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Can Tho will consider dropping the golf project at Binh Thuy District, said Nguyen Thanh Son, deputy chairman of Can Tho City People’s Committee.
The municipal committee had entrusted the Department of Construction with inspecting and giving consultancy about this problem before taking action, he said.
In August 2004, the committee issued a decision to allow Hong Lam Company to build a center for entertainment, culture, and sports at Long Hoa Ward, Binh Thuy District.
In July 2008, it granted the company an investment certificate, allowing it to build an 18-hole golf course in an area of 94 hectares, a housing resettlement in an area of 54 hectares, and an entertainment center with a total investment of VND1 trillion. The project was scheduled to finish by the last quarter of this year. However, the company has conducted sluggishly its project, causing many difficulties to local residents.
By the end of last year, the committee decided to withdraw the project’s investment certificate.
The Vietnam Golf Coast, a partnership of golf and beach resorts in the central coastal city of Danang, was set up August 12, expected to further bolster Vietnam’s image as a rising golf destination in the region.
The founding members are Montgomerie Links Vietnam, Danang Golf Club, The Nam Hai, Life Resort Danang, and Golfasian Vietnam.
Designed by sitting European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie and opened in August 2009, Montgomerie Links Vietnam was recently ranked 7th on the list of top courses in all of Southeast Asia .
Meanwhile, Danang Golf Club was crafted by legend Greg Norman and opened in May 2010.
The Nam Hai is a luxurious and all-villa resort located on the coastal road linking Danang with Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A view of The Nam Hai
Opened in March 2010, the five-star hotel Life Resort Danang is set on five hectares fronting beautiful Bac My An Beach.
Golfasian Vietnam is a leading golf tour operator in Southeast Asia. It has been named the official tour operator of the Vietnam Golf Coast.
The tour operator has arranged more than 17,000 golf trips to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam since 2001. However, CEO Mark Siegel sees the emergence of Danang as something of a breakthrough.
“The golf offerings in Danang are new, but a variety of factors have conspired to peg Danang as the top golf destination in the country, and one of the best in all of Southeast Asia,” he said.
“For starters, I think Danang Golf Club and Montgomerie Links are the best two courses in the country. There are several excellent courses in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, but they’re all at least an hour from downtown hotels or the airports.
“The courses in Danang are just so convenient –15 minutes from the airport and literally right across the street from The Nam Hai and Life Resort Danang.
“And Danang itself is so convenient to all of Southeast Asia. When you consider all the non-golfing activities at play on the Central Coast, it’s easy to see why golfers are already flocking here.”
Jon Tomlinson, general director of Montgomerie Links, said, “We expect additional golf courses and hotels to join our cooperative in short order.”
“There are half a dozen more golf courses in various stages of construction and planning here in the Central Coast region. We don’t see them as competition. We see them as additional reasons why golfers should consider Danang for their next golf holiday,” he said.
The Vietnam Golf Coast has also launched its website at www.vietnamgolfcoast.com.
Danang is the center of the central region. Just south of it, 20 minutes from The Nam Hai and Life Resort Danang, sits the UNESCO World Heritage city of Hoi An, with its extraordinary history, dining and shopping. To the north lies Hue, the country’s last imperial capital.
Danang already accommodates international flights from Singapore and China’s Guangzhou, in addition to domestic connecting service from both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Shanghai Airlines will soon commence a twice-a-week charter service from its hub Shanghai.
Dong Mo Golf Course. (Photo: Hanoi Moi)
Inspectors from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment started their examinations of several golf course projects in Hanoi on August 4.
They will check and adjust the environmental, land, and water resource protection of the firms, which manage 19 golf courses in Hanoi.
The ministry will also inspect golf course projects in Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Ninh Binh, and Hoa Binh provinces.
The qualifying round for the Faldo Series Asia (FSA) will take place at the Ocean Dunes golf course in the central province of Binh Thuan from August 6-8.
The tournament will attract nearly 50 golfers and the six winners will go through to the final round, which will be held in China in March, according to the Vietnam Golf Association (VGA).
The final round will include the winning golfers from the 16 FSA tournaments held in 12 countries across the world.
Established by Nick Faldo, a US golfer and winner of six well-known championships in the UK , the Faldo Golf Championship is for amateur golfers in Asia , from the age of 12 to 21.
The VGA has also organised a Junior Vietnamese Championship to increase the competitive experience of young players nationwide.
Vietnam’s Vina Properties Development Group announced Thursday it had become the owner of a golf course voted the best in Vietnam and two premium hotels in Dalat City, a popular tourist destination.
The group, shortly known as VPD, said it had bought the world-class Dalat Palace Golf Course, the five-star hotel Sofitel Dalat Palace and four-star hotel Mercure Dalat Du Parc.
Hotel Sofitel Dalat Palace (Photo: Tuong Thuy)
The former owner of the three facilities, US-based company Danao International Holdings Limited, had earlier confirmed the deal with Tuoi Tre newspaper.
In its last four Planet Golf surveys, Golf Digest (USA) rated the golf course best in the country. Asian Golf Monthly readers have voted it No.1 in Vietnam for three years running, too.
This file photo shows part of Dalat Palace Golf Course, and Xuan Huong Lake seen in a distance (Photo: Tuong Thuy)
Meanwhile, Sofitel Dalat Palace is the only five-star hotel in the central upland city, also known as Le Petit Paris (Little Paris).
The two sides in this transaction did not reveal the price.
Sofitel Dalat Palace was built in 1916 in French style and completed with the name Hotel Du Langbian Palace. Since then, it has been a unique landmark and icon in the heart of Dalat embodying rich French charm.
