The Bluffs, Ho Tram Strip - Vung Tau, Vietnam
Named "Best New Course of 2014" by industry bible Golf Digest and rated #74 in its 2016 Global Top 100, The Bluffs is far and away Vietnam’s best golf course.
As the main contractor Linksshape worked closely with course designer Greg Norman and consultants IMG Golf Course Services to create this masterpiece. It is built on a coastal plateau with 50-meter elevation changes from the highest to lowest point and holes routed among towering seaside sand dunes along the south-east coast of Vietnam. The project presented some significant challenges as the site is surrounded by a national forest which had limited access and little water, with the 45-meter dunes requiring careful management to ensure stability while imposing significant construction space constraints.
Ba Na Hills - Da Nang, Vietnam
The course at Ba Na Hills Golf Club was Luke Donald’s first design project, under the overall management of IMG, with Linksshape contracted to undertake site clearance, bulk cut & fill, and rough shaping.
It occupies several valleys at the foot of Truong Son Mountains west of the city of Da Nang, with the layout taking in a diverse mix of natural topography and vegetation. The project entailed careful environmental management to minimize impact on the surrounding native forests. Every hole and vantage point is framed by beautiful backdrops, with the entire course floodlit to give patrons the unique after dark playing experience.
Set against the mountainous backdrop of Hong Kong’s Lantau Island, the Discovery Bay course was originally almost wholly reliant on external water supplies. With its expertise in water management, Linksshape was brought in to re-engineer surface water catchment, constructing a large sump to capture run-off together with a transfer pumping station. As a result, the Discovery Bay Golf Club was able to significantly reduce its consumption of potable water.
Nestled between a back drop of undulating mountains and beach front, the Nick Faldo designed Laguna Lang Cô is another gem of a course on Vietnam’s Central Coast built by Linksshape. As main contractor, the company executed all the major engineering works including site clearance and preparation, bulk cut & fill, and rough shaping. The course layout incorporates sand dunes, rice paddies, trees scrub and exposed rock formations, creating a varied and challenging golf experience. With close collaboration between designer and contractor, Laguna Lang Cô was named Best New Golf Course Asia Pacific – 2013 by Asian Golf Monthly.
Nestled in a picturesque Vietnamese valley at the foot of Tam Đao National Park’s Ngoc Thanh Mountain and running along the shore of Dai Lai Lake, the Dai Lai Star course is one of Linkshape’s most challenging projects to date.
Under a turnkey contract the company was responsible for all aspects of the development, from design, through construction and shaping, to delivery. The result is a course that leaves a lasting impression, with the spectacular natural beauty, undulating terrain and water bodies providing an unforgettable challenge to all golfers.
Linksshape’s first project in Indonesia, the second phase course development at Pakuwon Golf & Family Club on the outskirts of Surabaya was built under a full construction management contract. The company was responsible for end-to-end delivery of 12 holes to meet USGA requirements, undertaking course design, site preparation, bulk cut & filling, shaping and final manicuring. The popular Pakuwon course is an executive Par 3, fully flood-lit for night golf course, and includes an integrated full range driving range.
East Course - Kau Sai Chau, Hong Kong
The most recent addition to Hong Kong’s public golf facility on the island of Kau Sai Chau, the East Course occupies a very dramatic, steep and rocky site that overlooks, and at times, juts into the waters of the South China Sea.
Linksshape was engaged to help shape the course to a design by Nelson & Haworth, with the challenge of construction in rock while contenting with severe environmental constraints.
With sculpted bunkering, shaped putting greens, and large natural waste areas cut directly from the surrounding sand dunes, BRG Da Nang Golf Resort’s Greg Norman designed 18-hole course is links style golf in the truest sense.
As The Dunes' main contractor, Linksshape had to deal with unique challenges, including but not limited to clearance of mines and unexploded bombs. Patience, teamwork and expertise paid off in the end with The Dunes gaining immediate recognition as one of the15 best new courses in the world by USA GOLF. It was subsequently named best course in Asia by the readers of Asian Golf Monthly in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Golf Digest 2012 Best Golf Course in Vietnam and landed an IAGTO Diamond Award in 2014.
The Academy - Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong
The Academy course is the latest in a long line of projects undertaken by Linksshape, as main contractor for Hong Kong’s Clear Water Bay Golf & Country Club since 2006, highlights of which include reshaping of the Highland 9. With a goal of serving not just as a course for beginners, but as a broader, family-oriented recreation facility, The Academy course is an Asian pioneer in the use of artificial greens. Stretching far beyond the now, the course layout also allows for both “soccer golf” and “frisbee golf” to be played. Linksshape continues to maintain a permanent presence at Clear Water Bay to service the Club’s on-going remodeling program.
Located about half way between Hanoi and Halong Bay, Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club hosted the 2004 Carlsberg Masters Vietnam, the first professional golf tournament to be held in the country.
The course is constructed in a beautiful valley on rolling forested hills, with several creeks, lakes, and natural water hazards. In 2012 Linksshape was the main contractor on a full renovation of the nine-hole A Course, responsible for reshaping greens, tees and the fairways to enhance the golfing challenge.
Agalarov Estate Water Feature - Russia
Linksshape constructed meandering streams throughout the golf course, as well as waterfalls in different locations in Agalarov Estates golf course.
Agalarov Estate is one of the most exclusive gated communities in Russia, boasting it's own beach resort that is completed with imported, white sand and cabanas for hot summer days. All the pines seen on site were grown in a nursery before being transplanted to the site, and the Estate even features an equestrian center, clay tennis courts, riding paths, spa, gymnasium, and finally the waterfalls which were constructed by us through-out.
Nursery at Clear Water Bay Golf Course - Hong Kong
Major cut and fill was done in the sub-base to create the two tiers. The tifeagle green nursery pictured was built to USGA green standards, and a 100 millimeter sand cap was put down for the zoysia and paspalum plantings.
The tifeagle was planted with sprigs imported from the US, while the Zoysia and paspalum was planted with sod. An irrigation system was also installed by our team, along with a drainage system installed at the same time.