One thing I really like about golf in Vietnam is that all Vietnam golf courses have the same system with respect to golf carts (buggies). That is they are always optional, and when used golf carts can be shared between 2 golfers.
This choice of whether to walk or ride not only helps keep costs down for those who prefer the exercise, but it is in stark contrast to other competing destinations like golf in Thailand or golf in Malaysia. Read more
Having traveled to golf in Vietnam on and off for the last 8 years I have seen a huge increase in golf popularity, both among local Vietnamese and visiting golfers. According to the Vietnam Golf Association there are around 35,000 Vietnamese that golf and close to 80,000 expatriate golfers, the latter mostly Korean and Japanese working in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Add to this around 50,000 golf tourists who visit Vietnam each year and play on the 35 or so golf courses in Vietnam and you have the makings of some busy days. Read more
Here are some tips I came up with to help anyone who is interested in arranging a Vietnam golf holiday.
There are a number of areas you must carefully think about before arranging your own Vietnam golf tour. The biggest advantage of booking yourself is “potential cost savings”. However, any savings must be weighed against the time required to do things yourself and on-the-ground logistical problems that will arise. Read more
Have you ever golfed with a caddie? If not, you are in for a real treat golfing in Vietnam. I often try to explain about this with golf buddies and everyone agrees, golfing with a caddie in Vietnam adds another dimension to of golf and is a must experience for all Vietnam golf visitors.
The Vietnam caddies will be of the unique experiences of your golf holiday. However, be forewarned you may like having a caddie in Vietnam, but it won’t be until you return home that you really miss the Vietnamese caddies! Read more
Vietnam now has 35 golf courses in every corner of the country from north to south. Several of the Vietnam golf courses like Danang Golf Club, Montgomerie Links Vietnam, and Laguna Lang Co Golf Club are world-class standard. However, only a few locals and foreigners know this. The sport’s penetration among locals is a paltry 0.01% (10,000 golfers out of a population of 90,000,000) and foreign golf tourists number less than 30,000 per year. Why is this so? Read more
Vietnam is a country that is full of history, but it is only recently that Vietnam golf holidays have been added the country’s rich stories. Its long history includes revolutions, wars, and unpredictable economies. However, since 1997 foreign tourists have been able to travel freely in the country and golf course development and golf tourism has been on a steady rise. This year Vietnam will host over 7 Million visitors, of which some 50,000 golf holidaymakers in the know will experience Asia’s fastest growing golf destination. It seemed entirely fitting, therefore, for me to detail my own adventure covering some 30 golf courses and more than 1,000 kilometers. Read more
Golf in Vietnam can be played day or night as more Vietnam golf courses are being built with lights or are having lights installed. For example Van Tri Golf Club in Hanoi and Twin Doves Golf Club in Saigon both offer night golf starting at 3:30PM and finishing around 11:00 each weekday night. The front nine is played in daylight and the lights come on just as you would make the turn. Then the the back nine is played under spot lights. The new Diamond Bay Resort & Golf Club is also installing lights, albeit they not completely functional yet. Read more
Hanoi’s newest golf course is the Korean owned and designed Sky Lake Golf & Resort. The largest-ever golf tournament in Vietnam was scheduled to be held there September 19, 2013. However, the Asian Tour event is now postponed until next year.
Fortunately for me, I was able to play the course last week. Located just 20 kilometers from town, I travelled to the Hanoi golf course by new 4-lane super-highway. The journey to Sky Lake took only 45 minutes. Driving up to the club I passed what looked like an active quarry on the left. This was in fact another 18-hole course (Lake Course) under construction. A modern clubhouse with fresh caddies greets visitors upon arrival and the existing course (Sky Course) is located directly behind the clubhouse. Read more
Up until recently golf in Saigon was mainly played by local Vietnamese or foreign expatriates. The original 4 Ho Chi Minh City golf courses (Vietnam Golf & Country Club, Song Be Golf Resort, Dong Nai Golf Club, and Long Thanh Golf Club) either were only of average quality or limited tee times for visitors as demand was high and availability was low.
Nowadays, with the opening more courses such as Twin Doves Golf Club, Jeongsan Country Club, and Royal Island Golf Club more choices are available for Saigon golfers. More competition and choice has resulted in improved course maintenance standards and better availability as each of the Saigon golf courses all try to differentiate and stand out from the others. Read more
Nha Trang is best known for its beaches and as the windsurfing capital of the world. With only one golf course, Vin Pearl Golf Club, it was a hard sell to get any foreigners to travel there solely for golf.
Now however, with the opening of the full 18 holes at Diamond Bay, Nha Trang emerges as Vietnam’s second premier golf destination; the other being the Vietnam Golf Coast centered in Danang. Read more
For years Phan Thiet has been Vietnam’s only seaside golf holiday destination. The golf at the Nick Faldo designed Ocean Dunes Golf Club was excellent and the addition of Sea Links Golf & Country Club in 2008 made golf at Vietnam’s sole golf resort even better. However, travel to and from Phan Thiet was always an issue as five or more hours is needed for the grueling overland journey from Ho Chi Minh City. This in fact led to the creation of the southern leg of the Vietnam Golf Trail whereby combining golf in Phan Thiet with golf in Dalat one could make their way back to Ho Chi Minh City by air to complete the round trip journey. Read more
The capital of Vietnam is a contradictory city where ancient culture meets modern golf in Hanoi. To the new visitor Hanoi appears very chaotic. The streets are packed with bicycles, trishaws, motorcycles, cars and pedestrians. The one tip I give golfers is walk slowly and steady when crossing the streets and everything will be fine.
Beyond the crowdedness Hanoi maintains planned order. The main tourist area is the historic old quarter where golfers can find many shops built from well-preserved architecture of old times selling Vietnamese handicrafts and delicacies. The most interesting sites are the Temple of Literature, the Ethnology Museum and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex. Read more
Here are three tips to make your golfing holiday in Danang more enjoyable:
1. Money Changing: US Dollars used to be widely accepted and the preferred currency of choice for a Danang golf vacation. However, over the past 2 years this has all changed. Nowadays the Vietnamese Dong is used everywhere. The rates are controlled by the Vietnam Central Bank, so changing money at an official money changer will get you the best rates. There are two exchange kiosks at the Danang Airport and the rates are competitive. Read more
The Bluffs is an 18-hole par-71 Greg Norman designed golf course and set to open in January 2014. If sneak peeks of the construction progress are correct the golf course might just be at the top of the pack in Vietnam when it opens. Situated along the southeastern coast of Vietnam and a 3-hour ride from Saigon, the seaside course will offer a links golf experience complete with rolling dunes and ocean views from most every hole. Read more
Sky Lake Resort & Golf Club is the latest addition to a growing number of golf courses in Hanoi and the north of Vietnam.
Located at the Van Son Lake area of Hanoi Vietnam, Sky Lake Resort & Golf Club is made up of two 18-hole PGA standard courses. The Sky Course is open for play and the Lake Course is under construction. The entire project is baked by Korean investors with golf course design by Robert Painter (Kingsbarns Golf Links, UK) and Ronald Leck (Sky 72 Golf Club, Korea). Read more