Originally known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in the whole of Vietnam and was an important port until the 17th century. Starting out as a sleepy fishing village, Ho Chi Minh has experienced many disturbances over the centuries, including being conquered by Spain and France before becoming the capital city of South Vietnam. Now the economic hub of the country, Ho Chi Minh has many thriving industries, including tourism but is still known to many locals by the evocative name of Saigon. If you are wondering when is the best time to travel then we suggest you read Best time to visit Vietnam for golf holiday.
Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh
Although the city is divided into many districts, it’s best to stick to District 1 when booking a hotel. This will ensure you are close to all amenities and won’t waste too much time travelling around a crowded city.
Ho Chi Minh golf courses
Good tee times in Ho Chi Minh on the top courses can be difficult to get so where possible book in advance of the game being played. Check out our blog post on the Best Golf Courses in Ho Chi MInh.
Golf in Ho Chi Minh doesn’t come much better than at Song Be Golf Club, which originally opened to the public in 1994 and offers championship level greens and fairways. Regarded as one of the top courses in the country, this par 72, 27 hole course will challenge even the most experienced golfers.
Set in former rice paddies, Long Thanh Golf Club is a hidden gem, with locals preferring this over some of the more famous courses nearby such as Vietnam Country Club, which is also a Ho Chi Minh golf spa resort. With 36 holes and spectacular scenery, it’s situated around 40 minutes from the centre of the city.
If you don’t mind travelling a bit further then Dong Nai Golf Resort offers a wonderful escape from the city and Twin Doves Golf Club and the recently opened Jeongsan Country Club are growing in popularity.
Cheap green fees in Ho Chi Minh can be deceiving as they may not include the caddy and service tips so check this when booking.
If you’re looking for golf lessons in Ho Chi Minh, all of the clubs have top professionals who can help you improve your game, but check to see whether they speak English proficiently first.
Ho Chi Minh activities and things to do
If you can manage to take a break from the golf Ho Chi Minh is such a vibrant and successful city, there’s an almost limitless amount of things to see and do.
For a spot of military history, the Cu Chi tunnels to the north west of the city were used by the Viet Cong as a base and provided a vast underground network, allowing the movement of goods, medication and food as well as also acting as living quarters for some.
The Suoi Tien Amusement Park is a slightly surreal but absorbing theme park which offers a variety of themed areas, including a manmade beach and a waterfall. The landscaping is expertly thought out and visitors can also learn about Vietnamese legends of the past which are depicted in the illustrations and attractions in the park.
If you’ve ever have a craving to see giant, colourful dragons nestled next to giant Buddha statues in a tranquil garden setting, the Suoi Tien Amusement Park could be just what you’ve been looking for…
Ho Chi Minh weather and when to travel
Similar to many other destinations in Asia, Vietnam has two distinct seasons: the dry season and the wet season.
Although Ho Chi Minh will receive far more rain in the wet season, in reality the weather is scorching hot all year round. This means that in Ho Chi Minh golf can be played all year round, with some real bargains available during the low season.
Ho Chi Minh nightlife and entertainment
The nightlife in the city is varied and diverse and you will find a huge range of clubs to suit all tastes, particularly in District 1.
Expect to pay a lot for alcohol, particularly imported drinks but some of the settings are quite simply blissful for an evening’s relaxation.
If you want to spend time out on the greens or stock up in the golf shop, Ho Chi Minh offers top level facilities all around the city, with tourists and locals both mingling in the same clubs.
