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Outback Tour Schedule

Below you can find a one stop view of all away tours conducted through the Outback. 

Simply click on the underlined link to see details and how to sign up:

Date Where? Cost from Nights/ Rounds

2-19 Feb'18

South Africa (Northern) tour

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16 nights/ 8 rounds

11-16 Mar'18 Hua Hin Tour 19,800 5 nights/ 3rounds

6-18 Feb'19

South Africa (Garden route) tour

TBD

12 nights/ 5rounds

Published in Tours
Sunday, 23 October 2016 14:15

Hua Hin Trophy Tour 11-16 Mar 2018

 Mar 11-16: 5 Nights, 3 rounds

With the 1st Hua Hin tour of 2018, we will be using the same tested and tried formula with playing the best three courses in Hua Hin.

TOUR Summary:

Sunday 11th Mar: We depart the Outback at around midday and check in at either City Beach, Thipurai or Centara Grand Beach hotel.

- Monday 12th Mar: We will kick off the tour with a round at the Springfield golf course which has been in very good condition on our last tour. 

Tuesday 13th Mar: Playing the always popular Banyan course.

Wednesday 14th Mar: Day off, relax, go to the beach or we have arranged a few optional tee slots at the new 9hole Black mountain course (subject to availability)

Thursday 15th Mar: The final day on tour, and as usual our tour culminates at Black Mountain where we expect to see some good performances coming through.

Thursday 15th Mar Prize Presentation: 

HOTEL Arrangements: We have booked rooms at the City Beach Hotel to accommodate our tour group with Thipurai as an alternative option. We also include the Centara Grand hotel on this trip, which is a 5* hotel on the beach and right next to the other hotels and the bar and restaurant area.

Tour Package Pricing with Hotel:

Tour Package Including 5 nights accommodation at City Beach incl. their bfast, 3 rounds of golf (GF and Caddy) at Springfield, Banyan Golf and Black Mountain: Thb 19,800 

Transport from Pattaya is available for Thb 1,000 per person or you can book Ferry tickets through the Outback as per the tour we had in Sept. For those that want to confirm at Thipurai hotel, the cost is the same. For those wanting a 5 star bach hotel (within walking distance from City Beach), we offer the Centara Grand hotel for a daily supplement of Thb 3,500 per night.

The cost of the tournament is included in the price and we will hand out novelty prizes for the daily comps, 2’s and overall comp. In addition, a special custom design Outback Golf bag will be handed to the overall winner and everyone will receive a special tour edition Outback Golf shirt made especially for this trip.

Published in Future Events

I am very happy to announce the details of our 2nd Big South African tour from 2-19 Feb 2018. This tour took a lot of time to construct, and is designed to be an adventure of a lifetime. We will be doing things and going places that will hopefully be even more awesome than our South African tour of last year.

Short Description:

The tour consists of two parts, with the first part of the tour arriving in JNB on 2 Feb 2018 and departing again on 14 Feb 2018. We will be staying in three locations (JNB, Sun City and The Legends Golf and Safari Resort) during these 12 days, and play 6 rounds of golf with an optional 3 rounds of extra golf.

The 2nd part of the tour extends for 5 days more near the Kruger National Park, where 1 round of golf is included, with a host of supplemental activities including an optional 2nd round of Golf at Leopard's Creek and if you choose, a round of golf at White River Country Club. This part of the tour will conclude with a flight back from Nelspruit to Jnb to make the connecting flights back on 19 Feb 2018. For the second part of the tour, we can accommodate a maximum of 20 rooms/couples, and allocation is on a first come first served basis.

Recommended flights for the journey from Bangkok to Johannesburg is on Kenya Airways, with flying time less than 15hrs in total and where business class tickets on the 787 Dreamliner is currently less than Thb 70,000 pp and economy class being less than Thb 30,000 pp. Alternatively, you can also fly on Emirates although tickets are a lot more expensive but you can include a stopover for a few days in Dubai on the way there or back. Flights can be booked through Outback at no extra charge to you. Persons joining us from other locations such as US, UK, Australia must consult with us about arrival times so that we can ensure a reliable transit facility from the airport to join the rest of our group.

