BRG Danang Golf Resort now boasts 27 holes, the Norman-designed Dunes course and the 9-hole Nicklaus-designed Bulkhead course, which opened in 2018 where the wooden bulkheads lines various trees, fairways and greens. The Dunes is a links style course with wide and firm fairways, allowing players to gain the extra driving distances. While there are barely any ponds, bunkers, rough of fescue grasses & wild seaside vegetation, sandy waste areas, swales and hollows are strategically placed.
The greens are fast and undulating. Some of the holes incorporate dunes resembling the courses in Scotland, Ireland or Melbourne Sandbelt, the area of the designer's birth. The routing is fantastic and the flow of the 18 holes is excellent. Although the course has a limited sea view (only hole 16), I personally think the flow of all 18 holes is slightly better than The Bluffs Ho Tram and Cam Rahn (Links) by the same designer, although the other two use more dynamic terrain. The course is also routed to showcase a couple of war relics, reminders of the Vietnam War.
The par 5 575-yard 6th is a relatively straight par four. There is a dune ridge appearing on the left side at around the 265 yards mark from the tee ground. The further players hit, the narrower the landing area becomes. With a slightly uphill second shot, players should notice the bunkers guarding the green in front and to its left. The green is two-tiered, and slopes from front to back. If the pin is located on the back tier, players must pay attention to the correct distance to avoid hitting over the green. A straight and a very short par 4 319-yard 4th has a cross bunker, nicely placed in the center of the relatively tight fairway, which is located between 245 to 265 yards. Big hitters will drive the ball over the bunker onto the green, due to the help as there's a gentle downward slope beyond the bunker. However, another very long bunker lies from the 275-yard mark off the tee to the front right side of the slightly elevated green. This is a typical a risk/reward hole.
The par 3 148-yard 16th is a stunning signature hole, which plays slightly uphill to a green back-dropped by the East Sea. While this hole is quite short and easy, although playing into the wind, this par three is beautifully picturesque. The contrast between the blue ocean and the green offers a dazzling and colorful image. The green contour is nice as well. To read more about the Dunes at BRG Danang, click here to visit my website.
Date: June 02, 2020