Originally known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in the whole of Vietnam and was an important port until the 17th century. Starting out as a sleepy fishing village, Ho Chi Minh has experienced many disturbances over the centuries, including being conquered by Spain and France before becoming the capital city of South Vietnam. Now the economic hub of the country, Ho Chi Minh has many thriving industries, including tourism but is still known to many locals by the evocative name of Saigon. If you are wondering when is the best time to travel then we suggest you read Best time to visit Vietnam for golf holiday.\n
There are 27 holes and each nine is named rather unoriginally A, B & C. It’s no surprise that with 1,000 hectares of water adjacent to the course you are going to encounter plenty of the stuff as you negotiate your way round.\n
As you head out on the A course you play downhill towards the lake and then the hole turns sharply right and uphill to a well-bunkered green. The next few holes then follow the edge of the lake and on the par 4, 2nd the lake encroaches into the fairway twice – once in front of the tee and again around 60 yards in front of the green. You have to carry across the water on the par 3, 3rd with a large bunker guarding the left side of the green. You then turn inland and from the 5th onwards there is no water but you do need to keep out of the trees which line either side of the fairway.\n
The B course is a very pretty course and 2nd which is a long dog-leg par 5 has a bunker protecting the apex of the turn so you need to keep to the right side of the fairway to avoid it. Those long hitters trying to get up in two need to be aware of the stream which crosses in front of the green which is surrounded by 5 bunkers. A similar problem on the 3rd but no fairway bunkers and you have to carry the water and the greenside bunkers with your approach. The 8th is a simple looking par 3 but beware the two large bunkers behind the green waiting for the over hit shot.\n
The pick of the holes on the C courses include the par 5, 3rd hole which is a dog-leg with a very narrow landing area protected by three bunkers. It’s important you get your second in the right position as you can get blocked out by the trees short of the green. The 4th is a medium length par 3 with a virtual island green which is long and narrow and protected by bunkers either side. The main problem with the par 4, 5th are the four bunkers on the left front side of the green. A daunting tee shot on he 6th requires you to carry the trees if you want to have any chance of getting up in two and then a water hazard crosses in front of the green. The 7th is a fantastic hole, especially from the blue tees with a long carry over water to the fairway and then another shot over water to the safety of the next piece of fairway and an approach to a green with water on the left and a large bunker on the right. A short par 4 to finish but three fairway bunkers pinch the fairway and you will need to play up short unless oyu are a long driver.\n
The clubhouse is a bit dingy but the staff are friendly and they serve adequate food. They have accommodation on site and if you fancy a day off from golf they have plenty of other sporting activities on offer.\n
Book Tee Times at Dong Nai Golf Resort\n
All of the golf courses in Ho Chi Minh get crowded at the weekends so make sure you a book a tee time swell in advance to ensure you are nor disappointed.',
Dong Nai Golf Resort in Ho Chi Minh is set around a huge lake making this one of the most scenic golf courses in Vietnam. Dong Nai is a little further out of the city than some of the other golf clubs but the extra travelling time is well worth the effort. In 2003 this course was voted the best in Vietnam and although it would struggle to regain that accolade up against the more recent competition it remains an exceptional layout.',
Conveniently located on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, Harmonie Golf Park is currently in the final stages of grow in and is set to soft open for play in 2017. The 18 hole championship course designed by Jim Engh will be world class and one of the best in Vietnam. The gently rolling site will offer a great variety of holes and will be a fun course to play for golfers of all skill levels. There are several water features that come into play adding interest and aethestic appeal to the golf experience. The quality of the Celebration Bermuda Grass tees and fairways, and spectacular Tifeagle greens will provide members and guests with outstanding playing surfaces, that will be a match for any course in the region. The signature hole may well be the 16th, which is a unique par 3, with a bowl shaped green complex.
