Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and second largest city in the country.  It is one of the most rapidly developing cities in the whole of Southeast Asia and combines the perfect mix of East and West.

Home to some of Hanoi’s top sights, such as Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple, The Huc Bridge, the Grand Cathedral, Hanoi Opera House and several museums, you must take time to visit the Hoan Kiem District during your stay.

However, thanks to the significant investment in Hanoi and the surrounding area, many top quality golf courses have been established over the years.  Hanoi is consistently ranked as one of the top places to visit in the world for tourists and the its quickly rising up the rankings for golf lovers too.

When planning a visit to the best golf courses in Hanoi, you must take note of the climate.  Hanoi experiences wet summers and cooler, dry winters.  The wet season usually starts earlier in the north than the south and the best time to visit this region of Vietnam is usually between December and February.  During this time of year you can expect to see mainly dry weather plus lower humidity and temperatures in comparison to other times of the year.  You will find the hottest and wettest period of the year between May and September, so if you want to enjoy the best of Hanoi’s golf courses, try and avoid this period.  Furthermore, be prepared during the winter months, as temperatures can drop to around 15 degrees at night, which will feel cool so bring a light jacket or jumper to wear.

Having selected the perfect month for your trip to Hanoi, it is time to take a look at the best golf courses in this area of Vietnam.

#1 Phoenix Golf Club

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Within 1 hour from Hanoi you will reach the beautiful area of Halong Bay on Land. Phoenix Golf Resort has spectacular sights as the limestone outcroppings come into performance on many of the holes. The golf resort host 54 holes and is the biggest golf course in Vietnam and second biggest in Asia. Phoenix Golf Resort is designed by famous Ronald Fream. The 3 courses all creates use of serious fairway and natural undulations as well as brilliant redirecting through and around the unique-looking limestone cliffs. Extra Japanese and Korean style contribution make sure that the setting is both well secured and amazing at the same time.

Phoenix 3 courses are known as Phoenix, Dragon, and Champion. The Champion is a links-style golf course, while the other two perform in a more tremendous mountain design. You may like to try the Arizona course, but be sure not to skip just one hole on the most amazing and best – the Dragon course.

The front-nine may well keep you astonished; such is its extraordinary elegance and strength. You can restore your breathing on the inward-nine, where the structure progressively delivers you back towards the clubhouse to a ending expand that also contains many magnificently designed, examining and perfectly holes. The long par-4 Eighteenth, with an in-depth watering ravine defending the top left of the green, is as challenging and ending hole.


#2 Heron Lake Golf Course & Resort

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55 kilometers from Hanoi City you will find the Heron Lake Golf Course & Resort. The golf course opened in 2012 and is located among flora and fauna and most players will get regular sightings of local heron birds.The Heron Lake Golf Course & Resort has been developed by the same designers King Island Hanoi Vietnam and the famous Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin Thailand, The course creates use of water on most holes and comprehensive greenside bunkering.
The newest Paspalum grass has been importated from Australia, making reaching off both fairway and difficult places not too challenging.

#3 Dai Lai Star Golf & Country Club

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North of Hanoi you will find Dai Lai Star Golf & Country Club. Protecting an place of 300 hectares on a place at the bottom of the mountain of Ngoc Thanh, around the wonderful lake of Dai Lai. The golf course is a golfers’delight.With great maintenance, a really powerful style and a most attractive lake atmosphere, the golf course is a great analyse of golf abilities. Normal water comes into performance on most of the back nice but still is not a considerable problem. However, discussing the considerable fairway and green-side bunkering and the huge smooth greens are more of a test.

The contemporary club house gives guests to Dai Lai Golf & Country Club the sensation of being in a tranquil environment not too far from the busy city of Hanoi.

#4 Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club

This Hanoi golf course lies within a beautiful valley surrounded by rolling forest hills and nestled beside a large lake. Playing conditions at Chi Linh Star Golf Course in Vietnam are well kept year round. Tiff Eagle grass greens insure smooth and fast putting surfaces similar to those of other prestigious golf clubs in Vietnam and in Asia (e.g. Thai Country Club in Bangkok). Tee boxes and fairways are a Bermuda variant developed specifically for Hanoi’s changing temperatures. At Chi Linh Star Golf Course the staff go out of their way to make your Vietnam golf vacation a good one.

Chi Linh Star Golf course was designed and constructed by Independent Golf Course Services a well known Australian firm who have also completed golf courses in Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and China. Their first entry into Vietnam golf produced Chi Linh Star and they will likely be back for more golf courses in Vietnam. The golf course is constructed in a beautiful valley, surrounded by forested hills, rolling creeks, lakes, and natural water hazards from the surrounding area.

