The Song Gia Golf Resort was our second course of the day, and one that I was particularly interested to visit.
Built where the Gia River and Song Moc River meet near Hai Phong, the designers used the natural terrain to create a visually pleasing golfing masterpiece. Featuring well-maintained fairways and greens along with brightly colored flowers on each hole, the course is easily one of the most beautiful courses in Vietnam.
Song Gia has 27-holes available: 18 holes of championship golf (the River Nine and Ocean Nine) and 9 holes for an executive par-3 course (the Hill Nine).
Each of the holes is visually pleasing and provides a challenge for the golfer. Since it is at the junction of two rivers, water certainly comes into play on many holes. Due to the uniqueness of each hole, they have given a name to each. A few of the holes that were particularly enjoyable to play included:
River Course: The beautiful par-3 third hole requires a drive that carries both a water hazard and a waste area. At 225 metres, it is labeled “Conquer” and challenges most golfers with both distance and hazards. My caddy suggested aiming the drive to the right side to help carry the water. The par-3 sixth hole labeled “Pleasure Being Together” is a bit shorter at 195 metres, but requires your drive to carry water all the way to the peninsula green.
At 342 meters, the par-4 seventh isn’t a challenge due to length. Rather, it requires accuracy due to the many bunkers along both sides of the fairway. Labeled the “Dancing Bunker” the bunkers on this hole are situated very close to each other, adding to the difficulty of the hole. Challenging yet visually pleasing.
Ocean Course: the 525 meter, par-4 fourteenth hole is labeled “Knot is untied” since it is where the Gia and Song Moc rivers meet. With the breeze coming off the rivers, it requires a solid drive to reach the green in regulation. Bunkers along the right side are there to catch wayward shots.
At 485 metres, the finishing hole is a short, very attractive par-5. Labeled “Champion Feelig”, it has bunkers located in front of the green and water hazards entering coming into play in two spots. Each shot requires thought on club selection and good ball placement. As this was my first time at Song Gia, I was happy to have my caddie provide insight. A challenging hole where accuracy is rewarded.
Since we started the course in the early afternoon, our final two holes were played while the sun was setting. With a mix of well-maintained fairways and greens, numerous palm trees and the soft breeze from the two rivers, the sensory effect of the sun setting on Song Gia was unbeatable.
After the round, we made our way to the locker rooms for a quick change before dinner. Song Gia’s golf and resort management then escorted us to dinner at the Suites Hotel restaurant for a fabulous Korean dinner.
My expectations for the afternoon and evening were exceeded. I would certainly make my way across to Hai Phong for a day or a weekend at Song Gia Resort. I highly recommend it for golfers of all abilities.