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In addition to majestic landscapes, rich history and colorful culture, Vietnam golf courses are also what make this country a world-famous tourist attraction. With about 78 golf courses across the S-shaped land, Vietnam will bring golf lovers excellent golf service, as well as opportunities to explore popular landmarks during your stay. Planning your first golf holiday in Vietnam can get a little challenging since there are too many things to consider, like when to go, where to stay, what to do beside golfing,... But don’t worry! This article will guide readers through everything you need to know to have an affordable and delightful Vietnam golf holiday.
As one of the world’s up-and-coming golf destinations, Vietnam has a total of about 78 courses in operation and over 40 under development stage. Seeing Vietnam’s potentials, many leading golf course designers such as Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Greg Norman, Brian Curley,... have chosen to leave their mark on this rising star in the golf industry. Playing golf in Vietnam, golfers can experience high-end courses with spectacular scenery, elite service and fascinating holes at all levels. According to Top 100 Golf Courses, an associate of Taylormade, the best reviewed Vietnamese golf courses up to May 2020 are:
Location: Phuoc Thuan, Xuyen Moc, Ba Ria Vung Tau
Designed by legendary golfer Greg Norman, the Bluffs Ho Tram is a unique links-style golf course that has received various international awards and recognition. This elite golf course features sensational rolling dunes and dramatic ocean views, bringing golfers the most genuine golf experience. Former visitors advise that it would be worthwhile to stay overnight at luxurious The Grand Ho Tram and play two rounds at the Bluffs golf course.
Location: Tay Son Tay Village, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province
Hoiana Shores Golf Club lies just a short drive from Hoian Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Therefore, the pins on every green are replaced with lanterns to fit this “City of Lanterns”. This course is a truly pure links-style golf course, featuring various elements: ocean, dunes, wasteland, rough-edged sand, Bermuda grass,... First-class golf facilities and 5-star resort will make Hoiana Shores Golf Club an interesting destination.
Location: Long Beach, Cam Ranh Peninsula, Khanh Hoa Province
KN Golf Links Cam Ranh is Greg Norman’s third project in Vietnam, and built along a stunning 8-kilometre coastline. With 5 sets of tees and multiple options on many holes, KN Golf Links presents a real challenge, but still playable to most golfers. The course’s layout also resembles a links course in Scotland rather than Asia, with sensational views from tee boxes of most holes.
Location: Son Tra – Dien Ngoc, Ngu Hanh Son, Danang
BRG Danang Golf Resort is now running 27 holes, the 18-hole Norman-designed Dunes course and the 9-hole Nicklaus-designed Bulkhead course. The Dunes course is another Greg Norman’s successful project and regarded as an excellent links golf course in Southeast Asia. With picturesque natural surroundings, generous fairways, sculpted bunkering, abundant natural waste areas,... BRG Danang Dunes course is bound to be an enjoyable golf destination.
Location: Cu Du Village, Loc Vinh Commune, Phu Loc District, Thua Thien Hue Province
Located on a tranquil bay facing the East Sea between Hue and Danang, this project of Nick Faldo presents golfers with enchanting natural settings: mountains, streams, lakes, ocean, sandy strips,... But perhaps the most captivating feature at Laguna Lang Co must be the paddy fields at the third, forth, thirteenth and fifteenth holes, which creates a very unique Vietnam vibe.
Location: An Son, Hoa Ninh Ward, Hoa Vang District, Da Nang
Ba Na Hills Golf Club is about half an hour drive inland from Danang, and located near the foothills of the cable car station leading to Bana Hills. The course is routed through several valleys with two distinctive nines: the opening nines feature rolling fairways, bold bunkering and occasional rocky creeks; while the back nines bring significant elevation changes and more dramatic holes. Ba Na Hills golf course is definitely worthwhile for adventurous golfers.
