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Double success for Ho Tram Strip at World Golf Awards 2018

Released at: 10:34, 07/11/2018

Double success for Ho Tram Strip at World Golf Awards 2018

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Vietnamese course wins two awards at global golf awards.

by Hong Nhung

One of Vietnam’s top-rated integrated golf resorts, the Ho Tram Strip, has added to its impressive awards haul, notching a notable double at the annual World Golf Awards (WGA) in Spain.

At a lavish ceremony held at the Malaga Club in Andalucia, the acclaimed, multi-billion-dollar project’s integrated resort, The Grand Ho Tram Strip, bagged “Vietnam’s Best Golf Hotel” and, the coup de grace, “Asia’s Best Golf Hotel”.

The latest honors follow a strong showing for The Grand at last year’s WGA and widespread recognition of the resort’s Greg Norman-designed links, The Bluffs.

Regarded by many as Vietnam’s best course, the spectacular layout, among massive sand dunes on the coastline not far from Ho Chi Minh City, has been rated as such by numerous esteemed authorities on the game.

Among the accolades the destination has received since welcoming its first holidaymakers, golfers and games in 2013, are “World’s Best New Course” at the 2015 World Golf Awards. In 2017, Vietnam’s leading tourism and golf organizations voted it “Vietnam’s Best Golf Course”. Its inclusion on Golf Digest’s biannual list of the “World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses”, meanwhile, further bolsters its claim to be Vietnam’s top-ranked golf test. It is currently ranked No. 35 on the index.

The success of Ho Tram Strip at the 2018 WGA was echoed by an overall strong performance by Vietnam at the ceremony: a reflection of the country’s growing reputation as a golfing powerhouse. The country saw off strong competition from Thailand, Indonesia and others to be named “Asia’s Best Golf Destination”.

The 2018 World Golf Awards winners were determined by an open, online survey conducted over a seven-month period earlier this year.

“It’s hugely gratifying for us to be recognized so consistently at these awards,” said Mr. Michael Kelly, Executive Chairman of Asian Coast Development Ltd. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, the Ho Tram Project Company Ltd., which owns and operates The Grand and The Bluffs. “These awards speak to what we’ve been trying to achieve here from day one, which is a world-class tourism destination. We’ve worked hard to get to where we are today and this recognition only pushes us to do even better in the future.”

Located on a 2.2-km private stretch of beach less than two hours from Ho Chi Minh City, The Grand features a 541-room hotel, a casino with 90 tables and 600 slot machines, 13 food and beverage outlets, a spa offering a range of treatments for golfers, three swimming pools, and high-end retail outlets.

The Bluffs is currently undergoing a multi-faceted renovation project designed to further elevate its profile, including reducing the amount of vegetation that has overtaken some of the dunes and removing Bermuda grass between and around many of the tee boxes.

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