Officially known as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Vietnamese nation has certainly emerged from bitter war. Vietnam 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. Divine beaches, towering mountains and vibrant cities, it is no wonder 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 can now boast around 25 golf courses with many more in the construction stages. With its varied topography and long coastline, we expect Vietnam to become a serious golf destination in the not too distant future.
The Dunes course at Danang Golf Club opened to critical acclaim in 2010 with its designer, Greg Norman, saying, “You’d be doing a very poor job to make a boring course out of a site like this”.
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.
Located just outside the Binh Thuan provincial capital of Phan Thiet, the fairways of the Sea Links Golf & Country Club are routed round a residential estate that sits on clifftops overlooking the South China Sea.
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.
Opened in 2007, the 18-hole course at Tam Dao Golf & Resort is an IMG production that’s situated around 40 miles to the north of Hanoi. It’s here that golfers will find fairways winding around the foothills of the Tam Dao National Park.
Chi Linh Star (B & C)
The 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.
The six-time Major winner has fashioned the East course at Vietnam Country Club with more generous fairways than the tighter West course...
The Lakeside course at Kings Island opened in 1993, followed a decade later by the Mountainview course. Designed by Phil Ryan of Pacific Coast Design, the newer 18-hole course is more visually stimulating and challenging than the original layout.
Nick Faldo's Ocean Dunes course is part of a golf hotel complex located near the fishing port of Phan Thiết, some 75 miles east of Ho Chi Minh City.