Final touches being added to GNGCD’s Cam Ranh course

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    Sandy areas permeate the course’s finishing hole

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    The view from the opening tee

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    The sloping route up to the sixth green

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    The course is likely to open for play in August or September 2018

Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

The final touches are being added to the new KN Golf Links Cam Ranh course ahead of a planned opening later this year.

The course in south-east Vietnam has been designed by a team from Greg Norman Golf Course Design (GNGCD).

Preview rounds have already been played, and Greg Norman recently paid a visit to play a round with owner Le Van Kiem, group chairman of KN Investment.

“It plays links because there’s a lot of up and down and natural contouring to the layout, so you get these sensational visuals from tee boxes especially and really cool run-off areas where the ball can roll and turn,” commented Norman. “It’s a lot of fun already.”

Norman identified the par four tenth and fifteenth holes as two of his favourites, both of which play downhill towards the ocean.

“You can make a course difficult, but you can also make it so people can get around on their own skills,” said Norman. “What’s clear to me here, especially after observing a range of players have a go at it, is that anyone can play all 18 holes.”

The firm has adopted its least disturbance principles throughout the development – a concept Norman discussed in an interview featured in issue 51 of Golf Course Architecture.

The clubhouse is currently being constructed, and once this is complete the course will be officially opened. This is expected to take place in either August or September 2018.

“I could not be more pleased with how this project is coming together,” said Kiem. “It fills me with pride and I cannot wait for the rest of the world to see it and experience it.”