Ba Na Hills: Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World
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Number of rooms461
AmenitiesRestaurant/bar/terrace with golf course view/relaxation room/golf academy
Number of courses1
Course designersLuke Donald/IMG Golf Design
When Tour pros get involved in golf course architecture, they tend to build designs that suit their games. Not Luke Donald, the short-hitting former World No. 1. In partnership with IMG Golf Design, he has stamped his name on the longest course in Vietnam. Tipping out at 7,858 yards, Ba Na Hills bucks and rolls along the base of mountains, 30 minutes from the coastal city of Da Nang, where golf has boomed in recent years. This is Donald’s first foray into design, built in partnership with IMG Golf design. And though it lies within easy striking distance of layouts by such player-architects as Colin Montgomerie, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman, it is situated farther inland, on higher ground, in a cooler climate, and features more dramatic elevation changes. The resort feels like a place apart as well, with a tranquil atmosphere that stands in quiet contrast to the bustle of Da Nang. And if the course feels too crowded for you by day, just wait until after sunset. Ba Na Hills has lights, so you can play at night.
The signature hole is the 16th, a 217-yard par-3 that plays downhill to an island green.
Guest rooms are designed in French-colonial style and look out on a French-colonial village.
Ba Na is home to the world’s longest single-track cable car, which runs non-stop for nearly four miles.
3 things to know
Best time to goSept-May.
Best non-golf amenityA climate-controlled relaxation room.
Insider TipNo trip to Ba Na is complete without a stroll along the Golden Bridge, an iconic pedestrian bridge supported by two giant fiberglass and wire mesh hands.