I couldn’t get the sound of Robin Williams waking up the US troops with his “Gooooood Mornnnnning Vietnammmmm” in the film depicting DJ Adrian Cronauer’s time there, when I was told I would be going on a press trip to Danang in Vietnam. I was to play two tracks, one designed by Greg Norman, who is now as well known for his golf course designs as he is for winning two Open Championships. The other was designed by winning Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, who is also making a name for himself around the globe with some impressive tracks under his belt.
I arrived at the Nam Hai, one of the two impressive hotels I would be staying in, as well as the Lifestyle resort. The Nam Hai is a villa-based resort, while the Lifestyle resort is room-based with a couple of villas. I am writing this section of my review in the Nam Hai from a desk behind the raised bed looking out of the opened french doors of my villa, as the waves crash on the shore. I have not long come back from a yoga session followed by breakfast taken on the terrace beside the pool.
I have an outside shower in my villa's enclosed garden, (there’s an inside shower if you want, but where is the fun in that?). Showering outside is a very liberating experience and one I would truly recommend. I would also recommend staying at least one night in the Nam Hai or the Lifestyle resort; they are both worth the money for the breakfast alone. They have local chefs that you can watch produce some stunning dishes in a beautiful environment, or treat yourself to a relaxing massage and spa after a tough day at the course, in tranquil surroundings. What a great way to unwind after a three putt!!!
Da Nang Golf Club
Top: Statues at Marble Mountain Da Nang. Above LtoR: Da Nang GC & Montgomarie Links
Above: The Japanese Bridge in Hoi Am