We are very excited about our range of tours and holidays that will be on offer for 2020. We are launching tours to a handful of brand new destinations, plus we have our annual ever-popular tours and holidays. We are still finalising pricing on a number of tours, as some rates for 2020 have not been published yet.
For those of you who would like to get away for some great golf in exotic locations, then why not join us for ourThailand Golf Tour?Based over two centres, one by the ocean at Hua Hin, the other at Chiang Mai in the North, you will be able to kick back after golf by the pool, or pop out to the local markets on the way to dinner at a local seafood restaurant perhaps. The Black Mountain course, just outside Hua Hin is a regular venue for the European Tour. Travelling in March, the temperatures will be very pleasant there. We are delighted to launch ourJapan Golf Tour. Japan is culturally very different from us, but on my visit there this year, I found the people to be very welcoming and the country a great experience to enjoy. We start the tour in Kobe, the Prefecture where the first golf course was established in Japan, before moving onto Kyoto. We take a high speed bullet train down to Hiroshima for the day to see the aftereffects of the atomic bomb being dropped at the end of World War Two. We then move on up to Kawana closer to Tokyo, to play the top public course in Japan, with great views of Mt Fiji. Our final stop is in the centre of Tokyo, with time given to shop and experience this famous city. All this whilst experiencing the Japanese way of life, their food, traditions and rituals of bathing! It's shaping up to be a great tour!
Our very successfulChina Golf Touris running again this year in May. With visits to see the Giant Pandas, the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors, plus playing at Mission Hills, the largest Golf Club in the world, it ticks a number of 'bucket list' boxes! In June, ourKenya Golf Touris poised to introduce you to the original Safari destination, along with some lovely British colonial golf clubs around the country. The tour finishes with an unwinding few days by the shores of the idyllic Indian Ocean before heading back to Nairobi to fly home. As mentioned above, we will be running ourCanadian Rockies Golf Touragain. The tour is a spectacular one - one comment made from someone who has been on a number of golf tours was that this tour probably had the best combination of golf courses he had ever seen on a tour! High praise indeed. Pricing is still being finalised, but it will be up on the website in the next week or so.
Hello again! Marian & I have just returned from America, where we attended a golf tour operators convention in Texas and then went on to visitCalifornia & Las Vegasto put the final touches to a new tour. It is shaping up to be an exciting tour, with stops in San Francisco, Monterey, Las Vegas and Palm Springs before flying home from Los Angeles. If you have 'liked' the CharliesFacebook pageyou would have seen some of the pictures we posted, not only of the golf courses we visited, but also of the Monterey Peninsula (And Pebble Beach Golf course) Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam.
Our group have returned from the Canadian Rockies tour and Alaskan cruise and have given rave reports of their time there. A report from the hosts, Mike & Sue is given below. We know that some of you have already started planning your holidays for 2020. We have been hard at work preparing our range of tours for next year and the picture calendar at the end of the newsletter gives an overview of some stunning tours to come. Full itineraries and pricing are not available for everything yet, but they will be put up progressively.
We have finalised theJapan Golf Tourfor May next year and full details are now available on the website. The tour will be an experience to remember, as the sights, sounds and culture of Japan are so different from our own. Come with an open mind and you will have a ball!
OurTasmania Golf Touris filling fast and we only have four apartments left, so if you have been wondering about whether to join us or not, now's the time to decide! Being based in two centres allows you to see much more of Tasmania and we are also closer to the stunning Barnbougle courses once we are in Launceston. Our Queensland range of opportunities to escape the New Zealand winter are all available again for 2020, so if you missed out this year when the holidays were booked out by February, make sure you reserve your place early this time around! We have our four weekQueensland Getawaywhere you can enjoy two weeks in the Gold Coast and then two weeks in the Sunshine Coast in the company of other fellow golfers, all in the balmy warmth of the Queensland winter. If you don't want to be away for quite so long, then our two week golf holidays inCoolangattaand theSunshine Coastwill suit you just fine. Or, if you just want to be away for a week in the Sunshine Coast, you can do that too! Our Golfing Retreats will also be running in August next year but we are still putting arrangements in place for these. Details will be finalised by next month.
Good news for those of you who have been wanting to travel to South Africa. The Government there have just announced that they are lifting the onerous visa process that is currently in place for New Zealanders. The change will be in place by the end of next March at the latest but could be from November this year, meaning that it will be easier for you to join us on ourKenya Golf TourorSouth Africa Golf Tourplanned for next year.
A group of 15 recently undertook Charlie’s 2019 Canadian Rockies Golf Tour. After a day to recover from the direct flight from Auckland to Vancouver, and the chance to discover Vancouver a little, we were all ready for our first game of golf at Northview. This is an Arnold Palmer designed course and proved an excellent introduction to golf in Canada. Whilst the fairways were generous, the undulating greens kept the scoring modest. We then travelled along the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. On this journey we were lucky to see our first black bear on the side of the road. On our trip, bear sightings were few, and unlike the previous Charlie’s tour group, we had no encounters with bears on any of the courses we played – plenty of signs of bears, but no sightings. We weren’t sure if we were pleased about this or not! Whistler is now a year round resort, with mountain bikers flocking in huge numbers to the resorts when snow sports end their season. The two courses we played here – Whistler and Chateau Whistler – were both challenging but rewarding. Travelling the Peak to Peak Gondola was another highlight while we were in Whistler, as was being in Canada when the Toronto Raptors won the American Basketball title for the first time. All thoughts of any divide between east and west Canada were forgotten, at least for a few days! It was then on to the Okanagan Valley and the town of Kelowna. While some of the scenery we saw on this journey was impressive, it was merely a small taste of what we would experience later in the tour. The weather around Kelowna was in the mid 30 degrees – a bit of a shock for Kiwis in June. Our first afternoon was spent wine tasting before the serious business of golf restarted at the Ridge Course at Predator Ridge the next day. This was a spectacular design as the fairways wound their way through the many valleys and canyons in the area. The next day we played the Harvest Golf Course which was a lot more open but still challenging and beautiful. After Kelowna it was on to the Jasper National Park, which is just over the British Colombia border in Alberta. Here we were accommodated in a large log-cabin style lodge in the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and it was the perfect size for our group. Next day the weather cleared enough for us to complete our game without being rained on, which all appreciated. The Stanley Thompson designed golf course is considered a Canadian Classic and was another wonderful venue. The next day – a free day – was very wet, but it culminated in a shared meal arranged by some of our ladies in our lodge. The aromas disseminating from the kitchen over the course of the day foretold of great things, and we were not disappointed! Carol Lobb had also organised a quiz for the group and this added to the overall hilarity of the evening. This was definitely another tour highlight! The next morning a quiet group headed off towards Banff. The previous days inclement weather had resulted in 30 centimetres of fresh snow along our route so we had a spectacular journey and the Rockies looked huge, white, imposing and magnificent! On our way we had stops at the Columbia Icefield and Lake Louise – both stunning venues in their own right. Banff produced two more outstanding golf courses – Stewart Creek and Banff Springs. Both had a multitude of incredible views from the fairways that made concentrating on the game at hand difficult. At the end of our golf, our winners were Raewyn Marshall and Bryan Grafas – a Whangamata – Titoki benefit! Well played to the both of you. A huge thanks to all who took part in this tour. We hope you enjoyed your experiences as much as we enjoyed your company. Mike & Sue Ryan. Details of our2020 Canadian Rockies Golf Tourwill be finalised very soon.