The Montgomerie Links is another of the three fabulous golf course in Denang that are worth the trip to play. That said, it is not a links layout, but rather a parkland one with lots of water, trees, and lush green grass. Located adjacent to the Danang Golf Club, the course is hardly a copy-cat of Norman’s design, but IMG in-house architect Brit Stenson with input from Colin Montgomerie has created a course that is exceedingly picturesque and maybe even a shot or two more difficult than its neighbor.
From the first tee through the 18th green, the challenge is as bold as the ever-present bright white bunkering. Trees and water also play a formidable role in a layout that is more reminiscent of a lush tropical layout in the American tradition of aerial golf. Accordingly the fairways give up less roll and the paspalum putting surfaces putt a bit slower than its neighbor Danang Golf Club, but they are hardly slow. Stenson has built lots of contour into the greens so hitting them in regulation is no guarantee of par. I count local knowledge more critical here than on most courses. Should the operators choose to grow in the rough and hide the flagsticks, this layout can be a real monster as evidenced by the difficult of the stretch from the 7th hole on. It is hard to pick a favorite hole on this photogenic layout!
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Looking Over at the 15th Green From the 12th Fairway
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About Bob Fagan:
Bob Fagan features one of the most interesting backgrounds in golf. Not only it is likely that Bob has played more golf courses than any living person, he has been an accomplished player and instructor, innovative golf and life coach, PGA Section Executive Director, golf company executive, “Expert Golf Witness,” and, of course, a highly acclaimed golf writer.