Finding Yourself

A new course in Vietnam lays the foundation for an up-and-coming island destination

The 27-hole resort layout is the first course on Phu Quoc ... but there are expected to be 14 completed by 2020

It's 10:30 a.m. on an already steamy Friday and I'm playing the first hole of the Quy Nhon course, one of three nines at Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc.

At least I think I am.

Given the welcome I received just a few minutes ago, when easily a dozen, conical-hat wearing female caddies lined the steps to the clubhouse reception area and greeted me with an enthusiastic ‘xin chao!’ as I walked by, I understand I'm not in America anymore. I'm in Vietnam.

But as I make my way down the immaculately maintained opening fairway, and the only sounds I hear are of birds chirping and insects buzzing, I do feel as if I've been transported to somewhere more familiar, and closer to home, even for a Seattleite: the Deep South.

“These trees,” I marvel to my caddy, Linh, but mainly to myself.

Some are enormous. Some are moss-covered (like the one I would drill with my drive on the eighth). But all, it appears, are just plain ... old.


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