The development of new golf courses continues in Vietnam and we have an exciting new addition in Long An Province called West Lakes Golf and Villas.
The golf course is situated to the west of Ho Chi Minh city and takes a little over an hour to reach. However, there is plenty of accommodation available closer to the golf course should you wish to stay outside the city.
West Lakes Golf and Villas opened for play in 2018 and was designed by Thomson Perrett, a company which was founded by the legendary golfer Peter Thompson. They have more than 250 other successful golf projects around the world and this is one of their latest designs.
The 18-hole golf course is a par-72 and plays to just over 7,100 yards from the back tee. The undulating fairways and strategically placed bunkers are two key features of West Lakes Golf and Villas but there is no doubting the standout element of this golf course is the water.
Each of the 18 holes at West Lakes Golf and Villas has water in the form of a lake, stream or both. From the first hole to the 18th hole, there is no getting away from the water on this golf course so if you are anxious when playing over water, now is the time to get over your fear.
The 18th hole provides the perfect ending to the round. The hole is a par-4 and features a straightforward tee shot over water which is close enough to clear easily. However, there are two fairway bunkers and water stretch along the whole left side of the fairway to the green. You must be careful on approach to the green as the water can easily come into play should you miss the putting surface to the left and there is a bunker guarding the front right.
If ever a final hole summed up the whole experience of a golf course, it is the 18th at West Lakes Golf and Villas.
From the first tee until the last, water must be avoided, and it is present on each hole in different ways. On the 1st hole, water runs down both sides of the fairway. The same applies on the 2nd and 3rd holes, with water also running across the front of the green on the latter. The par-3 8th hole has an island green which also protected by three bunkers and the longest hole on the course is par-5 7th hole, which plays to 610 yards from the back tee.
There is no doubt West Lakes Golf and Villas provides a unique and thrilling golf experience. Away from the golf course you will find driving range facilities and a club house. Inside the clubhouse you will find a spacious restaurant serving a delicious selection of Western, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes.
With an additional 9 holes expected to be added to the course soon, West Lakes Golf and Villas is a tremendous place to enjoy a round of golf in Vietnam.