Grassing gets underway on first two courses at new Vietnam complex
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Schmidt-Curley Design has been hired by FLC Group to lead the development of the complex near the city of Dong Hoi in the central part of the country.
Brian Curley told golfcoursearchitecture.net (GCA) that grassing on the first two courses should take about three months, with the grassing on the third course at the complex to commence straight after that.
Curley describes the site as being ‘super natural’, and the first two courses don’t feature a single formal bunker.
“This site is spectacular, featuring 5,000 acres of bright white, sand-based beachfront, massive dunes that rise to over 30 metres, scrubby pine vegetation, marshes and an abundance of ample fresh water,” Curley told GCA. “These first two courses are very natural and do not have a single formal bunker, but rely instead on sandy expanses and dunes. The composite course of the two back nines will feature half the holes on the beachfront for tournament play if desired.”
Curley also believes the region offers a perfect climate for golf.
“It is far enough south to hold high quality warm season grasses year-round, but also a mild season that will be fantastic for golfers,” he said. “The ten course complex, I believe, has the opportunity to become known as the ultimate natural golf destination in all of Asia.”
Graduates of Quang Nam-based Golf Operations and Maintenance Vocational College ensured jobs at Hoiana Shores Golf Club when the course opens later this year.
Golf in Vietnam is especially intriguing. Though there are only about 40 courses throughout the country, and some of those tracks hold world-class distinction. The country is roughly the size of California, with Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in the southern part of the country. Nearly a third of the golf courses are located in the south.
A 146-ha golf course with 36 holes is an important part of the 2,870 ha Cần Giờ beach tourism area project in Long Hoà Commune, Cần Giờ District in HCM City.