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The growing interest in central Việt Nam’s potential to become the world’s next great golf destination was on display earlier this week, when the first of two major golf conferences scheduled for Đà Nẵng this year took place in and around the budding beach city.
The 6th Asia Golf Tourism Convention (AGTC) attracted a record 600 golf tour operators and golf travel suppliers from 37 countries for a series of seminars, meetings and networking opportunities, including a tournament at Ba Na Hills Golf Club, a Luke Donald-designed course that was voted ‘World’s Best New Course’ at the 2016 World Golf Awards.
“Đà Nẵng is lighting up on a lot of people’s radar screens right now,” said Tim Haddon, Ba Na Hills’ general manager. “It used to be something of a curiosity, something for the bucket list. Now people are saying this is the real thing.”
The others are Greg Norman’s BRG Danang Golf Resort (formerly Danang Golf Club), Nick Faldo’s Laguna Lang Co and Colin Montgomerie’s Montgomerie Links.
A course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. — who conceived U.S. Open venues Chambers Bay and Cordevalle — is currently in development and expected to open in 2019.
“This is as strong a foursome of courses as you’ll find anywhere in the world,” said Donald, who designed Ba Na Hills in collaboration with IMG. “Our course is different from the other three in that it’s set inland and at the foot of a spectacular mountain range, but all have stunning features and are championship-caliber.”
Đà Nẵng will attract another large golf audience later this year, when the 11th Asia Pacific Golf Summit comes to town for the first time ever.
Set for November 14-16, the event will focus on how technology is impacting the golf business. It will include speeches by some of the most recognisable names in international golf and conclude with the Asian Golf Awards, a celebration of the top destinations, facilities, brands and executives in Asia and the Middle East.
“Until now, the Summit has always been staged in places like Singapore and Thailand,” said Haddon, an Australian who has worked in Asia since 1989. “But there’s a new kid on the block, and it’s coming of age quickly.”
Đà Nẵng is Việt Nam’s third largest city and a gateway to many of the country’s premier tourism assets, including UNESCO World Heritage sites Hội An, Mỹ Sơn and Huế.
Its airport accommodates direct international flights daily from all over Asia, including Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Siem Reap, Singapore and Tokyo.
Source: vietnamnews.vn (VNS)
Golf in Vietnam is becoming an increasingly popular activity and it’s easy to see why with a diverse and picturesque landscape, five-star hotels, a plentiful amount of stunning resorts and championship quality golf courses, while featuring ocean and mountain views at every turn.
In terms of tourism, Vietnam has long been known for its breathtaking nature and unique heritage. But fast-forward to 2017, the country has grown as into an ideal golf destination, best known amongst the golfing community as a great combination of holiday and sport provided by various golf resort complexes. The International Association of Golf Travel Operators (IAGTO) referred to Vietnam as the “Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year” in 2012 and “The Best Golf Destination in Asia and Australasia” in 2016.
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