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.
For example, on any given Saturday and Sunday the more popular golf courses like 18-hole Van Tri Golf Club in Hanoi and 36-hole Vietnam Golf & Country Club in Ho Chi Minh City are full with over 200 and 400 players a day, respectively.
How about golf popularity in the coastal areas like Danang? Danang Golf Club and Montgomerie Links Vietnam, the first two courses to be established in the area, both averaged 200 golfers a day through the main high season this past January through March. Weekends and holidays saw allot of member play, but weekdays rounds were mainly taken up visiting golfers from countries like China, Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan.
With all of this demand, development of new golf in Vietnam is certainly on an upswing. In fact, new courses are being built in practically every corner of the country including Sapa in the far north and Phu Quoc Island off the southern coast. The cities are also no exception as additional tracks will open this year in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Finally, the already established and highly regarded Vietnam Golf Coast will get stronger too when the Bana Hills Golf Club comes on stream in 2015.
There is no doubt that golf in Vietnam will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. Additional courses now under development and/or in construction will just strengthen the appeal of the game both domestically and among international golf tourists.