It holds an overall view of Xuan Huong Lake, located in the heart of Dalat, also called the City of Flowers.
The golf course is laid out on the pine tree-shrouded hillside opposite the lake the Palace overlooks.
Mercure was constructed in 1922 with the name Hotel Du Parc. Its colonial style with refined decoration offers comfort and coziness, making accommodation most suitable for both business and leisure. It is located a few steps from the Palace.
With this acquisition, Vina Properties Development Group owns four hotels including Ramana Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City and Hotel Royal in the beach city of Vung Tau, about 130 km south of HCMC.
VPD chairman Pham Trinh Phuong said, “Our corporate philosophy is our strong commitment to enhance shareholder value by strengthening our market position in the hospitality industry through strategic expansion into synergistic investment.”
The group includes diversified businesses such as logistics, hospitality, aviation, investment and construction. Besides hotels and golf course, VPD owns Tin Thanh JS Company, a major private logistics firm in Vietnam. The group’s portfolio includes several other companies.
A national golf tournament, the Matrix Golf Trophy Series, will tee off at the Vietnam Golf&Country Club in Ho Chi Minh City next month. The tournament, open to all golfers, both locals and foreigners with a handicap from 0-24, will have two qualifying rounds.
While the qualifying round for golfers in the southern region will take place at the Vietnam Golf& Country Club on June 11, the round for northern residents will be held at the Phoenix Golf&Resort on July 30.
A total of 60 golfers, with 30 selected from each of the qualifying rounds, will play in the final round at the Da Nang Golf Club on November 26-27.
Besides men’s and women’s divisions, the tournament also has a division for juniors aged 12-16.
The tournament, organised by the Phuc An Ngoc Viet Golf Company and Golf Today Magazine, is intended to be an annual event.
VinaCapital, Vietnam’s largest fund manager, Friday launched an 18-hole golf course in the central city of Da Nang.
Designed by Australian Greg Norman, the world’s number one ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s, “The Dunes” covers 150 hectares of a sand hill in Ngu Hanh Son District’s Hoa Hai Ward, about 10 kilometers from the city’s downtown area.
It is one of the two 18-hole courses belonging to the Da Nang Golf Club. The other is yet to be put into use.
The club is part of the US$450 million VinaCapital tourism complex built along the Da Nang beach that includes hotels, villas and apartments.
ORLANDO, Florida (AFP) – Tiger Woods faced more fallout from his sex scandal Sunday as stunned rivals said they looked forward to his return after an indefinite break in his golfing career and corporate sponsors pondered their future cooperation with the billionaire athlete.
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Woods announced Friday he was taking a hiatus from professional golf and admitted he had cheated on wife Elin after reports that 10 women had claimed to have had sexual relationships with the 14-time major champion.
“It’s a shock. It was most definitely a shock to everybody to hear what has been going on,” third-ranked US golfer Steve Stricker said. “Hopefully he gets it straight. Staying away is a great thing to get his family life in order.”
World number one Woods, who has a son and daughter with Elin, said he wanted to work on being a better husband, father and person.
Australian golf legend Greg Norman said those should be his priorities for now.
“It’s not a good position to be in,” Norman said. “He has to sort out his private life first and foremost. There’s a lot of heartache for him. There may be some fallout. There are individuals who may have to change.
“The important thing is he gets it right and does what he has to do to get himself back out on the golf course. Tiger will come out of this.”
A major concern is how a prolonged absence by the game’s greatest player will hit the sport. Television viewership was down 50 percent when he was out with a knee injury and a tough economy has already cut into golf sponsorships.
“The game of golf is bigger than anybody,” Norman said. “Golf is hurt without him in the field but the game will go on.”
Woods sponsor Gillette announced Saturday it would phase him out of advertisements while he takes a break from golf, calling it a supportive move.
“As Tiger takes a break from the public eye, we will support his desire for privacy by limiting his role in our marketing programs,” a Gillette statement said without announcing a timetable for the resumption of use of Woods’ image.
Accenture took down an image of Woods on its website and AT&T, which backs the PGA event operated by Woods’s foundation, said in a statement, “We are presently evaluating our ongoing relationship with him.”
However, Nike, which is Woods’ largest corporate partner with a deal estimated at 40 million dollars a year, stood by him. “He is the best golfer in the world and one of the greatest athletes of his era,” Nike spokeswoman Beth Gast said.
Women such as a show club hostess, pancake restaurant waitress, porn star and cocktail waitress have alleged affairs with Woods, whose squeaky-clean image was shattered, raising concerns of sponsors pulling away from golf.
“I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness,” Woods said.
The Woods scandal also makes fans and sponsors take a second look at all golfers.
“We’re still a very morally sound sport,” US veteran Jerry Kelly said. “The corporate world, they love Tiger and they love attaching to that superstar athlete, but there’s a lot to be gained from the PGA.”
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“We’re definitely going to miss him,” Stricker said. “We all know what he brings when he comes to an event — increased awareness and increased crowds.”
Stricker pondered the now-shattered notion so many Woods fans had that he was as impressive out of the spotlight as he was when winning golf titles.
“It’s unfair how we have built him up over the years,” Stricker said. “On the course he’s one of a kind. No one really knows what he was like off the course. He’s a tough guy to get around. He has his own little group.
“Hopefully he gets his priorities straight and gets back soon. There’s no doubt we need him. We need him out here because of sponsorships and just the awareness of our tour in general.”
US PGA veteran Brad Faxon agreed that Woods is vital to the PGA’s future.
“We’re all hoping Tiger comes back and he fixes everything he needs to fix because we need him out here,” Faxon said. “He’s such a dynamic personality and I know (people) want to have him out on tour as soon as we can get him.”
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