Best Vietnam Beach Cities for Golf Holiday 2023
Vietnam is proud of having one of the world’s up-and-coming golf destinations When it was named “Asia’s best golf destination” at the 2018 World Golf Awards. Vietnam is known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities and now it offers fantastic championship golf courses available for the golfers all over the world to enjoy their holidays to this beautiful country
There are about 80 golf courses operating in all Vietnam, and many other projects at some stage of development, planning, and construction. Among the existing golf courses, the coastal cities Danang and Nha Trang are 2 best Vietnam beach cities for golf holiday.
I. Danang City with smooth and sandy beaches running across the coast
Da Nang city lies in the Midlands of Viet Nam, from which Ha Noi capitol in the north and Ho Chi Minh city in the south are almost equally spaced. Da Nang is also the central point connecting three UNESCO World Heritage sites: Hue Citadel, Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary.
There are 6 courses in Danang area. In particular, the Greg Norman designed Danang Golf Club has won numerous awards
1. BRG Da Nang Golf Resort
Designed by Jack Nicklaus 18 holes, offers a good test of golf and a different style of golf from the original Norman Course, which plays in Dunes and Ocean settings.
Other 18 holes designed by Greg Norman – Dunes Course uses the sandy loam soil of Danang Beach, a place with more history than golf.
2. Montgomerie Links Golf Course (first-class Colin Montgomerie design)
Montgomerie Links is a stunning 7090 yard par-72 golf course, was rated Montgomerie Links as one of Asia’s ten most elite courses by the 2012 Forbes Travel Guide. It has been designed to capitalize on its close proximity to the warm, tranquil East Sea and famed Marble Mountains, which are clearly visible from various points on the 18-hole course.
3. Laguna Lang Co Golf Club
Laguna Lang Co Golf Club is about 50km from Danang and about 55km from Hue, an area renowned for its pristine coastline, natural scenery, and between UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Located within the greater Laguna Lăng Cô integrated resort lays the Laguna Golf Lăng Cô, an 18-hole, par-71 championship course designed by Sir Nick Faldo. This award winning course delivers a golfing experience that can be enjoyed by the most experienced player and beginner alike. The course presents variety for players of all levels measuring just under 7,100 yards from the championship tees and a beginner friendly 5,263 yards from the front tees.
Designed by 6-time Major winner, Sir Nick Faldo brings his wealth of playing experience to the Laguna Lăng Cô golf course, which is his second design in Vietnam. In keeping with its links-like characteristics, the Lang Co layout also offers a traditional out-and-back routing, presenting a host of varied shot opportunities along the way. As strategic as it is enjoyable, the Laguna Golf Lăng Cô will certainly leave golfers with a unique sense of place in the rustic hinterland destination.
4. Ba Na Hills Golf Club
Ba Na Hills Golf Club features 18 holes at the foot of a towering mountain range less than 30 minutes’ drive from Danang, Vietnam’s fourth largest city. Set amongst one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the region, the multi award winning Championship golf course provides a balance of challenge, enjoyment and excitement to golfers of all levels and abilities.
Voted World’s Best New Course in 2016 upon opening, followed by the awards for Asia’s & Vietnams Best Golf Course in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021. The Luke Donald designed course in conjunction with IMG — will play away from the coastline, at elevation, in a cooler setting typically void of wind.
Stretching over 7,858 yards from the championship tees — making it the longest layout in Vietnam — and comprising a non-stop succession of undulating greens. Every hole and vantage point is framed by a beautiful backdrop of local native forest. The entire course is floodlit from the first tee until the 18th green, allowing patrons the unique experience of playing golf after dark.
Managed by IMG, a global leader in sports, events and media and operating in more than 30 countries Ba Na Hills is a world class facility featuring golf academy with onsite PGA Professional.
5. Hoiana Shores Golf Club
Hoiana Shores Golf Club is about 40km from Danang, through Hoi An (Hoi An Ancient town, An UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE CENTRE). It sets against a spectacular coastline and unspoiled natural terrain. This links design is the first championship standard golf course in Vietnam and it promises to be one of the most must-visit places in Asia. It is the first design of Robert Trent Jones Jr. in Vietnam.
