Golf North Korea – Private – 5 Nights

5 Nights  –  from €1440

Love your golf? How about driving some of the world’s most isolated fairways? On this private golf getaway, you’ll play three rounds on North Korea’s only golf course and in your downtime visit Pyongyang’s major highlights, take a trip to the Korean DMZ and even get to know North Korea’s western port city of Nampho. Pyongyang Golf Course is a well-maintained 18-hole, par 72, 6800-yard course located 40km outside Pyongyang on the banks of the picturesque Lake Taicheng. It’s a challenging but approachable course suitable for all skill levels. Get your group together for a round to be talked about in your local clubhouse for years to come! Short for time? Make it a two round trip on a shorter 3-night itinerary!

  • This tour can be organized any Saturday – Thursday.
  • Pyongyang Golf Course fees are not included in the base tour price. The 18-hole green fee is $100 USD. Clubs, cart, shoe and caddy hire is $50 USD. These fees must be paid separately.
  • Right-handed and left-handed clubs are available. Clubhouse facilities such as showers and storage are available. There’s a pro shop selling snacks and essentials such as golf balls, tees, and markers.
  • You’ll be joined not only by your personal caddy, but also your guides. Koreans love their sport and it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to golf, a relatively unknown sport in the North!
  • Bringing your own golf clubs will cost 20RMB per additional kg to check them on Air Koryo for the Beijing – Pyongyang, and 4 Euros per additional kg for the Pyongyang – Beijing.
  • Not convinced? Read our five reasons you should play golf in North Korea HERE.
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Rooms come standard with two twin beds. If signing up with a companion and sharing a room, the double rate applies. If requesting your own room, single rate applies. If sharing is requested, we do our best. But if we cannot, single supplement fee applies.

Pay a deposit of 500.00 per item

DAY 1 – DEPART FOR PYONGYANG

At 10am, meet us at Terminal 2, Air Koryo counter E, of the Beijing Capital International Airport to check in (flight times to be confirmed, usually 1pm). We will hand out your DPRK visas at this time.

We will then fly to Pyongyang, the capital of the DPRK and home to many of the most iconic monuments and political sites. Our Korean tour guides will be meet us at the airport with a warm welcome. Our guides will first point out the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery with its striking monument of a bayonet before we stop at the Arch of Triumph, the world’s largest triumphal arch. From the top, we will get our first panorama view of Pyongyang city! Afterwards, we will head over to the Mansudae Grand Monument, famous for its large, bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il. It is customary to bow and lay flowers here. Afterwards, stroll through the Mansudae Fountain Park, a serene meeting spot for students and an often used backdrop for wedding photos. Then check into the Koryo Hotel, a deluxe accommodation in the heart of Pyongyang popular with local residents, foreign diplomats, delegations, NGOs. We will enjoy a Revolving Restaurant welcome dinner.

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: L, D)

DAY 2 – GOLF & NAMPHO

Begin the morning early with a drive to Pyongyang Golf Course, located 40km outside of Pyongyang. The procession up to the clubhouse will be reminiscent for any golfer as we will be presented with green fairway views, raked bunkers and inviting putting surfaces. On arrival, meet your caddy and make any rental arrangements before our tee-off time of 9:00am. After your 18-hole round, we will have a special lunch catered for at the Pyongyang Golf Course itself!

After lunch, visit the Three Mausoleums of Kangso, a UNESCO site, to see ancient and original Koguryo tombs. Next, takes a tour of the Kangso Mineral Water Factory to get a glimpse into the local industry — this is a particularly famous name in North Korea for producing the finest mineral water. We will then visit Chongsanri Cooperative Farm, part of a system of collective farms catering to the agriculture needs of surrounding communities. Meet a local caretaker here to learn about their role, see inside their home, and also visit the impressive bronze monument of President Kim Il-Sung with local farmers. Onwards to the jewel of Nampho, the West Sea Barrage, a massive dam and tidal wall built in five years across an 8-kilometer section of rough sea. This is a major achievement well known to all North Koreans and a common backdrop in official state media. Our overnight will be at the Ryonggang Hot Spa House where you will have your own cottage within a gated complex, complete with private spa baths. Dinner will be clam BBQ, a unique cuisine for the area and one to remember. The accommodation has ping pong and billiards, a great chance to challenge your guides!

Overnight at the Ryonggang Hot Spa House.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 3 – GOLF & PYONGYANG CITY

Begin the morning early with a drive back to Pyongyang Golf Course for your second 18-hole round, to of course beat yesterdays score! Afterwards, enjoy lunch catered for at the Pyongyang Golf Course.

