Sir Nick Faldo has revealed his latest golf course design with a new peninsula layout near Hanoi, Vietnam – Thanh Lanh Golf Club – wowing golfers with lakeside viewsand mountain horizons.
The unique setting is celebrated from all angles of the design with the site’s returning nines routing
re-imagining the peninsula layout and inviting the landscape into the playing experience across every
Away from the surrounding views, the design harnesses the natural context of the course and responds to it through the detailing of features, most notably using unique bunker shaping to mirror
the overlooking mountain skyline.
Having recently adapted to remote working and virtual design direction in the latter stages of construction, the six-time Major Champion and World Golf Hall of Famer is set to complete work this
summer on the new 18-hole course in Vinh Phuc Province near Hanoi.
Sir Nick Faldo commented: “This is a special site and presents us with an opportunity to create a
memorable, world-class golf course. In addition to 9 lakeside holes, our design features spectacular
mountain and lake views from all 18 holes. We are also very fortunate to be working with a client
who shares the same vision as we do in terms of incorporating the existing natural landscape into a
high-quality strategic golf course and development.”
For all golfing abilities
The course will measure at over 7,000 yards and present a strategic challenge using preserved local
features, such as natural streams and relief, to create interest and shot variation around all 18-holes.
However, with five sets of tees, the design offers an inviting playing experience for all golfing abilities
with generous tee shots and downhill run offs supporting shorter hitters.
Inspired by the local surroundings, Faldo Design Lead Architect, Andrew Haggar, said: “From the
start of design to the completion of construction we have looked to be creative and innovative on this
project. Establishing returning nines which both play out and back, and which share in the beauty of
the lakeside, really set the foundation for maximising the site’s surrounding assets.”
“The closing stretch, I think quite fittingly, encompasses much of what we’ve tried to achieve by
returning players along the shoreline of the lake to the new clubhouse with a magnificent mountain
backdrop. This place certainly has memorability and once visited players will definitely want to
Sustainable practices have also remained at the forefront of the design’s decision making,
implementing a comprehensive planting programme to support an ongoing thriving environment in addition to the ‘cut and fill’ practice used during the course’s construction phases to eliminate any
earth moving waste at the site.