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The Best of South Africa 2018 ~ Golf, Safari, Cape Town, the Winelands & Garden Route

The Best of South Africa 2018 ~
Golf, Safari, Cape Town, the Winelands & Garden Route

9 Nights | 9 Courses including Royal Melbourne, New South Wales, Kingston Heath, Cape Wickham, Barnbougle & Lost Farm

Party of 16 | January 31– February 9

For a variety of very positive reasons, golf in Australia has a better seat than ever in the premier league.  I visited Australia and Tasmania the past two February’s and can say without hesitation that an Australian golf trip is one of the game's top three international destinations along with the British... Read More.

Isles and South Africa. I understand how the Old Course or Ballybunion or Royal Birkdale would come first, but once you’ve been to the UK, and you know how much you like links golf, you will find this is such a solid trip.

Sydney and Melbourne’s Sandbelt are home to three Dr. Alister MacKenzie classics; Royal Melbourne’s West Course (World #12 by GOLF Magazine)New South Wales (#37) and Kingston Heath (#28) all of which we’ll play along with three striking newcomers including Tasmania’s Barnbougle Dunes (#36) by Tom Doak and Barnbougle Lost Farm (#85) by Crenshaw & Coore. The baby of the bunch is on King Island in the Bass Strait where you’ll find one of the world’s most dramatic and remote seaside locations and two of the most acclaimed new courses to open in years – Ocean Dunesand Cape Wickham – ranked by Golf Digest just three months after it opened in 2015 as world 24.

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Itinerary in Brief
January 31 - February 9
Jan 31 Melbourne Arrive
Feb 1 Tasmania Golf & Sightseeing
Feb 2 Tasmania Golf & Sightseeing
Feb 3 Melbourne Golf & Sightseeing
Feb 4 Melbourne Golf & Sightseeing
Feb 5 Melbourne Golf & Sightseeing
Feb 6 Melbourne Golf & Sightseeing
Feb 7 Sydney Golf & Sightseeing
Feb 8 Sydney Golf & Sightseeing
Feb 9 Sydney Depart



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CUSTOM TOURS

Custom golf tours are available for Australia and New Zealand including the example(s) below which you can price entirely online using our exclusive online trip calculator. Of course, we always welcome the opportunity to assist you personally at 800.344.5257 or Information@PerryGolf.com.

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ESCORTED TOURS

2018 The Best Golf of Australia ~ Sydney, Melbourne & Tasmania
9 Nights | 9 Rounds | January 31 – February 9
 
2018 The Best of New Zealand 2018 ~ Taupo, Napier and Queenstown
13 Nights | 7 Rounds | November 5-18
 
CRUISES

2018 New Zealand & Sydney Golf Cruise
13 Nights from Auckland to Sydney on Azamara Journey | 5-6 Rounds | February 22 - March 7

POST-CRUISE OPTION ~ Sydney with Golf at New South Wales & The Lakes
 
2019 New Zealand & Sydney Golf Cruise
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POST-CRUISE OPTION ~ Sydney with Golf at New South Wales & The Lakes
 

Detailed Itinerary

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31: Melbourne

Welcome to Australia. On arrival at Melbourne Airport, arrange your transfer to The Langham Melbourne Hotel (30 mins). Relax today and enjoy the sights of Melbourne.

Welcome cocktail party & dinner this evening.

Overnight: The Langham, Melbourne.  King River Room with breakfast included.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1: TASMANIA

This morning fly to Tasmania via private charter.

Today play Lost Farm (morning). Located next to Barnbougle Dunes on the northeast coast of Tasmania, this Coore & Crenshaw design opened in December of 2010 with a seaside setting like its neighbor routed among heaving dunes. But that's where the similarities end. The sand dunes at Lost Farm are steeper than those of Barnbougle Dunes and the layout offers more diversity highlighted by the 480 yard, par-4 5th which features a dune side green overlooking the river that separates the two courses and a fairway that twists around the dune and behind it.  Finally, your round at Lost Farm features 20 holes vs 18 at Dunes. It is ranked World #85 by Golf Magazine.

