• Overview

    All of our golf tours are as much about group camaraderie as they are about playing superb golf courses. We want to embark on an adventure of discovery together, be it the culture of Vietnam, the cuisine, the nightlife, meeting the locals, as well as playing fascinating golf courses in a different corner of the world.

    We want to create memories that will last a lifetime. And Vietnam is the perfect destination to do just that.

    See the Itinerary below for all the details.

    Barney Puttick

  • Itinerary

    Saturday 14th November               Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

    ~ Arrive Saigon Airport, Vietnam

    ~ Meet & Greet with local representative

    ~ Transfer to Hotel des Arts Saigon

    ~ Meet with Barney for and introduction to the tour

    Please book your international flights into Saigon Airport, where you will then be met by our local representative and transferred to the Hôtel des Arts Saigon.  Combining the classical charm of ‘Indochine Française’ with a sense of timeless chic that only MGallery can provide, the Hôtel des Arts Saigon exudes style and local character.  With high class bedrooms and facilities, the hotel provides us with the perfect base with which to commence the Vietnam Golf Tour.

    Overnight – Hotel des Arts Saigon (5 Star)

    Sunday 15th November                  Long Thanh Golf Club        

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes Long Thanh Golf Club

    Firstly, may I say that we have requested a lunchtime tee-time start, to enable the jet lag to be conquered.  And our first round takes us to Long Thanh Golf Club, which is constructed on a plateau, offering a superb panoramic view in every direction.  The course features rolling fairways, subtly undulating greens, winding through a palm plantation and some artificial lakes and waterfalls. Using Paspalum green in every green and fairway, the course provides the opportunity for accurate shots.  A super opening course for the tour.

    Overnight – Hotel des Arts Saigon (5 Star)

    Monday 16th November                 Tan Son Nhat Golf Course

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes Tan Son Nhat Golf Course

    Our second round takes place at Tan Son Nhat Golf Course, which is located 4 kilometres from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  Built across 156 hectares, the 36-hole Tan Son Nhat Golf Course borders the Tan Son Nhat Airport, the busiest in Vietnam.  Nelson & Haworth Golf Course Architects designed the course out of the surrounding flattish land.  Significant earth mounding, many water hazards, large bunkers, and undulating greens characterize every hole.  Paspalum turf is used on the tees, fairway, rough, and the greens ensure top year-round playing conditions.  The Saigon golf course is a modern city layout, and Vietnam’s most populated city’s skyline is viewable from practically every hole.

    Overnight – Hotel des Arts Saigon (5 Star)

    Tuesday 17th November      Full Day Cu Chi Tunnels & Saigon City Tour

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Private full day Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon City Tour with lunch

    It’s a cultural day today and we will head two hours north west of Saigon to the Cu Chi tunnels, passing through urbanized areas and a typically lush southern Vietnamese countryside.  The tunnel complex was dug in 1948 for the guerrillas to hide from French air and ground sweeps.  It was also served as communication routes and food and weapon caches as well as hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters throughout the American war. We will visit the underground villages to better understand the tunnels’ history, life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese’s resilience during the combats. Returning to Saigon in the afternoon, we will then embark on a city tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, a stunningly massive red-brick edifice with twin spires, a clear reminder that the French once ruled this city; the Central Post Office influenced by Renaissance architecture; and the former Presidential Palace, headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war. If time permits, we will also visit the Ben Thanh Market before being driven back to the hotel.

    Overnight – Hotel des Arts Saigon (5 Star)

    Wednesday 18th November           Twin Doves Golf Club                     

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes Twin Doves Golf Club

    We are back on the fairways today and playing the Twin Doves Golf Club, a 27-hole International Standard Championship Members Course.  Located little over an hour from Saigon, the Twin Doves parkland course is broken into three nines named Luna, Mare, and Sole.  The course boasts one of the best-conditioned layouts in the region, making excellent use of its rich long-grassland landscape.

    Overnight – Hotel des Arts Saigon (5 Star)

    Thursday 19th November               Saigon – Da Nang     

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Check out of the hotel

    ~ Transfer to Saigon Airport

    ~ Fly to Da Nang

    ~ Transfer to Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort, Da Nang

    Our Saigon experience draws to a close and we head to the east coast of the Country and Da Nang.  Our hotel whilst in Da Nang is the 5-star Pullman Danang Beach Resort, which sits directly on My An Beach. This beachfront property is only 5 minutes from downtown Da Nang, 15 minutes from the Da Nang Airport, and 30 minutes from Hoi An.  The hotel features modern contemporary bedrooms with modern with light colours and wood accents, a long pool corridor, day spa, and health club.

    Overnight – Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort (5 Star)

    Friday 20th November                    Bà Nà Hills Golf Club

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes Ba Na Hills Golf Club

    We have a real golfing treat today.  Bà Nà Hills is the first course designed by Luke Donald, and from its opening in 2016, it has been considered among the best links courses in Vietnam, and indeed, on the continent. The IMG-managed, par 72, 18-hole course was awarded WGA’s Best New Course of 2016, followed by both Best in Vietnam and Best in Asia, in 2017, and again in 2018. The course features somewhat more than the average number of water holes, and a great variety and playing length in five sets of tees.

