Gary Player Design announced today that their growing golf course portfolio will expand for the first time into Vietnam, with the Cau Duong development near Hanoi.
The focus of the new course construction in the Far East has shifted to Vietnam, as its government has established an environment conducive to golf centered real estate development and tourism. It is an ideal scenario for the Black Knight to design championship courses in a golf hungry nation. Golf is now more than ever a global sport, and the Asian community has embraced this as many players from the surrounding areas are having great professional success. The 12-person International Presidents Cup team boasts five Asian players in this year’s competition.
The Cau Duong development will feature a Player Design golf course, which will be one of three courses to be built on 275 hectares. Nick Faldo and IMG Design will each design 18 holes to complete the 54 hole complex. The Player Design will be isolated near the Red River, with a dedicated clubhouse and exclusive setting.
“We are just starting the design process, but I envision a links-style course that exceeds 7500 yards and uses the river as a key feature,” said Gary Player Senior Designer Steven McFarlane. “We also look forward to an environmentally friendly approach, taking advantage of natural vegetation and other existing opportunities on site.”
“It is always exciting to design a course in a new and unique setting,” said Scott Ferrell, President of Gary Player Design. “We take Gary Player’s lead in our motivation to help make golf a global game. Through designing courses in parts of the world like Vietnam, we will build on Asia’s success thus far.”
The private real estate firm, Vingroup, will lead the development of Cau Duong. Vingroup has become a leader in Vietnam’s tourism industry featuring golf courses, international luxury hotels, resorts, beach villas and amusement parks.