Hòn Tre island, just off the east coast of Vietnam, was used in the past to detain criminals in a purpose built jail but nowadays it’s better known as the location for Vinpearl Land, an impressive 5-star resort that’s operated by Vietnamese billionaire and property developer Pham Nhat Vuong.
For those in a rush to get onto the first tee, Vinpearl - Nha Trang can be accessed in under ten minutes from the mainland by the Vinpearl Cable Car system, a series of 47 small cabins that transport guests to and from the island via nine Eiffel Tower-shaped steel pillars, out across the sparkling waters of Nha Trang Bay.
The golf course was laid out by IMG – the company that also designed the highly rated Dalat Palace and Tam Dao courses – and it first opened for play in 2012, five years after Vinpearl Land accepted its first resort visitors.
With spectacular views of the beautiful sandy bay from every hole on the course, the fairways have been seeded with Seashore Paspalum, an environmentally friendly grass that thrives in a seaside location with saltier water conditions.Contenders for signature hole on the layout include the long and tough par four 4th and the lovely par three 16th, where the South China Sea provides a panoramic backdrop for the hole.
I played this course in August 2019. It was a quick ferry ride with minimal fuss to get across to Hon Tre island where the course is located. Started on the back 9 - since on many occasions I am a solo golfer, my preference always to beat the traffic and finish quickly. Only thing that the 10th was a par 3 - not the start you want, especially as you are still to be warmed up. Anyway - moving on after what was neither the kind of hole nor the type of shot I was expecting, the course opened up to some sparkling holes and sparkling views. Most of the course seems wide enough, but well planned bunkers and the strong breeze may have other ideas even for well executed shots. Elevation changes and doglegs make for some interesting decisions on club selection and shotmaking. Overall, it is a golf course not to be missed when in Nha Trang. To read more about this golf course visit my blog https://www.golftripz.com/blog/nha-trang-golf-cour...
Vin Pearl - Nha Trang is an adventure to get to and to play. Lakes and luxuriant vegetation border the fairways.
The course is a very fair test and from the various tees should be enjoyed by all. A great experience is guaranteed with the right weather.