New Faldo layout in Vietnam set for summer completion

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    Faldo Design
Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys

A new Faldo Design golf course at Thanh Lanh Golf Club near Hanoi, Vietnam, is expected to be complete by summer 2021. 

The layout has nine holes set on a lake peninsula with views out to the surrounding mountains. 

“This is a special site and presents us with an opportunity to create a memorable, world-class golf course,” said Faldo. “In addition to nine lakeside holes, our design features spectacular mountain and lake views from all 18 holes.” 

Faldo Design has incorporated natural streams and contour to create interest and variety in shotmaking. And while the course can stretch to more than 7,000 yards, the design team has incorporated five sets of tees and generous width to make sure the course is playable for golfers of all abilities. 

“From the start of design to the completion of construction we have looked to be creative and innovative on this project,” said Andrew Haggar, lead architect at Faldo Design. “Establishing returning nines that both play out and back, and which share in the beauty of the lakeside, really set the foundation for maximising the site’s surrounding assets. 

“The closing stretch, I think quite fittingly, encompasses much of what we’ve tried to achieve by returning players along the shoreline of the lake to the new clubhouse with a magnificent mountain backdrop. This place certainly has memorability and once visited players will definitely want to return.” 

Design decisions have been driven by sustainable practices and have included “a planting programme to support an ongoing thriving environment” and cut and fill earthmoving to eliminate waste during the course’s construction.