By becoming the venue of the three most attractive golf championships held by Vietnam Golf Association – VGA, KN Golf Links (Cam Ranh, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa) will become the most noticeable destination in Vietnam golf in July 2019.
KN Golf Links was officially put into operation in October 2018, and is also the third masterpiece in Vietnam designed by golf legend Greg Norman. This links course was carefully designed in accordance with international standards in order to challenge and excite all golfers.
KN Golf Links is one of the most beautiful newbies in Vietnam.
Built on a 90-hectare area, KN Golf Links boasts local imprints characterized by sun and wind. The designer cleverly employed an outlay of greens, bunkers, water hazards, etc. to bring surprises to golfers whist retaining the pristine beauty of the winding white sand dunes. Golfers may choose difficulty level according to the tee shot, which varies from 5,348 yards to 7,152 yards.
Regarding the selection of KN Golf Links as the venue, Mr. Ngo The Hao - Deputy General Secretary of Vietnam Golf Association, Head of the organizing committee said, "We have investigated and decided to choose KN Golf Links to host 3 tournaments namely VAO, VLAO and VJO this year. KN Golf Links is a standard links course characterized by wind. You can play well here if there is no wind and vice versa. So despite playing in the same place, players will always feel the freshness and excitement."
Characterized by wind, KN Golf Links becomes more challenging.
Let’s take a look at the 18 holes of KN Golf Links.
Hole 1: Par 5 - 596 yards (Shark tee), 560 yards (Gold), 535 yards (Blue), 496 yards (White), 472 yards (Red)
With 596 yards in length from the farthest tee (Shark tee), the opening hole is quite long but this is actually not too challenging because of the wide fairway. A good drive on the undulating terrain can increase the reach, which will move the ball to a favorable place for the second shot. Golfers may choose to strike the ball directly to the green or make a safe strategic shot to prepare for the third short shot. Bunkers are positioned in front of and behind the green to catch failed shots. However, the green at this hole is highly accessible because the slope is not too steep.
Hole 2: Par 3 - 207 yards (Shark tee), 193 yards (Gold), 174 yards (Blue), 156 yards (White), 137 yards (Red)
A beautiful hole with high yellow sand dunes surrounding the green, probably 207 yards away from the Par 3 hole, which may challenge some golfers. Players need to make a straight drive to land the ball on the green. Or to be safe they can choose to use a rescue club or an average iron for the tee shot and a further chip to land the ball on the green.
Hole 3: Par 4 – 354 yards (Shark tee), 322 yards (Gold), 283 yards (Blue), 270 yards (White), 254 yards (Red)
A relatively short but exciting Par 4 hole. Changes in wind and the slope steepness make it difficult for players to identify the distance. Long range shots may catch some players in the attacking play. However, a good strategy is a tee shot that moves the ball 100 yards away from the green to avoid bunkers on the fairway. Quite a small and steep green is also a challenge.
Hole 4: Par 3 - 189 yards (Shark tee), 160 yards (Gold), 144 yards (Blue), 123 yards (White), 105 yards (Red)
It’s a quite a short hole with the green located on a peninsula. You had better forget the position of the flag, especially when the flag is positioned on the left of the green. Any unsatisfactory shot can cause the ball to fall into the water on the left of the green. For a safer approach, you should target the right side and let the ball naturally run on the slope down to the green.
Hole 5: Par 4 - 451 yards (Shark tee), 436 yards (Gold), 417 yards (Blue), 393 yards (White), 350 yards (Red)
A terrifying Par 4 with a water hazard stretching along the left side and it will be a huge challenge if wind blows from the right. You should be confident to make a drive to the bunker on the right and the large space of the fairway to make it easier for the second shot.
Hole 6: Par 5 - 553 yards (Shark tee), 526 yards (Gold), 499 yards (Blue), 454 yards (White), 435 yards (Red)
A Par 5 for attack to get points. Players usually benefit from the favorable wind so they can employ a 2-on play with those opponents with low handicap. There is a slope in front of the green and the challenge will be the deep bunkers around the green.
