Hanoi, Vietnam: Flagstick Golf Course Construction Management has ushered in the Year of the Monkey with a spring in its step.
With more than 100 golf developments in 15 different countries to its credit, the company is poised to strengthen its foothold in the burgeoning Vietnam market.
“These are exciting times for golf’s development in Vietnam … and also for Flagstick,” said Martin Moore, President of the company that will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2018.
Last year, Flagstick cemented its reputation for the speed and quality of its work with the opening of a trio of new courses in Vietnam – BRG Legend Hill Golf Resort, FLC SamSon Golf Links and FLC Quy Nhon Golf Links, all collaborations with Nicklaus Design.
A unique project to Southeast Asia and the ASEAN region, Legend Hill has been built with two greens for each hole to ensure top-quality conditions year-round and enable the golf course to be played with varying strategy and length options.
Legend Hill was completed in June 2015. One month later, work was finished at the SamSon project, about 170 kilometres south of Hanoi in Thanh Hoa Province. Both courses are now open for play.
So, too, is Quy Nhon, located in Vietnam’s central province of Binh Dinh. Remarkably, from start to finish this course was constructed within a five-month period.
“Everyone at Flagstick is proud of what has been achieved at all three of the courses,” said Moore, who is encouraged to see the Vietnamese Government actively supporting the controlled growth of golf across the country.
He said: “The Government has identified inbound golf tourism as an area of tremendous potential. Currently there are less than 40 courses open for play in the country, but it seems that at least another 30 will be constructed in the foreseeable future.
“Given our excellent track record in Vietnam and Asia, we very much look forward to continuing to make a positive contribution to the development of the golfing landscape in 2016 and beyond.”
Indeed, as well as performing pre-construction work on a handful of projects throughout Vietnam scheduled to begin construction in mid-2016, Flagstick broke ground on another new project on February 1 – FLC Dong Hoi Golf Links in Quang Binh Province.
Master-planned for 10 championship golf courses, three clubhouses, more than 1,000 villas, a large resort hotel, commercial village and convention centre, the first phase will see the development of 36 holes, sculpted by Schmidt-Curley Design, a long-time member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Moore said FLC is targeting the completion of all construction of the first phase by November with spring 2017 set as the opening date for play.
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