Doing some research is crucial when organising a golf trip to ‘The Land Of The Ascending Dragon’. Vietnam stretches 1,515 kilometres by road from Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in the south. That’s 22 hours by car. And the best golf destinations are located some distance from its two largest cities [see panel, below].
The stretch from Da Nang to Hoi An has been dubbed ‘Vietnam’s Golf Coast’ due to the proliferation of high-quality golf courses by ‘name’ architects: BRG Da Nang Golf Resort (Greg Norman), BRG Da Nang Golf Resort (Jack Nicklaus), Laguna Golf Lang Co (Nick Faldo), Montgomerie Links Golf Club (Colin Montgomerie), Hoiana Shores Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jnr) and Ba Na Hills Golf Club (Luke Donald).
Given that Da Nang is 742 kilometres by road to Hanoi and 872 kilometres to Ho Chi Minh City, it’s advisable to consider using a tour operator if seeking to experience top-shelf golf along with Vietnam’s cultural attractions.
CGE Golf prides itself on providing sensational golf courses, impeccable hospitality and a highly personalised service. It offers escorted and non-escorted customised golf tours to all parts of the world. Company director Steve Baron has more than 20 years of expertise in the golf travel industry.
The CGE Golf Fully Escorted Vietnam Golf Tour is a 10-day package to Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Tram and Da Nang. It includes seven rounds of golf on six courses, deluxe accommodation, daily buffet breakfasts, airport and golf-course transfers across Vietnam, escorted sightseeing tours, plus welcome and farewell dinners.
The tour begins in Ho Chi Minh City where tourists can explore Saigon including the Cu Chi tunnels. They then journey by road to Ho Tram to play two rounds on the Greg Norman-designed Bluffs, regarded as the finest course in Vietnam. Then it’s a flight to Da Nang to play the ‘Fabulous Five’: BRG Da Nang (Norman course), Laguna Golf Lang Co, Montgomerie Links, Ba Na Hills and Hoiana Shores. Sightseeing includes escorted tours of Da Nang and the ancient city of Hoi An.
Tourists have the flexibility of opting for the entire 10-day package or the seven-day leg in Da Nang/Hoi An. For further details, visit cgegolf.com.au
More than 300 amateurs from 25 countries are anticipated to descend upon Da Nang in Central Vietnam to contest the 28th World Left-Handed Golf Championship hosted by APTT Golf (April 7-13, 2024).
The tournament will be played at four exceptional venues: BRG Da Nang (Norman course), Hoiana Shores, Ba Na Hills and Montgomerie Links. The package includes six nights’ accommodation at 5-star hotels, daily breakfasts, four rounds of golf with caddie and cart, airport and golf-course transfers, welcome function and gala presentation dinner with live entertainment.
Event co-ordinator APTT Golf is a full-service travel agency and is a leading inbound tour operator in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. It has local offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland.
APTT Golf is offering Australian Golf Digest readers a complimentary Vietnamese dinner with free beer if they register for the tournament before September 1, 2023. For information, visit apttgolf.com/walg2024
Great Golf in Vietnam – At A Glance
Stone Valley Golf – Resort Schmidt-Curley Design
BRG Kings Island Golf Resort (Lakeside) – Robert McFarland
BRG Kings Island Golf Resort (MountainView) – Pacific Coast Design
BRG Kings Island Golf Resort (Kings) – Jack Nicklaus II
Van Tri Golf Club – Peter Rousseau
Ha Long Bay (156km by road to Hanoi)
FLC Ha Long Bay Golf Club – Schmidt-Curley Design
CENTRAL COAST – ‘VIETNAM GOLF COAST’
Dong Hoi (482km by road to Hanoi)
FLC Quang Binh (Ocean Dunes) – Schmidt-Curley Design
FLC Quang Binh (Forest Dunes) – Schmidt-Curley Design
Da Nang & Hoi An (742km by road to Hanoi)
BRG Da Nang Golf Resort (Norman) – Greg Norman
BRG Da Nang Golf Resort (Nicklaus) – Nicklaus Design
Laguna Golf Lang Co – Nick Faldo
Montgomerie Links – Colin Montgomerie
Hoiana Shores Golf Club – Robert Trent Jones Jnr
Ba Na Hills Golf Club – Luke Donald
Vinpearl Golf Nam Hoi An – IMG Golf Design
SOUTH CENTRAL COAST
Quy Nhon (621km by road to Ho Chi Minh City)
FLC Quy Nhon Golf Links (Mountain) – Schmidt-Curley Design
FLC Quy Nhon Golf Links (Ocean) – Nicklaus Design
Cam Ranh & Nha Trang (375km by road to Ho Chi Minh City)
KN Golf Links Cam Ranh – Greg Norman
Vinpearl Golf Nha Trang – IMG Golf Design
Phan Thiet (184km by road to Ho Chi Minh City)
PGA NovaWorld Phan Thiet (Garden) – Greg Norman
PGA NovaWorld Phan Thiet (Ocean) – Greg Norman
Ho Tram – Xuyen Moc District (110km by road to Ho Chi Minh City)
The Bluffs Grand Ho Tram Strip – Greg Norman