Seaside course rises fast on prestigious golf list

12:01 | 09/01/2018
On January 8, The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, designed by Australian golf legend Greg Norman, earned the 35th ranking in the latest world’s 100 greatest golf courses announced by the planet’s most widely-read golf publication Prestigious Gold Digest, 39 places higher than in 2016.
The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip retained its status as one of the world's best golf courses

Sonia Huong Mai, general manager of The Bluffs, expressed that the firm was greatly honoured to receive such a reputable title. “The Bluffs was extremely fortunate to be welcomed by Asian Coast Development Ltd. (ACDL) who continually provided us the best resources and their full support to take our service concepts into reality.”

Michael Kelly, executive chair of ACDL, noted, “Our goal from the outset was to build a natural-looking, links-style golf course worth the global spotlight as well as to make the strip a world-class tourism destination and Vietnam’s entertainment capital.”

Despite its current standing among the world’s elite golf layouts, The Bluffs was undergoing a multi-faceted enhancement designed to further elevate its profile. Particularly, in addition to reducing the amount of vegetation that has overtaken some of the dunes and removing excessive turf between and around many of the tee boxes, the maintenance crew was working with US-based turf specialists from On Course Agronomic Consulting to refine the playing surfaces, especially the greens.

Only a two-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City lies the world's most glamorous golf course

On October 2014, The Bluffs welcomed a massive fanfare when former US champion Michael Campbell played an exhibition match against two-time European Tour winner Robert Rock.

Previously, the spectacular seaside track, which is than two hours’ drive from Ho Chi Minh City, won the ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ title at World Golf Awards. Additionally, the golf course served as the site of the Ho Tram Open, a $1.5-million Asian Tour event that enumerated several of the biggest names in the game, including Sergio Garcia, the champion.

The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip is situated on the East Sea and in the town of Ho Tram, 120 kilometres southeast from Vietnam’s business hub of Ho Chi Minh City.

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By By Sam Luong

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