Golf in Phan Thiet and Mui Ne
There are two 18-hole golf courses in the area:
Ocean Dune is located in Phan Thiet and was opened in 1995. As Sir Nick Faldo design, this course is starting to show its age but is a great resort golf course. The holes are mostly flat and early morning or later in the afternoon are the best times to play because it can get extremely hot.
The sea breezes tend to be at their strongest during the afternoon. The par 3 ninth hole has been voted one as one of the top 100 holes in the world.
Sea Links was designed in 2006 by Ron Fream of Golfplan and is often voted as the most challenging golf course in Vietnam. It is worth the challenge because the views to the ocean, especially from holes 7 and 8 are spectacular.
Both clubs have full facilities with excellent clubhouses offering local and international cuisine. Cadies are mandatory and buggies are optional. Ocean Dunes is an easier walking course than Sea Links.
The Vietnamese tend to stay in the smaller hotels of Phan Thiet and the touristsand ex-pats will stay in the very popular holiday destination of Mui Ne.
There are more than 70 resorts located on the beach front, from two star to five star, plus restaurants offering local and international cuisine, with local seafood as the speciality of the area. Prices are very moderate. There are also many shops, spas and bars for relaxation and fun.
Sea Links and Ocean Dunes have their own hotels. Ocean Dunes is embraced by the Du Parc Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes Golf and Resort, with 123 spacious rooms, restaurant, pool and entertainment option including a private 1 km stretch of sand along renowned Eastern Sea beach. Sea Links also has villas and apartments for short term rental.
Prices at both golf courses are very reasonable and both golf courses offer special offers most of the time. For example, twilight golf, after 2pm is available at Ocean Dunes for around $60. It is best to check the websites, or get the Resort you are staying in to check current prices for you, as they change every month. Both golf courses offer stay and play packages.
Golf is possible all the year round. There are two seasons – hot and dry from October to March and hot and rainy from April until September.
Phan Thiet and Mui Ne are 200 kilometres north of Saigon and about 5 hours drive by road and 4 hours by train.
Writer: Simon J Tinkler