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, 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 ? :)