Bà Nà Hills Golf Club (18 Holes)
Ba Na Hills Golf Club is a mountain course with a diverse mix of natural topography and vegetation. Every hole and vantage point is framed by a beautiful backdrop of local native forest. The entire course is lit from the first tee until the 18th green, allowing patrons the unique experience of playing golf after dark. The opening hole at Ba Na Hills provides a good chance to get ‘out of the box’ running. The fairway is quite wide and the green is protected in front by a gaping bunker.
The 2nd is slightly downhill and long, and the green and surrounds are relatively wide. Hole 3 is a mid length Par 4 – a classic by design. It has a gentle dogleg right with a target bunker on the left side defining the tee shot. The 4th is the first of back-to-back Par fives. Take advantage of this one if you can. For the big hitters it will be reachable in two, and for those who take the safer 3-shot route, there is ample landing area to your favourite wedge distance.
Even on the best of days, Hole 5 is a true 3-shotter. From the championship tees there is a considerable carry over the lake, however, from the forward and middle tees, this is far easier to negotiate. The long Par 4 6th hole is no place to lose momentum. The tee shot requires a medium carry over a hazard that then runs along the right side of the fairway.
The dynamic and exciting 7th hole successfully creates the great short Par 4, one of the biggest challenges in golf course design. You can decide how aggressive you want to be off the tee, but the smart shot will be to lay up before the water, leaving a short to mid iron approach.
The 8th is a stunning Par 3. Targeting the pin can be rewarding here, however, there water to deal with and the front and left of the green is guarded by a massive bunker.
The fairly long 9th is a great Par 4 finishing hole, with a water feature adjacent to the left side of the fairway which then becomes a stream crossing in front of the green.
The 10th is the shortest Par 4 at Ba Na Hills. The fairway is extremely wide, however don’t let that fool you. A cluster of bunkers in the center of the fairway rises almost 50 meters in elevation. This hole is incredibly beautiful, and uniquely challenging.
The 11th is arguably the toughest Par 5 at Ba Na Hills. Its length is considerable, making it a genuine 3-shot Par 5.
The view from the 12th tee is amazing. This Par 3, long on the scorecard but not in reality due to a 50 meter drop in elevation, is awe inspiring. Great golf course designers are known as much for finding their golf course as designing it, and this is one such example.
The 13th is a mid length Par 4. The real challenge here is the approach to a green that is well guarded by a pond and bunkers. The 14th is another substantial Par 5 at nearly 600 yards. There is native jungle on the left for most of the hole, and the green is well guarded. The Par 4 15th looks longer than it is because of a downhill gradient. Water to the right and bunkers and jungle left off the tee make this a truly beautiful hole.
The elevated tee at the Par 3 16th provides a spectacular view. The green is quite large and receptive, and of course because it is an island green, you will notice that the fairway is completely missing.
The Par 4 17th is pure fun. You can choose to ‘lay back’ off the tee into a very wide landing area, or take a more aggressive club and line, bringing dangers into play in an effort to set up a birdie opportunity.
The 18th is a classic finishing hole as it approaches right in front of the clubhouse veranda restaurant. Your friends and fellow competitors will be on hand to see how you survive this long Par 4.
All 18 holes are floodlit allowing golfers to play after dark.By any measure, Ba Na Hills Golf Club is a once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy golf at its very best.
Ba Na Hills Golf Club Description:
(mountainous Luke Donald design)
Ba Na Hills Golf Club is 25 minutes inland from Danang Vietnam near at the foothills of the cable car station leading to Bana Hills. The Da Nang golf course is first Luke Donald designed course not only in Asia, but the world and is managed by IMG.
Ba Na Hills is laid out in several valleys of the surrounding mountain ranges. The Ba Na Hills mountain course has a diverse mix of natural topography and vegetation. The holes at higher elevation have nice vantage points with spectacular views of the valleys below.
The site has a fair amount of elevation change and many natural features like large hardwood trees and streams that meander tough several of the holes. At 7,858 yards in length the par-72 golf course provides a good balance of challenge and enjoyment for golfers of all skill levels. The varying lengths of each hole and different lies resulting from the rolling hills and elevations changes ensure that a great variety of shots are played throughout the 18 holes.
The front nine holes form a traditional parkland course surrounded by pine forests. The back nine play along and up-and-down the surrounding hills with many blind shots and doglegs. Needless to say these holes are the more dramatic and challenging ones.
Bunkering at Ba Na Hills is unique with long grass around the edges and face of each hazard. This leaves the sand only partly visible from the tees and fairway approach shots. The greens are angled from the fairways and only slightly undulated. This allows for a good variety of pin positions and approach shots.
Some of the most memorable holes are the 4th and 5th. They are both par-5, but only #4 is reachable in two. The long #5 starts off with a carry over water followed by two well struck long irons or hybrids to reach the protected green in regulation. The 10th hole is an easy par-4 that plays upwards to one of the highest points on the golf course. There is an excellent photo opportunity from the green. The par-3 12th goes the opposite way downhill and is also one of the most picturesque places at Ba Na Hills.
First class facilities at Ba Na Hills include a modern contemporary designed clubhouse, grass driving range and practice areas, and well stocked pro shop. The restaurant offers panoramic views of the golf course and serves a wide range of dishes with the Vietnamese selections being by far the best on the menu.
Being managed by IMG, Ba Na Hills Golf Club is operated and maintained to international standards. All 18 holes are flood lit, which detracts from the otherwise natural beauty, but does allows golfers who have late start to finish their rounds.
By Thailand Golfasian