Long Thanh Golf Club & Residential Estate
Address: Long Thanh, Dong Nai, Vietnam
Long Thanh Golf Club Description
Situated on over 350 hectares in Phuoc Tan Village, Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, which is about 36 kilometers away from Ho Chi Minh City, towards the East, the Long Thanh Golf Club has been constructed on a plateau, offering superb panoramic views in every direction. The Club is a combination of a 36-hole Golf Course, Driving Range, Central Clubhouse, Pro-shop, Restaurant, Conference Rooms, Lockers and luxurious Villas
Long Thanh Golf Clubis easily found by road and takes about a 40-minute drive from Ho Chi Minh City. The journey is now can be reached by the Saigon - Long Thanh - Dau Giay Express Way, which takes about 50 minutes from the center of Ho Chi Minh City. The branches of Dong Nai River link the Club to Ho Chi Minh City, so you may travel to the Club by boat if you wish to avoid all the traffic and enjoy the peaceful and calm scene from the riverside
Both the Hill and Lake course of Long Thanh Golf Club are well maintained throughout the year and the golf courses are a longtime favorite among locals. Many expatriates and Vietnam golf visitors prefer Long Thanh Golf Club over its more famous neighbor Vietnam Golf & Country Club.
The Hill Course of Long Thanh Golf Club features rolling fairways and large undulating greens. Each hole is framed by large oil palms. The Lake Course is characterized by many high lipped bunkers and water hazards on almost every hole to catch errant shots. Both courses feature Paspalum grassed fairways and tee boxes. Putting greens use Tifdwarf Bermuda grass which can roll anywhere from 8 to 10 on the stimp meter. This combination of grasses matches other top courses in the region. The rough at Long Thanh is cut relatively short and poses no real challenge.
All 36 holes have their own character shape and this wide variety makes for good challenges for both serious amateurs and professional golfers. Higher handicappers might prefer the Lake Course however, which is relatively flatter
Hole 13, a par-3 on the Hill Course is the signature hole and features a choice two greens equally good. Both require accurate tee shot as there is out-of-bounds at the back of the longer green. The shorter green is possibly even more difficult surrounded by the 'Great Wall of Long Thanh', with club selection being of prime importance, as there is water guarding the front and a rock face behind the green. This is a once seen never forgotten hole.
Another great hole at Long Thanh Golf Club is the par-5, 14th hole on Hill Course. The longer you hit the ball, the tighter the fairway gets. If you can't reach the green in two shots, the lay-up shot requires real accuracy as there is out-of-bounds on the right and a lake on the left. There are frequently some big scores on this hole. Both the Lake and Hill Courses are walking courses with single or shared golf carts being optional. Caddies, of whom 50% are male, are very good as most have been employed at Long Thanh for 5 or more years and some are even single handicappers themselves.
The Long Thanh Golf Club and Residential Estate have also spared no expense to build an elaborate clubhouse. The locker and changing rooms might be the plushest in Saigon. Ask for a shoe shine after your round. The pro shop is adequate, but often only stocked with a fleeing selection of merchandise. The main restaurant serves a fine selection of both Vietnamese and Western food for golfers after their rounds in both indoor and outdoor setting. It might be better however if the restaurant were more centrally located to take advantage of the excellent views of the Saigon skyline.
In 2013, Long Thanh Golf Club was voted as one of the Best Courses in Vietnam by Asian Golf Magazine for its turf surface in good condition, modern equipment, professional and enthusiastic staffs