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The Bluffs gets kudos for aiding Vietnam's golf growth

Released at: 08:13, 31/07/2019

The Bluffs gets kudos for aiding Vietnam's golf growth

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Golf course honored for its contribution to the country's golf tourism.

by Khanh Chi

Ever since its debut five years ago, The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip has been in the vanguard of Vietnam’s emergence as one of Asia’s most exciting destinations for golf.

Its efforts to grow the game in the Southeast Asian country were given the official seal of approval last week when the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism named it among the top 10 clubs helping to bring golfers into the country.

Vietnam has built a reputation as one of the world’s hottest destinations for golf tourism in recent times. Up and down the country - from south to north - a host of layouts designed by some of the biggest names in golf have turned the country into a bucket list destination for golfing connoisseurs.

The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip has been instrumental in this. Regarded by many as the country’s best course, the spectacular layout, laid out by Australian legend (and now Vietnam Tourism Ambassador) Greg Norman among massive sand dunes on the coastline, not far from Ho Chi Minh City, has earned numerous accolades over the last few years.

It was named “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”. It’s inclusion on Golf Digest’s bi-annual list of the “World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses”, meanwhile, further cemented its claim to being the country’s top-ranked golf test. It is currently ranked 35th on the index.

Such high-profile acclaim has undoubtedly helped to pique the interest of visiting golfers. Also vital has been the presence of The Grand Ho Tram Strip, a luxury 541-room hotel that ranks among the region’s best golf hotels.

Located on a 2.2-km private stretch of beach less than two hours from Ho Chi Minh City, The Grand also features a casino with 90 tables and 500 slot machines, 13 food and beverage outlets, a spa offering a range of treatments for golfers, three swimming pools, and high-end retail outlets.

“It’s hugely gratifying for us to be recognized as one of the main drivers of golf tourism in Vietnam,” said Mr. Gary Dixon, General Manager at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip. “We are blessed in a way to have such a fantastic golf course and a great resort working in tandem to enhance the tourism experience.”

Opened in 2014, the course shot to international prominence in 2015 when it hosted the Ho Tram Open, a $1.5 million Asian Tour event won by Sergio Garcia and voted “Event of the Year” by tour members.

“The recognition from the ministry speaks to what we’ve been trying to achieve here from day one, which is a world-class tourism destination,” he added. “If that helps raise Vietnam’s profile as a place to play golf then we are absolutely all for it.”

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