Highlights of the tour:

- Arriving on 2nd Feb, we'll spend a couple of days (3 nights) in Johannesburg to recover from our flights, to have the first few really good meals, to have a bit of fun in the casino, and to play the spectacular Royal Jo'burg or Kensington courses, home of the South African and most recently Jo'Burg Open. We'll also be playing Dainfern, a beautiful residential course with some spectacular holes. Staying here also gives the ladies the one (and only) chance to get a bit of shopping in before we hit the bushveld.

 the palazzo montecasino

We'll be staying at the 3* Sunsquare hotel but for a little extra you can upgrade to the Palazzo 5* hotel in the same complex (picture)

Royal Joburg and Kensington

This year, the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club hosted the Sunshine Tour's Jo'burg Open

DAINFERN3

We will also be playing the beautiful estate course Dainfern during our short stay in Johannesburg.

- On 5 Feb, we hit the road to Sun City, a relatively short 2 hour drive to the north east, where we will stay for 6 nights. Sun City is a famous hotel resort, nestled between the hills of the Pilansberg game reserve and home to the very popular Gary Player Course, 3rd ranked in all of South Africa and host to the annual Nedbank Challenge which takes place every year in November. Apart from playing the Gary Player course and the Lost City course (home of the biggest crocodiles I've seen in my life), we included in the package a very very special 5 hour event starting at first light over the beautiful Pilansberg reserve. Hot Air Ballooning! Taking off at dawn and gliding in complete silence a few feet above ground and seeing wildlife and nature from above is truly exceptional experience and something you will cherish for the rest of your life. Included in the package is a round at Gary Player and the Lost City course, but there is also an optional day allocated to play each course a second time. The reason is that Gary Player is a walking only course, so maybe too much for some to do a 2nd time. Also, Sun City is a host to a wide range of restaurants, casino's, shows, a waterpark with wave pools, forest walks, game drives, and many other activities that will keep you and especially your partner very busy in between playing these fabulous courses, so maybe some guys want to spend more time with their partners than playing 4 rounds in 5 days! 

Palace

Whilst most of us will opt for the modest Cabana's hotel, those that want true 5* quality can upgrade to the The Palace at the Lost City

Gary Player course at Sun city

The Very famous Gary Player course at Sun city. Dont expect the crowd when you play there ;-)

Balloon 2

Hot Air Balloon over Pilansberg Nature Reserved - Included!

Lost City course

Eagle's view over the Lost City course - watch out for the crocs!

- On 11th Feb, we hit the road again on a rather lengthy 3 1/2 hour drive far north, to the Legends Golf and Safari Resort. Arriving there we will have a relaxing afternoon playing their short 10 hole Tribute Par 3 course. Next day, we'll play the 18 hole Signature course with a special finish. Ever heard of the worlds longest and highest par 3, with a helicopter trip required for you to go hit your 700yrd tee shot to a postage stamp size Africa green miles below? Well this is it, and we're going to do it! Just look at the photo's and you will see what I mean! Also, being this far away from the city life, it is also a good place to observe some of the clearest skies you can imagine at night time, with the milky way visibile with the naked eye. We will be joined by an astronomer on a night time adventure out here, and also visit a traditional African tribal farm where we will join them for a great cultural experience and enjoy an African tribal meal in the village. Speaking of meals, included in the package is all I mentioned here as well as half board with dinner and breakfast included every day at this resort. The last activity included in our trip to the Legends is an afternoon Bush Walk in the Game reserve. However for those guys that want to get another game of golf in before we leave for Kruger Park, you can opt for an afternoon round at the Signature golf course rather than the guided bush walk. 

Legend Golf and Safari Resort 

A view of the Signature course at Legends - note the elevated 19th tee in the distance ;-)

legend golf and safari resort golf

Helicopter trip to 19th tee box (included) - the green is rather large but only a postage stamp from here! Who's first on the tee?