Location: Van Son Lake Area, Chuong My, Hanoi
In 2015, Sky Lake Resort & Golf Club was awarded as both the best championship course and the 5th best course in Vietnam. This course is quite long (7,265 yards) and challenging, featuring intimidating bunkers and water hazards. While exploring Sky Lake, golfers can also admire the views of spectacular mountains and picturesque farmland.
Location: Zone 4 Nhon Ly, Cat Tien Beach, Nhon Ly Commune, Binh Dinh
FLC Quy Nhon Beach & Golf Resort is a 36-hole facility designed by esteemed companies of Nicklaus Design and Schmidt & Curley. Brian Curley’s intriguing Mountain course is built on a sand-based, pine-covered hillside with ocean views from eighteen holes. Golfers will definitely be attracted to wide fairways, vast sandy wastes and impressive green complexes. The Ocean course is also an outstanding course with gorgeous golfing terrain, bold use of bunkering and stunning views towards the East Sea.
Location: Dong Mo, Son Tay, Hanoi
Only about one hour drive from Hanoi, BRG Kings Island is a high-quality and convenient choice to include in any North Vietnam golf package. The Kings Course is the newest 18-hole course at Kings Island, designed by Jack Nicklaus and features a modern resort-style layout. Wide fairways and intricate bunker complexes create the uniqueness of each hole, which makes the Kings course a better choice than Lakeside and Mountainview courses.
For further information about other Vietnamese golf courses, check out those lists of courses sorted by regions: (để internal link mấy cái dưới)
List of golf courses in Northern Vietnam
List of golf courses in Central Vietnam
List of golf courses in Southern Vietnam
As listed above, there are abundant golf courses across Vietnam, many of which are dedicatedly designed by world-famous architects. Not just that, Vietnam golf courses are also known to have international standards. Since golf is considered a luxurious sport in Vietnam, we always go extra miles to provide only the best service and golf experience. You can easily find an elite golf course in any part of Vietnam without having to book too far ahead like in the US or Europe.
Vietnam golf courses are mainly located in famous tourist attractions: Hanoi, Danang - Hoian, Nhatrang, Dalat, Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc Island, with diverse natural and local settings. You can admire majestic mountains in the North, enchanting beaches on the East coast or wild beauty on Phu Quoc Island,... Playing golf among such stunning nature will give golfers real thrills. And don’t forget to take a sight-seeing tour of the area when you’re not golfing.
For such classy standards, the cost attached is actually really affordable! The average cost of a round of golf in Vietnam is about $50-$60 during weekdays, and rises up to $100-$150 at weekends and on public holidays. The cost also depends on the course location and service, but do not worry because Vietnamese golf courses are abundant for you to choose. You can feel free to check out some of the best golf and travel deals from us to save your budget as much as possible. (chỗ này có internal link ra trang package tour ạ)
Vietnamese people are famous for their welcoming and attentive personality, and Vietnamese caddies are no exception. Every golf course has caddies. Most of them have adequate golf knowledge, a sense of humour, and can communicate in English well too. It is not compulsory to tip caddies, but this gesture will definitely show your gratitude for their hard work to bring you the best service. For your information, usual caddie tipping in Vietnam is around $10-$20.
Firstly, Vietnam offers a wide range of options for you to choose based on your budget and liking, everything from 3 to 5 stars. Many world-class hotel brands have built their “empires” across Vietnam, namely InterContinental, Novotel, JW Marriott, Vinpearl,... Besides, Vietnam golf courses are normally linked to its own resorts and hotels (or close to nearby ones), so the second thing you don’t need to worry about is transport. What about the quality of those accommodations? A combination of luxury and tradition, promising you the most relaxing golf holiday.
