Final touches being added to GNGCD’s Cam Ranh course
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The final touches are being added to the new KN Golf Links Cam Ranh course ahead of a planned opening later this year.
The course in south-east Vietnam has been designed by a team from Greg Norman Golf Course Design (GNGCD).
Preview rounds have already been played, and Greg Norman recently paid a visit to play a round with owner Le Van Kiem, group chairman of KN Investment.
“It plays links because there’s a lot of up and down and natural contouring to the layout, so you get these sensational visuals from tee boxes especially and really cool run-off areas where the ball can roll and turn,” commented Norman. “It’s a lot of fun already.”
Norman identified the par four tenth and fifteenth holes as two of his favourites, both of which play downhill towards the ocean.
“You can make a course difficult, but you can also make it so people can get around on their own skills,” said Norman. “What’s clear to me here, especially after observing a range of players have a go at it, is that anyone can play all 18 holes.”
The firm has adopted its ‘least disturbance’ principles throughout the development – a concept Norman discussed in an interview featured in issue 51 of Golf Course Architecture.
The clubhouse is currently being constructed, and once this is complete the course will be officially opened. This is expected to take place in either August or September 2018.
“I could not be more pleased with how this project is coming together,” said Kiem. “It fills me with pride and I cannot wait for the rest of the world to see it and experience it.”
Seven signature designed golf courses in Central Vietnam are joining hands to form a new golf-specific destination marketing group, extending from the up-and-coming city of Da Nang to the foothills of Hue and shores of Hoi An.
Golf in Vietnam is especially intriguing. Though there are only about 40 courses throughout the country, and some of those tracks hold world-class distinction. The country is roughly the size of California, with Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in the southern part of the country. Nearly a third of the golf courses are located in the south.
The Vietnamese Embassy in India on December 28 held a golf tourney at the Delhi Golf Club’s course to promote the image of Vietnam in general and the country’s golf tourism in particular.