Legends Astronomy

African sky on a clear night - a professional astromer with telescope to guide you on the heavens (included)

Pedi Cultural Tour

Cultural tour to a local African tribe village (included) - and food (apparantly)

- On Valentines day, those that selected the shortened trip will return to Johannesburg for their flights home, whilst the rest of us take on a rather lengthy 4 1/2 hour journey further east, to the Kruger National Park, where we will check in at the nearby Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve and where we will stay in the wilderness at the Manyatta Rock Camp for the next 5 nights on a half board basis with breakfast and dinner included every day. This will be our base for the last leg of the African trip, and one of the highlights will be playing the 4th ranked course in South Africa, namely Leopards Creek, bordering the Kruger National Park. Leopards Creek is an exclusive member course, very hard to get into, home to the ALfred Dunhill Challenge on the European Tour. When you read about the write-ups, course designer Gary Player commented: "Dont be surprised if you line up for your shot and hear a hippo snort nearby, or see a Lion on the other side of the fence. It is truly unique" In this part of Africa, there is also a huge range of other activities to do, and I opted for our guests to select your own list of activities which we discuss further down. For those that still have any energy left at the end of all the activities offered, you can opt to play Leopards Creek a second time on the Sunday afternoon prior to our departure the next morning, but it is pricey to play this spectacular course as you see from the price quoted for the optional round!

Manyata Rock Camp

Your home for the next 5 nights - Manyata Rock Camp

Manyata Rock Camp 2

Base camp restaurant with a view over the private game reserve

Leopards Creek 

Leopards Creek Golf Course - Or should it be Giraffe's Neck? Either way - you will get distracted - just enjoy!

Blyderiver scenic tour

For those of you selecting the scenic tour as an option on 16 or 17 Feb - on a clear day you see Mozambique!

sudwala caves

Those wanting to explore Sudwala Caves on Day 16 - go spelunking

Kruger Game Drive

Game drive in one of the biggest game reserves in Africa - The Kruger National park - all day choice on 16 Feb

- As it goes, all good things come to an end, and on 19 Feb. we will fly back from Nelspruit airport to Johannesburg International where we will make our connections back home (Flight included in package cost)

Itinerary, Price and Package Options:

To see what is included in the standard package and what is optional for the first leg of our tour, please refer to the below table:

 Table for inclusions part 1

The package cost for the first leg of our tour (12 nights, 6 rounds golf) is Thb 113,000 for the primary traveller and Thb 28,100 for the non-golfing partner, excluding options as indicated.

To see what is included in the standard package and what is optional for the second leg of our tour, please refer to the below table:

Table for inclusions part 2 v2

The package cost for the second leg of our tour (5 nights, 1-2 rounds of golf, and other activities listed) is Thb 60,000 for the primary traveller and Thb 18,800 for the non-golfing partner, excluding options as indicated.

Things to know:

Flights: Recommended flights for everyone travelling from Thailand is Kenya Airways flight KQ887 and KQ760, departing 1am from Bangkok and arriving 10:55am in Johannesburg. Return flights KQ763 and KQ860, departing JNB at 17:40 and arriving next day at 1:30pm in Bangkok. It is preferable that you allow me to book the flights for you, but you can off course do the bookings yourself as well. Coming from other countries, please try and book the flights such that you arrive at about 11am in JNB on the 2nd, and depart after 4pm on the day of your return (whether 14th or 19th). You are of course at liberty to extend your trip as well based on your own schedule and agenda.

Weather and clothing: February is one of the hottest months in the year where we are going, but also prone to afternoon thunderstorms and potential rain despite it being a fairly arid part of the world. Due to the high elevation of the bushveld, daily temperatures fluctuate a lot, with a morning low in February of 17C going all the way up to 30C by midday. For those of you that have been on our last tour to the Cape where we got caught out by a cold front in early summer, that wont happen in this part of the world during February and it is a completely different climate system anyway. Rainy weather getting sucked in from the northern equatorial regions is the only potential damper on our journey, but the risk of that is fairly low and it wont be accompanied by cold weather either. Do bring a jumper or at least something warm - driving in an open Safari vehicle as we wil do at 5am in the morning and going onto a hot air balloon will be a bit nippy for especially our Thai partners! But after 10am it is bikini weather again!

Golf Competition: This is a holiday guys, and golf is a social part of this trip, so we will have a very simple format with everyone putting a bit of money into a pot and we pay out daily prizes, two's and some overall prizes. Overall prizes will be only for the 6 non optional rounds played during the first stage of the tour. Everyone will play from the same tee's, use handicap index and my aim is to enjoy the trip with you and not get bogged down by golf administrative functions. We'll enjoy the banter, keep things simple and winners buy a round or two for the boys! That's it!

