Hanoi, Vietnam: Australian PGA professional and long-time Asian golf club executive Tim Haddon has been appointed General Manager at Vietnam’s Sky Lake Golf Resort and Golf Club.
Previously General Manager at Laguna Lang Co Golf Club near Danang, Haddon’s appointment follows the opening in November 2014 of Sky Lake’s second 18-hole layout, named the Sky Course. The resort’s Lake Course opened in late 2012.
The twin layouts have significantly raised the profile and quality of golf in the north of Vietnam, one of Asia’s fastest-growing golf tourism destination.
Haddon – who has also worked in senior golf management positions in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore – aims to position Sky Lake as an international brand with service and quality standards that make the twin courses a ‘must-play’ golf experience for visitors to Hanoi.
“As a destination, Hanoi stands out from other parts of Vietnam,” he said. “Every aspect of daily life, architecture and history are apparent in the city. It is where Vietnam’s true culture lies.
“For golfers, Sky Lake also offers a unique experience, taking advantage of the environment and championship appeal to create a wonderful, world-class golf experience. At some stage we hope to host a professional Tour event.”
Jon Tomlinson, Asia-Pacific Director of Operations for IMG Golf, which provides management consulting services to Sky Lake Golf Resort, says the facility has the potential to be one of Asia’s leading golf resorts.
“The quality of the championship courses, unique design, elevation changes and dramatic scenery make them truly challenging and strategic playing experiences. The Lake Course was voted by the Vietnam Golf Association in 2013 as the most challenging course in Vietnam.
“IMG believes it will grow and prosper to become one of Asia’s leading courses. It is ideally complemented by the Sky Course, which offers a different experience and playability.”
Weaving around Van Son Lake and offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside, Sky Lake’s 7,887-yard Lake Course and new Sky Course were both designed by Korean course architect Ahn Moon Hwan.
The Sky Course’s signature 15th hole soars above the surrounding countryside and has been named Dien Bien Phu after the pivotal highlands battle been French and Vietnamese forces in 1954 that resulted in France’s withdrawal from Indochina. Hanoi can be seen in the distance on a clear day.
“Playing this hole and reaching the green on the summit feels like a victory in itself,” Haddon said.
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