Danang Golf Course was designed by Greg Norman and opened for play in 2010. Norman's main lieutenant on the job in this case was Aussie Harley Kruse - and you can see the sandbelt influence in the bunkering and green complexes.
Internationally it is regarded as one of the very best courses in the Greg Norman portfolio.
Located right next door to Montgomerie Links, Danang GC shares the same sandy terrain, and holes are similarly framed with graceful Casuarina trees. However Danang appears to have more elevation change and less water in play than it's neighbour.
We loved the bunkering, greens and surrounds at Danang - they do have that real sandbelt flavour to them...
Crisp lines on the sand faced bunkers defined the course and the greens had enough movement to grab your attention without being silly. The surrounding aprons gave a multitude of options for rolling or throwing the ball up - much as the classic courses in Melbourne do. And the greens rolled exceptionally well for a course so young.
The routing is clever, and provides for quite a number of memorable holes. The par 3 16th hole is the picture postcard hole with ocean background - a stunning hole!
However I was equally impressed with a number of other holes including the par 5 10th hole which weaves it's way between a number of large dunes. This hole has a unique feel to it - Tobacco Road near Pinehurst in the USA is the closest I can compare it to.
I liked the way that many of the holes were framed by the Casuarina trees, and the way the the course incorporated both strategic and waste bunkering. The way the waste bunkering merged into the rough was reminiscent of the Pinehurst area, or even at times - the Pine Valley look...
And the island tee boxes also contributed to that look.
Now I love a course design to ask me questions as to the lines and how much I want to take on - and Danang GC did just that though the strategic placement of their trademark bunkering. This is a good test of golf!
Overall we very much enjoyed our day at Danang GC and recommend the course to all.
We are not alone in our assessment. Danang GC has recently been voted the best new course in Asia , and is vying with it's neighbour ( Montgomerie Links ) for top 10 course in Asia.
HIgh praise indeed for such a young course!
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