Vietnam golf courses were destined to find a home in this fast-developing country of 85 million which is quickly becoming a favorite with the global golf travel market. From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh to the far-flung islands on the east coast, over 40 golf courses currently exist with another 50+ projects under development. Needless to say, but golf Vietnam is running at full steam ahead.
It’s hard to golf in Vietnam without getting distracted by the overwhelming nature at every glance. Limestone cliffs provide a backdrop to effortlessly launch drives that look to magically suspend in mid-flight. While on the central coast in Danang, famous designers like Faldo, Norman, Donald, and Montgomerie have been gifted seaside terrain to craft a cluster of golf courses in Vietnam that are ranked amongst the best in Asia.
It’s the reason Vietnam was recently ranked one of the world’s up-and-coming destinations grabbing the award of ‘Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year’ in 2012 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO). With an inspiring history, delectable cuisine, sublime surroundings, and a mild climate, Vietnam golf courses have a lot to offer the world.
Golf Vietnam can be broken down into four distinct regions. In the north and south respectively are the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City that provide a vast range of courses geared for the business community in these two thriving metropolises. The biggest challenge you will face when playing these courses is their distance from the city center.
There are a few city golf options but due to the dense population, golf courses are located on the periphery of the urban area usually 1 hour from the central business district. This means a day out at golf courses in Vietnam is an all encompassing affair that is often mixed with business meetings, working lunches, spa treatments, and a post round dinner. In many cases, golf properties also have accommodations on site offering a break from hustle and bustle of city life.
Golf in Vietnam really comes into its own on the central coast of Vietnam and on the remote islands of the south east. This can be classified as the third and fourth regions for quality golf courses. Danang is a port city that offers the most popular golf courses with 100 flights per week and a number of cruise ships that attracts golf travelers from other major cities in Asia. Nha Trang is the newest island on the south east coast that is being developed by a major local developer named Vin Group. The island features five-star accommodations and an aquarium to keep you entertained after golf is completed for the day.
World class events are also coming to Vietnam golf courses to put the destination on the map and broadcast the exceptional offering to hundreds of millions of homes worldwide. The Ho Tram Open took place in 2015 on the newly opened Bluffs at Ho Tram that was also a newcomer to the Golf Digest’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses ranking.
Vietnam can be classified as both a tropical and a temperate area that makes the combination for golf Vietnam an attractive destination to the global golf community. It is characterized by strong monsoon seasons, mixed with a healthy dose of sun, rain, and humidity. The north can get quite cool in the winter months from November to February where as the south is more tropical providing a temperate climate throughout the year.
You can secure the best tee times online, even ahead of the locals who traditionally call. This will ensure prime time positioning on the 1st tee with your closest golf companions.