As highlighted above, Stone Valley is a new addition to the golfing scene in Vietnam and opened for play in 2018. The 18-hole golf course was designed by Brian Curley and it is located in Ha Nam Province. The nature surrounding Stone Valley is stunning and will be familiar to those who have seen the film ‘King Kong’ as some scenes were shot in this region of Vietnam.
The tree-covered mountains make for a spectacular backdrop to a round a golf and there are several rivers and streams weaving their way through the valley. There is plenty in the way of elevation changes throughout the 18 holes, which plays 7,280 yards from the back tees but care has been taken not to disturb the natural lay of the land.
Despite the changes in elevation, Stone Valley is a walkable golf course and there is no need for a buggy. The font nine holes feature some of the streams mentioned above and there are wide lakes, which means water often comes into play. Look out for the rocky areas which have been created deliberately by the designer. The par-4 7th hole is a good example, which features a driveable green over a field of rock.
The green on the 7th hole is also a good example of the challenge you can expect when putting at Stone Valley. There is a 1.5 metre drop from the front to the back of the green, so planning and accuracy on approach is essential.
The back nine is arguably more difficult then the front nine holes. There are some significant ridges to negotiate and the final four holes are excellent. There are some great views to enjoy from the highest point on the golf course, with the holes looking out across the mountains and valleys.
Stone Valley has a large clubhouse complete with locker rooms and a restaurant. However, it’s the golf course itself which is the highlight and Stone Valley should be on the itinerary of every golfer visiting Vietnam.