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.
Vietnam is a very special place to play golf. Many of the more popular golfing destinations like Danang and Nha Trang have great golf courses and are great resort destinations in their own rights. Moreover, both of these areas have a fascinating history as they were the sites for the two largest American bases during the war in the 1970’s. With three excellent golf courses and a lot of culture, Danang is currently Vietnam’s best golf destination. There’s a host of amazing resorts, a great 20km long white sand beach, and World Heritage sites of Hoi An and Hue. Nha Trang boasts 2 courses including the spectacular Vin Pearl Golf Club and the Andy Dye signature course at Diamond Bay Golf Resort. Being further south this beach destination has some of the driest climates in the Vietnam, which bodes well for year-round golf holidays.
My Vietnam golf trip also included playing Vietnam G&CC, Song Be Golf Resort, and Twin Doves Golf Club, all in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The southern hub is the biggest city in Vietnam, and for some it retains a romanticism that belies its unwieldy size. Besides golf, Saigon has a vibrant nightlife, culinary and entertainment scenes, which is great news for those looking for it all in one place for a Vietnam golf holiday.
Hanoi also has its share of golf courses and I played them all. King’s Island, Chi Linh Star, Twin Doves Golf Club, and Sky Lake are Hanoi’s best tracks. Vietnam’s capital also offers a unique blend chaos, elegance and ultra-modern vibrancy to satisfy even the most seasoned golf traveler. Transportation around the city’s Old Quarter is still by the same rickshaws which have been plying the streets for centuries.
A couple of hundred kilometers east of Hanoi is Haiphong and Hanoi Bay, the latter being Vietnam’s most famous attraction. The UNESCO registered Halong Bay is one of the natural wonders of the world and must be seen to be believed. The nearby port city of Haiphong boasts 2 golf courses, Song Gia Golf Resort and Do Son Seaside. Both courses are situated around inland seas and rivers which make for excellent, albeit windy, playing conditions.
Not only did my Vietnam golf trip encompass great golf courses, but I also got up close and personal with Vietnamese culture, hospitable people and, most importantly, had a wonderful time.
With my golfing experience complete, I settled back to reflect upon Vietnam. I am sure mine will not be the last epic in Vietnam.