    Overnight – Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort (5 Star)

    Saturday 21st November                Montgomerie Links Vietnam

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes Montgomerie Links Vietnam

    And another superb course to enjoy today too!  Since Vietnam Golf Magazine voted Colin Montgomerie’s Championship Links course as top in its category for 2013, it has been no stranger to yearly accolades and high praises. Located just off Da Nang Beach, the course is abundant with wind-blown dunes, native flora, well-placed bunkers, expansive undulating greens and closely mown chipping areas. One of the top ten most elite courses in Asia, according to Forbes Travel Guide, Montgomerie Links offers something for everyone, whether amateur or professional.

    Overnight – Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort (5 Star)

    Sunday 22nd November                  Full Day My Son & Hoi An Tour

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Private full day My Son and Hoi An Tour with lunch

    We are back on the cultural trail today with a fascinating trip to My Son and then Hoi An, the main former trading port for Vietnam.  We depart Da Nang in the morning and to My Son, which is 50km south-west of Da Nang, and the site of the most important Cham intellectual and religious centre, dating back the late 4th century. My Son has only 20 monuments standing today. My Son is considered to be Champa’s counterpart to the grand cities of South-East Asia’s other Indian influenced civilizations such as Angkor (Cambodia), Bagan (Myanmar), Ayuthaya (Thailand) and Borobudur (Java).  In the afternoon on the way back, we will visit Hoi An for a walking tour of this vibrant and enchanting ancient town.

    Overnight – Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort (5 Star)

    Monday 23rd November                 Laguna Golf Lang Co          

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes Laguna Golf Lang Co

    Our golf adventure takes us to the Laguna Lang Co Golf Club in central Vietnam today, near Lang Co Bay and a 3-kilometer beach in the Chan May region of Central Vietnam, an area renowned for its pristine coastline, natural scenery and proximity to UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Club is located between the ancient city of Hue 30 kilometres to the North and Da Nang 35 kilometres to the South.  The par-71 golf course was designed by six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo.  The most experienced players and beginners alike enjoy golf at Lang Co.  The course presents a variety of tees for players of all levels measuring 6,958 yards from the championship tees and a friendly 5,263 yards from the front tees.

    Overnight – Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort (5 Star)

    Tuesday 24th November                 Da Nang – Hanoi                 

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Check out of the hotel

    ~ Transfer to Da Nang Airport

    ~ Fly to Hanoi

    ~ Private half day Hanoi Tour

    ~ Transfer to the hotel

    ~ Check in to Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi – MGallery

    We bring the Da Nang leg of the tour to a close and fly north to Hanoi.  Our hotel for our final leg of the tour is the 5-star boutique style, Hotel de l’opera – Mgallery.  The MGallery Collection property is just a 5-minute walk from Hanoi Opera House and located in Hanoi city centre. The bedrooms are excellent, as are the hotel facilities and indeed the cuisine is of the highest order too, with guests enjoying international dishes at the Café Lautrec restaurant and the traditional Vietnamese and French food at the Satine. Colonial styling and excellent location are the highlights of this Hanoi city resort.

    In the afternoon, we will embark on a half-day tour of the city.  With ochre-coloured colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. We will start the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of ‘Uncle Ho’ resides.  Behind the Mausoleum, we will see Ho Chi Minh’s house.  The simple house where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked is made of wood and enjoyed a tranquil setting, with a view of a lotus pond.  Ho Chi Minh’s belongings are on display and you can walk up the steps of his house to see his bedroom.  A short walk from the mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water, it is shaped like a lotus on its stalk.  Inside is a statue of the Goddess of Mercy with its legendary ‘thousand arms and thousand eyes’.  We will then wind our way to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoi culture and ancient Vietnamese architecture.

    Overnight – Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi – Mgallery (5 Star)

    Wednesday 25th November           Van Tri Golf Club

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes Van Tri Golf Club

    Our first Hanoi golfing experience takes us to the Van Tri Golf Club, which is conveniently located 30 minutes from Hanoi city centre and was North Vietnam’s first exclusively private golf estate. The Peter Rousseau designed course presents traditional values and a robust approach that is forever exciting and challenging to play; one that will undoubtedly stand the test of time. Van Tri is visually stunning as the right balance of blending colours, textures, heights, and elements of stone, water, sand, grass, and trees to provide an excellent variety that defines every individual hole.  A mix of holes provide for multiple lines of attack, forced carries, good risk reward for long hitters, and at the same time generous fairways and lay-up areas. The golf course shaping, and conditioning are without a doubt the best in North Vietnam. Full Paspalum playing surfaces ensure proper fairway lies and top putting conditions.