The speedboat departs four times per day during the week with the first departure at 0630 and the last at 11.50 the first boat back from the course leaves at 13.10 and the last at 18.30. There are two extra departures at the weekends at 0500 and 0540 and a later return at 19.00. The boat ride is an adventure in itself and you get great view of the city and the port as you make you way along the river.\n
The first 9 holes on the Sun Course are very picturesque and follow the river bank and he opening hole which is a short par 4 has two large bunkers protecting the green and the river along the right of the green. The next hole is a long par 5 with two large fairway bunkers protecting the very narrow landing area and then another large bunker right of the fairway in an ideal position to swallow a pushed second shot. The 3rd is a very picturesque par 3 with a carry over water to a green with a large bunker along the left and smaller bunker to the right. The 5th is another driveable par 4 but with 5 bunkers lurking around the green you need to be very accurate if you attempt this. The 6th is a great dog-leg par 5 with a huge bunker protecting the tiger line and another at the apex of the dog-leg. More bunkers left and right as you approach the green and two more in front and to the right of the green itself. The 7th is a very long par 3 and you have to hit over water to a narrow green with bunkers left and right. The front nine ends with a dangerous par 4 with water all along the right and a huge bunker protecting he right side of the green.\n
Short par 4’s are a feature of this course and he 10th is another one - two large fairway bunkers protect the left side of her fairway and another is positioned right of the green. The 12th is a memorable par 5 with cleverly placed bunkers you need to avoid off the tee and another pair either side waiting for your second. If you can avoid them then the approach is pretty simple. The par 4, 13th is a slight dogleg and the main obstacle is the green which is virtually surrounded by bunkers. A challenging tee shot at the par 3, 14th with water all along the left and a large bunker right of the green. The 15th has a huge bunker all the way from tee to green and the a6th has three fairway bunkers virtually blocking your path to the fairway. Lovely finishing par 5 with water all along the left so careful placement of your second is essential as the approach is over water to a narrow undulating green
The course is part of a master plan which will include property development around the course so there is a huge clubhouse with very elaborate facilities to support this future development
Tee Time Bookings at Taekwang Joengsan Country Club\n
We can easily book a tee time at Taekwang Jeongsan Country Club but this courses is becoming very popular so please book in advanceb',
Taekwang Jeongsan Country Club in Ho Chi Minh is the latest resort-style golf course to open in Saigon on a huge island in the Saigon River which can be reached by in 30 minute from the pier in District 1 and it takes you direct to the clubhouse. It’s quite a long course but has several tees to choose from so most golfers will be able to find one to suit their ability. The terrain is quite flat but the designer has positioned plenty of bunkers to protect the course.',
As you begin your round of the Hill Course, things get interesting on the par 3, 4th which offers a choice of greens. If you go for the back green then you have to flirt with the out of bounds which borders the back of the green and if you take on the shorter one then you can hit the wall which backs onto the green and if you are unfortunate enough to strike it with your ball you will almost certainly end up in the water. The par-5th is another memorable hole but for different reasons. It’s very long so two monster hits are required to get on in two and with a narrowing fairway it’s probably better to play safe and if you manage to stay on the fairway you have an approach to a very small green with water on one side and OB on the other.\n
The 6th is a lovely par 4 with an island green fronted by a beach bunker. The 11th is a tricky dog-leg par 5 with water along the right and if you plan to get on in two then you need to play over the water but this is quite along carry. The 12th is another long par 3 with water and three large bunkers protecting the green. The 15th is an excellent par 5 with a large pond well-positioned for the sliced tee shot and a bunkers lefts and right waiting to for a miss-hit second.\n
The Lakes Courses is quite different with much wider fairways and less trees. A difficult approach on the first with a large beach bunker at the back of the green. The second has water both sides and two fairway bunkers to add to the obstacles so accuracy off this tee is a must. Water both side as you play to the 3rd which is a par 3 with water both side a n a narrow green with bunkers back and front. The 6th is a great par 5 with water and a line of bunkers all the way along the left, more water on the right and tow bunkers guarding the entrance to the green. Very intimidating tee shot at the 7th with water both sides and three well-placed fairway bunkers. You play to another island green on the par 3, 8th – get you club selection right and this is an easier hole.\n
The 10th is a very difficult par 4 with water both side and bunkers left and right of the fairway all the way to the green. The 11th is a par 5 with water fronting the green and the par 3, 14th is yet another island green with a large beach bunker extending right across the front of the green. The 15h has water and bunkers all the way along the left side and the 17th is a potential card-wrecker with water again all along the left and three fairway bunkers in play off the tee with a tricky approach over water to the green.
Superb clubhouse with pro shop, excellent locker rooms and a popular restaurant serving both local and western food.