Hole 7: Par 4 - 409 yards (Shark tee), 388 yards (Gold), 363 yards (Blue), 339 yards (White), 311 yards (Red)
Quite a nice dogleg on the left, with a long bunker along the entire fairway. It’s a little terrifying but don't worry because the real challenge lies in the water hazard. A shot to the right side where the slope is located on the fairway will facilitate the next shot to the green.
Hole 8: Par 4 - 388 yards (Shark tee), 370 yards (Gold), 347 yards (Blue), 325 yards (White), 302 yards (Red)
A challenging par 4 and a fairway sloping to the left which require a good drive. Too short a drive can cause the ball to go downhill and you’ll have to make a second shot with an obstructed view of the green. Think before choosing a club for the second shot and try to strike to the left side of the flag to avoid the bunker on the right. Also, you should calculate carefully while facing a winding green.
Hole 9: Par 4 – 471 yards (Shark tee), 453 yards (Gold), 415 yards (Blue), 390 yards (White), 360 yards (Red)
A long par 4 with a large sand dune on the right. Therefore, players should target the left of the fairway to avoid sand dunes and bunkers. If you attack with a long distance and straight shot, the steep terrain may help the ball move closer to the green. A second shot at an advantageous position is waiting for you, but remember to choose a suitable club and don't be tricked by the change in height.
Hole 10: Par 4 - 405 yards (Shark tee), 386 yards (Gold), 354 yards (Blue), 326 yards (White), 308 yards (Red)
The tee is located at a high position where you can see a beautiful view of the green carpet of grass stretching along the blue sea in the distance. A long drive is needed before you can make a short shot with an iron down the slope towards the flag.
Hole 11: Par 4 - 384 yards (Shark tee), 367 yards (Gold), 331 yards (Blue), 305 yards (White), 278 yards (Red)
Hole 12: Par 3 - 240 yards (Shark tee), 221 yards (Gold), 207 yards (Blue), 186 yards (White) 164 yards (Red)
This is the longest Par 3 hole on the course with a large bunker on the right to catch short drives. A smart shot is the one aimed at the left side of the green for a chance to get par points, but the wild pineapple bushes on the left will be a problem if you apply too much force on the strike.
Hole 13: Par 4 - 416 yards (Shark tee), 396 yards (Gold), 373 yards (Blue), 356 yards (White), 336 yards (Red)
A Par 4 hole which does not pose many challenges. A sand dune on the left of the fairway is what is noticeable.
Hole 14: Par 5 - 568 yards (Shark tee), 548 yards (Gold), 517 yards (Blue), 484 yards (White), 457 yards (Red)
The green is blocked by a large sand dune, which will challenge players with the approach shot. However, a fairly flat green will make it easier for you to score birdies or eagles.
Hole 15: Par 4 - 386 yards (Shark tee), 369 yards (Gold), 350 yards (Blue), 327 yards (White), 302 yards (Red)
A good shot to the right side will facilitate the second shot aimed at the green. However, if you have a long distance shot, consider another club rather than a driver.
Hole 16: Par 3 -193 yards (Shark tee), 178 yards (Gold), 153 yards (Blue), 138 yards (White), 114 yards (Red)
A fairly flat hole with large sand dunes on both sides allows you to attack with long shots. To be safe, you can use more clubs because any strong strike can cause the ball to move to the back of the green.
Hole 17: Par 5 - 570 yards (Shark tee), 554 yards (Gold), 532 yards (Blue), 516 yards (White), 495 yards (Red)
Hole 18: Par 4 - 385 yards (Shark tee), 365 yards (Gold), 351 yards (Blue), 333 yards (White), 320 yards (Red)
Quite a narrow fairway which requires players to have a solid shot as there are many traps to catch poor shots. The green is designed with 3 levels and it will be excellent of you to score birdies at this hole.
Ngo Vinh, by Infonet