Known as Vietnam’s first 18-hole, par 71 international golf course on the island, Vinpearl Golf Nha Trang is a marvelous masterpiece of 6787 yards stretching over 182 hectares. Opened since 2011, the golf course is a brilliant work of IMG Worldwide which offers the most natural and widest challenge where golfers can see the vast blue sea from any standpoint.
The brilliant green grass is a Seashore Paspalum variety that thrives in a seaside location with saltier water conditions making it the most environmentally friendly choice for maintenance in our age of environmental awareness.
Each of the 18 holes bears a completely different design creating excellent visible challenges for golfers. No. 13 hole, par-3 with the length of 189 yards from the farthest tee is considered to be the signature hole of the field. Standing at this hole, golfers can contemplate from the above the spreading immense blue ocean.
This down hill Par 4 to a generous landing area provides a grand view of the sea. The long and narrow green that is well bunkered on the left side requires a well placed mid-iron to get close to the hole. A par on the opening is a nice choice.
A short Par 4 with water on both sides of the fairway creates an excellent risk/reward situation from the tee. A hybrid or 3 wood from the tee will reach the wide part of the fairway before the bunkers leaving a manageable mid-iron into the green, while a well-placed drive sets up an approach shot with a wedge and a birdie opportunity
The Par 3 island green is surrounded by water on all sides and requires an accurate tee shot to land safely on, so a good choice - an iron club by caddy is a perfect way to keep your ball in pocket, and also ready for a DROP ZONE in case. Pay attention to the wind! HOLE IN ONE prize for this hole sponsored by Viet Nam Airline for the whole year.
This long Par 4 is one of the most challenging on the course with a water hazard that extends from the tee all the way down the left side to the end of the landing area where a creek crosses the fairway. The hazard then borders the right side of the fairway all the way down past the elevated green. It takes two well-struck shots to reach this green in regulation.
This Par 5 is reachable in two for the long hitters but the second shot must be placed perfectly to avoid the water that protects the green in front and on the right side. The more cautious players will choose to lay-up and negotiate the water hazard with a short iron or wedge.
The second of the two back to back par 5’s on this front nine requires an accurate tee shot that must clear a water hazard to reach the fairway safely. From the fairway, it is then uphill all the way to a well bunkered and undulating green. Be careful of the Mango grove on the left side!
This Par 4 dog-legs to theright and up the hill. Accuracy is more important than power to reach this green in regulation. Tee shots and approach shots favoring the left side of this hole are a safer play. Finish this hole with a nice photo with great ocean view to forget a bad score.
This Par 3 to a very elevated green will require an extra club to get up the hill. Shots that leak right may find themselves well below the green in the rough. A par 3 at this hole is not easy to come by.
The 9th tee rewards all who have made it to the top of the hill with views of the ocean to both sides of the island. This medium length par 4 is not as demanding off the tee but the green is long and narrow and slopes away from the player, requiring precision in both distance and direction.
An uphill par 3 to a two-tiered green. Shots that do not hit the green are better missed long and right than short on either side or left.
This down hill Par 5 is the shortest of the par 5’s and is reachable in two for the long hitters though sometimes the wind may make it more difficult. Avoid the bunker on the left side off the tee and the rest of the hole is laid out in front of the player. Bunkers in front of the green force the decision to lay-up or go for it!
This short Par 4 is reachable from the tee for the long hitters who are bold enough to challenge the water hazard that extends all the way down the right side of the hole including the green. The fairway landing area gives the players a choice of clubs from a long iron to driver depending on how much they are willing to risk to get close to the hole.
This picturesque Par 3 is the signature hole of the golf course with its breathtaking view of the sea. Don’t let its beauty fool you though! Tee shots that are not placed accurately will find themselves in the deep bunkers or at the bottom of the steep false front. Favor to the left side!
This long Par 4 which borders the seaside features an elevated green and a long bunker down the left side. There is a water hazard behind the green so don’t be too long on the approach. This green is one of the toughest on the course and two-putt is usually a good result.
This long Par 4 is perhaps the most difficult and one the most beautiful on the back nine as it borders the pristine beach. A beach bunker meanders all the way down the left side of the hole from tee to green. Approach shots must fly all the way to the green to avoid the greenside bunker guarding the front. Players who aren’t as long may be wise to lay up. Enjoy the sea breeze. Reach the green in 3 shots is the safest bet.
This uphill Par 3 features a green that is two-tiered and tucked into the natural beauty of the rocks and trees. A shot played from right to left will be most suited to find this green in regulation.
From the elevated tee, players have a great view of the landing area of this dog-leg right Par 5. There are water hazards on either side of the fairway and shots that are placed near the right side of the fairway will give long hitters the option of going for the green in two. The water hazard on the right side extends the full length of the hole and guards the front of the green from this angle so beware!
This par 4 finishing hole is straight up the hill to the clubhouse. A great finishing hole is one that can create a major difference in how the round ends and this hole certainly provides that! The approach shot to the wellbunkered green is all carry and may require two or three extra clubs. The deep bunker guarding in front of the green is also a reasonable result for those looking for the green in two.