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
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
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
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
I have played many Thailand golf courses before they opened, but last week was the first time I played a Vietnam golf course pre-opening. Most times, the pre-opening phase is used to work out the operational bugs in any new golf club. Therefore, it was to my great surprise to experience new perfection at the new Laguna Lang Co Golf Club.
Getting to Lang Co took exactly 77 minutes from the center of Hoi An using the new tunnel that connects Danang and Hue. The arrival greetings at Lang Co were as good as I have experienced. The greeters were expecting us and had our names and bag tags all ready. Check-in at the pro-shop was equally smooth as we all received our day passports that allowed us to use all the facilities and make purchases throughout the Laguna Lang Co resort. After changing into our golf gear we were introduced to our caddies and shown cordially to the first tee.
On the course, things started out a little rough as the last holes to be grassed were the few nearest to the clubhouse. Anyway, getting past the first 3-4 holes things came into light. The course layout plays through 3 distinct areas. Several holes wander through former rice paddies. These are fairly wide open and nothing special. However, moving into the jungle section is where the golf got fun. Playing through forested areas on a new course is most welcome as trees are mature and other than the grass, the holes seemed to have been made years ago. Contrast this to many other new Vietnam golf courses where staked small tress are the rule and old hardwoods are only a dream 5 years down the road.
The final section of the course is laid out along the South China Sea. These holes play as most links courses do with pot bunkers, waste areas, and greens with natural dunes protecting them. Our caddies were able to advise us the best routes to the pins as well as provided needed assistance reading the undulated greens.
Back at the clubhouse the excellent on course service continued. We had a great Vietnamese meal at the golfer’s café and the free Wi-Fi came in handy as everyone posted their Laguna Lang Co pictures online for the world to see.
If Laguna Lang Co Golf Club has been opened for 10 years I could understand how they were able to fine tune the facility and service. However, given that the new Hue golf course does not officially open for another 2 moths, it is nothing short of a miracle to see how well-oiled things are. My hats off to Tim Haddon and his staff for a pre-opening job well done!
Get ready for a bang; Laguna Lang Co Golf Club is set to hit the ground running and don’t be surprised to hear about them winning the best new golf course in Asia this year!
Golf in Vietnam is an experience to remember for a lifetime. From short breaks at championship Vietnam golf courses to explorations of golf, history and culture, Vietnam now has it all. One of the best up-and-coming golfing destinations in the world, the country is dynamic, safe, and affordable. From the excitement of modern Saigon to the thousand-year-old streets of Hanoi, from the sea and sand in Danang and Hoi An to the mountain fresh air of Dalat, the choices are endless. Combine this with world-class Vietnam golf and accommodations to suit every golf traveler and you have the foundation of for the ultimate Vietnam golf destination.
Since this is my first post, I thought to take this opportunity to introduce all readers to the Vietnam Golf Zone Blog. It is my intent to share my and other peoples, valuable knowledge and expert information about playing golf and golf travel in Vietnam. I will be writing on such topics as my day to day golf experiences, prior tours and travels I have made throughout Vietnam, useful golf tips which have helped me improved my game and other related subjects which golfers coming to Vietnam will find interesting and enjoyable. To get things started I wanted to share my one of my favorite images of golf in Vietnam. The photo was taken at Tam Dao Golf Resort on the Vietnam Golf Coast in the mountains above Hanoi. It reminds me what golf in Vietnam is all about; enjoyment, relaxation and quality. I hope this blog compliments and conveys the same emotions. Please feel free to subscribe, leave me comments, send an email, as well as visit my business web site which has even more information on Vietnam golf.