with Robert Bicknell
I would like to say that I am still not "Teed Off" and that my general well-being and happy mood continues, but I am starting to get that "feeling" again where ripping someone's head off and kicking it down the street seems the best solution to any problem.
However, since we are in the holiday season where "peace on earth and good will towards men is the magic " phrase, I will slowly count to a billion and six, take a few deep breaths and calm down. I'm actually quite wary of things like Transcendental Meditation because it would allow me to leave my body, rip someone's head off and kick it down the street and then be back in my own body before anyone noticed. Hmm…
Oh well…time to channel feel good feelings from week of awesomeness at The Ho Tram Open tournament a short time ago. Christmas really came early for a lot of us that week, including Sergio Garcia and yours truly. Thanks Ben!
Unfortunately, Sergio was not able to continue his run at the Thai Golf Champs tournament the next week, but it's OK. He returned a bit to form and will most likely be flying again in time for next year.
This holiday break is a perfect time for families to get away and play some golf.
Some of us will stay in Viet Nam, others will head overseas, but either way, there are a lot of great golf courses within a few hours of flying.
If I had any choice of where to go in Viet Nam, I'd pick the Bluffs (gee, what a surprise), but my second choice would be Da Nang (Dunes) GC, or Montgomerie Links.
A nice holiday in Da Lat would also be nice (if the weather cooperated) and a few rounds at Sacom Tuyen Lam GC, or popping over to see what Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han's people are doing with "Da Lat at 1200" (which used to be the old Royal GC project). Gee, I might even be able to ride my motorcycle in Da Lat again, or go terrify Grahame Harris - who I haven't seen in 100 years.
For those who don't know, Da Lat is probably the best place to drive a big bike. The cool weather and twisty mountain roads are exhilarating. If you get the urge, you can even head two hours down the mountain to Nha Trang for a quick dip in the ocean. Why not? It's a holiday, right?
If I learned anything during my week-long getaway in Ho Tram, it was the need to relax and stop taking life (and myself) too seriously. Let's be honest, living and working in Viet Nam can border on the absurd at times, so why let it stress you out?
Life is too short, so you need to take advantage of every opportunity to relax and just smell the roses once in a while. Last night, for example, we were supposed to have a great meteor shower so like a dummy I went outside and waited. No meteors, but I did get to see an excellent starry night, so it wasn't a total loss.
Holiday time is also means shopping and since this is a golf column, we need to think about what to buy for the golfers in your family and what they would like to see under the tree.
Range finders are always a great gift, even if they are a little pricy. Titleist ProV1's are always welcomed by most players, as are golf gloves, shirts and caps. People seldom turn down a gift of golf balls, so it's a safe gift.
If you're looking to splurge, you can always get them a new driver or putter. The TaylorMade M1 Driver is the hottest club in the market right now. I even saw Sergio Garcia use one as he whacked a drive over 356 yards on the 18th hole at The Bluffs. Big Boom.
Another great gift would be to give someone a golf holiday. You can get vouchers for "Stay&Play" packages at most of the golf resorts, some of which were mentioned earlier.
Any way you look at it, there's plenty of golf to be had in Viet Nam, so treat yourself to a nice holiday this season and return to work feeling happier.
I know I will try to… — VNS