Golf in the North of Vietnam (continued)
Golf in the north of Vietnam is not just limited to the outskirts of Hanoi. By travelling further out of the city, there are some fine golf courses to be found. These golf courses tend not to be so busy and in areas where there are some wonderful sightseeing area as well.
Ninh Binh Province is referred to as the “inland Halong Bay”, with some spectacular scenery. Royal Golf Club is about 2 ½ hours drive from Hanoi centre and well worth a visit. This Peter Rousseau designed course is a delight to play. The undulating fairways are bordered by forests of trees and an abundance of wild birds such as eagles and kestrels soaring above in the cloudless skies.
There is a driving range attached to the clubhouse, so an opportunity to warm up before you head onto the links. The course opened in 2007 and the staff is very experienced and welcoming. There are plans to increase the number of holes from 18 to 54, nut no groundbreaking as yet. In Ninh Binh, 20 minutes from the golf course, there are many good hotels to stay in.
In Quang Ninh Province, the home of Ha Long Bay, a world heritage site, there is Mongcai International Golf Club. Opened in 2008, the golf course has been built alongside a 3 km long beach and thus offers stunning views and with an of often changing direction of wind, there can be high level of difficulty and challenging conditions. Also in Quang Ninh Province are two other golf courses, located in Hai Phong City, the third most populated city of Vietnam. Do Son Seaside Golf Resort is bordered by the sea on one side and the Dragon mountain range on the other side.
The course opened 18 holes in 2009. Designed by the Australian company, Pacific Golf Design, do not miss the opportunity to play this testing golf course.
Being so close to the sea, the breezes can make club selection difficult, but with a variety of tees, then this course can be enjoyed by all levels of ability. The well equipped clubhouse offers all needs for golfers, including rental clubs and shoes. The restaurant offers panoramic, stunning views of the golf course.
Song Gia Golf Resort offers 27 holes, comprising of an 18 hole championship course and a 9 hole executive course. It is another Pacific Coast design and they have used the meeting of two rivers and the natural beauty of the surroundings to create a masterpiece. The course is no walkover, but all the same, it makes for a very pleasant day out. All the facilities you would expect from a high class establishment are available.
In Vinh City, 190 kilometres from Hanoi, is the Cua Lo Golf Resort. The resort is a sport and leisure destination, consisting of a 5-star and 3-star hotel, luxury villas, an 18-hole golf course and a beach recreation area. Spreading along on of the most gorgeous beaches of Vietnam, with natural sand dunes and native Casarina forest it offers golfers a real taste of surprising challenges and exciting golfing experiences. There is also a driving range and golf academy for golf improvement. Vinh has an airport and close to Highway 1 thus providing reasonably easy access.
The north Vietnam climate tends to be cold and dry in the winter (when temperatures can drop to as low as 6°C – 7°C) and a hot and extremely humid summer (temperatures can climb up to a maximum of 35°C). Spring is characterized with light drizzles while the summers bring heavy rain. Golf is available all the year round and you will need to bring warm clothes if you play in December and January. The spring and autumn time are perfect for golf.