Overnight: Barnbougle Lost Farm with breakfast included

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2: TASMANIA

Today play Barnbougle Dunes (morning). The creation of a small group of dreaming golfers who saw the potential to build the most amazing golf course on the small island of Tasmania a short jump from the mainland of Australia. The golf course meanders through towering dunes and along the beach, where the roar of the ocean and a salty breeze will embrace golfers, plotting their way around one of the world's most natural golf courses. It is ranked World #36 by Golf Magazine.

[VIDEO]: Par 3 7th “Tom’s Little Devil” at Barnbougle Dunes

Overnight: Barnbougle Lost Farm with breakfast included

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3: MELBOURNE

This morning fly to King Island via private charter.

Today play Cape Wickham (late morning). The course is situated on King Island, Tasmania, bang in the middle of Bass Strait.  This brand new masterpiece opened in October of 2015 after  more than two years of construction.  It was designed by Mike DeVries with assistance from Planet Golf's Darius Oliver. The unique location obviously lends itself to some spectacular views but the design team have made sure that they optimize the use of the landscape. Sitting alongside Australia's tallest lighthouse, the course features eight holes running adjacent to the coastline – the 11th is almost in Bass Strait! – with all holes enjoying spectacular views of the ocean.

[VIDEO]: Cape Wickham Links

This afternoon play Ocean Dunes (9 holes). Ocean Dunes is destined to join the list of 'must go' golf destinations for the travelling golfer, covering 285 acres incorporating rolling dunes and unsurpassed views along 2km of majestic coastline on land made for golf. Two spectacular signature par threes crossing the surging ocean are sure to delight, but with so many 360 degree ocean views from nearly every hole you will certainly never forget Ocean Dunes, King Island.

Following golf return to Melbourne via private charter.

Overnight: The Langham, Melbourne. King River Room with breakfast included.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4: MELBOURNE

Journey to golf course (30mins).

Today play Metropolitan (early afternoon).   Perhaps one of the most underrated courses in Victoria, this course and Royal Melbourne were one in the same until 1901 when part of the membership favored a move to the southern sandhills while the other preferred their inner city home. The new club was formed in 1908; tournament play began in 1930 after a series of Dr. Alister MacKenzie’s modifications. Seven Australian Opens later, along with five Australia PGAs plus a host of professional events including the World Golf Match Play Championship have defined Metropolitan as one of the best. You’ll notice here how the bunkers are cut into the greens which requires a hand finishing you won’t find on a handful of courses anywhere in the world.

Overnight: The Langham, Melbourne.  King River Room with breakfast included.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5: MELBOURNE

Journey to golf course (45mins).

Today play Royal Melbourne West Course (early afternoon). Continually rated as the #1 golf course in Australia, and has been as high as #5 in the world. Currently it is ranked World #12 by Golf Magazine and is the most recognized golf course on the world famous Melbourne Sandbelt. The site remains one of the finest ever found in the world of golf, full of dramatic undulation with fertile sandy soil and a natural rugged appearance. Designed by Dr Alister Mackenzie, the bunkering is spectacular while the rough areas around the tees and bunkers are a mix of native grasses which beautifully and naturally frame each hole, providing great definition and contrast without distracting from the strategy. The greens provide the finest putting surfaces in Australia. Large and beautifully contoured, they are built to accommodate approaches from a number of angles with each progressively more difficult the further the tee shot strays from the ideal line.

Overnight: The Langham, Melbourne.  King River Room with breakfast included.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6: MELBOURNE

Journey to golf course (30 mins)

Today play Kingston Heath (morning).  There are seven solid clubs in Melbourne’s Sandbelt, Kingston Heath has a lot of people convinced that it’s the best because its “pure” 18 trumps Royal Melbourne’s composite 18. We’re playing both but wonderfully arguable!  Dr. MacKenzie’s hand here was designing the bunkers which are essentially ground sculptures and regularly unavoidable.  There are ever present.  Overall design credit goes to Dan Soutar from Sydney who was charged to design a course that would “stand the test of time” according to the consult of J.H. Taylor and Harry Vardon who had seen the future of the game with the advent of the rubber-cored ball. It is currently ranked World #28 by Golf Magazine and hosted the 2016 World Cup of Golf.

