Funded by Indochina Capital, one of Vietnam’s leading financial services groups, the Montgomerie Links course is a central component of a multi-million dollar residential development located next to Danang’s My Khe beach.
It’s here that IMG Design and Colin Montgomerie fashioned a striking 18-hole layout on a sandy soiled landscape where slender casuarina pine trees frame many of the fast-running fairways and contoured greensites on the course.
Feature holes include a couple of slightly doglegged short par fours at the 4th and 15th, where water threatens to the right of the fairway on the former and to the left of the hole on the latter. The round ends (as indeed it begins) with a testing par five that plays slightly uphill to a raised green in front of the clubhouse.Monty formally opened the course with an exhibition match in April 2010, establishing the course record with a four under par round of 68.
Montgomerie Links is the first golf course to open up in Danang and the harbinger for golf tourism there. However I did not get the chance to play it before I had played Laguna Lang Co, Danang Dunes and Ba Na Hills. The impression I got was it like any conventional parkland golf course, although maintained very well. Danang Dunes and Laguna Lang Co seem to have more distinct character. The great thing about Montgomerie Links is its proximity to town as is of Danang Dunes. Overall , there is no reason to miss out on this course on a Danang golf holiday. To read more about Danang golf courses visit my blog https://www.golftripz.com/blog/danang-golf-courses...
It was early Friday morning. We had arrived into Danang from Melbourne late Thursday night and here we were at Montgomerie Links preparing to play golf early in the morning. I must admit though, that the balmy 30 plus degree day, and the 4 hour time difference did soften the blow somewhat...
Montgomerie Links (designed by Colin Montgomerie) had been rated the best course in Vietnam in earlier years, and one of the best in Asia. The course has a character all of it's own - I could not readily compare it to anything I had seen.
Montgomerie Links is built in sand in the vicinity, but not adjacent to the magnificent beach. Water features prominently on a number of holes - some of the water holes were quite spectacular- and more than a little intimidating!
The back nine was more heavily bunkered and appeared to play longer (maybe I was tiring in the heat?). The greens were interesting with significant movement - but not to the point of being excessive
I really liked the fact that the course included a couple of short par 4's where a player could choose to take on the bunkers and water or lay up and have a short iron in.
Perhaps the only query I could raise on the strategic merit of the course was that a couple of the longer par 4's had very tight approaches.
Overall I was very impressed by Montgomerie Links. The many Casuarina trees gave it a unique look and I found the course both challenging and fun to play. Plus, all the services were excellent. I hope to go back again soon!
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.
Montgomerie Links is, as the name suggests, a links-like course consisting of many features such as wide and hard fairways. The greens are generally large and undulating, and the bunkers are deep and challenging, and look appealing as their white color offers an interesting contrast to the green of the fairways and putting surfaces. The sandy-soil, wind-blown dunes and indigenous vegetation such as the pines and casuarinas combine in creating a nice landscape. Many water hazards and deep bunkers are strategically placed throughout the course, so accuracy is important on this course. My favorites are short par 4 4th, a pretty par 3 5th, a short par 5 5th, a very long par 4 9th, nice par 3 11th, a mid-length par 5 12th that has 18 FW bunkers, long par 4 13th, long par 3 14th and a short par 4 14th.
The par 4 321-yard 4th is a very short par four with a dogleg bending to the right. With a downhill tee shot, long hitters will be able to carry the ball very close to the green. At around 235 yards from the tee ground, there is a pond that appears on the right side. Accuracy is more important over distance off the tee. The further the ball flies, the narrower the fairway guarded by bunkers becomes. Players can use a driver or lay-up with a utility or iron. The green is guarded with a lake to its right. A birdie is possible as long as players can hit a successful and accurate tee shot. This is a nice risk/reward hole.
The par 13 455-13th is a straight, difficult, and long par four. The second shot will require a very demanding uphill shot. The dense trees come into play on the left side of the green, sloping steeply from left to right. When the pin is positioned to the left side, it will make the approach shot more difficult. The right side of the green is guarded by a sloping dune with a small pond strategically located just under the dune waiting for any errant shots.
Pretty humdrum compared to Greg Norman course up the road and Ba Na Hills. Few memorable holes other than a Par 4 that curves around a lake and all felt a bit 'scruffy' - course seemed not sure about what the off fairway areas should look like. Monty also seemed to position bunkers in middle of fairways on most holes - perhaps he perfers an iron off the tee ? :)