golf in viet­nam

It’s not just the vi­brant cul­ture and beau­ti­ful scenery that has aus­tralians flock­ing to Viet­nam. as Jon Un­der­wood dis­cov­ers, this an­cient land is spot­ted with great golf cour­ses from le­gendary play­ers.

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Dis­cover why Aus­tralians are flock­ing to the golf cour­ses of South-East Asia.

Tourism is boom­ing in Viet­nam, with more than five mil­lion peo­ple ar­riv­ing last year, in­clud­ing some 200,000 aus­tralians. most of them brought their own clubs be­cause aussie golfers have now dis­cov­ered that the coun­try has some of the best cour­ses in asia. But where to tee off first? these three out­stand­ing cour­ses are a golfer’s dream, no mat­ter how well you play on the day.

The fair­ways of Da nang

mont­gomerie links was the first of a host of new cour­ses built in the cen­tral coast area of Da nang. it has al­ready been voted one of the top lay­outs in asia, with its nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion, strate­gic bunker­ing and de­mand­ing re­sort-style course of­fer­ing a stern test.

“this is very much a think­ing per­son’s golf course. straight down the mid­dle is the best place to go,” said tay­lor mur­phy, di­rec­tor of golf at mont­gomerie links.

lo­cals will tell you that the 12th is prob­a­bly the sig­na­ture hole, play­ing up­hill and just chock full of bunkers. it’s hard to pick the right line off the tee and with all the trou­ble ahead it’s lit­tle won­der it has been de­scribed as the best par five in Viet­nam.

“We like to think that when you come here and play it’s a spe­cial oc­ca­sion for you, the golfer,” says tay­lor.

A clas­sic from the Great White shark

lit­tle more than a well-struck driver from mont­gomerie links is Da nang Golf Club, which is set amid 150 hectares of sand dunes and nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion. the Dunes was de­signed by aus­tralian leg­end Greg nor­man and has been voted the best course in Viet­nam by sev­eral lead­ing golf pub­li­ca­tions.

nor­man is fa­mous for his short par fours and the sev­enth is a bel­ter from the Great White shark’s bag of tricks. it doglegs slightly from right to left and is well bunkered most of the way down the left side. the long and bold play­ers will try to reach the green in one but it re­quires a per­fect drive.

the 16th is the sig­na­ture hole and as par threes come, it’s a cracker. Play­ers hit to a green seem­ingly tum­bling into the east sea and with the Cham is­lands in the back­ground. it’s not a long hole — it only mea­sures 137 me­tres from the back tee — but it is un­du­lat­ing, well bunkered and gives play­ers the best view on the course.

the nam Hai re­sort of­fers a five-star base from which to play and ex­plore. it has 100 one-bed­room and pool vil­las spread over 35 hectares of trop­i­cal gar­dens along Ha my Beach. three din­ing venues, the spa and even a li­brary make this the es­sen­tial place to stay in Da nang.

Faldo’s pride in lang Co

a tick over 50 kilo­me­tres north of Da nang is la­guna lang Co, which opened in 2012. it has al­ready been de­scribed as the best course from the ex­ten­sive port­fo­lio of six-time ma­jor win­ner sir nick Faldo. in­deed, so en­am­oured with the re­gion and the prod­uct is sir nick that he has just ac­cepted the role as the of­fi­cial brand am­bas­sador for la­guna Golf, which in­cludes three golf cour­ses in south-east asia: la­guna lang Co, la­guna Phuket in thai­land and la­guna Bin­tan in in­done­sia.

“sir nick Faldo was very happy with the golf course. He came three times dur­ing the site vis­its and he be­lieves he’s got the best course in Viet­nam here,” says Dar­ren Rob­son, la­guna lang Co club man­ager.

Once you’ve played the lay­out, it’s hard to ar­gue with Faldo’s as­sess­ment, par­tic­u­larly on the ninth, which is prob­a­bly the most beau­ti­ful hole on the course. it’s not long but runs along­side the beach so you’ll prob­a­bly be too busy tak­ing pic­tures to worry about your game.

there’s re­ally only one word to de­scribe the fin­ish­ing hole: beastly. You’ve got a 210-me­tre carry off the tee, three mas­sive fair­way bunkers and a green with more slopes than a swiss ski re­sort. a par five here will def­i­nitely send you home happy.

the golf club is part of a se­cluded re­sort com­plex that of­fers vis­i­tors the chance to stay on site at the five-star Banyan tree lang Co and im­pres­sive beach­front angsana lang Co hotels.

Pearls of golf­ing wis­dom

But Viet­nam is not rest­ing on its al­ready im­pres­sive golf­ing lau­rels. Vin­pearl is de­vel­op­ing cour­ses near Hanoi and Haiphong and plans to do the same in Quy nhon and Can tho. al­ready up and run­ning is Vin­pearl Golf nha trang in a pic­turesque val­ley along a long stretch of pris­tine white beach on Hon tre is­land, while Vin­pearl’s Golf Phu Quoc im­merses golfers in na­ture on a cham­pi­onship course. Vin­pearl’s next project is near the city of Haiphong, north­ern Viet­nam’s most im­por­tant sea­port.

Vu Yen Golf Com­mu­nity will of­fer two cour­ses, with one routed through marsh­land and the other fea­tur­ing an abun­dance of lakes. Both are ex­pected to de­but in Oc­to­ber.



01 Vin­pearl Golf nha trang 02 Da nang Golf Club 03 Ocean views at la­guna lang Co 04 mid-game at la­guna lang Co 03


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