    Overnight – Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi – Mgallery (5 Star)

    Thursday 26th November          Full Day Best of Hanoi Tour          

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Private full day Best of Hanoi with lunch

    A further day to embrace the culture and history of Vietnam.  We will be driven 30 minutes out of the downtown City to the beautiful Museum of Ethnology, where we will enhance our understanding of Vietnam’s diverse culture. From simple daily use objects such as fishing instruments to priced items such as jewellery, the Museum is dedicated to display valuable information about the cultural heritages of the diverse communities.  If time allows, we will also visit the Hoa Lo prison (the ‘Hanoi Hilton’) and learn about the decades preceding its use as a place for holding American POWs.  It was used by the French to imprison Vietnamese patriots. We also visit the Hoan Kiem Lake, located in the very centre of the city and also known as Lake of the Restored Sword from the legend that surrounds it.  Hoan Kiem Lake was already considered the most beautiful lake in Hanoi when Ngoc Son Temple was built on an island.  The temple was called Ngoc Son Pagoda and was renamed Ngoc Son Temple since temples were dedicated to the scholar Van Suong who was considered to be one of the brightest stars in Vietnam’s literary and intellectual circles and the National hero Tran Hung Dao who defeated the Mongols in the 13th century.  Ngoc Son Temple is reached via wooden The Huc (Where rays of morning sunshine touch) Bridge, which was constructed in 1885.  We will then enjoy a walking tour through the old quarter to enjoy the bustling local life.  This densely populated corner of the city was once a centre of commerce where goods were sold under the street name of a particular guild. Still a thriving community of sellers today, we will see street names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street. Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with stores in this souvenir hunter’s paradise!  

    Overnight – Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi – Mgallery (5 Star)

    Friday 27th November    BRG Kings Island Golf Resort – MountainView Course

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes BRG Kings Island Golf Resort – Mountain View Course

    Our final round of golf takes us to the BRG Kings Island Golf Resort, a 54-hole golf resort in the outskirts of Hanoi.  The golf resort lies on the shores of the Dong Mo reservoir 36 kilometres from Hanoi.  The Mountainview course plays in the interior of Kings Island.  Designed in 2004 by Pacific Coast Design from Australia, holes at Mountainview take full advantage of the scenery of the surrounding mountains and the nearby authentic Vietnam ethnic village.  All 18 holes play through hardwood forests and jungle land. The par-72 layout stretches to over 7,000 yards from the back tees and is suitable for international competitions. Putting surface are planted with Novotec Bermuda grass that stays green year-round, even in the cooler damp weather of Hanoi. The Mountainview course is one of the best parkland courses in the North of Vietnam.

    Overnight – Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi – Mgallery (5 Star)

    Saturday 28th November               Departure

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Check out of the hotel

    ~ Transfer to Hanoi Airport

    ~ Departures

    And so it must come to an end; yi, yi, yi, yi.  Once you have experienced Asia, the quest must continue, as the peoples and cultures of south-east Asia are so utterly fascinating and welcoming.  But it is time for home and to reflect on what we hope will a trip that will live long in the memory.  They’ll be another tour soon!

     

  • Booking Procedure

    To book a place or places on any of the David Short Golf events, please just use the Enquire Now button and complete the Online Enquiry form.

    Iain and his team will then book your place(s) and send your confirmation details within 24 hours. With the initial confirmation details, will come a request for a deposit, which is £50.00 per person for UK events, £150.00 per person for European overseas events and £250.00 per person for longer haul holidays.

    Two months prior to the commencement of each event, you will be sent an invoice for the balance of your booking, with an acknowledgement of the payment once received. Two weeks prior to commencement of the event itself, you will be sent a Travel Pack, which will include the contact details for David or Barney, the transport arrangements where applicable, the itinerary for the event, contact details for the accommodation, as well as the names of the other members attending the event.

    David or Barney will then meet you on the day of arrival.

    Please feel free to contact Iain at any time with any queries or amendments that you may have.

Price Per Person

Price Per Golfer:
£4,375.00

Price Per Non Golfer:
£tba

Single Room Supplement(per night):
£60.00

Notes on the Prices:

Price includes:

– Services of your Tour Host, Barney Puttick

– Daily transfers

– Accommodations

– Daily breakfast

– 8 x rounds of golf with buggies and caddy fees included

– 4 x private sightseeing tours by English speaking guide

– Drinking water bottles (Per Person / Per Day)

– English-speaking tour guide throughout the trip


Price Excludes:

– International and domestic airfares (see flight section below)

– Expenses of any personal nature

– Services other than those specified

– Internal Flights:

The cost of the internal flights will be quoted as a separate supplementary cost depending upon each client’s individual requirements.  You should be able to book them as part of your international flight arrangements, which is likely to provide the best value for money, although if you do this, please liaise with Iain as to which internal flights to book on the 19th and 24th November.  Alternatively, we will liaise with each client individually and then working with our associate travel agent, Select World Travel, we can make the appropriate international and internal flight arrangements for you.

The internal flights that need to be booked are as follows:

Thu 19th Nov:          Saigon to Da Nang

Tue 24th Nov:          Da Nang to Hanoi