Twin Doves is a private members club that has an impressive set up with large clubhouse and all facilities located north of Ho Chi Minh City.
At present the club boast 27 holes- three loops of nine holes designed by P & Z design, but further golf is currently under construction.
The three nines are named Luna, Stella, & Sole.
We played Sole and Luna for our 18 holes.
Interestingly enough the two nines were quite different. The Sole nine was a modern style course with dramatically shaped greens, and a rolling terrain whereas the Luna nine appeared more parklike- with less movement, and wider playing corridors, and less hazards.
They were like chalk and cheese!
Apparently Luna is intended more for the entry level golfer, and Sole more for the accomplished player.
Sole was very much an artificial course, with fairways framed by mounding created by the architects to create interest over what was essentially featureless terrain.
It is a pretty course, and certainly retained your interest throughout, however I always felt that the architecture was just a little overdone..
Some of the longer holes introduces water hazards, trees in the fairway, bunkering both sides of the fairway, and severe greens all at once. It was just too much…
Despite this I enjoyed the round.
Notable holes include:
- the pretty par 3 third hole
- the long par 4 fourth hole with water and bunkers in play off the tee, and a tree central to the landing area
- the short par 4 fifth hole with green protected by water
- the par 3 eighth hole
While the Luna nine was a little less impressive, it did have some interesting holes:
- the par 3 fifth hole with water carry and tree backdrop
- the downhill par 3 eighth hole with a tough green
- the dramatically overdone par 5 ninth hole with small target areas for tee shots, and second shots, and an all or nothing approach over water
The Stella nine was being cored when we visited but looked from a distance to resemble more the Sole Course
Twin Doves has tremendous facilities, and is not far distant from Ho Chi Minh City. Given that the terrain on which the courses have been built had little in the form of natural features the task of producing a quality courses or courses was that much harder.
Although I am not a fan of artificial mounding, the Sole Course certainly maintained my interest, and tested my mettle
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