Ba Na Hills Golf Club is 25 minutes inland from Danang Vietnam near at the foothills of the cable car station leading to Bana Hills. The IMG managed Da Nang golf course is the first Luke Donald designed course not only in Asia but the world. Ba Na Hills is laid out in several valleys of the surrounding mountain ranges. The Ba Na Hills mountain course has a diverse mix of natural topography and vegetation. The holes at higher elevation have nice vantage points with spectacular views of the valleys below.
The site has a fair amount of elevation change and many natural features like large hardwood trees and streams that meander tough several of the holes. At 7,858 yards in length, the par-72 golf course provides a balance of challenge and enjoyment for golfers of all skill levels. The varying lengths of each hole and different lies resulting from the rolling hills and elevations changes ensure use of a variety of shots throughout the 18 holes.
The front nine holes form a traditional parkland course surrounded by pine forests. The back nine play along and up-and-down the surrounding hills with many blind shots and doglegs. Needless to say these holes are the more dramatic and challenging ones.
Bunkering at Ba Na Hills is unique with long grass around the edges and face of each hazard. The sand is only partly visible from the tees and fairway approach shots. The greens are angled from the fairways and only slightly undulated. There is a good variety of pin positions and approach shots.
Some of the most memorable holes are the 4th and 5th. They are both par-5, but only #4 is reachable in two. The long #5 starts off with a carry over water followed by two well struck long irons or hybrids to reach the protected green in regulation. The 10th hole is an easy par-4 that plays upwards to one of the highest points on the golf course. There is an excellent photo opportunity from the green. The par-3 12th goes the opposite way downhill and is also one of the most picturesque places at Ba Na Hills.
First class facilities at Ba Na Hills include a modern contemporary designed clubhouse, grass driving range and practice areas, and well-stocked pro shop. The restaurant offers panoramic views of the golf course and serves a wide range of dishes with the Vietnamese selections being by far the best on the menu.
Being managed by IMG, Ba Na Hills Golf Club operates to international standards. All 18 holes are floodlit, which detracts from the otherwise natural beauty but does allow golfers who have a late start to finish their rounds.