Visa's and money: Thai Nationals and all Western Nations dont need visas for South Africa. Very important however, is that you have two full open pages in your passport (dont ask me why!), as without it, you will most likely be refused entry into South Africa. On money, South Africa's exchange companies are all rip off's, and changing to Rands before you go is not wise either! I would recommend that you go armed with only an ATM card, which gives you the best exchange rate. Dont take a lot of cash, either in Rands or in a foreign currency. In an emergency (if ure bank card doesnt work for example), we'll be there to help you out and you can return the money back to me in Thai baht during or after the trip. We do an account reconciliation afterwards anyway for any additional options or expense undertaken during the trip that is not part of the package you paid for.

Safety: Everywhere that we will be going has been carefully selected and we will be staying in safe, well protected areas throughout our journey. For those of you that havent been to South Africa and have security concerns, don't listen to the BS you hear on the media. Just use common sense, the same as you would when you do by going to the US or UK or most other countries nowadays. Keep your valuables locked in the safe, dont be flashy when ure out in public areas, etc. The biggest threat, and this is not a joke, is to keep your hotel windows closed when you are not there - lots of monkeys and other wild animals love to come into hotel rooms through open windows and pillage your belongings!

Transport: All local transport is included and we will be renting a large bus to cart us on the long haul journeys. Whilst we're staying in a location, local transport will be provided for our short journeys to the golf courses or on adventure trips by the resorts, and that is included in the package price or the package option quoted.

Medical: We will, at some places during our tour, be far away from big cities and will have to rely in cases of emergency on local services and doctors available (this is unavoidable). If you feel uncomfortable by being a few hours drive away from modern medical facilities, it is advisable that you take out medical insurance in addition to the regular emergency accident insurance provided under our Outback liability insurance policy to cover you for air evacuation coverage in case of an emergency. Secondly, people do ask about innoculations etc. Near the Kruger National park, the area is designated as a Malaria region and it is advisable that you do take the prescribed malaria medicine prior to your trip. If you see a doctor they will also advise you to take a bunch of other innoculations for things like Yellow Fever, etc. However, in my experience at least, that's not necessary but I leave it up to you to decide.

Next Steps:

If you want to join us on this trip, please send me an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and I will send you a form that you need to complete to capture all the options and choices for this trip. Once I have received the form back, I will email you again and request that you deposit Thb 20,000 (single) or Thb 30,000 (double), which will confirm your name on the roster for this trip. Prior to the deposit being paid, you are not confirmed and allocation is strictly on a first come first served basis. Once we have reached the allocated quota of 20 primary travellers, you have to go on a waitlist. If you have paid a deposit and want to pull out later, the deposit is only refundable (less whatever the airlines or hotels require for name changes or ticket cancellations), provided we have the full contingent of 20 single/couples and if we can find a replacement for you.

Lastly, I know a lot of you will have questions even though I tried to be thorough in this write up. Don't be shy, just ask. We will (same as with the previous tour), also have pre-meeting or two at The Outback where everyone going and who is here can enjoy a drink together, meet each other and ask questions. 

Published in Future Events
Sunday, 17 January 2016 15:55

Lotus Valley and Royal Hills Tour 11-14 Jan

With a cozy group of 12 players heading off to the beautiful courses at Lotus Valley and Royal Hills, we set off early Monday morning first for Lotus Valley where our first group tee'd off just after 11.30. The course was in fabulous condition, and the staff were all great and the caddy's (in general) a fair bit friendlier and attentive than at the average Pattaya outing. Personally, I had a beautiful, young, friendly and attentive caddy, and she was excellent on reads as well - a rare combination to find at any golf course! I'd definately keep her number for a next trip to Lotus Valley! As it turned out, 3 players were tied on day 1 at 34 points, with George Scott being 3rd, Andre Coetzee 2nd and Fidge Button winning on countback.

