One of Vietnam’s fastest growing beach resorts
now has a brand-name golf course to support its already impressive
The Greg Norman-designed KN Golf Links
opened in Cam Ranh, a beautiful beach destination where more than
30 hospitality projects have either gone up or broken ground along
Long Beach in just the last couple of years.
“I would put KN Golf Links up there in the
top 10 in terms of unique properties I’ve ever been able to work
with,” said Norman, who has over 100 designs to his name. “I’m
looking forward to the world actually getting to experience
playing this fantastic golf course.”
KN Golf Links
features 27 holes altogether when the 9-hole, garden-style Oasis
Course that runs inland from the clubhouse is factored in.
But most of the conversation during the opening
revolved around the Links Course, which maximizes the rolling
contours of the land exemplified by spectacular sand dunes.
It boasts firm fast-releasing fairways, ample run-off
areas around the greens and massive boulders, some of which form a
striking backdrop to the par-5 17th hole.
an Irish-style golf course. It’s not an Australian-style golf
course. It’s not a Scottish-style golf course. It’s just a damn
good links golf course,” said Norman, who won his two majors — the
1986 Open Championship and 1993 Open Championship — on links
courses. “If this quality of course keeps coming online (in
Vietnam), I think you are going to see people salivating at the
prospect of coming here to play.”
KN Golf Links
occupies 90 of the 800 hectares slated to be developed at KN
Paradise, an ambitious integrated resort that will also feature at
least three 5-star hotels, an array of luxury real estate
opportunities, a marina, and a beach club among other
“We wanted ‘The Shark’ from day one,” Mr. Le Van Kiem,
chairman of KN Cam Ranh Company Limited, the course’s developer,
said, using the nickname Norman earned during his playing days.
“Given the linksy nature of this site, and the fact Mr. Norman has
designed some of the world’s great links-style courses, he was the
ideal man for the job.”
The Links Course at KN Golf
Links is reminiscent of both The Bluffs and The Dunes in that it
weaves through rugged coastal terrain and offers spectacular sea
views from various spots.
The Oasis Course offers a
contrasting but also compelling test, with a plethora of water
features making for some challenging play.
goal is to set a standard here by which all other projects to come
will be measured by,” said Mr. Kiem, whose company also owns Long Thanh Golf Club, an award-winning, 36-hole venture on the
outskirts of Ho Chi Minh (Saigon). “Having 27 holes in Cam Ranh by one
of the game’s all-time greats is a major step in that direction.”
Located less than an hour by air from Ho Chi Minh
and a five-minute drive from the recently expanded Cam Ranh
International Airport, KN Golf Links is the first golf course in
Cam Ranh and the third in the greater Nha Trang area.
Amenities include a secluded driving range with an instruction
studio and 24 bays that face another eye-catching collection of
gigantic rocks, and a three-story clubhouse that overlooks the
ocean and three small islands about 10 kilometers offshore.