Golfing Vietnam or The Great Escape - Golf travel ala Steve McQueen
Released on = April 5, 2007, 1:23 pm
Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications
Industry = Media
Press Release Summary = The Great Escape: Golf travel a la Steve McQueen. Read more exclusive Vietnam feature stories at travelgolf.com
Press Release Body = In the storied history of golf travel, I\'m here to lay good odds that no golfer has ever traveled from golf course to golf course like Steve McQueen did in the movie, \"The Great Escape.\"
And yet here I was, careening through the mountains of central Vietnam, having left Phan Thiet\'s Ocean Dunes Golf Club on the coast en route to the Dalat Palace Golf Club in a motorcycle sidecar. Just like Steve, when he miraculously jumped that fence to escape those Nazi thugs.
We didn\'t jump any fences, but we did traverse some pretty rough ground, the old Russian-made Urals bouncing over rutted roads that climbed through small, dusty villages and gingerly picking their way over a narrow suspension bridge above a roaring, mud-brown stream.
Everywhere we went, people stared. Speeding through mountain villages where ethnic Vietnamese pulled their lives from the high, ragged land, people came out of their houses to laugh and wave.
Once, a naked child - I believe he was a Hmong, one of the 54 ethnic groups in the country - mock-charged our group. During the few times we stopped, Vietnamese shyly and not so shyly came close to look at the vintage motorcycle sidecars.
The history of the odd, powerful machines is as interesting as the wild ride itself.
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April 5, 2007 Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.