When The Dàlat at 1200 Golf Resort, also a new course in Vietnam, opened we already wrote about the fact that golf in Vietnam is booming. Now, Bà Nà Hills Golf Club has opened its door, the first course designed by former world No. 1 Luke Donald. Bà Nà Hills GC — which Donald designed in conjunction with IMG — will play away from the coastline, at elevation, in a cooler setting typically void of wind. In that sense it’s a similar experience as The Dàlat at 1200 Golf Resort.
Luke Donald Design
Born in England, Luke Donald is widely regarded as one of the game’s true gentlemen. He is equally well-known for his laser-like precision with his irons and possessing one of the best short games in the world. In 2011 he ascended to the top spot in the World Rankings, a ranking he held for 55 weeks. He made history by becoming the first player ever to finish number 1 on both the PGA TOUR and European Tour money lists in the same season, and won Player of the Year honors on both Tours.
The Bà Nà Hills Golf Club, the first course designed by Luke Donald, lies at the foot of a towering mountain range less than half an hour’s drive from Da Nang (Danang), Vietnam’s fourth largest city. Bà Nà Hills features a 18 championship course, conveniently close to Da Nang airport and close to three other designer courses built within the past seven years.
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“This is an important addition to one of the best new golf destinations in Asia,” said Donald, who has competed all over the world since turning pro in 2001 and held the top spot in the rankings between May 2011 and March 2012. “The large rolling hills, stunning mountain backdrop and adjacent river at Ba Na Hills will provide golfers with the ideal complement to the existing courses in the area.”
The Bà Nà Hills Golf Course
The Bà Nà Hills Golf Course stretches 7,858 yards from the championship tees — making it the longest layout in Vietnam. The course also has a lot of undulating and sometimes small greens, which makes it capable to test even the best golfers in the world.
Bà Nà Hills Golf Club is really a mountain course with a diverse mix of natural topography and vegetation. Every hole and vantage point is framed by a beautiful backdrop of local native forest. The entire course is lit from the first tee until the 18th green, allowing patrons the unique experience of playing golf even after dark…
That fact is not just a nice gimmick. “The entire course can be illuminated, so you can play a full round even after the sun goes down,” says Jack Hedges, Bà Nà Hills GC’s general manager, who like Luke Donald was born and raised in England. “I think that will be a real draw in the warmer months, especially for overseas guests or those who maybe aren’t used to golfing in tropical climates. I expect night golf to be a serious advantage for us as the destination continues to grow.” The course is lit until 9pm from April to September, and until 8pm from October to March.
The most breath-taking view comes at the par-3 12th hole, where an elevated tee box reveals a dense forest stretching as far as the eye can see beyond the bunker-guarded target. Most likely, this will be the signature hole of the Bà Nà Hills Golf Course.
Playing at Bà Nà Hills Golf Club
Ba Na Hills Golf Club is a caddie-necessary facility. At the time of writing this blog post the green fee during the week will set you back 2,170,000 Vietnamese Dong (around 85 euro and this is including the caddie-fee). The weekend rate is 2,870,000 Vietnamese Dong (around 115 euro). These prices are without a buggy, so you’ll need to walk for this rate. For all up-to-date prices, for example the rates to rent clubs, rent a buggy, we urge you to always check the website of Ba Na Hills Golf Club.