3 Nights – from €1180
Love your golf? How about driving some of the world’s most isolated fairways? On this private golf getaway, you’ll play two rounds on North Korea’s only golf course and in your downtime visit Pyongyang’s iconic monument and political sites and the 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 couple rounds to be talked about in your local clubhouse for years to come! Make it a three round trip on a longer 5-night itinerary!
- This tour can be organized any Saturday – Tuesday.
- 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.
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 AND 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 AND 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 – FAREWELL
We will have a morning departure to Beijing by Air Koryo flight. Estimated time of arrival is 10:00 a.m. local time. Please reserve any connecting flights departing after 1pm local time to allow sufficient time for immigration/customs clearance, baggage claim, re-check-in, and security.
What’s included in this tour:
- DPRK visa fees and handling
- Return flights between Beijing and Pyongyang on Air Koryo.
- 3 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
- 18-holes: 100 USD
- 9-holes: 60 USD
- Clubs, cart, shoe, caddy (hire): 50 USD (total)
- Golf balls, tees, marker (purchase): Up to 1 USD (each)
- 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.)
- Extra drinks during meals (one complimentary beer included)
- Tips for guides and drivers (please budget $10 per day per traveler)
- 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)