When you’re not playing golf, don’t just stay in your hotel or resort property. Go outside and explore because Vietnam can offer you so much more than just some rounds of golf! This country is all about stunning nature, unique culture and fascinating local life. You can easily find some other activities to entertain yourself outside the green field. Here are some suggestions:
Most Vietnam golf courses are located nearby or in big cities of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Nha Trang, Dalat,... Traveling across Vietnam, golfers can experience diverse cultural traits and local lifestyles of each city. In the North, Hanoi Capital brings a harmony of modernity and tradition, with vibrant Hanoi Old Quarter as well as handicraft communities like Bat Trang Pottery and Van Phuc Silk villages. Moving into central Vietnam, tourists can explore the imperial charm of Hue city, Danang - Vietnam’s most worth-living city, Hoian Ancient Town - an UNESCO Heritage Site,... The South of Vietnam features most interesting cities: Dalat city where the spring is internal, and the “Pearl of Far East” Ho Chi Minh City. You will simply never get tired of your adventure into every corner of those cities.
It would be such a waste to plan a Vietnam vacation without hitting the beach at least once! Vietnam is blessed with a 2,000-mile coastline and a handful of beautiful islands. Some of the most stunning places to enjoy a relaxing beach day are: Danang, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc Island, Lang Co, Sam Son,... Those pristine beaches are all near to popular golf courses, so it will be super convenient to head for the beach when you’re not golfing.
Thanks to its diversity in terms of history, religion and custom, Vietnam offers various attractions for travelers interested in spiritual tourism. A short trip to sacred temples and pagodas will give you an insightful look at the colorful Asia East culture as well as exquisite architecture. Peaceful surroundings can also benefit your inner mind and thus boost golf performance. Some reputable religious places in Vietnam we’d like to suggest are: One Pillar Pagoda and Perfume Pagoda in Hanoi, Bai Dinh Pagoda in Ninh Binh, Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue, Truc Lam Monastery in Dalat, Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh (near Ho Chi Minh City),...
Heading for Vietnamese markets is the ultimate way to experience local life and interact with local people. Hanoi Capital features the most lively markets: Dong Xuan Market, Cho Hom Market, Quang Ba Flower Market,... and especially Hanoi Weekend Night Market, when the transport around Hanoi Old Quarter is blocked to allow walking only. And if you visit Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam South-western region, don’t miss out on the unique Cai Be and Cai Rang floating markets. Sitting on a sampan and rowing through the bustling Mekong Delta market will definitely be an unforgettable memory!
Add a high-class cruise tour to your Vietnam golf holiday to enhance the luxury of this vacation. The most popular place for cruising is majestic Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage. There is nothing more delightful than getting immersed in enchanting Northern Vietnam nature while enjoying 5-star cruise service. Some of Halong Bay cruises even have a mini golf course on deck to serve your liking.
The easiest way to win somebody’s heart is through their stomach! Vietnamese food is among the world’s most delicate cuisines, emphasizing on fresh ingredients and traditional flavors. If a bowl of Pho contains the whole spirit of Hanoian throughout generations, a loaf of Saigon bread represents the city’s vibrant society. If you stay near the beach, try some seafood at a very attractive price, and so many more dishes across the S-land. Therefore, during your golf holiday in Vietnam, don’t miss out on the chance to take a food tour of the surrounding area and maybe even learn how to cook some.
Vietnam is favored by nature to have a quite pleasant climate almost all year round. However, choosing the right time for your Vietnam golf holiday can get a bit complicated, since there are considerable variations in the weather patterns from north to south. Overall, the most ideal time to play golf anywhere in Vietnam is in the spring (February to April), when the weather is dry and not too hot. To thoroughly guide you on how to choose the most suitable time for golfing, here are climate features in each Vietnamese region:
Best time to visit: September to November, March to April
Autumn is the perfect time to play golf in Hanoi and Northern Vietnam. During this period, golfers can expect a cool climate, lots of sunshine and barely any rain. Another decent time to visit Hanoi is late spring (March - April), when it gets warmer and less humid. Moving on to the summer (May - July), Northern weather is very hot with plenty of summer rain. And in the winter (late November to February), it can be quite foggy and the temperature can drop down to 15⁰C.
