Cam Ranh, Vietnam: Greg Norman has described his latest Vietnamese golf course creation as being among the most unique properties he’s worked with.
“I’m looking forward to the world actually getting to experience playing this fantastic golf course,” said the Australian during the official opening of KN Golf Links, a 40-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City and a 10-minute drive from the recently expanded Cam Ranh International Airport.
“I would put KN Golf Links up there in the top 10 in terms of unique properties I’ve ever been able to work with,” said the two-time Major champion whose Greg Norman Golf Course Design (GNGCD) company, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, boasts more than 100 designs to its name.
Maximising the sand dunes and rolling contours of the land, The Links at Cam Ranh is Norman’s third notable design project in Vietnam, after The Dunes at BRG Danang Golf Club and The Bluffs at Ho Tram Strip.
Of his newest course, Norman, nicknamed the Great White Shark during his playing days, said: “It’s not an Irish-style golf course. It’s not an Australian-style golf course. It’s not a Scottish-style golf course. It’s just a damn good links golf course. If this quality of course keeps coming online (in Vietnam), I think you are going to see people salivating at the prospect of coming here to play.”
Like his other Vietnam layouts, Norman’s Cam Ranh course weaves through coastal sand dunes and ‘wows’ with its visual boldness.
KN Golf Links occupies 90 of the 800 hectares slated to be developed at KN Paradise, an ambitious integrated resort that will also feature at least three five-star hotels, an array of luxury real estate opportunities, a marina and a beach club, among other entertainment facilities.
Le Van Kiem, Chairman of KN Cam Ranh Company Limited, the course’s developer, said: “We wanted ‘The Shark’ from day one. Given the linksy nature of this site, and the fact Mr Norman has designed some of the world’s great links-style courses, he was the ideal man for the job.”
In addition to the 18-hole Links there’s a further nine-hole course named The Oasis.
Simon Mees, KN Golf Links’ General Manager, said: “The Links Course plays hard and fast, just like a traditional links course, while the Oasis Course feels somewhat like a tropical Augusta (National, site of the Masters Tournament), with beautiful flowers, streams and trees. Golfers are going to love the contrasting styles.”
The first golf course in Cam Ranh and the third in the greater Nha Trang area, amenities at KN Golf Links include a secluded driving range with an instruction studio and 24 bays, and a three-story clubhouse that overlooks the ocean and three small islands about 10 kilometres offshore.
KN Golf Links is being managed in consultation with IMG, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
KN Golf Links is also working closely with The Anam – a lush 12-hectare resort overlooking 300 metres of Long Beach – to unveil golf and accommodation packages that make the most of Cam Ranh, which averages more than 300 sunny days a year.
An independently owned and operated resort featuring 77 villas and 136 suites and rooms, as well as four restaurants, two bars, a 10-treatment room spa, three capacious pools, a ballroom, conference rooms and more, The Anam helped spearhead the tourism boom along Long Beach when it celebrated its grand opening in April last year.