On my 25th birthday, I had the wonderful opportunity of playing one of Asia’s top golf courses, Long Bien Golf Course, in Hanoi, Vietnam. The 27-hole championship course is just a 10 minute drive from Vietnam’s capital city, and it was one of the most stunning and pristine golf courses I’ve ever played.
For a reasonable price of $80, you get 18 holes of luxury golf along with rental clubs, a cart and a caddie. The facility is massive and felt like a 5 star hotel with it’s giant lobby, over-sized cafeteria and ballroom. The staff was very kind and hospitable, despite speaking very little English. That includes my caddie, Dat, who didn’t speak a lick of English but was damn good at reading greens!
Long Bien was challenging — more so than most courses I am used to back home in Scottsdale, Arizona. The traps were deep, rough was thick and greens were fast. It’s definitely a target golf course, with little room for mistakes. I didn’t score well, especially with the set of rental clubs, but I did hit some nice shots (it was my first round in about 3 months).
Most holes at Long Bien have rows of palm trees surrounding the fairways and greens. There are also several streams running through the course, making it challenging and adding to the beauty of the landscape. The course plays at 6700 years, but don’t let that fool you beacuse it’s all about accuracy out there!
As I touched on earlier, the clubhouse at Long Bien is one of the bigger and better appointed facilities that I’ve seen in Asia. Both male and female bathrooms and locker rooms are posh, brightly lit and have full size lockers for both members and visitors. When your round is over, you can head over to the full service Vietnamese spa and massage area to relieve your stress. You really can’t ask for anything better than that!
All in all, I really enjoyed my golfing day at Long Bien and I will most definitely be back the next time I am in Hanoi. I hope you guys get the chance to play as well!