The Shark’s Viet­namese Tri­umvi­rate

HK Golfer - - DIVOTS -

When KN Golf Links Cam Ranh opens on Viet­nam’s south-cen­tral coast this fall, it will mark the third Greg Nor­man lay­out in a coun­try that ten years ago didn’t pos­sess a sin­gle one. But a lot can hap­pen in a decade, and a lot has in Viet­nam, which is now widely con­sid­ered the premier golf des­ti­na­tion in all of Asia thanks in large part to the in­flux of brand-name cour­ses that have opened since 2008.

The Shark’s first two tracks in Viet­nam - The Dunes at BRG Da Nang Golf Re­sort and The Bluffs at Ho Tram Strip - are un­doubt­edly among the best of re­cent vin­tage. One need only peek into each club’s tro­phy case for ev­i­dence. How will KN Golf Links Cam Ranh fit into the mix? Splen­didly, ac­cord­ing to the ac­claimed ar­chi­tect.

“I think they com­ple­ment each other very well,” said Nor­man, who has sev­eral other pro­jects in the works in Viet­nam. “The course in Da Nang is prob­a­bly the most player friendly. The Bluffs is dra­matic, with re­ally big sand dunes. And KN Golf Links is the best from a playa­bil­ity stand­point. It will ap­peal to a wide range of play­ers.”

Sched­uled to open in Oc­to­ber, the next linksstyle Nor­man ex­pe­ri­ence sits at the south­ern­most end of a long and gen­tly curv­ing sweep of ex­quis­ite white sand that is fast be­com­ing the set­ting for some of Viet­nam’s top lux­ury ho­tels. The course it­self dips and dives through wild, un­du­lat­ing ter­rain and of­fers a num­ber of re­mark­able view­points. “The scale and to­pog­ra­phy of the prop­erty here lends it­self beau­ti­fully to a great va­ri­ety of golf holes,” Nor­man said dur­ing a site visit in March 2018. “There’s a lot of up and down and nat­u­ral con­tour­ing to the course, so you get these sen­sa­tional vi­su­als from tee boxes es­pe­cially and re­ally cool run-off ar­eas where the ball can roll and turn.”

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