Vietnam golf region reaffirmed as the country’s top tourism destination and among Asia’s elite.
Three world-class courses on the Central Coast – Danang Golf Club, Montgomerie Links, and Laguna Lang Co – each received significant attention in what turned out to be a busy week for area golf bodies between Hanoi and Jakarta.
Danang GC was named for the second time as Vietnam’s leading course at the biennial Vietnam Golf Association awards in Hanoi last week, with Montgomerie Links awarded the title of best championship course.
Laguna Lang Co, opened in March by its designer Sir Nick Faldo, was this week voted best new course in Asia Pacific at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit in Jakarta, with Danang GC and Montgomerie Links judged best and second best course in the country.
Laguna Lang Co golf club general manager, Tim Haddon, said: “Picking up the best new course in Asia Pacific affirms our position alongside the best two courses in the country, Danang Golf Club and Montgomerie Links. As a group of courses, the region is definitely among Asia’s premier golf tourism destinations.”
Mark Siegel, the principal of Golfasian Vietnam and chairman of Golf Coast Vietnam, a co-operative marketing group that represents the three golf courses and leading hotels and resorts, said: “These awards show that Vietnam’s Central Coast is the hottest golf destination in Asia. Everyone who comes to the area leaves with a sense they have experienced courses, playing conditions, culture, food and history as good as anywhere in Asia or elsewhere.”
The Central Coast is based on Vietnam’s fourth largest city, Danang, which is serviced by direct international flights from Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul and cities in China, as well as all major Vietnamese cities. It is a one-hour flight from both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Foreign golfers from Asia, Australia and western Europe have helped the Central Coast’s double-digit tourism growth for each of the past several years.
As well as golf, the region’s three UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Hoi An ancient trading port, the imperial walled city at Hue and the My Son cultural sanctuary – are among the region’s tourism attractions.
Photo: Hole #12 at Laguna Lang Co Golf Club, courtesy of Asian Travel Media