Nick Faldo’s 2nd course in Vietnam and his best yet built on a stunning and diverse piece of land with the hills on one side and the white sands of the South China Sea on the other.
The course is located about midway between Danang and Hue and takes about 1.5 hours from each.
Most modern golf course designers try to use the natural terrain as much as possible and here Sir Nick was spoilt for choice with natural sand dunes and rice paddy fields, mature trees and scrubland and exposed rocky outcrops in addition to the dramatic coastline.
In keeping with his style of play he has built a very strategic golf course which offers various route options and will require players to pick their way between the natural obstacles of the area.
Pick of the holes is the par-3 5th with large mounds protecting the green and you end your round with a challenging par-5.
We come to Asia every year and we would rate this course as one of the best we have ever played. It’s a challenging course and will test most golfers but the views over the surrounding mountains were wonderful. The facilities in the clubhouse were excellent with great food and cold beer. It was very hot when we played (April) but the cooling breezes on the beachside holes were a great help.
It was raining when we started but this cleared up after a few holes. Great location between the mountains and the ocean and in common with most Faldo courses will really test your game as bunkers and water everywhere. Greens were disappointing but management informed us that they are working on this.
We played 5 times in Vietnam and we would rate Laguna as one of the best we played and as good as anything in Thailand. It’s a bit further out than the other course but we got there in around 80 minutes. It’s a very pretty course in excellent condition and they seemed to be making great efforts to keep it that way. Caddies were very good – English Ok and very polite. Only negative is the poor selection of food at the on-course kiosks.