Framed by a wonderful view of East Sea and Cham Island, Hoiana Shores Golf Club brings a lot of interest for golfers of all level. Playing golf in Hoiana Shores Golf Club, golfers will have a chance to experience the 18-hole international standard course which will bring to golfers full of eagerness. Robert Trent Hone had successfully combined natural beauties of this place with limited vegetation and rolling dunes. 6 holes in total 18 holes are located next to the stunning seashore create many challenges for golfers to conquer as well as offer a thrilling golf experience.
6. Vinpearl Golf Nam Hoi An
Vinpearl Golf Nam Hoi An is located in the heart of Vinpearl Nam Hoi An Resort & Spa and about 40km from Danang, which is a beachfront paradise that includes a 5-star beachside hotel, tropical villas, water park, theme park, and agricultural center.
The golf course is set amongst the rolling dunes with elevation changes from 4 meters to 11 meters. There are various natural trees on site. With Casuarina pine trees close to the ocean and the trees further inland which provides a nice contrast across the course.
Although the links design is quite simple for all golfers, conquering Vinpearl Nam Hoi An is not easy as it may seem. The course has a huge number of bunkers and natural sands, requiring golfers to have accurate tee shots to avoid these sand areas. Especially, the biggest bunker at the 1st hole is challenging for every golfer.
II. Nhatrang City
Nha Trang is well known for its beaches and scuba diving and has developed into a popular destination for international tourists, attracting large numbers of backpackers, as well as more affluent travelers on the south-east Asia circuit
With 3 existing golf courses in Nhatrang, golfers can spend 1 week to enjoy their best game, and relax on beautiful beach and recharge energy at one of the top resorts available in Nhatrang such as Evason Anamandara resort, VinPearl resort, Fusion resort, Ocean Front Villa, Merperle Hon Tam…
1. KN Golf Links Cam Ranh
KN Golf Links Cam Ranh is situated on Bai Dai, Cam Ranh city – a stunning peninsula with the long white sand next to the blue sea. Surrounding the 27-hole is the luxurious hotels, resorts that will bring the best experience for every player.
THE LINKS (18 Holes)
Norman had successfully created the golf links weaving the beautiful dunes of this area. Players can choose the level of difficulty depends on the tee box change from 5348 yards to 7152 yards, among 5 fixed tournament tees. The course is the combination of the beautiful greens, rolling dunes, and water handicaps. All make it a unique design for the course.
THE OASIS (9 Holes)
The Oasis Course offers golfers a tranquil challenge that complements the rugged nature of the 18-hole Links Course. Expansive fairways with large landing areas and water on eight of the nine holes characterize the Oasis course. The course has floodlights, which makes it ideal for late afternoon rounds on arrival into Cam Ranh.
2. Diamond Bay Golf Villas
Diamond Bay Golf Villas is one of the greatest courses in Asia, including two 9-hole courses called Ruby and Diamond course. Golfers can feel the scent of Platinum TE Paspalum grass, the breath of tropical sea and especially able to practice on the first hit-to-sea driving range in Vietnam. The beautiful driving range located among mountains and sea creating one of the great golf experiences in the world.
The 76 hectare 18-hole Diamond Bay Golf Villas are designed by Andy Dye is surrounded by mountains and sea. Natural marshes, majestic pines and sandy dunes contrast sharply with the lush fairways. Platinum TE Paspalum grass, white sand bunkers and incredible views of Nha Trang Bay make this a true golfers’ paradise destination.
Diamond Bay Golf Villas is located in the Diamond Bay City, Nha Trang, on the seaside of Nguyen Tat Thanh boulevard, linking to Cam Ranh International Airport and Nha Trang city center, it just 20 minutes’ drive to the airport and 10 minutes to the center of Nha Trang.
3. Vinpearl Golf Nha Trang
Vinpearl Golf Nha Trang is situated on its own picturesque valley along an 800 metres stretch of pristine white sand beach at Vinpearl’s destination complex on Hon Tre Island, Nha Trang Bay – named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 most beautiful bays on earth. Designed by renowned IMG Worldwide, this impressive 18-hole, par 71 championship masterpiece is Vietnam’s first international standard golf course, offering unique island golfing experiences with blue ocean views
This picturesque gem of a golf course, provides a challenging layout of 6787 yards stretching over 180 hectares, meanders through the valley along the lake banks and seashore with soothing breezes flowing through the palms. White sand bunkers compliment the serene beach as it fades into the clear blue bay. Most tees are elevated to give golfers an excellent view of the challenge ahead. The varying challenges and degrees of risk/reward have been specially created to test both professionals as well as amateurs.