It was Friday 23 November 2012. We had arrived into Danang from Melbourne late Thursday night and here we were at Montgomerie Links preparing to play golf early in the morning.
I must admit , though, that the balmy 30 plus degree day, and the 4 hour time difference did soften the blow somewhat...
Montgomerie Links ( designed by Colin Montgomerie ) has been rated the best course in Vietnam in the last few years, and more recently one of the best in Asia.
The course has a character all of it's own - I could not readily compare it to anything I had seen.
Montgomerie Links is built in sand in the vicinity, but not adjacent to the magnificent beach. Water features prominently on a number of holes - some of the water holes were quite spectacular - and more than a little intimidating!
The back nine was more heavily bunkered and appeared to play longer ( maybe I was tiring in the heat? ). The greens were interesting with significant movement - but not to the point of being excessive
I really liked the fact that the course included a couple of short par 4's where a player could choose to take on the bunkers and water or lay up and have a short iron in. Perhaps the only query I could raise on the strategic merit of the course was that a couple of the longer par 4's had very tight approaches. Admittedly rated as the hardest holes, however hitting a 3 wood to a smallish undulating green, raised up and surrounded by water, long rough, bunkers and trees might be considered overkill....
Overall I was very impressed by Montgomerie Links. The many Casuarina trees gave it a unique look and the course both challenged and thrilled. Plus all the services were excellent. I hope to go back again soon!
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23 November 2012