Officially known as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Vietnamese nation has emerged strongly following 30 years of war, which thankfully ended in the mid-1970s. The country now enjoys strong economic growth, and with its long South China Sea coastline and river deltas, the country can now focus on its pure and natural beauty. With divine beaches, towering mountains and vibrant cities, it is no wonder that Vietnam is fast becoming one of the world’s most exciting destinations.
In 2007, at Kings' Island Golf Club, the Vietnam Golf Association was formed and there are now more than 5,000 registered Vietnamese golfers, but the vast majority are either foreigners or ex-pats. Vietnam now boasts around eighty golf courses and there are many more in the construction stages. With its varied topography and long coastline, Vietnam has become a serious golfing country., especially with the 2018 opening of Cam Ranh Links.
of the big hitters in modern golf course architecture are represented
in Vietnam. Leading the way, we have Greg Norman with his Bluffs Ho Tram Strip
layout, which has been the national #1 for the last four editions of
our Vietnamese rankings. That course actually debuted a few years
after BRG Da Nang (Dunes)
opened for play in 2010, and a more recent design at Cam Rahn (Links)
is now making a big impression in the listings.
new Robert Trent Jones Jr-designed Hoiana Shores
layout is also making an immediate impact on the Vietnamese listings,
where it has already leapfrogged over well-regarded offerings from
Nick Faldo (Laguna Lang Co) and a couple of 18-hole layouts from Jack Nicklaus and Schmidt &
Curley at FLC Quy Nhon Beach & Golf Resort (Ocean
A new Golfplan layout was scheduled to open in the late autumn of 2021 near the city of Cam Ranh, designed by Kevin Ramsey and David Dale. Constructed by Flagstick, the course was grassed entirely with Platinum paspalum due to its ability to handle a poorer quality of irrigation water. The front nine holes are routed around a number of lakes close to the coast, with the back nine laid out across a wooded landscape further inland.
At the start of 2022, work got underway on Faldo Design’s new Silk Path Dong Trieu Golf Course which is located within a large residential development 90 kilometres to the east of Hanoi. With some of the fairways due to become large terraced “platforms” reflecting surrounding landforms, the course features more water on the back nine, particularly the sequence from the 14th to 16th holes.
Our Vietnam Top 30 rankings were last updated in April 2020. Click the link to read the story.