Vietnam Golf and Country Club - No more bomb craters
Released on = April 30, 2007, 10:09 am
Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications
Industry = Media
Press Release Summary = Vietnam Golf and Country Club: No more bomb craters. Asian golf course reviews at TravelGolf.com
Press Release Body = By Tim McDonald, National Golf Editor, Golf Publisher Syndications
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (April 26, 2007) - They covered up the bomb craters at the Vietnam Golf and Country Club a few years ago and took away the signs explaining \"Traces of war.\"
No more traces of war here at this exclusive private club, about 35 heart-stopping minutes from the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. There are only un-bombed bunkers with the startling white sand trucked in from Cam Rahn Bay.
The Vietnamese, a genuinely friendly and curious people, are very open about the war. But the subject could be a little touchy, seeing that unexploded ordnance continues to be a problem for this scarred country that has fought so many wars in its proud history.
In any case, the country club doesn\'t need tourist attractions to lure golfers; the east and west golf courses here host around 80,000 rounds a year. It\'s the country\'s only real private club, though it\'s a Vietnamese private club that is played by many Asian tourists.
The two golf courses couldn\'t be more different.
\"Chalk and cheese,\" said general manager and superintendent Blair Cornthwaite, a New Zealander who\'s been in the country a couple of years. \"The east course is very generous off the tee and challenging around the greens. The west is tighter and older, with a lot of mature trees lining the fairways. The greens are big and flat.\"
New Zealanders are known to be prone to understatement, and it\'s more than true that the greens at the east are challenging. They\'re small and undulating, some with ridges and spines running through them, together with some fairly dramatic slope. You can read the undulation correctly, but if your speed is off, it\'s hello and goodbye.
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April 27, 2007 Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.