For the past month we have been enjoying the heat of Vietnam and the spoils of the Montgomerie Links Golf Course. The course was designed by eight-time European Order of Merit winner and 2010 Ryder Cup-winning captain, Colin Montgomerie. It is a visually appealing course and is always in mint condition thanks to the many green keeping and gardeing staff the course employs.
The course is located in Central Vietnam halfway between Danang (Vietnam’s third bigest city) and Hoi An. We had played here back in 2011 and really enjoyed the area. They were building the accomodation villas back then and we talked about coming back and staying one day.
They have a great practice facility including a 30 bay covered driving range, chipping and bunker practice area as well as a putting green. We have made good use of the facilities : ) We have been playing Monday, Wednesday and Friday and practising on the other days. I am also pleased to report that the golf has improved – one would hope so with all that play and practice!
Due to the heat we normally tee off before breakfast at about 6.20am. It can still be 27 degrees at this hour of the day but fortunately there is always a sea breeze offering some repreive. You have to have a Caddy so there is no pushing your trundler involved or raking of bunkers – it’s a tough life I know! The Caddy’s are very well trained and give good advice on yardage and are very good at reading your putts. They are very sweet and like to converse in English with us in order to improve their own English. We are also learning some Vietnamese words which always give them a giggle.