VIETNAM: 5 highlights of Ba Na Hills
Set in the shadow of the spectacular Ba Na Mountains, Ba Na Hills Golf Club is giving golfers from all over a taste of Vietnam’s best golfing. The course was recently voted Asia’s Best Golf Destination 2017 at the World Golf Awards, and promises a balance of challenge, enjoyment and excitement to golfers of all levels and abilities. Here are five reasons to visit.
A unique challenge
Ba Na Hills Golf Club is Luke Donald’s first design project. Having won all over the world with a mountain of golf experience, he set his heart to the challenge of designing generous fairways with bold and demanding bunkering. His design features greens with many subtle undulations that require a variety of approach shots.
The rolling slope of the land and significant elevation changes ensure that you get to use every shot in your arsenal and maybe a few that you hadn’t thought of before.
Stretching 7,858 yards from the Professional tees and comprising a non-stop succession of undulating greens, Ba Na Hills Golf Club is easily one of Vietnam’s most scenic courses. The surrounding water and hillside were integrated to create a distinctive golf venue.
The most breathtaking vantage point comes at the par-3 12th hole, which plays downhill to a bunker-guarded green, back-dropped by a dense forest stretching as far as the eye can see.
Floodlights are Ba Na Hills’ point of difference: All 18 holes are floodlit. Ba Na Hills is the only course in the region to boast a night-golf option. Golfers can enjoy a round in the evening or as the sun sets over the mountain range, and continue after dark in a fully floodlit environment.
The course is invested and owned by Sun Group — known for its award-winning properties including Intercontinental Danang Resort and JW Marriott Phu Quoc Resort — and managed by IMG, a global cooperation known for world-class golf development. The coin-shaped Clubhouse is outfitted with top facilities and amenities, as well as a stunning restaurant. Ba Na Hills Golf Club offers state-of-the-art technology including Trackman 4, and its PGA Academy takes a holistic approach to teaching that ensures rapid improvement as well as enjoyment.
A winning pick
Since its opening, Ba Na Hills Golf Club has managed win votes of approval from golf editors and golfers from all over. Among its trophies are two for ‘Best Golf Course in Asia’ and ‘Best Golf Course in Vietnam’ from the World Golf Awards 2017. The course was also honored as the ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ at the same event the year before.