TWO top Vietnam clubs, Laguna Golf Lang Co and the Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, are teeing up for a big year to come as they aim to capitalise on the nation’s newly crowned status as a top golf draw.
At the World Golf Awards 2019, which was held in Abu Dhabi last month, Vietnam emerged ahead of traditional heavyweights such as Scotland, Portugal, and Spain to be named the World’s Best Golf Destination.
While those unfamiliar with Vietnam’s array of impressive courses may have raised an eyebrow at its elevated status, the accolade only served to confirm that it is a great place to play.
Snaking down from the Chinese border to the Gulf of Thailand, the destination’s options cover a huge array of bases, with superstar designers and legends of the game shaping everything from lush parkland tests to some of the closest equivalents to classic links play in the Far East.
Prominent among the clubs powering Vietnam’s phenomenal rise is Laguna Golf Lang Co and The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, both of which had a strong year and are aiming to build on that momentum in the months ahead.
Laguna Golf Lang Co, designed by Sir Nick Faldo, forms the centrepiece of Laguna Lang Co, one of Asia’s acclaimed integrated resorts, which also features award winning hotels – Banyan Tree Lang Co and Angsana Lang Co – as well as exclusive Banyan Tree branded private pool villas.
Threading between trees, over rice paddies and streams, through rock features and alongside the azure East Sea, the course is difficult to categorise.
What everyone agrees upon though is the veracity of the challenge it offers.
It enjoyed a banner 2019. Notable moments include the club playing host to the 13th Faldo Series Asia grand final, the Lexus Challenge and the 3rd Cobra Puma Charity ProAm and its leading role in the founding of the Vietnam Golf Coast (VGC) – a golf-focused destination marketing effort involving top championship clubs in Central Vietnam.
The year ended on another high when it was named #1 course in Vietnam at Vietnam’s Best Golf Course Awards.
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