AccorHotels Vietnam World Masters – The Golf Tournament Biggest Ever

Danang, Vietnam 14 August 2017 — The third annual AccorHotels Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship welcomes over 160 participants to Danang in Central Vietnam from 13 to 19 August 2017.

This year’s tournament is the biggest ever and will bring together golfers and non-playing partners for the ultimate event and Vietnam golf holiday experience. The event is open to male and female golfers aged 35 plus and competition is played in divisions based on age and golf handicap. The event is supported by major tournament sponsors AccorHotels, Titleist and Nikon.

The all-inclusive tournament package boasts 6 nights’ accommodation, 4 rounds with caddies and carts, nightly social events with food, beverage and entertainment, welcome and presentation dinners, a player pack with tournament shirt, personalized caddie bib and country flag, US$20,000 in prizes and much more. There is also an attractive program of events and day tour options for non-players.

For the first time, BaNa Hills joins Montgomerie Links and BRG Da Nang as tournament host courses for this year’s event. Participants will play 2 rounds at Montgomerie Links and 1 round at both BRG Da Nang and BaNa Hills.

Tournament director Mark Hawley is excited by what is in store for golfers this week “We are bringing golfers together for the best time of their lives both on and off the courses. Our AccorHotels partner hotels will be staging various activities at golf courses, including on-site neck & shoulder massages and many more. The quality and value of our event activities are simply sensational.”

Tournament promoters Golfasian and Go Golfing both received top honors at the World Golf Awards in 2014, 2015, 2016 and are nominated in various categories for the 2017 awards. Golfasian were awarded Asia’s Best Golf Tour Operator while Australian based Go Golfing were recognized as Oceania’s best.

More than 19,000 club golfers from 30 countries have participated in past World Masters tournaments. Fundamental to the success of past World Masters tournaments is finding world class tourism destinations with premier golf courses, well priced luxury accommodation and a variety of cultural and tourism experiences that appeal to golfers and non-playing partners.

The tournament website www.VietnamWorldMasters.com has scores for all players and event photos.

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Golf in Vietnam Is All About the Walk (Or Ride)

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

Vietnam Golf Becomes More Popular

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

Arrange Your Own Vietnam Golf Holiday

Here are some tips I came up with to help anyone who is interested in arranging a Vietnam golf holiday.

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Vietnam Golf Caddies

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

Why Is Golf in Vietnam Lagging?

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 Golf Holidays Add to Vietnam’s History

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 Pros and Cons of Night Golf

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

Golf In Saigon Gets Better

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

Golf in Nha Trang Is On The Upswing

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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

Golf In Phan Thiet Is Over Par

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

Golf In Hanoi

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

More Best Golf In Danang Tips

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

Danang Golf Holiday Tips

Here a few ttips to make any golf holiday in Danang more enjoyable:

1. Changing money: There are many banks and exchange booths around Danang. Previous to 2012 it was prudent to shop around for the best exchange rates. However, now that the Vietnam government has all but eliminated the black market, exchange rates are almost identical at every outlet. I use one of the 2 money exchange services at the Danang airport.  Show your passport and present your foreign currency and you will be a Vietnamese Dong (VND) millionaire in seconds. The current exchange rate is VND 20,000 to US$1. Make sure you have new bills from your home country as anything soiled or old will be rejected. Read more

Golf Carts (Buggies) @ Vietnam Golf Courses

Some call them carts while others refer to them as buggies. In either case these electric vehicles can make life easier for Vietnam golfers and add to the enjoyment of those on a Vietnam golf holiday.
Golfers almost always want to know if golf carts area available in Vietnam because even the most determined walkers may consider riding when playing golf in Vietnam. A golf cart provides shade and a welcome breeze on a hot day. They also ease the burden of walking up steep hills say for example at Phoenix Golf Club in Hanoi and eliminate long walks from tee to green at say Long Thanh in Saigon.

All of the golf courses in Vietnam have golf carts available for rent. Asian golfers may prefer to ride alone, while others can share a car with a buddy, the later being both more social and less expensive.
Golf carts cost around $35 US Dollars a round and are always optional and charged separate from green and caddie fees. The caddies generally ride on the back of the cart, but can also drive should you choose to go solo.

As with most golf courses around the world you sign a waiver saying that you are responsible for any damage for driving carts into lakes or trees.  Believe it or not, this is a surprisingly common occurrence, especially when some Vietnam golfers play early after having a late night out the night before. If this is your case, let the caddie drive and just sit back and smell the flowers.

At certain courses carts are strictly relegated to the cart path. This is the case at Van Tri Golf Club in Hanoi. In other areas, carts can go on the fairways, provided the conditions are relatively dry. All of the Danang golf courses in the Golf Coast Vietnam program follow this later rule.

Golf buggies can be pre-reserved at all Vietnam golf courses, so if you prefer to ride let your golf tour operator know of your preferences in advance and your buggy will be loaded and waiting for you on when you next golf in Vietnam.