After lunch, drive to Pyongyang where we will visit the Mangyongdae Native House, the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung. We’ll then learn about the DPRK’s defining ideology, the Juche philosophy, on a visit to the iconic Tower of Juche Idea. For those who wish to take the lift 150-meters to the top, you’ll enjoy the best views in Pyongyang city! We will then visit the massive Monument to Party Founding, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea, recognizable by the communist hammer and sickle but with an added North Korean twist! Head deep underground to take a 5-stop ride on the Pyongyang Metro, the deepest metro in the world also filled with mosaics, monuments, and plaques commemorating the DPRK’s revolutionary history.

Take a walk in the Kim Il Sung Square, the 3rd largest public square in the world and home to many of the North Korean military parades broadcast internationally. Take a stroll through the city to the Foreign Languages Bookshop which provides the best chance in the DPRK to pick up the perfect souvenir. Then visit Kwangbok Supermarket, a five-story department complex filled with local and imported product and the only place in Pyongyang where foreigners are able to exchange and use the local North Korean Won. Take a casual evening walk on the new Ryomyong Street, home to Pyongyang’s most extravagant apartment complexes and opened in just April 2017 to international media attention. Dinner will be at a local Korean BBQ restaurant, a favorite among locals where we will cook our own meats at the table! At your own leisure, visit the bar brewery next door to the Koryo Hotel to taste locally brewed draft beers with your group.

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 4 – KAESONG & THE DMZ

Take a morning drive through the countryside to the historic city of Kaesong. We will head for the DMZ where we’ll hear from our guides a perspective of the Korean War that often gets discredited or unheard. At the DMZ, explore Panmunjom, shake hands at the exact place that the Armistice Agreement was signed between UN forces and the DPRK, and wave hello to the South at the blue houses in the Joint Security Area. Afterwards, we will head to the Koryo History Museum, a UNESCO site, to learn about the Koryo Dynasty (where the name Korea originates). You’ll also have a chance to pick from the most varied range of postcards in the country at the Koryo Stamp Shop.

For lunch, enjoy Pansanggi, a historic Kaesong cuisine traditionally served for royalty. Afterwards, stop at the original Sonjuk Bridge, a UNESCO site. On our return to Pyongyang, make a photo stop at the Arch of Reunification forming the southern gateway to the capital. we will visit the newly renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo (the “American Spy Ship” captured in 1968) in its new spot. For dinner, we will have tolsot bibimbap and get the chance to taste local Korean draft beers at the Taedonggang Microbrewery.

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 5 – GOLF & PYONGYANG CITY

We will take a morning drive back to Pyongyang Golf Course for your third and last 18-hole round! Make it count! Afterwards, enjoy lunch catered for at the Pyongyang Golf Course.

After lunch, we will drive back to Pyongyang and firstly tour the grounds and sit in on some classes at the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace, an extracurricular facility for young students to further their talents in arts and sport. Afterwards, take a break on the full-service floating restaurant, Mujigae, docked on the Taedong River with a fantastic view of the Juche Tower! We will then enjoy Jeongol for dinner, a Korean-style hotpot. Afterwards, celebrate a great trip gone by with farewell drinks at a bar brewery beside the Koryo Hotel, where you’ll be able to come and go as you please!

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 6 – FAREWELL

We will have a morning departure to Beijing by Air Koryo flight. Estimated time of arrival is 11:30 a.m. local time. Please reserve any connecting flights departing after 2:30pm local time to allow sufficient time for immigration/customs clearance, baggage claim, re-check-in, and security.

(Meals: B)

What’s included in this tour:

  • DPRK visa fees and handling
  • Return flights between Beijing and Pyongyang on Air Koryo.
  • 5 nights’ DPRK hotel accommodations (double occupancy, 4 stars).
  • 3 meals per day
  • Private sedan/minibus transportation in DPRK
  • Two local DPRK guides
  • One local driver
  • Admission fees (except otherwise stated)

What’s not included in this tour:

Pyongyang Golf Course costs

Green fees

  • 18-holes: 100 USD
  • 9-holes: 60 USD

Rental/purchases

  • Clubs, cart, shoe, caddy (hire): 50 USD (total)
  • Golf balls, tees, marker (purchase): Up to 1 USD (each)

General

  • Transportation from Beijing International Airport to hotel
  • Round-trip airfare to Beijing from home country
  • Chinese visa fees and processing, if applicable
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance (required)
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, etc.)
  • Souvenirs
  • Extra drinks during meals (one complimentary beer included)
  • Tips for guides and drivers (please budget $10 per day per traveler)

Special

  • Meari Shooting Range: rifle and per bullet fees apply
  • Extra a la carte items incurred during meals
  • Elevator to the top of the Juche Tower or Arch of Triumph: 5 euros
  • Beer at microbreweries ($1-3 per draft)

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