Set within a private residential development that lies a 30-minute drive from downtown Hanoi, the course at Van Tri is a Peter Rousseau design that debuted in 2007. Fairways have been laid out on the south side of the Van Tri Dam so it’s perhaps not surprising to learn that sizeable water hazards come into play at more than half the holes on the card.
Playing corridors are also tree-lined and sand-protected with an array of carefully placed fairway and greenside bunkers, so good course management skills are essential when playing here.The double doglegged 603-yard 17th is the signature hole. The tee shot over a lake is straightforward, as is the second shot, which has to avoid a large bunker on either side of the fairway. The third shot is all-important, as it must carry a meandering creek that crosses twice in front of the green.
Played Van Tri way back in 2010, when a member took me out. It's an elite facility and even now has restricted access. The golf course is laid out over a flat landscape, but is full of water ( apparently being close to a dam helps). There are lakes and streams all around the course. The layout albeit flat is full of superb holes - cleverly laid out doglegs and the water is almost always a factor. The course was in great condition and apparently still is. It is fairly common amongst touring golfers to rate this as the no 1 golf course in Hanoi. To read more about Van Tri