Tee Time Bookings at Long Thanh Golf Resort\n
Book a tee time at Long Thanh Golf Club using our simple booking engine which can identify the best prices.',
Long Thanh Golf Club is a popular 36-hole layout about 30 kms north of Ho Chi Minh. The two courses are quite different and the Hill Course is more tree-lined and The Lakes Course, as its name suggests, has plenty of water hazards to negotiate. Both course is quite forgiving with wide fairways and close-cut rough which is pretty easy to escape from. The greens also present a large target but if you are not accurate you may have to face a very long putt. In order to protect the course the designer has placed plenty of high-lipped bunkers in strategic locations and many of the fairways are bordered by water ready to catch the errant drive.',
What makes this golf course so difficult are the heavily contoured fairways which rarely give up a flat lie and the elevated greens which makes it tricky to select the correct club when you can’t see the base of the pin. This is also a long course playing 7,700 yards from the black tees and although firm it is easy to get an unlucky bounce and end up in trouble. The prevailing winds are also a big factor and can dramatically affect club selection from one day to the next. The only consolation has you try and survive the many challenges that this course will throw at you are the spectacular views over the ocean from most parts of the course.\n
The pick of the holes are the par 3, third which has water along the left and two large bunkers protecting the front and back of the green. The forth is a dogleg par 4 with two well-placed fairway bunkers but if you can avoid them the green is wide open. The fifth is a short par 4 which is easily reachable with today’s modern equipment but two giant bunkers guard the green so any attempt needs to be sweetly struck. The sixth is a par 5 with a large lake right in the middle of a split fairway and you have to decide which side to attempt. The right side is much shorter but is very narrow with OB close by and the route to the green is better protected. He left route is longer but if you can avoid the fairway bunker then the green is wide open. The last hole on the front nine requires you to play to the right of the fairway bunkers and then it’s a tough approach to a narrow green surrounded by two bunkers.\n
The 13th is probably just out of range even for those who can bomb it but if you can keep to the left of the fairway then this is a scoring hole. The 14th which is 220 yards from the back tees is a potential card-wrecker with a huge bunker on the left and another right of the green. The 15ht is a classic risk and reward hole although pretty risky with water in front of the narrow green and a bunker over the back. Great finishing par 5. The hole twists and turns with a line of bunkers all along the left and a water hazard on the right with a final approach to a very narrow green with bunkers both sides.\n
A very modern clubhouse with spotless locker rooms and helpful staff. Enjoy a beer or a meal at one of the two restaurants which local and international fare with great views over the sea.
Tee Time Bookings at Sea Links Golf & Country Club
There is a large hotel onsite and villas all around he courses so its gets very crowded at weekends and if you have a choice book a tee time at weekends.',
The links-style Sea Links Golf & Country Club in Phan Thiet has a reputation of being one of the most difficult golf courses in Vietnam and you will need to play well to protect your handicap. The golf course architect has carved a courses out of the rolling sand dunes which are common to this part of the coast of Vietnam. It takes around to reach this course so it’s a full days outing from Ho Chi Minh so maybe better to stay overnight and play the courses twice.',
The beautiful lotus ponds and lakes of the aptly named Lotus Course provided an attractive backdrop for this beautiful and challenging course. The uneven lies on the fairways combined with the well placed bunkers and scenic water hazards will test golfers of all skill levels.
The Palm Course as its name suggests has plenty of trees and bushes to block your progress and these combined with narrow fairways are the main obstacles to a good score. Probably the prettiest of the tree courses you can at least enjoy the views as you go round even if you don’t score that well.
As you begin the Desert Course you could be fooled into thinking you are in Arizona and not Vietnam, this unusual layout was voted the most unique golf course design in 2011. Certainly the most difficult of the three courses with, as you would expect, plenty of sand in the shape of cleverly placed bunkers and waste areas. To play it well requires a high degree of accuracy and excellent course management.
An excellent clubhouse with all the usual facilities offering scenic views over the course.