 Andre and Frenchie with caddy

Frenchie and Andre with a great young caddy - Lotus Valley

After golf, we drove a Google Maps inspired route to Royal Hills, which took just under an hour. Seems that Google Maps was smart enough to avoid the pot hole filled route which one would normally take, and even with 9 people in the bus listening to Sugar Ray's music compilation, the ride felt pretty smooth and quick but by the time we got there, the esky was empty and everyone piled into 7/11 to fill up with a good supply of stock for the the next 3 nights at Royal Hills. Being a small'ish group on tour isn't always a bad thing, and we had a nice cozy group of 12 having dinner together. Steve Plant brought 3 bottles of wine which he picked up at a bargain from the Player's Lounge, but as it turned out, the 3 bottles of wine didn't even make it half way through the evening, and consensus is that we blame Sugar Ray for that as his Aussie way is to fill the wine glass completely to the brim!

Steve Mann ice cream

Better to show Steve Mann eating ice cream than his swing picture... LOL - At Royal Hills

Next morning, we tee'd off at 9.30am from the white tee's, where the lads were following a couple of bright young Korean scratch golfers playing from the Black tee's. Kim Danboisy did his absolute best to pick up tips from these guys wherever his group caught up with them, to the extend that he spend hours even after the game trying to gain some skill from the young pro's on the putting green. It worked for that day at least, and Kim managed to gain a lead with a great 37 points on the day. My game also held together somewhat, and playing off 8 I managed to get a respectible 36 points. The rest of the guys didn't do so well, and 3rd place was captured by Steven Mann who only had 31 points.

Group photo

Ready for golf on day two - at Royal Hills

Third day, and someone (i.e. me) had the stupid idea to play from the blues, "just to mix things up a bit". It seemed rational at the time, since a good 1/3 of tee's were white and blue  together anyway, and I thought it would help the higher handicappers a bit since the got 3 extra shots on the slope and index, compared to the 1 shot that a low handicapper like myself got. It turned out to be a hard day, with both myself and Kim falling completely out the bus, with only 22 points each. Mickey Leighton captured 3rd with 30 points, Steve Mann loosing on countback to Steve Plant who ended up as the victor with 31 points. Another evening with good food, a couple of wine bottles with the Broom boys, and more ice cream for the two Steve's followed that evening.

Mickey explaining to TC

Mickey Explaining something important to TC.... - Royal Hills Day 3

On to the fourth day and an early breakfast and check out before we set off just before 8am back to Lotus Valley. Again playing off the blues, Lotus Valley seems like a great course to play a bit longer, since there aren't any carries that a short hitter cant reach. The only challenge off the blues is off course the 215yrd par 3, 17th hole, which was long and raised a few eyebrows. Order of play was based on standings after the 1st Lotus Valley and the best of Royal Hills rounds, and at this stage Andre was leading Kim Danboise by two shots. Both of us had good front nines, but Kim was in the lead on the back nine and really turned on the pressure on the overall standings with a great birdie on the 14th hole to get within a shot and then drew level with a net par on hole 15. A bogey compared to my net birdie on hole 16 give me a 2 shot cushion again, but on the long 17th par 3, Kim had an excellent chip and putt to score a 3 (net birdie). My tee shot was badly blocked and almost in the water 40yrds right of the green and I was lucky to even get my 2nd shot onto the green, and then to finish with a net bogey. So once again the game was drawn and all came to the last hole, with the advantage to Kim on countback. Playing safely (for a change in character), I just used a 6 iron for my 2nd shot and then had a 100yrds shot in. From there a par was achieved. Kim came a bit short with his 3rd, but was on the green for 4 with a 10 foot breaking putt needed to win overall. Kim missed which still resulted in him winning the day, beating Mickey Leighton on countback with 34, with Andre 3rd at 33pts. 

Final Day group 3

The leading 4 on day 4 - At Lotus Valley 

In the overall standings, Andre won by a shot with 103 pts, beating Kim on 102 and George Scott with 94. Fourth was Frenchie with 92 pts.

Winners Picture

And the winners... Fidge Button (Day 1), Andre Coetzee (Overall), Kim Danboise (Day 2 and 4), Steve Plant (Day 3)

It was a great little tour with an exciting finish (at least for me), and it sets a good platform for future tours. If you are interested, we are conducting another short tour from 16-18Feb to Soi Dao and Kabinburi. Read about it here

And some swing pictures:

Fidge swing

Frenchie Swing

Mickey Swing

TC Swing

Published in January 2016
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