A former outpost of the British Empire, golf in Myanmar has it’s history traced to the early 19th century. Myanmar, under British occupancy was a bustling trade centre flourishing with British commercial ventures like Burma Oil Co., Rowe & Co., Bombay Burma Co., to name a few. Senior employees of such Organizations brought with them the game of Golf to the country for recreation. It is a reflection of the vestiges of British culture. The first golf course in Myanmar was opened in 1887, located in the town of Thayetmyo about 225 mile from North of Yangon. The Yangon Golf Club, which is one of the many popular courses today was built by the British in 1909. Today, Myanmar, a virgin destination in South East Asia boasts a number of well maintained, pristine Golf courses. One of the newer courses is the “Hlaing Golf Club” built in 2000 by Gary Player. As a country in the shadows for decades, Myanmar reveals a large, enthusiastic Golfing community within the country. It is estimated there are up to 127 golf courses spread throughout the lush landscapes of Myanmar today and has become a popular destination for lovers of the sport.
The months between October to May are recommended as the most favourable time for golf tours. The sport being relatively cheaper to play than in the neighbouring countries, the bountiful attractions of nature, culture, historical sites steeped in antiquity and the hospitality of the people is an added bonus for tourists to visit all year round.
Golf in Myanmar
Duration – 10 days 9 nights
Destination – Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Taungyi
Best time – All year round
Day 1 – Yangon on arrival
Welcome and transfer to hotel on arrival at Yangon airport. Walk along the avenues of Yangon in the evening which has an impressive number of colonial period buildings. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2 – Yangon golf club
After breakfast, transfer to Yangon Golf club, an 18-hole course, established in 1909. Overnight at d Yangon.
Day 3 Yangon – Bagan
Fly to Bagan and transfer to Bagan hotel. Take a river trip around the city for some beautiful sights of famous temples and stupas, including Shwezigon stupa, Gubyaukkyi temple, Lawkahtaikpan temple, Ananda temple and the massive Dhammayangyi temple. A round of golf at the 9 hole Bagan Golf Club at 3:00 pm.
Overnight at Bagan.
Day 4 – Bagan golf resort
After an early breakfast, golf at the 18 round Bagan Golf club, opened in 1996 and host to the International London Golf Tournaments. Centrally located at the heart of Old Bagan, this course offers added attractions with its century old pagodas and temples. In the evening, watch the spectacular sunset from a temple. Overnight at Bagan.
Day 5 – Bagan – Mandalay
Fly to Mandalay and arrive at the Hotel. See the sights around town which include Sagaing with its amazing pagodas, the famous Mahamuni Buddha image and Mandalay hill, a place of abundant pagodas and a major pilgrimage site.
Overnight at Mandalay.
Day 6 – Mandalay
This morning, golf at the18 hole Mandalay YeDaKon Taung golf club.
leisure time after golf.
Overnight at Mandalay.
Day 7 – Mandalay – Taungyi
Morning flight to Heho. Transfer to Nyaungshwe and sightseeing at Inle lake sightseeing. Inle is a freshwater lake where the lake dwellers, the Intha people are famous for their leg rowing technique. Cottage industries, schools, pagodas thrive on the lake and is a must see. Overnight at AyeThaYar golf resort. Overnight at Taunggyi. (?)
Day 8 – AyeThaYar golf club
Golf at the 18 hole AyeThaYar Golf club, located 3000 meters above sea level favoring it with fine weather throughout the year. Overnight at AyeThaYar golf resort. Overnight in Taunggyi.
Day 9 – Back to Yangon
Morning flight back to Yangon. The last round of golf at Pan Hlaing golf course in the afternoon. It is a comparatively new course among others and the 2009 and 2010 Myanmar Master Golf Tournament was held here.
Overnight at Yangon.
Day 10 – Departure
Visit the main market of Yangon if your departure flight is in the afternoon.
Transfer to airport for departure.