Tee Time Bookings at Song Be Golf Resort\n
Like the sound of this course? It\'s easy to book your tee-time at Song Be Golf Resort using the Golfsavers website.',
Song Be Golf Resort in Ho Chi Minh offers 27 holes with each of the three courses offering a different and unique challenge with numerous water hazards, mature tropical trees, plants and large uneven greens. Higher handicappers should probably avoid the more difficult Desert Course.',
Each 9-hole loop was built and designed by Nelson & Haworth and they have done a huge amount of landscaping and earth moving to transform the flat and boring land into some of the best golf holes in Vietnam.\n
It is a testament to modern-day course construction, which has taken advantage of Paspalum turf to ensure year-round play on superb surfaces.\n
Course A works its way around the hotel and tourist apartments and the enormous lake that forms a moat around the aforementioned apartments, which is nice as it creates separation between the course and the buildings.\n
The first runs alongside the driving range, and is a tough opening hole. At 449 yards from the back tees, the landing area is protected by two bunkers down the left, so favouring the right is key. The green is heavily guarded by bunkers.\n
It doesn´t get any easier as the second is another tough, long par 4 requiring an accurate drive and a good second to find the green.\n
The best par 3 on the A Course is the 8th at 201-yards from the backs, the tee shot is played over water, which sweeps around the back of the green from the left, and a front bunker. The right to left sloping green is tricky, so making par is a challenge.\n
Featuring far less water hazards, the B Course is probably one of the easier loops of 9.\n
The pick of the holes on the B Course include the Par 3, 4th hole. It is short, even from the backs it measures only 163-yards. But it is the requirement to clear the pond that sits on the green edge, front and left.\n
And the 9th, a mid-length par five that requires good course management to ensure a big score isn´t recorded. The tee shot is straightforward, if the fairway bunkers are avoided, which for long hitters offers a chance to get home in two, but anything not purely struck will find trouble in the form of water or sand.\n
It is sensible to play to leave a perfect wedge into the green which is heavily contoured in comparison to the holes that precede it.\n
Again, water comes into play on many holes of the C Course.\n
The second, a par 5 played from an elevated tee is a chance to get home in two. Take the “Tiger line” over the right-hand bunkers and you will be left with a makeable second. The green is heavily protected by bunkers, so if you are on your limit, then a well-executed lay-up shot is preferred.\n
At 214-yards from the backs the 8th is a tough par 3, requiring a long carry over the water which runs from the tees to the green front.\n
Course D begins with a seriously tough, long par 4 measuring almost 500 yards. The tee shot must avoid the fairway bunkers to the left to allow for a straightforward long iron approach to the green which slopes to the centre of the green.\n
The finishing hole is great. A chance to smash it down the middle. A good drive will set up a mid to long-iron approach to the green, protected to the left and rear by water and bunkers right.\n
Tan Son Nhat is a great resort style course and the perfect location to enjoy a Vietnamese golfing holiday.',
Located next to the busiest airport in Vietnam the Tan Son Nhat golf complex is comprised of 4 9-hole loops to create to 18-hole golf courses.\n
Set within a 36-acre site, the course designers have made the most of the flat landscape to create exciting and challenging golf courses that will test the very best players.\n
The courses are designated Course A, Course B, Course C and Course D.',
The opening par 4 on the Bluffs Ho Tram Strip is pretty straightforward as long as you keep left of the green you should avoid the trouble. The first of the par 3’s which follows is also one of the most difficult with OB along the left side, water to the right and bunkers in front and behind – the only consolation is the green which if you manage to make it is pretty flat. The next par 3, although shorter, is equally daunting with the prevailing wind making club selection difficult with two deep bunkers protecting the front of the green – par here is a good score!\n
You then have back-to-back par 5’s – the first of which is playable as long as you keep right off the tee and can negotiate the slope in front of the green. The 6th offer the big hitters the chance to gte up in two but a huge bunker stands guard to catch the mishit approach. The par-4 8th is the only hole which has water in play off the tee and the 9th has a wide open fairway so an opportunity to give it everything with your driver.\n
The back nine on the Bluffs Ho Tram Strip begins with a monster par-5 with a blind second shot and a green sitting between a waste area and a bunker. Then it’s onto the 11th - one of the most beautiful holes on the course set against the blue ocean with a well-protected green which is actually larger than it looks off the tee. The 12th is a driveable downhill par-4 and the next hole is a true “risk and reward” hole which will tempt you to reach form your driver but a huge sand dune lies in wait for the wayward shot. The 14th is probably the easiest par-4 on the course but the 15th which is the longest par-3 on the course is a totally different proposition with a waster area running from tee to green. Tow relatively straightforward holes follows which both offer scoring chances before your reach the finishing hole which is the longest par-4 on the course and uphill all the way.\n
A multi-storey clubhouse with great views over the course with huge restaurant and modern locker rooms.\n
Tee Time Bookings at The Bluffs Ho Tram\n
You should definitely include the Bluffs Ho Tram Strip as part of any Vietnam golf holiday and we have excellent tee times here and at all the golf courses in Vietnam.',
The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip is another masterpiece from Greg Norman which has really captured the essence of a true links course and is designed around the huge sands dunes with dramatic ocean views. A unique golfing experience in an unlikely location. We think is is probably one of the Best Gofl Courses in Asia.',