THE BEST PAR 3 IN VIETNAM 2013
The Dunes course is situated on the fledgling central coast of Vietnam amid 150 hectares of dunes cape similar to what the world’s first golf courses were carved from. Its chief feature is a 7,160-yard, 18-hole, links-style layout that was designed in the true spirit of the game — blown-out bunkers, firm and fast fairways that bleed gently into wild seaside vegetation, rugged waste areas, swales, and hollows — by Australian golf legend and former world No. 1 Greg Norman. It lies in close proximity to two of Vietnam’s most historic destinations — UNESCO World Heritage sites Hoi An and Hue — and offers breathtaking views of the Marble Mountains, East Sea and Cham Islands.
When Greg Norman checked in on the progress of the Dunes 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.” Certainly, Mother Nature had a gigantic hand in the formation of a layout that evokes an experience often found in seaside courses in the British Isles and southeastern Australia. But make no mistake: This is Vietnam. One look at the stunning, par-3 16th hole – back-dropped as it is by traditional, long-tail fishing boats that troll the warm waters of the East Sea – is all it takes.
WORLD’S BEST NEW GOLF COURSE 2016
Designed by Luke Donald and managed by IMG, Bana Hills is a world class facility and is Luke Donald’s first design project. The course is located at the foothills of the famed Ba Na Hills on Vietnam’s central coast, located 25 minutes from downtown Da Nang. The course was awarded “World’s Best New Golf Course” at the World Golf Awards 2016.
This stunning property is set amongst some of the most impressive mountain ranges in the region, complementing the inaugural Luke Donald designed course. Every hole and vantage point is framed by a beautiful backdrop of the local native forest.
As the central coast’s only fully floodlit golf course and measuring 7,858 yards, the par 72 8-hole championship golf course provides a balance of being challenging and providing enjoying and excitement to golfers of all levels and abilities.
Following your round the well-equipped and iconic clubhouse design inspired by a traditional Vietnamese shaped coin offers a selection of well-equipped facilities including the Al Fresco restaurant overlooking the 18th green while a well-stocked golf shop has a full range of quality merchandise and logo items for your every golfing need or to commemorate your day at the club.
ASIA’S TOP TEN ELITE COURSESForbes Travel Guide rated Montgomerie Links Vietnam as one of Asia’s ten most elite courses. Besides, Montgomerie Links also be awarded for 2016 Vietnam’s Best Golf Course by the Ministry of Culture, Sport, and Tourism. The design philosophy behind a Colin Montgomerie design golf course is to work closely with natural features of the site. The sandy soil, wind-blown dunes, and indigenous vegetation combine to create the framework for a very strong links golf course.
The course routing is an exciting mixture of heathland and links style holes which cater to players of all abilities. And the Golf Academy at Montgomerie Links Vietnam provides a state of the art learning environment. Although the course doesn’t officially have a signature hole, the stunning par-5 12th is truly memorable. Playing slightly uphill to a bunker-riddled fairway, the hole is framed by the clubhouse in the background and has been described as the best par-5 in Vietnam.
Make Vietnam’s most desirable golf and country club retreat your home. Montgomerie Links Residences are located in an exclusive community, nestled within a private enclave in the heart of the course between holes 9 and 10. Their elevated position maximizes magnificent views over sweeping fairways, extending to mountain ranges to the south and west and to the ocean on the east.
CHALLENGING BY NATURE
Located within the greater Laguna Lang Co integrated resort lays Laguna Golf Lang Co, an 18-hole, par-71 championship course designed by Sir Nick Faldo. This award winning course delivers a golfing experience that can be enjoyed by the most experienced players and beginners alike. The course presents variety for players of all levels measuring just under 7,100 yards from the championship tees and a beginner friendly 5,263 yards from the front tees. Designed by the six-time Major winner, Sir Nick Faldo brings his wealth of playing experience to the Laguna Lang Co golf course, which is his second design in Vietnam. In keeping with its links-like characteristics, the Lang Co layout also offers a traditional out-and-back routing, presenting a host of varied shot opportunities along the way. Laguna Golf Lang Co will certainly leave golfers with a sense of place as they experience the coastal landscape carved through seaside sand dunes and traditional rice paddies with a backdrop of a strangering tropical mountain range.
The course’s appeal lies in the numerous environments encountered during a round – rice paddy, woodlands, beach, ‘blowout’ areas, rivers and creeks and rock outcrops on adjacent hillsides. Laguna Lang Co Golf Club is the centrepiece of the Laguna Lang Co resort complex, which currently comprises Banyan Tree Lang Co and Angsana Lang Co Resorts, spa and water facilities as well as upmarket dining experiences.