Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club
The Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club features 27 holes of challenging international standard golfing. The golf club, one of the newest in Vietnam, opening in late 2003, and is located about half way between Hanoi and the popular Halong Bay. Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club played host to the first professional golf tournament in the north of Vietnam, the 2004 Carlsberg Masters Vietnam at which time the pure beauty of the layout was recognized by both golf professionals and amateurs alike.
Chi Linh Star Golf course was designed and constructed by Independent Golf Course Services a well known Australian firm who have also completed golf courses in Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and China. The golf course is constructed in a beautiful valley on rolling forested hills, with several creeks, lakes, and natural water hazards.
A large natural lake in the center of the course ensures that water comes into play on many of the holes. For example, several holes feature tee-shots with water carries and others play to island greens formed by the lakes many capes and bays. For those playing well through the round, be forewarned, the final hole is nothing less than a 680 yard (yes that is correct and not a typo) uphill par 5. So make sure you have some reserve power and do not let up until you are safely in the club house sipping a cold one with your mates.
The par 4 380 yard second hole is also one of the best at Chi Linh with a long carry to an elevated well guarded green needed to par this hole. Other memorable holes are the par 5 fifth which features side hill lies all the way down the right side of the fairway and that large lake mentioned earlier down the left side.
Playing conditions at Chi Linh Star are well kept year round. Tiff Eagle grass greens insure smooth and fast putting surfaces similar to those of other prestigious golf clubs in the region (e.g. Thai Country Club in Bangkok). Tee boxes and fairways are a Bermuda variant developed specifically for Hanoi's changing temperatures. The thick rough, particularly when left to grow long, will present a constant challenge even for the most accomplished of golfers.
Whether for a day trip from Hanoi, or merely stopping by on the way to or from Ha Long Bay, Chi Linh Star is the proverbial must play for a great round of golf.
|Designer:||Independent Golf Course Services|
|Holes/ Par/ Vardage:||27 holes par 72/36 (7038 yards)|
|Location:||East of Hanoi on the way to Halong Bay|
|Distance:||1.5 hours from Hanoi or Halong Bay|
|Closed on:||Open everyday|
|Max. golfers per group:||Weekday: 4
Playing the Course
The Chi Linh Star Golf Course will feature a 36 hole golfing challenge, with every hole constructed and designed to international standards. "The Best Place To Play" begins with nine holes, opened in November 2003, and when completed will leave you with an unforgettable golfing experience. The site on which the course is being constructed lies within a beautiful valley, surrounded by rolling forest hills, and nestles beside a large lake complete with rolling creeks and natural water flowing from the surrounding area. A visit to Chi Linh will no doubt leave a lasting impression, whether it be for a great round of golf, or simply having made the visit to a truly special place, transformed with care and attention to every detail. Chi Linh Star Golf course was designed and is also being constructed by a leading Australian company, I.G.C.S. (Independent Golf Course Services) I.G.C.S is well known in the region having previously designed and constructed courses in Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and China. This is the first project for I.G.C.S in Vietnam, and Chi Linh Star Golf Club is very pleased to have such a company working with us constructing our new course.
AAA Rated P.G.A professional
Chi Linh Star Golf is very fortunate to have retained the services of a highly qualified Professional, Mr. Lars Holden P.G.A as Director of Golf and General Manager.
Mr. Holden has rich experience in South East Asia. In Vietnam he has been working for more than three year and brings along with him a wealth of golf knowledge to the company and the club members. Just starting to discover the ancient game of golf, or wanting to fine-tune your swing, Lars is available for individual lessons, group lessons, beginner clinics, on course lessons, equipment advice, golf rules and etiquette seminars and 1,2 or 3-day golf schools. Mr. Holden is the only member of the P.G.A currently working in the North of Vietnam, joining the company in December 2002. His top commitment is to guaranty the quality of the course and the services it provides are of an international standard, meeting the needs of the international membership.
Course maintenance equipment has been imported from the U.S.A. manufactured by "Toro" a world leader in the -industry servicing the very best golf courses all over the world today.
There are of course many factors contributing to the successful construction of any golf course, irrigation, drainage, effective and practical design, not to mention experience and knowledge.
Not one of these factors has been overlooked on this project, as it is the company's absolute goal to construct a course that is of a true international standard not only today, but for many years to come.
Turf Grass Types and Application
Turf Grass for golf courses the world over has become an exact science, with many species being developed for specific use. Again, we at Chi Linh Star Golf have sourced the very best available today to suit the demanding climate in Northern Vietnam, and provide our members and their guests with a first rate facility.
Tee Areas and Fairways
Grass coverage of the tee areas and fairways uses a species of grass originally developed in the U.S.A., and currently sourced from Australia.
"Wintergreen Bermuda" is an extremely strong turf grass type able to withstand all weather and general conditions.
A superlar putting surface is of upmost Importance to the golfer, and yet again at Chi Linh we have spared no expense by air-freighting the very best turf grass suitable for use on greens in this region. On course we is using second generation "Tiff Eagle" grass on our greens, providing maximum player satisfaction.