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HK Golfer - - Contents - By The Edi­tors

News and events from Hong Kong and the re­gion.

The grow­ing in­ter­est in cen­tral Viet­nam’s po­ten­tial to be­come the world's next great golf des­ti­na­tion was on dis­play last month when the first of two ma­jor con­fer­ences sched­uled for Danang this year took place in and around the bud­ding beach re­sort.

The 6th Asia Golf Tourism Con­ven­tion (AGTC) at­tracted a record 600 golf tour op­er­a­tors and golf travel sup­pli­ers from 37 coun­tries for a se­ries of sem­i­nars, meet­ings and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clud­ing a tour­na­ment at Ba Na Hills Golf Club, a Luke Don­ald de­sign that was voted ‘World’s Best New Course’ at the 2016 World Golf Awards.

Opened in March 2016, Ba Na Hills is one of four cour­ses in the Danang area to come on­line in the past decade with a leg­end of the game at­tached to it. The oth­ers are Greg Nor­man’s BRG Danang Golf Re­sort (for­merly Danang Golf Club), Nick Faldo’s La­guna Lang Co and Colin Mont­gomerie’s Mont­gomerie Links.

A course de­signed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. who con­ceived U.S. Open venues Cham­bers Bay and Corde­valle - is cur­rently in de­vel­op­ment and ex­pected to open in 2019.

“This is as strong a four­some of cour­ses as you’ll find any­where in the world,” said Don­ald, who de­signed Ba Na Hills in col­lab­o­ra­tion with IMG. “Our course is dif­fer­ent from the other three in that it’s set in­land and at the foot of a spec­tac­u­lar moun­tain range, but all have stun­ning fea­tures and are cham­pi­onship-cal­iber.”

Danang will at­tract an­other large golf au­di­ence later this year when the 11th Asia Pa­cific Golf Sum­mit comes to town for the first time, set for Novem­ber 14th -16th.

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