As a rising star in the world’s golf map, Vietnam is home to an increasingly growing collection of layouts designed by some of the biggest names in the game. In addition to all the international-standard hotels and resorts that continue to pop up from north to south. This is top 5 best golf courses in Vietnam that will surely leave you dreaming of the unique golfing experiences and just want to a flight ticket away.
BA NA HILLS GOLF CLUB
Former world No. 1 Luke Donald is hardly a household name when it comes to golf course design. But if his first effort is any indication, he could have a bright future in the business. Ba Na Hills won ‘World’s Best New Course’ at the 2016 World Golf Awards (and then ‘Asia’s Best Course’ in 2017) and it’s not hard to see why. The course sits in the shadow of a stunning mountain range and, provided you aren’t foolish enough to play from the professional tees (7,595 yards), is likely to stay with you long after the 18th hole.
THE BLUFFS HO TRAM STRIP
One of only two Vietnamese courses on Golf Digest’s list of the ‘World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses’ is inside the top 40 for one very good reason: it’s deserving. Set among massive sand dunes on a mostly undeveloped piece of coastline not far from Ho Chi Minh City, The Bluffs wins on location by a landslide. But give Greg Norman credit too; he let the contours of the property dictate much of the links-style design, which Sergio Garcia called “spectacular” after winning an Asian Tour event there in 2015.
KN GOLF LINKS
KN Golf Links is set on Long Beach – Cam Ranh, a beautiful parcel of land gifted by nature, providing a stunning vista over the glistening sandy beach, the blue sea and its accompanying white horses that envelope the link between sea and land.
Nestled within the KN Paradise site that encompasses hotels, residential and commercial developments you will find 27 Greg Norman designed holes that will inspire any golfing enthusiast. Measuring 7,152 yards from the tournament tees, can be played at a manageable 5,348 yards depending on which of the five tees are chosen. For those who take an interest in golf course design, you will not be disappointed in the design intricacies, from the subtle green side runoffs and catchment areas to the more distinctive bold bunker styles, a signature of Norman designed courses.
LAGUNA GOLF LANG CO
Part of the first world-class integrated resort in Vietnam, this Nick Faldo design is rivaled only by the amount of quality amenities that surround it. Whether you choose to stay at the 57-villa Banyan Tree resort or the 229-room Angsana resort, you won’t be disappointed. Both are walking distance from the course and front the same private swath of sand. Neither infringes upon the golf experience either, making it easy to enjoy the stroll around what can only be described as a ruggedly appealing collection of holes.
VINPEARL GOLF PHU QUOC
In 2015, Vietnam’s top island destination got its first golf course. And the bar was set high.
While views here and there of an amusement park make you feel like you’re close to Disneyland, the primary feature – dense, old-growth trees that separate most of the 18 IMG-designed holes – make for an experience more reminiscent of something you’d encounter in America’s Deep South. Oh, and then there’s the humidity. But find a seat post-round in the open-air clubhouse under a ceiling fan and tee up an ice-cold beverage and you’ll swear you’re in heaven.