Play the Best Courses in Danang
ONE of Asia’s most compelling golf destinations will once again be in the spotlight this coming September when the 5th Vietnam World Masters takes place in Danang.
Sponsored by leading hotel chain, AccorHotels, the tournament – which takes place from 8-14 September – will showcase the various elements that have made the city and its surrounding area such a hub for those who love the Royal and Ancient game.
Golfers taking part in the event are sure to be thrilled by the excellent, highly-trained caddies – all wearing the traditional Vietnamese conical hat – the outstanding local cuisine and the first-class beachside accommodation at the Pullman Danang Beach Resort: the main partner hotel for the event.
Competitors will be able to enjoy the numerous highlights of Central Vietnam, which range from outstanding beaches to the UNESCO-heritage listed ancient town of Hoi An. And then, of course, there’s the incredible golf on offer at the event’s three participating clubs – Ba Na Hills, Montgomerie Links and BRG Danang Golf Club.
“Central Vietnam is certainly one of my favourite spots to play golf in the region,” said Mark Hawley, Tournament Manager. “There’s everything from traditional links-style golf to tropical garden-style layouts. Not only are there the golf courses, but the area has a host of other compelling draws for tourists including great hotels, fine cuisine, amazing beaches and warm, welcoming people.”
One of the most fast-paced countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is famed for its energy. And, nowhere is this sense of perpetual forward motion more apparent than in Central Vietnam.
With high-quality layouts designed by some of the biggest names in golf architecture along with vibrant cities, incredible beaches and hotels as well as an enviable infrastructure, the area already has a reputation as one of Asia’s most complete golf destinations.
During the war with America, the beaches near Danang offered respite for US troops fighting in the jungles further west. These days, the strip of land that extends south from Danang to Hoi An is famous for a more contemporary form of R and R.
Sumptuous resorts and luxury real estate dominate the foreshore while world-class golf layouts claim the hinterland. These courses – which count some of the finest in the region among their number – vary wildly in style.
Laid out in rolling foothills, Ba Na Hills features natural elevation changes, ravines, streams and mountain backdrops.
Further south, on the strip between Danang and Hoi An, Montgomerie Links – designed by Scottish legend Colin Montgomerie — offers expansive bunkers and numerous water hazards.
Its neighbour, BRG Danang Golf Club, meanwhile, has established itself as one of the finest tracks in Asia since debuting in 2010. The course, created by Vietnam’s new tourism ambassador, Greg Norman, is built on sandy loam soil with holes proceeding through rugged dunes and funnels of long-needle pine trees.
Off course, Danang is equally compelling. Indeed, it long since sealed a reputation as one of Vietnam’s most dynamic cities.
The opening in 2017 of a new international terminal at the airport further expanded its appeal. It is estimated that the new terminal plus other expansion plans will boost the airport’s total capacity to 13 million passengers by 2020.
Blessed with an enviable location hard by one of the country’s finest stretches of sand, the city offers easy access to an array of draws including, not just golf courses, but also casinos and the heritage sights in history-steeped Hoi An.
Indeed, a stay in this patch of Vietnam would not be complete without a visit to the ancient port of Hoi An. The UNESCO-heritage listed town is arguably Vietnam’s star tourist attraction with visitors charmed by its relaxed riverine atmosphere, hidden temples and quaint Chinese shophouses.
In Danang life rarely stands still. The streets of the city are a blur of motorbikes and colourful markets. These are familiar sights in Vietnam, but it is the plethora of possibilities for golf tourism in Central Vietnam that are truly indicative of a destination that is going places.
The fifth annual ACCOR Vietnam World Masters in Danang, Vietnam, from 8 to 14 September 2019.
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