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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:21 pm

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Wao, what a simmering discussion!!! Could I join? Share some golf trip to Vietnam
 
Hi are you a golf operator in VN? Are you able to help in booking for Ho Tram and golf courses in Danang? Are your rates published rates or lower? Thanks. MTee
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:40 pm

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Wilson. Thanks for the help. We did end up paying the club at promotional prices, was cheaper than what we were quoted.
You were right, should not have played at bo chang! traffic was ridiculous!!! and the course was in pretty bad shape.
Long Thanh is a very nice course, with pretty decent caddies.
I should have asked for help earlier on, and gone with the agent to book everything hassle free.

Long Thanh is nice. One of the nicer courses in HCMC i have played. Hoping to get back there soon to play the hill course.

The club with the best caddies I have encountered here in HCMC so far is Vietnam Golf & Country Club. Many single handicap caddies.

Agreed...  vietnam golf n cc has best caddie.
Long thanh caddie has laser gun measuring distance and its course has nice layout and easy to play.
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:06 am

teegem wrote:
golftour365 wrote:
Wao, what a simmering discussion!!! Could I join? Share some golf trip to Vietnam
 
Hi are you a golf operator in VN? Are you able to help in booking for Ho Tram and golf courses in Danang? Are your rates published rates or lower? Thanks. MTee

IF you plan to go to Ho Tram just for golf, I would not recommend it. Reason being it:

1. They only 14 flights per day. 7 in the morning, 7 in the afternoon.

2. 1/2 hr between each tee off time.

3. They reserve 3 flights for "VIPs" and open 4 flights out to the public.

4. Due to the fact that they are trying to be an "exclusive" golf course, many people have boycotted the place. And since there is not enough revenue and the casino is losing money, maintenance and upkeep of the golf course is going down.

5. If I recall I think it is like USD$150 per person for weekday.

6. There is NOTHING to do there at night. unless you are really into gambling.

7. IF you really want to play, leave in the morning take the 2 hour drive up, play there and come back to HCMC in the evening.

I would suggest to play in Danang. 

1. Silkair fly direct to Danang.
2. Has 2 golf courses about 20mins drive away from the city centre and are actually located next to each other.

3. 1 course is Montgomerie Links, the other is Danang Golf. Both links style course and very very beautiful to play. 

 http://www.montgomerielinks.com/
 http://www.dananggolfclub.com/

4. Go to the website and there are promotions if you stay at certain hotel brands that have a partnership with the Golf Course.

5. There is also another course which is on the "border" of Danang and Hue called Laguna Lang Co owned and operated by the Banyan Tree group. this one is about 1.5 - 2 hrs drive from Danang City.
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:01 am

Couldn't agree more with Winston. 

Danang the place to go. For good golfing experience and relaxation by the beach or villa.
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:17 pm

Played at Song Be Golf Resort yesterday. The maintenance of the golf course is going down the drain. Especially for the Palm Course. All tee boxes are covered in sand due to bad drainage and also not flat, greens are uneven due to bad coring, pitch & spike marks not repaired.

Suggest to avoid it. If have no other choice, play Lotus & Dessert.
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:26 am

Hi Winston, just read all the messages here and now know you are a veteran of HCMC. I am bringing 2 flights of golfers to HCMC golf from 1st-6th Dec. Playing Vietnam GCC, Long Thanh and Jeongsan golf CC. Any inputs of these 3 courses? Also will be staying in Sophia hotel at District 1.
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:05 am

VGCC has 2 x 18 holes. East & West course. Both are matured courses with interesting course designs.

Long Thanh has 2 x 18 holes. Lake and Hill. Both are matured. Lake is relatively flat compared to Hill. Nice course.

Jeongsan is young course. Transport is a hassle as there is limited ferry rides to & Fro unless you book your own ferry / boat which can suit your timing. Driving there is not worth the time. Due to the fact that is the youngest course in HCMC, staff are very inexperienced.
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:34 am

Thanks Winston.Anyway my staff there is a non golfer and just want to verify with your expertise to make sure those courses recommended by the tour agents is not short changes. By the way, you know of any golf fitting shop or person there? My friend want to look for an interest agent there to sell Japan brand golf equipments and supplies. Pl pm his name and contact number. My number is 94573078, James.
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:37 pm

I just returned from my virgin trip to Vietnam playing Song Be, Long Thang and VG CC.  Deeply love Long Thang and VGCC, though i must say Song Be also not too bad.  

Quite impressed with Long Thang caddie having individual range finders to provide distance to green.
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:58 pm

Thank you Marverick of your input. We will be there for Vietnam GCc, Long Thanh Hill course and Jeongsan GCC.
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:54 pm

Bear in mind that they uses Yards instead of metres as compared to Singapore golf course. So don't be surprised when your irons suddenly appear to hit further. 

Enjoy the golf there.  Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:00 pm

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Thanks Winston.Anyway my staff there is a non golfer and just want to verify with your expertise to make sure those courses recommended by the tour agents is not short changes. By the way, you know of any golf fitting shop or person there? My friend want to look for an interest agent there to sell Japan brand golf equipments and supplies. Pl  pm his name and contact number. My number is 94573078, James.

Sorry, cant help you on that. Most of the shops I go to are just to buy tees and gloves and socks. Thats about it...
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:02 pm

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I just returned from my virgin trip to Vietnam playing Song Be, Long Thang and VG CC.  Deeply love Long Thang and VGCC, though i must say Song Be also not too bad.  

Quite impressed with Long Thang caddie having individual range finders to provide distance to green.
 Twin doves caddies also use range finders. For some apparent reason, the course designer did not put distance markers along the fairways.

As for meters / yards, just tell the caddy how you prefer the distance to be given, most will be able to convert for you.
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:18 pm

Next golf trip to Laos. Minimum 2 flights to enjoy special rate for 4 days 3 nights 3 rounds of beautiful golf courses. Schedule late Nov or mid Dec. Interest pls pm me. Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Thu Nov 06, 2014 12:40 pm

Hi 
how's weather in hcmc end Dec? 
Is it dry season for golf?
Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:06 pm

Its the raining season here. Same as Singapore. Only difference is that it gets really nice and cool if you tee off in the mornings. Tendency is for it to rain heavy in the afternoon and light drizzle throughout the day. I personally play more n the mornings during this time of the year.
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:34 pm

Thanks for the input Winston. Are you reside in HCMC?
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:48 pm

Yes I am
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:43 pm

It's hot weather now, very very hot.....in Ho chi minh and cool cool weather in Hanoi ..
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:40 am

Hi Newbie here

Had not search through the whole posting to look for comment for Kings Island and Sky lake in Hanoi. Any comment to share?
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:26 pm

I have never played before but i heard they are all nice and good courses ..
skylake is korean owned , 36 holes 
kings island is 36 holes .
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:21 pm

Thanks. Planning for a trip with wife and another few kakis. Don't want to go there and find it too challenging. All high handicaps.
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:22 pm

Bty is it good timing to go in end Jan to Hanoi?
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:43 pm

Hanoi ranges 17-21 degrees  now .. by end jan it could be much lower, in my opinion it could be too cold for golf,, i once played 15 degree golf at zhong san china and if there is wind , shivering would be the order of the day . But if you want to go, why not ?
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PostSubject: Re: My golfing adventures in Vietnam   Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:14 pm

Thanks for the info Bro ozzy888. This is something I had to go experience it myself. Laughing
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