Overnight: The Langham, Melbourne.  King River Room with breakfast included.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7: SYDNEY

Journey to golf course (30 mins).

Today play Victoria Golf Club (morning). Acclaimed by many golfers the world over for it's fine hospitality, Victoria is steeped in tradition and the site of many major tournaments. Always a joy to play with gently contoured fairways that flow through avenues of magnificent trees, it is designed to challenge both the amateur and professional golfer. Certainly a traditional style course of great quality and variety. Peter Thomson was several of many notable members to start their careers here. The course had 3 designers, amongst them, Dr. Alister MacKenzie, and is rated in Australia's top 10. It has hosted a number of major tournaments including the 2010 - 2011 Australian Masters, 2002 Australian Open, multiple Victorian Opens and other National tournaments.

This afternoon fly from Melbourne to Sydney (economy scheduled flight included).

Overnight: The Langham, Sydney. Harbour King Room with breakfast included.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8: SYDNEY

Journey to golf course (25mins).

Today play New South Wales (early afternoon). Designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie (whose next project happened to be Cypress Point), this course is one of the greats ranked #5 in Australia and #37 in the world.  Opened in 1928 and situated on the rugged cliffs of La Perouse, it overlooks Botany Bay at the site of Captain James Cook's 1770 landing.  The layout is framed by water on three sides and has many characteristics of links golf – undulating fairways, spectacular views and complete exposure to the elements.  NSW’s four par 3s are considered by many to be the finest collection in the country.  No. 6 at 202 yards stands out as one of the game’s great “ocean carry” par 3s not unlike No. 16 at Cypress.

Farewell cocktail party & dinner this evening.

Overnight: The Langham, Sydney.  Harbour King Room with breakfast included.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9: SYDNEY

Depart Australia from Sydney Airport. You will cross the International Date Line and arrive in the US on the same date as departing Australia.

Golf Schedule

Thai Country Club: Bangkok, ThailandThai Country Club

Thai Country Club, a prestigious member’s course and generally considered to the best in Bangkok. Thai County played host to the 1997 Asian Honda Classic won by Tiger Woods and continues to host yearly professional events. Its immaculate presentation and conditioning, coupled with a very strong palm-lined layout, ensures Thai Country Club is regularly voted in Asia’s top 5.

Nikanti Golf Club: Bangkok, ThailandNikanti Golf Club

Nikanti Golf Club is one of Asia’s most impressive and innovative golf experiences. The 18 hole course, constructed on rolling terrain and beautifully maintained, is designed as three loops of six, each loop comprising two par-threes, two par-fours and two par-fives. The club boasts outstanding clubhouse facilities and offers an exceptionally high guest service level and in addition to including cart and caddie fee as is normal in this part of the world, also includes all food and beverage for the day. It should set the tone nicely as your first Asian golf experience!

Phokeethra Country Club: SIEM REAP, CAMBODIAPhokeethra Country Club

Phokeethra Country Club, host of the Cambodian Open and Johnnie Walker Classic, was the first international standard golf course in Siem Reap. A combination of Paspalum grasses are used on both fairways and greens, which gives the golf course its deep green color and insures a high standard of course conditions all year round. Tight fairways and undulating greens give the golf course a distinctive layout and feel.


Angkor Golf Resort: SIEM REAP, CambodiaAngkor Golf Resort

Angkor Golf Resort is considered the finest in Cambodia. Designer Sir Nick Faldo received a blessing from local monks and then opened the golf course in December 2007, his first in Cambodia. The Angkor Golf Resort brings Cambodia squarely onto the international golf destination map.

Montgomerie Links: Da Nang, VietnamMontgomerie Links

Montgomerie Links Vietnam, The Montgomerie Links 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 enjoys a wonderful links feel.

Ba Na Hills Golf Club: Da Nang, VietnamBa Na Hills Golf Club

Ba Na Hills Golf Club is laid out in several valleys of the surrounding mountain ranges and has a diverse mix holes at higher elevation with spectacular views. The front nine holes form a traditional parkland course surrounded by pine forests. The back nine play along and up-and-down the surrounding hills with many blind shots and doglegs. Bunkering at Ba Na Hills is unique with long grass around the edges and face of each hazard.

