With the Ho Tram Open taking place on from 3rd – 6th December it will put Vietnam on the golfing map and take centre stage on the Asian Tour. The tournament will be Vietnam’s first major golf championship and bills itself as ‘Asia’s Grandest Stage’. With high-profile ambassadors such as Segio Garcia, Ryder Cup captain and former Open champion Darren Clarke, as well as golf legend Thomas Bjorn and former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy attached to the event, it doesn’t stand to disappoint.
The scene for this landmark event is The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, where the players will play on a stunning Greg Norman designed course at a luxurious resort and entertainment hub on the east coast of the country, just two hours drive from the capital, Ho Chi Minh City. Just up the coast from this is the ‘Golf Coast Vietnam’, a collection of three celebrity-designed luxurious golf courses and an attempt to market the country as one of the top destinations around the world for golf tourists and a great option for those looking to get their golf-fix during the northern hemisphere’s winter months. Similar to Turkey’s own Belek coastline, there has been much development in recent years to bring together world-class accommodation, first-class golf courses and scenic beaches, along with a touch of the unmistakeable Vietnamese culture.
The Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport in the country, Hoang Tuan Anh, said of the Ho Tram Open, said that “[it] will act as a powerful shop-window into Vietnam’s burgeoning status as a global tourism hub, positioning Ho Tram in the minds of not only golfers but holiday-makers around the globe.”
Scottish golf legend Colin Montgomerie has designed courses for premium destinations around the world, including the host of the 2013 – 15 Turkish Airlines Open, and is therefore highly qualified to make judgements on the quality of the facilities. He said “With the quality of golf and accommodation currently on offer, and with new golf courses under construction, Golf Coast Vietnam will certainly become one of the leading golf and tourism destinations in the region.”
With the willingness of the country to invest and develop the nation into a top golf destination and with the backing of the government, as well as top western course designers and hospitality experts, Vietnam has all the ingredients to become one of the top golf destinations in the world. With the choice to fly in to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City with Turkish Airlines, could you be traveling to Vietnam for your next golf holiday?
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