Officially known as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Vietnamese nation has emerged stongly following 30 years of war, which thankfully ended in the mid-1970s. The country now enjoys strong economic growth, and with its long South China Sea coastline and river deltas, the country can now focus on its pure and natural beauty. With divine beaches, towering mountains and vibrant cities, it is no wonder that Vietnam is fast becoming one of the world’s most exciting destinations.
In 2007, at Kings' Island Golf Club, the Vietnam Golf Association was formed and there are now more than 5,000 registered Vietnamese golfers, but the vast majority are either foreigners or ex-pats. Vietnam now boasts around 30 golf courses, with many more in the construction stages. With its varied topography and long coastline, Vietnam has become a serious golfing country.
Bluffs Ho Tram Strip
The Greg Norman-designed golf course at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, took all of ten years to come to fruition after it was first earmarked for investment back in 2004...
Part of a residential development that has IMG and Colin Montgomerie’s 18-hole course as its centrepiece, the Montgomerie Links layout has hosted the Vietnam Matchplay Championship every year since 2009.
Designed by Peter Rousseau, the course at Van Tri Golf Club opened for play in 2007. It’s completely surrounded by water so, unsurprisingly, lakes and streams come into play at more than half the holes on the card.
Chi Linh Star Golf and Country Club is currently a 27-hole golf facility with a further nine holes under construction. The fairways are laid out in a fertile valley where plenty of water hazards come into play.