Stretches over 3200km of coastal lines, this beautiful S shape country received so much from Mother Nature. With over 30 amazing golf courses, Vietnam has become a golfer’s dream destination. The International Association of Golf Travel Operators named Vietnam the “Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year” in 2012. Let us take you to 5 of the best golf courses in the Central and South of Vietnam to discover the “undiscovered”.
Twin Doves Golf Club located in the new urban area of Binh Duong Province within a resort and villa estate, the Members-Only course has 27 holes that are divided into three unique nines played in the three different 18-hole combinations. Each of the three nines – named Luna, Stella and Sole – are wonderfully playable and well conditioned.
The Luna Course is a great charm in the countryside scenery with some majestic views of small hills and the surrounding forests. Five of the holes are connected by rolling hills and the division between the trees and the fairways intensifies the beauty of the scenery.
The fairway corridors significantly shrink on the “Stella” nine, choked by a thick layer of more traditional trees. This is an amazing course where most the green are segregated into the target zones around the lakes that helps you play golf accurately.
Sole Course is designed with many lakes which is made the best use of to create a challenging game with deep green-colored fairways are contrast perfectly against the blue lake.
2.THE BLUFFS – HO TRAM STRIP
The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip golf course is located 120 kilometers Southeast of Ho Chi Minh City in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. It takes you 2 hours by car from Ho Chi Minh City.
Designed by Australian golfing legend Greg Norman, the 18-hole golf course was built among the unique terrain in the sand hills of Ho Tram. The first time Greg Norman visited The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip in 2013, he said the site here is one of the two best that he’s ever seen (the other site is Doonbeg in Ireland).
Undulating fairways with large greens will welcome shots of every shape. Due to strategically placed sand dunes, grassy hollows, bunkers and water hazards, it’s going to require the players to really think their way through each hole. At the elevation of 50m, the highest hole of the course (15th) offers panoramic ocean views and spans the horizon as far as your eyes can see.
At the Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, the winds are always strong, and its prevailing direction differs depending on the time of year. Whatever your ability to play, you will find the yardage and challenge to fit your game.
The 2016 European Ryder Cup captain and 2011 Open Champion Darren Clarke announced he will play in the inaugural Ho Tram Open, a US$1.5 million Asian Tour event scheduled to take place from December 3-6, 2015 which will become the richest sporting event ever to be held in Vietnam.
3.VINPEARL GOLF CLUB NHA TRANG
Vinpearl Golf Club Nha Trang located on Hon Tre Island, Nha Trang Bay – which is considered as one of the world’s 30 most beautiful bays in the world (voted by Forbes Magazine).
The course where is 3 kilometers from mainland Nha Trang is wonderful to get to either by the 9-minute cable car or 7-minute speed boat. There are not many courses in the world where you “must” take a speedboat or enjoy the cable car before teeing off and this definitely adds to the beauty and uniqueness of this course.
Designed by well-known IMG Worldwide (US) – The global leading golf course management company, the 18-hole, 6,787 yards, par 71 championship golf course is Vietnam’s first international standard golf course that has ocean view from every hole.
Newly opened in 2011, Vinpearl Golf Club Nha Trang gained the notable title of “the most beautiful landscape golf course in Vietnam” due to its beautiful natural scenery, unique location and the Club’s professional staff. The golf course gives another reason why Vinpearl is regarded as the leading resort, entertainment and tourism complex in Vietnam or even in Southeast Asia.
Situated in a perfect location in the midway between Da Nang and Hoi An – two of the most popular destinations in the region, the 18-hole international standard golf course is designed by European golf legend – Colin Montgomerie who was Winning Ryder Cup Captain and Eight-Time European Order Of Merit Winner.
The course stretches 7091 yards on coastline that features outstanding sandy soil, undulating fairways, wind-blown dunes and wind blowing from all the year round making it one of Asia’s most desirable golf and country club. Montgomerie is very well presented with the fairways and greens in excellent condition! The driving range set up is first class & the best facilities that offers golfers of all levels a wonderful place to improve techniques and strategies.
The Forbes Travel Guide named Montgomerie Link – Da Nang in the list of Asia’s 10 Most Elite Golf Courses.
The course is another great design from Greg Norman, it is perfectly located alongside the East Sea and striking Marble Mountains. When Norman checked in on the progress of the course, in March 2010, he said: “The fact is, you’d be doing a very poor job to make a boring course out of a site like this” Mother Nature should receive part of the credit for the breathtaking layout.
The Course measures 7,160 yards, 18 holes with blown-out bunkers, firm and fast fairways that bleed gently into wild seaside vegetation, rugged waste areas, swales and hollows. The course offers an enjoyable experience for golfers of every level. Even for those who love just to play on wonderful courses, Da Nang Golf Club will never let you down. Da Nang Golf Club was accorded Top 10 Golf Courses in Asian Pacific by Asian Golf Monthly Award in 2013.