Developed by VinaCapital and designed by Greg Norman, the Dunes course debuted in 2010, the first of two 18-hole championship layouts planned for Danang Golf Club.
The sandy soiled fairways on the Dunes course measure a total of 7,160 yards from the Shark tees and they lie on Vietnam’s central coast, next to My Khe Beach.
Highlight holes here include strong back-to-back par fives at the 4th and 5th and another long par five at the 10th that winds through dunes in the direction of the Marble Mountains. The 148-yard 16th is recognised as the signature hole, playing to a slightly raised green that’s framed by the East Sea and Cham Islands.
The Montgomerie Links course is located on an adjacent site to the Dunes fairways and both facilities are now being marketed, along with the new Nick Faldo design at Laguna Lang Co to the north of Danang, as must-play venues on the new Golf Coast Vietnam.The tournament playing days of Norman, Montgomerie and Faldo are virtually over but all three golfing greats are still big draws when it comes to attracting golfing visitors to Vietnam.
This is my favorite course in Vietnam although I do concede that Ho Tram deserves to be ranked number 1 if that makes sense. This course differs from many throughout Asia as it blends in perfectly with its surroundings and is actually walk able not that many choose to walk due to the heat.
The course runs over mildly undulating land with a great mix of holes I found the par 5’s to be the class of the course all head in different directions and have different characteristics the 10th that zig zags through large dunes is probably the best of them.
The par 4’s have great variety all different lengths and challenges the short 14th is a cracker drive able from the elevate tee however you need to clear the central bunker which is exactly where you wish it wasn’t there is plenty of room either side of the bunker to hit which side is best depends on the days pin position.
The 16th is the signature hole and the pick of the par 3’s a short hole with the beach and ocean behind with islands in the distance this hole has a wildly undulating green that provides the challenge this is the only time this course touches the shorefront.
During a recent visit I played the new Nicklaus 9 that bills itself as Asia’s first bulkhead course having imported the bulkheads from Florida I found this 9 very odd it works its way around a lake and seems to have water and bulkheads left on almost every hole except the par 3’s which are water carry the whole way everyone I spoke to at the club hated the new 9 and while the Dunes course was packed I was literally the only golfer on the Nicklaus 9.
Having played extensively in Vietnam my top 5 would be
Bluffs Ho Tram
BRG Danang Dunes
Cam Ranh (Great new course near Nha Trang it may be the best)
Ba Na Hills
Quy Nhon (Mountain)
And in the Da Nang area
BRG Danang Dunes
Ba Na Hills
Laguna Lang Co
Nam Hoi An (New course worth a round outstanding facilities)
Montgomerie Links (This is still a good course just not as good)
I have played many Greg Norman courses, and look this isn't Greg`s best but its far from his worst. the layout was enjoyable without being spectacular i felt it got monotonous in stages. There are some great holes but too many boring ones. the course is in excellent condition the staff are fabulous great bar restaurant and pro shop there is deals available, i got a great deal for my game. Yes would play again definitely but Ba Na Hills better experience and course