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Ba Na Hills voted world's best new golf course

Released at: 12:29, 16/11/2016

Ba Na Hills voted world's best new golf course

Photo: Ba Na Hills Golf Club

Course nearby Da Nang picks up award at recent World Golf Awards in Portugal.

by Doanh Doanh

Ba Na Hills Golf Club received the coveted title of “World’s Best New Golf Course” at the annual World Golf Awards held recently in Algarve, Portugal.

This is the second year in a row a Vietnamese golf course has been voted “World’s Best New Golf Course” at the World Golf Awards, following The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, a Greg Norman creation.

Ba Na Hills Golf Club is an IMG-managed Luke Donald design on the outskirts of the blossoming central coastal city of Da Nang. “IMG is honored that a course we designed with Luke Donald, and fully manage, has won this prestigious award,” said Mr. Paul Burley, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Golf Course Services for IMG. “It brings to life the vision we duly shared with the club’s owner, the Sun Group, to create one of the best golf courses and golf experiences in the world.”

Since opening in late March, Ba Na Hills Golf Club has made a name for itself by offering a golf experience unlike any other in rapidly maturing central Vietnam. The course sits at the foot of a towering mountain range, on a hilly piece of terrain accentuated by lakes, streams and lush vegetation.

Among the course’s standout features are its flexibility - it can play long, short or anywhere in between, thanks to five sets of tee boxes - and its views. To further differentiate itself, Ba Na Hills Golf Club has one of the most impressive practice facilities the country has ever seen while state-of-the-art floodlights allow for night golf.

The Club is a 30-minute drive from Da Nang, Vietnam’s fourth largest city and the site of next year’s Asia Golf Tourism Convention (AGTC), which is expected to attract a record number of golf tour operators from around the world.

As with previous years, the “World’s Best New Golf Course” was determined by an online survey conducted between April and October, during which time more than 1.1 million votes were cast from 216 countries and territories. “It’s great news for golf in Vietnam that Ba Na Hills has won this award,” said Mr. Donald. “The routing of the course takes full advantage of the site’s substantial movement, and the stunning scenery will make this one of the best new golf destinations in Asia.”

Further evidence is in Ba Na Hills Golf Club’s trophy case, where plaques for “Best New Golf Course in Asia Pacific” and “Best Golf Course in Vietnam, 1st Runner-Up” - awards collected earlier this month at the annual Asia Pacific Golf Summit in Thailand - also rest. The Club is developed by the Sun Group, a leading Vietnamese developer of high-end leisure, tourism, resorts and real estate projects.

Projects include the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, the Ba Na Hills Mountain Resort, Novotel Danang Premier Han River, the Premier Village Danang Resort, the Premier Village Phu Quoc Resort, Premier Residences Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, Fansipan Legend, Asia Park, Fantasy Park, and several cable car operations.

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