AttractionsCentral Vietnam looks at new championship courses to lift the region’s appeal for golfers.

It's time for tee in Central Vietnam

The spectacular Ba Na Hills Golf Club.
The spectacular Ba Na Hills Golf Club.

Rebooted destination marketing organisation, Vietnam Golf Coast (VGC), says Central Vietnam will cement its status as one of Asia’s must-visit golf destinations in 2023.

Clubs in the area are reporting brisk business as golf travel “returns with a vengeance”, VCG says.

Layouts such as Laguna Golf Lang Co, a Sir Nick Faldo Signature Design, and Ba Na Hills Golf Club, laid out by British former Ryder Cup star Luke Donald over rolling foothills, are ranked among Asia’s best courses.

Other highlights include courses designed by luminaries including Greg Norman, Colin Montgomerie, Robert Trent Jones Jr., and Jack Nicklaus.

“Asia’s top golf destination is not just recovering following the pandemic: it’s getting even better,” said Gary Dixon, general manager at Ba Na Hills Golf Club, one of the driving forces in the VGC.

Central Vietnam will also welcome the global golf industry as Danang, its largest city, hosts the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) and Asian Development Tour (ADT) over the course of the year.

“Many golfers won’t have been in Central Vietnam since 2019,” said Adam Calver, director of golf & destination marketing at Laguna Lang Co. “We already had five great championship courses here at that time. Now, with the addition of two additional courses (laid out by Trent Jones Jr. and Nicklaus) we have seven.”

Danang International Airport has direct flights to destinations including Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, India and Singapore.

Central Vietnam also offers a range of other world-renowned attractions, including the heritage sites in Hoi An and the Golden Bridge at Sun World Ba Na Hills: a 150m-long pedestrian bridge that is one of Asia’s most photographed landmarks.

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