Danang is the third largest city in terms of urban population in Vietnam and remains one of the most important ports in the country. Located in central Vietnam, Danang is known for its lovely beaches and interesting history, as a French colonial port. New hotels and restaurants are emerging all the time and the street food has to be seen to be believed, it’s delicious. Danang makes a good base for day trips in this region of Vietnam and more importantly, a great base for sampling the nearby selection of golf courses. Below, we have some of the best Danang golf courses, which are must-play when staying in this region of Vietnam.
Ba Na Hills Golf Club is a mountainous design, created by Luke Donald. It’s the first golf course to be designed by the English golfer, not just in Asia but the world and can be found near the cable car station, in the foothills of Bana Hills. Managed by IMG, the layout of Ba Na Hills Golf Club is spread through several valleys and features plenty of elevation changes, throughout the 18-holes. The higher points of the course provide great views of the valleys below and large trees and streams are prominent on many of the holes. Playing at over 7,800 yards, the course is quite long and is enjoyable and challenging in equal measure, for players of abilities. The back nine holes are perhaps the more testing and come complete with many blind shots and doglegs. The greens are not as undulated as one would expect, giving the style of the rest of the golf course and this allows them to be attacked, with good pin positions throughout the 18 holes. With a modern clubhouse, driving range, putting green, pro shop, restaurant and flood lights, allowing late night play, Ba Na Hills is a great Danang golf course.
Another quality Danang golf course, which should not be missed, is BRG Da Nang Golf Resort. This golf course is designed by Greg Norman and was opened in 2010, to great acclaim, as it went on to win a number of awards. It was voted best golf courses in Asia, by readers of Asian Golf Monthly on three occasions between 2011 and 2013. Constructed on the sandy soil of Danang beach, the course is steeped in history, as this was the sight of the first American landing during the war in the 1960’s. This is a true links-style golf course and has mother nature to thank for its layout, as much as Greg Norman. The undulating greens, make good approach play crucial and the fairways are framed by long needle pines, so anything off the fairway, can lead to a difficult second shot, off the sand and needles. Large, natural waste areas have been cut from the sand dunes and the wind can also be a factor here, making club selection tricky. If the links courses of Scotland are your thing, you are sure to revel in playing at BRG Da Nang Golf Resort, it’s a truly excellent golf course.
A 90-minute drive from Danang, is the Nick Faldo designed, Laguna Lang Co Golf Club. Opened in 2012, the par-71 course is suitable for beginners and experienced golfers alike, measuring 6,958 from the back tees and 5,263 from the front tees. Nestled in a picturesque area, between the beach and the mountains, the backdrop to the course is a delight, with ocean and mountain views across the course. The 18 holes weave their way between the natural streams, trees, paddy fields, imposing rocks and alongside the beach itself. There is a great variety of holes, each offering something different and man-made influences have been kept down to a minimum, which adds something a little special to the course. Laguna Lang Co Golf Club also includes the Banyan Tree Resort and they combine to make this on of the great Danang golf courses.
When discussing the top Danang golf courses, one which always makes the list, is the Montgomerie Links. This course was designed by famous European golfer, Colin Montgomerie and was voted as being Vietnam’s best championship course, in 2013. As the name suggests, this is a links-style golf course and if it was not for the warmer temperatures, you could easily believe you were playing in Scotland or Ireland, it really is that good. Rolling fairways and huge greens are the key features to this testing and exciting golf course, with thick rough and deep bunkers being the major hazards. The only difference from a traditional links course, are the natural lakes and streams which are situated throughout but these add a local feel to the course and do not detract from it in any way. When considering where to play golf in Danang, the Montgomerie Links should be at the top of your itinerary.