Golf in Nha Trang, Vietnam
Golf in Paradise
Nha Trang is a seaside resort town, on the east coast of Vietnam. The region is easily accessible by air, road and rail. Cam Ranh Airport is an international airport and more direct flights from neighbouring countries are planned for 2014. There are regular flight to Saigon and Hanoi.
The region has a tropical savannah climate with a lengthy dry season from January to October and a wet season in the following months. Typical downpours last for less than hour, followed by bright sunshine.
There are two first class golf courses in Nha Trang
Some 20 minutes from the airport and a similar distance from the town centre is the 18 hole Diamond Bay Golf and Villas, an Andy Dye signature design which is already gaining rave reviews about the condition, the breathtaking landscape and a thoroughly good test of golf for all handicap ranges. Play is possible all the year round as the course dries out very quickly, even after the hardest of downpours.
The staff ate friendly and nearly all the caddies can speak English, which makes for a more enjoyable round. All the staff are local, so they can provide more information on where to go. There is a world class driving range where golf balls are actually hit to sea, the only one of its kind in Vietnam.
The recently completed clubhouse offers five star service, with a restaurant offering high class international cuisine, an upper deck with an unbelievable vista over the golf course and a spa and gym.
The other golf course, Vinpearl is an 18 hole IMG design, par 71. It is located on the Vinpearl tourism complex and located on an island and is accessible by speed boat or cable car.
IMG Worldwide, a global leader in golf course design, has made great use of the natural beauty mapping an impressive layout along the 800 meter beach and throughout the valley.
Each hole is a unique challenge creating unmatched satisfaction and a memorable experience for the golfer. Each hole also has a view of the sea.
Both golf courses have their own individuality. Diamond Bay is surrounded by mountains and Vinpearl is overlooking the sea.
They represent a different but most enjoyable challenge and experience and that is the reason why many golfers return many times to play the golf courses again and again.
Staying in Nha Trang
Good, affordable accommodation is easy to find in Nha Trang.
Many international hotel chains such as Sheraton, Novotel, InterContinental and Best Western are all represented along the sea front and there are many high class resorts as well. The Ana Mandara near the town centre is the only resort located on the beach with others such as Mia and Amiana located further away from the centre.
The two golf courses also offer excellent accommodation and other facilities. Diamond Bay Resort and Spa has 164 rooms and 160 bungalows and boasts one of the largest swimming pools in Asia. International chefs prepare foods from Vietnam, Asia and western style, to cater for all tastes. Vinpearl Resort is a fiver star hotel offering a range of attractions and Vinpearl Luxury offer 84 beautiful coastal villas, all styled in a Vietnamese way and creates luxury with privacy.
It is easy to see why we call this “Golf in Paradise”. Nha Trang is a beautiful area to relax and unwind and that is one of the reasons the area is so popular. Coupled with excellent service, a sound infrastructure, Nha Trang is an ideal and enjoyable area to visit, especially for golf.
Writer: Simon Tinkler