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.
Nowadays, with the emergence of top golf courses in Danang and Nha Trang it was only a matter of time before golf in Phan Thiet met its challenge. Big name golf courses in Vietnam’s central coast such as Danang Golf Club and Montgomerie Links Vietnam now surpass anything else on offer further down south. Moreover, the Nha Trang area now boasts two 18-hole golf courses as well as a domestic airport with direct flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and even Danang. Another plus are the Nha Trang beaches; some of the finest in Vietnam.
What then is in store for the golf future of Phan Thiet? Well one thing for sure is that Sea Links is still the most difficult golf course in Vietnam and the attached 5-star resort property has the largest convention facilities of any of Vietnam golf resort. This makes Sea Links ideally suited for local conventions and corporate outings. As for Ocean Dunes, after some needed renovations I am sure the Faldo designed track will be brought up to the former standards of Vietnam’s original seaside golf resort. In the meantime for the best Vietnam golf holidays head north to stay under par.