Da Nang Golf Club: Da Nang, VietnamDa Nang Golf Club

Da Nang 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.

Van Tri Golf Club: Hanoi, VietnamVan Tri Golf Club

Play Van Tri Golf Club North Vietnam’s most exclusive private course. The course is visually stunning as various colors, textures, heights and elements of stone, water, sand, grass and trees to provide a great variety that defines each and every individual hole. Stately pine trees define most holes and small moguls dot the fairways and highlight the sharp-edged green side bunker complexes.

Accommodations

Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa: Bangkok, Thailand

Anantara Riverside Resort & SpaSet on the banks of the grand Chao Phraya River, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa is a thriving oasis offering a unique way to experience the City of Angels. Situated on 11 riverside acres of verdant gardens, this exotic Bangkok resort seamlessly blends the thrill of urban living with the serene charms of tropical luxury. Take in the sunset from the edge of the pier, watching as river life unfolds before your eyes. Indulge in pampering spa treatments set in the tranquil environment of your own private garden. Enjoy unforgettable meals at any of our 10 bars or restaurants, each offering individual delicacies. Discover a new entertainment and lifestyle complex at Asiatique Nightmarket, Bangkok’ s latest landmark for shopping and nightlife.

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa ResortJust 10 minutes away from the famed monuments at Angkor Wat, French colonial elegance sits amidst the meticulously manicured gardens of Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort. Our Siem Reap luxury hotel proudly receives a banquet of awards each and every year. The five-star Angkor hotel’s 238 rooms and suites entreat with serene design reflecting French sophistication and yesteryear refinement. A lavish swimming pool beloved by guests is surrounded by lush and opulent landscaping. Outstanding golf is nearby at Booyoung Country Club and Sir Nick Faldo’s Angkor Golf Resort Golf while all are invited to visit the So Spa with LOccitane for revitalization in private sanctuaries.

Fusion Maia Resort: Da Nang, Vietnam

Fusion Maia Da Nang BeachA stretch of golden sand once known as China Beach on Vietnam’s central coast is home to the Fusion Maia Resort, a unique all-villa resort that dedicates itself to the art of relaxation. This health-conscious luxury property with 87 private-pool accommodation is the first hotel in Asia to include all spa treatments in the room rate. That means perks like deep massages, aromatherapy facials and mud wraps are all part of the rate. Its modern, minimalist Zen design features spacious layouts whose large bathrooms have separate bathtub and rain shower areas. All-day breakfast can be served on the beach or in the spa area. Five restaurants offer Pan-Asian dishes while Fresh serves seafood by the pool. Light refreshments are available at Tonic lounge.

Sofitel Metropole Hotel: Hanoi, Vietnam

Sofitel Metropole HanoiStep back into history at Hanoi’s most storied five-star hotel. A Grand Dame of Southeast Asia, Sofitel Metropole Hanoï welcomes you to experience her colonial grandeur and timeless elegance. Located only steps from the Opera House in Hanoi’s French Quarter, this legendary property brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era. Surround yourself in heritage as you stroll stately corridors and explore a dramatic past. Stand on the walkways that grace its lush courtyard lawn and immerse yourself in the hotels rich traditions. The city’s most famed restaurants and bars call the Hotel Metropole home. Dine on legendary cuisine from the French menus of Le Beaulieu to the sumptuous Italian masterpieces of Angelina to the exotic flavors of Hanoi at Spices Garden.

Indochine Sails: Halong Bay, Vietnam

Indochine Sails StateroomBacked by over twenty years’ experience hosting international guests on the area’s tranquil waters, Indochina Sails sets the standard for luxury cruising in Halong Bay. The first company to offer overnight cruises on the bay, they are now regarded as the number one choice for discerning travelers. Their fleet of six newly built wooden junks are designed in time-honored traditional style, with contemporary and luxurious cabins and facilities. The staterooms are designed and fitted to international standards, featuring a rich wooden decor, with large windows from which to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Halong Bay. The comfortable bedding and luxuriant linens ensure you a restful sleep in style. Large ensuite marble bathrooms feature massage showers and deluxe towels and toiletries. It is simply the best way to experience the natural beauty and spectacular seascape of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Ground Transportation

Your local travel throughout will be provided by a PerryGolf VIP Coach & Concierge Driver.

