Vietnam is reinventing itself as a prime destination for golf tourism, and a new link launching daily Emirates flights between Dubai and Ho Chi Minh City is set to increase the influx of golfers from the Middle East and Europe.
Vietnam has seen a number of new luxury golf developments spring up in recent years, with Montgomerie Links, a course designed by winning Ryder Cup captain and 31-time European Tour winner Colin Montgomerie, opening in 2009. The Greg Norman-designed Danang Golf Club was recently named Vietnam’s best course, while Nick Faldo has chipped in with a new course design as part of a development called Golf Coast Vietnam, due to open later this year.
John Tomlinson, co-ordinator of the ambitious development project, was delighted with the addition of the new Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City route, believing that it will really help to boost golfing holidays to Vietnam. He said, “While Vietnam hasn’t been historically synonymous with great golf, the launch of Golf Coast Vietnam and easy access from HCM through Danang’s new international airport has made the region a ‘must play’ golf experience in Asia.”
Although Vietnam can currently only boast 30 golf courses to its name, the quality of the developments has really captured the imagination of the golf world. With the new Nick Faldo course, the country will have three world-class courses, with the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators suggesting that is enough to prick the interest up to 75 per cent of the 12 to 15 million golf travellers who make a trip annually.
So it seems that Vietnam is about to really take off as a first-class golf destination, and provide the golfing masses with a new “must-play” travel experience.