Central Vietnam: Pinnacle of Golf Getaways

Sir Nick Faldo sculpted the course at Laguna Golf Lang Co.

Danang, Vietnam: Former world number ones Sir Nick Faldo and Luke Donald have added their voices to the chorus of approval surrounding Central Vietnam’s credentials as a golf destination.

“To my mind, Central Vietnam is near the pinnacle of places to play golf in Asia,” said Faldo, whose signature layout at Laguna Golf Lang Co is regarded as one of the best courses in Asia.

“The stunning landscapes of beaches and mountains are endlessly beautiful; the warmness of the people is a joy to encounter and there are wonderful golf courses to suit players of every ability,” added the six-time Major champion whose Faldo Design company is an Associate Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

Englishmen Faldo and Donald have decades of experience at the very highest level of the game, having notched 58 professional wins between them.

Both have also starred in multiple Ryder Cup instalments, with Donald due to perform the captain’s role when the biannual clash between Europe and US golfers takes place in Italy in September.

And their zeal for the golf options in Central Vietnam – and an array of off-course attractions ranging from endless beaches, world-renowned cuisine, and luxury resorts – bodes well for the destination as golf travel returns with a vengeance.

“The topography of Vietnam is just unbelievable,” said Donald, whose design in the area, Ba Na Hills Golf Club, unfolds over rolling foothills amidst the dramatic peaks that back the coastline in Central Vietnam. “There are courses built around mountains and on sandy soil next to the ocean. The land is hard to match.”

The buzz about Central Vietnam’s layouts has grown almost as loud as the motorbike horns that soundtrack daily life in Danang.

While Ba Na Hills features natural elevation changes, ravines, streams, and spectacular mountain backdrops, Faldo’s championship course at Laguna Golf Lang Co threads between trees, over rice paddies and streams, through rock features, and alongside the pounding surf.

Home of the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, Laguna Golf Lang Co is a Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

Other highlights for play in the area include courses designed by 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 Vietnam Golf Coast (VGC), a freshly rebooted destination marketing organisation that links the region’s best signature golf layouts.

With high-quality golf combined with incredible beaches and luxury resorts like the award-winning properties at Laguna Lang Co – Banyan Tree Lang Co and Angsana Lang Co – Central Vietnam is arguably Vietnam’s hub for golf tourism.

It offers a range of attractions, including the heritage sites in history-steeped Hoi An and the Golden Bridge at Sun World Ba Na Hills, a 150-metre-long pedestrian bridge that is one of Asia’s most photographed landmarks.

“Central Vietnam is a place you must see and experience to fully take in and appreciate,” said Faldo. “It’s a fantastic destination for tourism with great properties, great climates, and clean air. The outlook for it is amazing.”

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