The Dunes course is situated on the fledgling central coast of Vietnam amid 150 hectares of dunescape similar to what the world’s first golf courses were carved from. Its chief feature is a 7,160-yard, 18-hole, links-style layout that was designed in the true spirit of the game — blown-out bunkers, firm and fast fairways that bleed gently into wild seaside vegetation, rugged waste areas, swales and hollows — by Australian golf legend and former world No. 1 Greg Norman. It lies in close proximity to two of Vietnam’s most historic destinations — UNESCO World Heritage sites Hoi An and Hue — and offers breathtaking views of the Marble Mountains, East Sea and Cham Islands
When Greg Norman checked in on the progress of the Dunes Course, in March 2010, he said: “The fact is, you’d be doing a very poor job to make a boring course out of a site like this.” Certainly Mother Nature had a gigantic hand in the formation of a layout that evokes an experience often found in seaside courses in the British Isles and southeastern Australia. But make no mistake: This is Vietnam. One look at the stunning, par-3 16th hole – back-dropped as it is by traditional, long-tail fishing boats that troll the warm waters of the East Sea – is all it takes.
Besides enjoying the heavenly beach and crystal-clear water, if you are interested in history and culture, you can start The World Heritage Road of Central Vietnam. On this special trip, you will sightsee three UNESCO – designated World Cultural Heritage Sites in Central Vietnam: Hoi An Ancient Town – the exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century; My Son Sanctuary Site – the great sample of the ancient Champa civilization located in the southern part of Vietnam from 2nd to 17th century, tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty’s kings and the Ancient Imperial City of Hue.
Da Nang is continuing to attach much importance to developing the infrastructure as a breakthrough for the economic development. Tourists from Asia Pacific and Europe, in particular, are recognising the area’s appeal, with golf playing a major role.”
BRG Da Nang Golf Resort (Danang Golf Club) is the founding member of Golf Coast Vietnam, in the five years since the first golf course was built in Danang, the Central Coast is one of Asia’s top golf destinations. More than 250,000 rounds have been played there since september 2009 and nearly 100,000 rounds now being played on an annual basis.
BRG Da Nang Golf Resort (Da Nang Golf Club) is designed by Australian golf legend and former world No. 1 Greg Norman who are today recognized as the premier signature golf course designer and architect in the world. Sitting on coastal sand dune topography of Danang Beach, this picturesque and challenging championship layout was artfully redesigned to work in harmony with the natural seaside beauty. The piece of land is perfect for golf with a sand base and plenty of undulations and the layout takes great advantage of these.
Its chief feature is a 7,160-yard, 18-hole, links-style layout that was designed to capture the true spirit of the game— blown-out bunkers, firm and fast fairways that make the golfers need to be very wary of running into bunkers, rugged waste areas, swales and hollows. The course affords the player the opportunity to stride-out in a place which can fuel your mind, body and soul with the constant, cool and refreshing “sea breeze” that comes right off the ocean adding more challenges to the game, which is quite difficult to keep your eye on the ball as it wanders eagerly fifty miles out to sea.
Each has an abundance of bold bunkering, but again Norman provided many run-up approaches for the players who struggle to carry the ball. Completing each hole, the putting surfaces are as splendid as you will experience anywhere. They are testing, but not over-contoured.
With tee lengths ranging from 5,564 to 7,160 yards, it’s a course golfers can play again and again and still find exciting because there are so many looks and different types of shots that can be played.
The championship course is part of a luxury resort development, the Danang Beach Resort, that will include a 5-star hotel with 270 rooms and 196 villas offering a panoramic view of the mountains, beach and serene golf courses. A convention and exhibition centre and recreational marina will be located alongside a second hotel.
The Dunes Course is built on the sandy loam soil of Danang Beach, a place where history is revered as much as golf. The Vietnam golf club is located directly on the beach that the American’s used for their first landing and adjacent to the American’s main supply depot and airfield used during the conflict of the 1960’s. Here, along Vietnam’s golf coast and amid a seaside landscape almost identical to what the world’s first courses were carved from, an experience was crafted as much by Mother Nature as it was by the legendary Great White Shark, Greg Norman. In other words, it’s links-style golf in the truest sense of the term.
This Danang golf course is a unique golf challenge that every golfer will enjoy. Fairways are generous and there is restrained use of water and no out-of-bounds. Sculpted bunkering, shaped putting greens, and large natural waste areas have been cut directly from the surrounding sand dunes. Scoring well requires that shots are carefully placed to give players a chance to go for the pins on the undulating greens. The fairways are also lined and well defined by long needle pines, so miss into the trees and you will be forced to punch off the sand and pine needles along a safe line just to get back into play.
More so than other areas of Vietnam, the wind can play be a major factor on the Vietnam coast. For example, the par-3 16th hole is back-dropped by the Vietnam East Sea and often plays into a strong headwind, making club selection very tricky. The wind when combined with the firm and fast greens, can toughen up the course considerably.
This is where those accustomed to links style golf can have an advantage due to the options afforded by the soil and turf conditions that enable low running bump and runs and putting from well off the greens. Creative shot making definitely comes in handy on this course.
Reminiscent of both Scottish links golf and Australia sand-belt courses, Australia’s Great White Shark Norman has created something special in Vietnam that will make you want to play this course again and again.
The 4,000 square meter clubhouse and 300 yard driving range echoes the course with first class standards and service. Food offerings are some of the best in Danang and taking in a Vietnam sunset on the rooftop lounge makes for an excellent way to reminisce about your round and plan your next Vietnam golf outing.