[Photo caption: Laguna Lang Co golf course designed by Nick Faldo. From Laguna Lang Co’s website.]

Herald Sun, 4 September 2015. Faldo, Montgomery and Norman-designed courses draw travellers to Danang’s Golf Coast in Vietnam by Susan Bredow.

The Herald Sun has published an article in about the golfing facilities in central Vietnam. It includes Laguna Lang Co (AusCham Member) and Montgomerie Links (golf course for the 2015 AusCham Scramble in Danang.)

An edited extract of the original article appears below.

…The number of golf courses in Vietnam has doubled to 36 in the past five years and by 2020 that number is expected to have more than tripled to 110.

Beautiful new courses bear the names of former champions who are credited with their design. Close to the central Vietnamese city of Danang, a strip now referred to as Golf Coast Vietnam includes Greg Norman’s Danang Golf Club, Nick Faldo’s Laguna Lang Co [AusCham Member], Colin Montgomerie’s Montgomerie Links Vietnam [golf course for the 2015 AusCham Scramble in Danang] and the latest, Luke Donald’s Ba Na Hills, which is due to open later this year. The three established courses look as if they have been part of the scenery for many years yet the oldest, Montgomerie, was opened less than five years ago…

Wearing green tartan trews, a line of caddies greets our group of players with a joint “hello” as we pull up at Montgomerie Links in Danang. Standing next to my clubs is Lien, who calls my name. From the moment we make eye contact, I know I’m in competent hands. Lien is a married mother who lives near the third hole at Montgomerie. Wayward balls landing on the roof often disturb the peace of her household…

I learn a lot from Lien and not all of it about golf. In general, Vietnamese caddies have a lively sense humour, a good knowledge of the game and in this area they speak proficient English.

Best of all they can make a game on a difficult course with tricky greens into a pleasant memory.

About 60km north of Danang is the Laguna Golf Club at Lang Co which opened in 2013. It is set in dense jungle that runs from steep hills to the edge of the calm blue waters of Lang Co Bay.

During the Vietnam War the Americans dropped so many bombs here they referred to the area as the bowling alley. Unexploded weaponry was a major issue during the building of the course and an ordnance team was brought in to help clear the site.

The naturally rugged golf course with its sandy wastelands is as challenging as it is wildly beautiful.

It takes less than an hour to get to Laguna from Danang but as the course is worth playing more than once, stay at the nearby luxury Banyan Tree or sister resort Angsana where half of the 229 suites have their own plunge pool. The side-by-side resorts line a 3km-long private beach at Lang Co which is a lovely spot to be as the sun rises…

 

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