My recent site inspection trip to Vietnam in July, allowed me the opportunity to visit what will be regarded as one of the best golf courses in Asia in the years to come.
The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip opened in October 2014, and was designed by Australian golfing legend, Greg Norman. A true links-style golf course, The Bluffs is routed over and around towering sand dunes, which have been shaped over thousands of years by the elements. The wind plays a major role in the experience here … it's always strong, and its prevailing direction differs depending on the time of year.
The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip is one of the few championship-calibre links courses with significant elevation changes, making for a golf experience that's as much a feast for the eyes as it is a challenge to tame. While the highest point of the property is only 50 metres above sea level, one of the most spectacular spots comes earlier in the round, on the 4th hole.
From there, players are presented with a 360-degree view of the course, of the surrounding national forest that's a haven for wildlife, of the expansive shoreline and of The Grand Ho Tram Strip, which opened in July 2013 as Vietnam's first international luxury casino resort.
"This is one of only two pieces of land of this quality and character I have ever been given to work with -- the other being Doonbeg [in Ireland]," Norman said. “I’m a firm believer in using what Mother Nature gives us on a particular site. This one has it all."
The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip is an easy 2 hour drive from Ho Chi Min City, however to make the most of the visit to The Bluffs, it is recommended to stay a night or two at The Grand hotel resort.
Ho Tram Strip’s first luxury integrated resort is drenched in tropical sunshine and bordered by the untouched beaches fringing the East Sea. Combining elegant and gracious service with top level entertainment, The Grand Ho Tram Strip is the perfect mix of exciting day life and exhilarating nightlife.
No golfing holiday to South Vietnam would be complete without a visit to The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip. It is a “must play” golf course, and you will be disappointed if you don’t schedule more than one round there.
The Bluffs features in our Vietnam golf packages and exclusive 2016 tours … for more information about a great golfing experience in Vietnam, contact the team at International Golf Specialists for a tailored and memorable golf holiday.