breakfast at your hotel you will be transported to the Danang Golf Club. Reminiscent of both Scottish links golf and Carolina sand hills golf, Australia's Great White Shark Greg Norman has created arguably Vietnam’s best course. Built on the sandy loam soil of China Beach, fairways are generous and there is restrained use of water. However shots must be carefully placed to give players a chance to go for the pins on the well bunkered and undulating greens. The fairways are lined and well defined by long needle pines, so miss into the trees and you will be forced to punch off the sand and pine needles along a safe line just to get back into play. More so than other areas of Vietnam, the wind can play be a major factor on the central coast. After golf you will transfer back to your hotel

Day 9,   (B)
After breakfast at your hotel you can relax on the beach or by the swimming pool and enjoy the warm waters of China Beach and the South China Sea. Alternately, an additional round of golf at one of the Danang golf courses can be arranged for those who so desire it at an extra cost.

Day 10,   (B)
After breakfast at your hotel you will be transported to Danang Airport for domestic flight to Saigon. After arrival and being welcomed by our staff and guide you will have a half day ‘Best of Saigon’ tour including the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market for shopping. After the tour you will be transported to your hotel for check-in. Your evening is free to explore Saigon by night on your own.

Day 11,  (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel you will be transported to Vietnam Golf & Country Club. Located just 20 kilometers from Saigon, the course has been carved out of the existing woodland with minimal land movement. The 7,106-yard course features narrow tree-lined fairways, fast smooth greens and hosted the Vietnam Open (Asian PGA Tour Event) in both 1995 and 1997. Challenging tee shots to the tree lined fairways play to the softly contoured Bermuda greens, which provide beautiful putting surfaces all year round. After golf you will be transported back to your hotel.

Day 12,   (B)
After breakfast at your hotel you will travel to Song Be Golf Resort, Vietnam’s first international championship golf course and widely regarded as one of the most challenging layouts in the country. The golf resort was built out of the natural landscape of fruit orchards and coconut palms. The resort style layout features 10 lakes. As Song Be translates as "little river", a tributary of the Mekong, it is unsurprising that water comes into play in eight of the 18 holes. Mature tree lined fairways with undulating greens add to the overall golf course difficulty. A fully equipped and modern club house provides golfers with excellent ocean and sand dune views to enjoy the golf course and facilities after their round. After golf you will be transported back to your hotel.

Day 13,  (B)
After breakfast at your hotel you will be transported to Long Thanh Golf Club. The Long Thanh Golf Club offers golf in the former rice paddies and scenic countryside surrounding Saigon. Excellent year round golf course conditions ensure all golfers have an enjoyable time. Featuring rolling fairways and large undulating greens, with many high lipped bunkers and water hazards on almost every hole to catch errant shots; the Long Thanh Golf Club is the epitome of golf in Vietnam. Fairways are palm and pine tree lined to ensure green conditions throughout both the dray and wetter periods. Fairways and tees are constructed from Paspalum grass and greens use the latest variety of dwarf Bermuda. After golf you will be transported back to your hotel.

Day 14,   (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Dalat by domestic flight. Since the turn of the century, Dalat has been the vacation spot for well-to-do Vietnamese and foreigners due to its weather for its attraction and romance. Dalat is the city of eternal spring; each day in Dalat includes splendid spring in the morning, bright summer at noon, cool in the afternoon and comfortable at night. After arrival and check-in at your hotel you will visit the following sights around Dalat. XUAN HUONG LAKE: this manmade lake is located in the center of Dalat. HANG NGA ART GALLERY: nicknamed the Crazy House by locals, this guesthouse, cafe and art gallery is undeniably unique. FRENCH DISTRICT: a small delightful area for strolling, reminiscent of a provincial town in France. BAO DAI'S SUMMER PALACE a 25 room villa constructed in 1933 and is filled with artifacts from decades and governments past. After the tour, you will return to your hotel for an evening free at your own leisure.

Day 15  (B)
After breakfast at your hotel you will play a round at Indochina’s highest golf course. The Dalat Palace Golf Club is situated 5000 feet above sea level in the temperate highlands and plays downhill to the Xuan Huong Lake. Golfers are reminded of the days when the pursuit of leisure was the norm for the French colonialists. Local Vietnamese staff greets guests with warm, friendly smiles. The course crosses through stately pine trees to oversized and delicately manicured bent grass greens. In fact, due to the cooler climate in the mountains of Dalat the course is the only one in Indochina with bent grass tees, fairways and greens. The large, undulating greens are maintained to impeccable standards and present a good challenge. After golf you will be transported back to your hotel.

Day 16   (B)
After breakfast you will be transported to the Dalat Airport for domestic flight to Saigon and onward connection home.

 

 

 

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