Earthworks begin on second nine of Nicklaus Design course at Da Nang

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    Nicklaus Design is adding a second nine to its BRG Da Nang Golf Resort course in Vietnam

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    Earthworks are now in progress, as seen here on what will become the fourteenth hole

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    The existing nine was completed in 2018, and the new nine is expected to be completed by October 2020

Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys

Earthworks have started on the second nine of the Nicklaus Design course at BRG Da Nang Golf Resort in Ngũ Hành Sơn, Vietnam.

The first nine of the Nicklaus course opened in early 2018, offering a marked contrast in style to the 18 holes created by Greg Norman Golf Course Design in 2010.

“The Nicklaus course has been well received. Members and guests currently have a choice of 27 holes to play and are extended the opportunity to play any 18-hole combination,” said Nicklaus Design associate Sean Quinn. “However, the golfing season in Danang is almost year-round, so the need to provide the next nine holes is pressing.”

Quinn is leading the project to create the second nine, working with contractor Martin Moore of Flagstick Golf Construction.

Nicklaus Design’s first nine holes were chosen for their proximity to the clubhouse. “The remaining nine holes are away from the clubhouse, with three adjacent to the Coco River,” said Quinn. “Most of the golf property is low lying and part of a floodplain so it was important to elevate the course above minimum flood levels.”

A series of interconnected lakes and creeks were created throughout the course in order to minimise the fill requirements. But approximately 360,000 cubic metres of imported fill is still required to complete the course.

“The risk of flooding is minimised by ensuring the design levels of all lakes are one metre above sea level and all holes adjacent the river are above the 1:50 year flood level,” said Quinn. “Water bodies on the course form the backbone of the comprehensive drainage system and an emergency flood pump will be installed to ensure the course can drain during flood events.”

Jeff Stamper of Prevost Stamper Irrigation designed the irrigation. Toro irrigation heads and pump stations were supplied by Jebsen & Jessen, the local distributor.

“Although there is an abundance of water throughout the course, the playing areas are designed to be generously wide,” said Quinn. “A total length of over 7,200 yards and the abundance of strategic water will ensure the course will be a good test for strong players, but the multiple tee options, generous fairway widths and limited forced carries will ensure the course remains playable for all.”

One of the unique features of the course is the 2,000-plus metres of timber bulkhead retaining wall, which has been imported from USA. A team of specialists oversaw the installation.

“The bulkhead wall is aesthetically pleasing and helps minimise the impact of naturally fluctuating water levels,” said Quinn. “The wall will be also be used at key tees, greens and bunkers adjacent to the Coco River to prevent erosion in the event of floods. Fortunately, the river is wide and slow moving so the risk is minimal.”

The course will also be floodlit, with Nicklaus Design ensuring the light poles are placed where they do not visually detract or affect the playability. Tall coconut palms form most of the landscaping and help to hide them.

The new nine is expected to be completed by October 2020.