Best time to visit: February to May
The beautiful coastline of Hoian and Danang is warm all year round, with the highest temperature (36-38⁰C) in July and lowest (18⁰C) in November to January. February to May is the perfect time frame to play golf in Central Vietnam since there is little rain and not too hot. On the other hand, the latter half of the year is not a really good time for golfing due to high levels of rainfall and occasional tropical storms affecting the coast.
Best time to visit: February to April
Nha Trang has a coastal location like Danang, so the weather pattern here is also quite similar to Danang: warm weather all year round, high rainfall and occasional storms in the last four month of the year. You should avoid those wet months, and also July and August if you cannot bear extreme heat.
Best time to visit: November to March
Lying about 1,500 metres above sea level, Dalat has the year round temperature hovering between 18 – 21°C. Although the overall climate is quite pleasant, you shall expect some fog in February to May, and most rainfall in July and August. You should also prepare clothes for both warm and cold weather, since the temperature difference between day and night in Dalat is quite huge, about 9°C on average.
Best time to visit: November to April
The South of Vietnam has two main seasons: dry season (November - April) and rainy season (May - October). In the dry season, Southern temperature can be quite extreme, up to around 32°C. From May to the latter part of November, short sharp showers may annoy you a little bit but playing golf in this time frame is still adequate. To avoid the worst heat and rain, you should plan your golf trip in November to January.
Best time to visit: November to March
The most ideal time to play golf in Phu Quoc is the dry season, with bright sunny days and temperatures between 25°C - 28°C. During the wet season (July - October), Phu Quoc’s climate is still pleasant but the roads can get muddy and therefore not quite suitable for playing golf.
The diversity and high quality of Vietnam golf courses make this country an exceptional place in any golf lover’s checklist. Many international and domestic golf tournaments have been held in Vietnam and received much attention.
First held in 2005 by the Vietnam Golf Association (VGA), the Vietnam Amateur Open has now become the most wanted Vietnam annual golf event for male golfers. This year, VAO was held at Vinpearl Golf South Hoian in July; the professionalism of the championship also increased year by year.
This golf tournament for female golfers around the world is not at all less captivating than any other golf event. VLAO 2020 was also held at Vinpearl Golf South Hoian during the same time as the Vietnam Amateur Open. And Hanako Kawasaki, a Vietnam-Japanese golfer, has excellently earned her third VLAO championship.
Coming to the Vietnam Junior Open, young golfers can take part in a competitive environment to enhance their golfing skills and develop professional pathways. Many young talents have successfully left their mark at VJO and continued to conquer bigger milestones.
The first Vietnam Senior Championship was held by VGA in 2008, focusing on middle-age Vietnamese golfers since they can access golf more easily and inspire younger generations. Over 10 seasons, VSC’s diversity and professionalism has constantly increased, including holding the first female board in 2018.
Time: 12 - 15th November, 2020
Location: Yet confirmed
Time: 12 - 18th September, 2021
Location: BRG Danang Golf Club, Montgomerie Links Vietnam, Laguna Lang Co Golf Club
For a successful Vietnam golf holiday, most golfers would prefer bringing their own golf clubs to getting a whole new set at the playing spot. Playing with golf equipment that is not familiar to you may make your holiday less enjoyable. However, it can also be a real pain to travel with your long, heavy, but at the same time very “fragile” golf clubs. The process involves lots of factors such as the airline you choose, the weight of your golf clubs, how you pack them,... To save your sweat, we will suggest safe and cost-effective ways to travel effortlessly with your precious golf clubs. And if those ways are too tacky for you, you can always rent clubs at Vietnam golf courses.
