Golf Course Architecture - Issue 65, July 2021

17 A new golf course designed by Kevin Ramsey and David Dale of Golfplan and located near the city of Cam Ranh, Vietnam, is approaching completion. Binh Tien Golf Club will be the centrepiece of a resort development master planned by SOM and developed by the Binh Tien Tourist and Joint Stock Company. “The course is looking great,” said Dale after his visit in December. “It has the essence of Seminole in some areas and carries a dunes feel throughout.” Earthworks began in late 2019 and accelerated after construction management firm Flagstick was retained in March 2020. Work is now over 70 per cent complete, with grass growing on the majority of holes. “The golf course was designed to transition from mountains to sea and, as such, the upper holes – the back nine – play out of the natural forest and rock outcrops down to the beach and resort area,” said Ramsey. “For the lower part of the site – the front nine – we have restored the dunes feel with abundant water and palm trees. The intent is to create a golf experience that meanders through the different landscapes of the site with an ebb and f low of character. “The opening hole will make a great start and give golfers a taste of what’s to come. Holes three to five are all around the lake and will be an Photo: Golfplan Golfplan layout in Vietnam will be the centrepiece of a resort development located near the city of Cam Ranh