Central Vietnam Becoming Next Great Golf Destination

The growing interest in central Vietnam’s potential to become the world's next great golf destination was on display last month when the first of two major conferences scheduled for Danang this year took place in and around the budding beach resort

The par-3 12th hole at Ba Na Hills Golf Club

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 design that was voted ‘World’s Best New Course’ at the 2016 World Golf Awards.

Opened in March 2016, Ba Na Hills is one of four courses in the Danang area to come online in the past decade with a legend of the game attached to it. 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.”

Danang will attract another large golf audience later this year when the 11th Asia Pacific Golf Summit comes to town for the first time, set for November 14th -16th.

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