 #5 Royal Golf Club

tee box, royal golf club, hanoi, vietnamLocated some 100KM south of Hanoi, close to the town of Tam Diep, is The Royal Golf Club.

The Royal Club is at the heart of the project to increase the Ninh Binh provinces tourist industry, and is the first in a planned 54-hole complex.

Situated inland, some 20KM from the sea, and just a stone´s throw from the Yen Thang Lake, The Royal Club enjoys some much-needed cool breezes which not only keep golfers cool, but provide some interesting distractions and swirling winds.

Peter Rousseau, the architect commissioned to construct The Royal Golf Club´s layout has done a quite remarkable job of creating a special place, that blends beautifully into the surrounding natural landscape.

#6 Hanoi Golf Club

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This Vietnam golf course is located in the north of Hanoi and is the only Japanese managed golf course in all of Vietnam. After much anticipation, Hanoi Golf Club finally conducted the grand opening Ceremony on 27th, November 2006 and has matured into a solid, while unspectacular golf course in Hanoi. The founders goal of Hanoi Golf Club was first to build a championship and world-class golf course on a hilly-side in the North of Hanoi. Additionally, the management of Hanoi Golf Club was to be members-oriented creating a private club atmosphere at this Vietnam golf course. From this vision he designed the clubhouse to be hospitable and whether he has achieved this is debatable, yet whatever you think of this Hanoi golf course, most golfers on a Vietnam golf vacation agree that this course is quite a good one.

The founders aim in the design of the clubhouse was not only for customers’ enjoyment of playing golf with your friends but also for business, including functions, meetings and conferences. This was part of this Vietnam golf courses founders wish to show Japanese traditionally spiritual beauty with the Clubhouse. The goal of Hanoi Golf Club is to promote the mutual friendship of its Members, to promote the game of golf in Vietnam and to contribute to the development of golf in Vietnam through this wonderful game.

#7 Kings Island Golf Resort, Lakeside Course

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BRG Kings Island Golf Resort, Lakeside Course is the oldest golf course in Vietnam located 45 km outside of Hanoi in the shadow of Ba Vi Mountain. Accommodation and full facilities are available at this world-class Hanoi golf course. The Lakeside Course includes numerous and varied uses of the water surrounding the course and the gentle sloping terrain.

As might be expected at this Vietnam golf course, water plays a central role in the course design and comes into play on 13 of the 18 holes. Many of the hidden greens require accurate carries over the lake or swampy terrain. A favorite hole among local Vietnam golfers is the par five thirteenth, with the tee shot having to clear a gorge. Also the 572-yard seventh is another favorite, featuring a double dogleg from an elevated tee. Probably the most extraordinary hole is the fourteenth, the highest point on the course affording a spectacular view of Ba Vi Mountain. This is golf scenery in Vietnam at it’s pinnacle and BRG King’s Island Golf Resort and Country Club is always talked about favourably with our Vietnam golf vacationers.

#8 Kings Island Golf Resort, Mountainview Course

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Designed in 2004 by Pacific Coast Design from Australia, holes at BRG Kings’ Island Golf Resort, Mountainview course take full advantage of the scenery of the surrounding mountains and the nearby authentic Vietnam ethnic village. All 18 holes play through hardwood forests and jungle land. The par-72 layout stretches to over 7,000 yards from the back tees and is suitable for international competitions. Putting surface are planted with Novotec Bermuda grass that stays green year round, even in the cooler damp weather of Hanoi. The Mountainview course after its renovations in 2017 is one of the best parkland courses in the North of Vietnam.

#9 Legend Hill Golf Resort

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Opened in 2015 to become the first Jack Nicklaus designed golf course in Vietnam. BRG Legend Hill Golf Resort is also the first golf course in Vietnam to implement a unique two green per every hole concept. Golfers have the unique experience of playing an 18-hole golf course with 36 green complexes. In other words, golfers with have a different golf experience on each round played.The contemporary designed BRG Legend Hill Golf Resort clubhouse sits on top of a hill overlooking the golf course and surrounding mountains.

#10 Tam Dao Golf Resort

Tam Dao Golf resort is located high in the Tam Dao Mountains which makes for year round cool temperatures and gives Vietnam golfers the feeling of playing in the Northeast USA rather than tropical Asia.

The 18 hole Tam Dao golf course uses the natural land contours and local flora and fauna to create a visual treat for golfers. This Vietnam golf course plays through a series of lakes and streams, making it one of the more difficult Hanoi golf courses. Sea Isle Paspalum is used on the tee boxes and fairways, while Sea Isle 2000 Paspalum greens make for ideal golfing all year round. Various tee boxes cater for Vietnam golfers of all levels and from the tips experienced amateurs and professional golfers will be required to use every club in the bag to score well.