Flights with golf clubs can get miserable if you end up having to pay a large sum for the excessive luggage weight. A complete set of 14 golf clubs plus an average-sized bag normally weighs around 30 pounds. And most airlines allow bags under 40 or 50 pounds, all of them charge an extra fee. So make sure you look up in advance to choose an airline with decent fees, or to know you have to clear up some space in your golf clubs bag to make it lighter. Below are some major foreign airlines with flights to Vietnam that provides golf clubs baggage allowance:
Your golf clubs may be among your most valuable possessions on a golf holiday, so you totally need a dependable bag for them. There are two kinds of bags to bring golf clubs: hard case (more protection but also bigger), and soft case (lighter but doesn’t have as much protection. Some golfers with extra carefulness even wrap their clubs bet with bubble paper, or put the bag clothes, towels and socks between the clubs to add protection.
Wanna avoid the hassle of traveling with golf clubs? Shipping golf clubs is the perfect answer to this problem, with abstract and easy-to-follow procedures. Choose a prestigious two-way shipping service in your area, for instance the international FedEx, UPS, Ship Stick,... To send those clubs back from Vietnam, you can also opt for quality Vietnam shipping services, such as Eco Trans Express and Nasco Express.
If you don’t want to carry your golf bag everywhere with you (to the airport, on the airplane, on the car,...), hiring golf clubs in Vietnam can save you a lot of effort. All golf clubs will have rental clubs, golf bags and shoes. The price can vary depending on the golf course’s service standard, clubs’ quality and the number of holes you play. On average, renting price for a 18-hole set of golf clubs is around $25 - $55. If you have a tighter budget, you can choose to hire golf clubs from Vietnamese golf shops instead of hiring at the course.
For golfers who are considering buying a new set of clubs in Vietnam, please note that the price is not any cheaper than in the US or Europe. Golf is regarded as a luxury sport in Vietnam, so golf equipment is taxed accordingly and can be expensive. You can buy clubs at the course or find a prestigious Vietnam golf shop to equip a quality set. Here are a list of trustworthy golf shops that may help you:
Of course, a golf fighter should never lack his weaponry: golf clubs, gloves, tees, enough balls, towel for cleaning sticks. In addition, check the weather forecast in Vietnam in advance to bring suitable clothes. But whatsoever, Vietnam’s tropical climate is so diverse that it never hurts to prepare: a light jacket, sunscreen, sports sunglasses, umbrella, medicines for headaches, allergies, insect repellent,... We also suggest golfers not to bring a new pair of shoes. Wear your usual ones to avoid blisters and enjoy playing golf at its best. Don’t forget to bring another pair of comfortable shoes for other activities outside the golf courses.
The answer is yes, you do. Whether you are a member, a semi-regular golfer or just an occasional player, there are still plenty benefits of getting golf insurance. Firstly, golf is more dangerous than you might think. There are various injuries suffered on the golf course every year, including either cases when you accidentally hurt others or unluckily get hurt by them. Golf insurance will work its best to protect your well-being under any unexpected circumstance.
Secondly, golf insurance can add protection to your belongings. It goes without saying that golf is a relatively expensive pastime, and some golfers may own golf clubs that are worth a lot. Golf insurance for your equipment will surely be handy in case your clubs are damaged, lost or stolen during the trip. There are many prestigious and affordable golf insurance packages around the world. You should find an ideal option for you in your country before setting off for a Vietnam golf holiday.
The speed of one round of golf depends on the size of the course, the size of the group, the player’s skill and form of moving around the course. Normally, it will take about 4-5 hours for a foursome of average players to finish 18 holes. If the distance between the Green area and the teeing ground of the next hole is longer, the moving time will be longer. Also, riding a golf cart may take 3.5 to 4 hours, meanwhile walking may lengthen to time to up to five hours.
Sounds a bit tiring? Not at all! Walking during a round of golf can have various positive impacts on your health. A walking golfer usually burns twice as many calories as someone who rides, and can also prevent heart disease, high blood pressure and maintain strong muscles. Moreover, walking allows you to set your own pace, create more consistency, boost your overall mood and even enhance your golfing skill! Time on the golf course is a very rewarding and exciting time to interact with partners, customers or relatives. This thrilling but relaxing atmosphere is not possible for other sports such as soccer, tennis, badminton…
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