The VIP Coach is complete with eight individual leather seats including two tables, air conditioning, CD, DVD, PA, radio, two monitors, a large fridge, panoramic views plus generous storage space for luggage and golf equipment.

Your Concierge Driver will accompany you from the time he picks you up at the airport until you are returned. Beyond being professional coach drivers, our drivers will also take care of your golf equipment, they'll assist with check-ins to your hotels and golf courses, will make dinner reservations and sightseeing suggestions. This way you can relax with complete confidence that the logistics of your vacation are in expert hands.

VIDEO of VIP Coach & Concierge Driver

Tour Pricing Per Guest

The Best Golf of Australia Escorted 2018
Party of 16

Standard room – twin occupancy: $10,590.00 per golfer
Upgraded room – twin occupancy: $11,230.00 per golfer
Standard room – single occupancy: $12,390.00 per golfer
Upgrade room – single occupancy: $13,580.00 per golfer

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Tour Inclusions

  • Accommodation in hotels listed with room category and dining basis as detailed in the schedule
  • Green fees for nine rounds (8x 18-holes, 1x 9-holes) of golf as listed in schedule, including forecaddie or cart where available
  • Ground transportation throughout as detailed below
  • On site tour manager throughout
  • Economy class one way flight from Melbourne to Sydney with Virgin Australia
  • Private charter flights from Melbourne to Barnbougle to King Island to Melbourne
  • Welcome & farewell cocktail party and dinner
  • Lunch daily at golf courses
  • Travel pack with useful information on areas visited in your tour
  • Local taxes

Not Included

Airfare to/from Australia | Individual arrival/departure airport transfers | Drinks & any meals other than specified
Personal expenses

Air Services

PerryGolf offers a full service air department to assist in the planning and coordination of airline travel. We encourage you to consider traveling on our Preferred Airline; British Airways which provides an extensive route network to all of our destination cities.

For further details on our air travel services and competitive rates please call 1 800.344.5257 ext 230 or email air@PerryGolf.com

Travel Insurance

PerryGolf strongly recommends that you have luggage, accident and trip cancellation insurance. It is important for your own self-interest and protection that you make certain you have adequate coverage. Check with your insurance company or travel agent. You may learn more about the Allianz Global Assistance Travel Insurance available from PerryGolf by visiting www.PerryGolf.com/pages/protection.shtml.

This Travel Insurance is only available to Citizens or Permanent Residents of the USA (excluding residents of the State of Washington, New York & Texas) or Canada.

Citizens of the State of Washington, may purchase an equivalent coverage directly from Allianz Global Assistance by visiting www.perrygolf.com/waprotection as can Citizens of the State of New York and Texas at www.perrygolf.com/rostates.

Important Information

Changes: After deposits have been received and confirmation has been issued, any changes requested by the client are subject to an administrative fee of $50.00 per change per person in addition to any charges which may be made by suppliers for cancellations. In most cases, changes cannot be made less than 60 days before travel.

Handicap Certificate: Most courses require visitors to be a member of a recognized golf club and to hold official handicaps, with some courses imposing a maximum handicap restriction. PerryGolf endorses this viewpoint and recommends that players travel with a valid handicap certificate from their golf club which they may be required to produce. 

Golf Cart & Caddie Options: No caddies are available for hire in Spain & Portugal. Golf Carts are available at all venues and we recommend carts are booked in advance through your PerryGolf Golf Travel Specialist to guarantee availability. All carts fees are payable locally at each course by card or cash in local currency. If you prefer to walk, either with a pull cart or carrying your own bag then this option exists at most courses but we strongly recommend golf carts for certain courses, where the terrain is unsuitable, and/or walks between tee and green are too extreme. We are happy to assist in our recommendations for carts versus walking.


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