Excellent golf course maintenance consisting of double cut fairways, white sand bunkers, and close cut greens make playing Tam Dao a real treat and a must-play if playing golf in Vietnam.

#11 Van Tri Golf Club

Van Tri Golf Club is the first exclusively private golf estate in Vietnam. The Van Tri Golf Club is conveniently located four kilometers from the Hanoi – Noi Bai Highway and situated in a secure gated community. The club house amenities at this upscale Vietnam Golf Club include a main dining room serving the highest standard of International cuisine and the accompanying high standard of service that is expected of a private members’ Golf Club. Now exclusively for Vietnam golf vacation members you can play on this beautiful private golf estate.

The Golf Course is designed by architect, Peter Rousseau of P + Z Designs, this 18 hole golf course presents the traditional values and solid approach that is forever exciting and challenging to play; one that will certainly stand the test of time. The shaping is paramount to insure everything flows from element to element without ends or beginnings. Everything ties in together to form a natural appearance. The Architect has created visual interest by finding the right balance of blending together colors, textures, heights and elements of stone, water, sand, grass and trees to provide a great variety that defines each and every individual hole.

#12 FLC Samson Golf Links

FLC Samson Golf Links is located at 170 kilometers to the south of Hanoi and 17 kilometers away from Thanh Hoa City in Thanh Hoa Province. This golfing site is set between the mouth of Ma River and the South China Sea. Most of the holes play along a 2.4 kilometer stretch of Sam Son Beach and give golfers excellent sea views.The links course has a solid pedigree being designed by Nicklaus Design and built by Flagstick Golf, both of whom are leaders in their fields. The Nicklaus – Flagstick collaboration guarantees the quality of the FLC Samson Golf Links.Playing to a total of 7,200 yards, FLC Samson Golf Links tests the abilities of golfers of all skill levels. Greens are large and undulated while fairways weave through large patches of native grasses.

#13 Long Bien Golf Course

Long Bien Golf Course is a 27-hole Nelson & Haworth designed layout. The Hanoi golf course is located on 350 hectares surrounded by the Dong Nai River and slightly south of and one of the closest courses to the center of Hanoi. The only downside of the location is the military airport adjacent to the golf course which creates some unwanted noise when airplanes take off and land.

The course is greased with Paspalum fairways, tee boxes, and rough while the greens are constructed of Tiff Eagle Bermuda grass. All areas are impeccably maintained which creates some of the best hitting surfaces of any Hanoi golf club.

Significant earth mounding and rows of palm trees frame most of the holes. Several streams meander through the course adding to the golf challenge and nice landscape. While the course plays to only 6700 yards from the blue tees, out-of-bounds and deep fairway bunkers on many holes makes accuracy better rewarded than distance at Long Bien. Also most greens are elevated from the fairway height which also puts a premium on good chipping to be able to scramble and have chances for getting up-and-down.

One of the best scoring holes is the short par-5 fifth. A long drive between the fairway bunkers will catch the downslope and makes reaching the green in two a good possibility. However, beware of the large bunkers fronting the slightly elevated green. Hole 6 is a dogleg left par-4 and one of the most challenging at Long Bien. This hole can be long and uphill when playing into the wind. A tee shot is down the right side, to avoid the gigantic waste bunker down the left is critical to reach the green in regulation. Par is a good score on this hole.

#14 Sky Lake Resort & Golf Club

Located at the Van Son Lake area and 45 minutes from central Hanoi, Sky Lake Resort & Golf Club is made up of two 18-hole PGA standard courses and an on-site golf academy. The project is a master plan from Korean investors with golf course design by Robert Painter (Kingsbarns Golf Links, UK) and Ronald Leck (Sky 72 Golf Club, Korea).

The 18-hole Lake course to the West is a links-style course, providing challenge with grand lakes and beautiful mountains as backdrops. The 18-hole Sky golf course to the East is surrounded by natural Vietnamese jungle.
Moreover, the Sky Course is routed over rolling hills. Scenic views overlooking the surrounding farmland can be had from the club house and from many points on the course itself. Fairways and greens are undulated and follow the hilly contours of the area. The course is long and challenging as it plays to 7,265 yards from the tips.

Long and accurate drives are required to reach several lengthy uphill par-4 holes in regulation. Straying off the fairway will result in difficult lies in the thick rough or worse as large trees and severe drop off areas flank most holes. Moreover, large multi-tier greens guarded by steep greenside bunker complexes are also found on many of the Sky Course holes. At least to put things in perspective, most fairways are wide enough to accept most off-center hits and the ball sits up very well on the lush Paspalum grass.



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