Hoi An, Vietnam: The environment will always be a top priority at award-winning Hoiana Shores Golf Club, the new Robert Trent Jones II-designed links, hewn from a seaside dunescape.
The US$4 billion development is poised to open early next year on Vietnam’s Central Coast, just south of Danang.
The club that has been welcoming golfers since September 23 for preview play in support of local charities was constructed in full accordance with the strict sustainability principles laid out by the United Kingdom-based GEO Foundation. Sam Thomas, GEO’s Executive Director, said there are no other golf developments in Southeast Asia so far along the sustainability path.
Don Lam, Chairman of the Board at Hoiana, said: “It was important for us to lead the way in Vietnam, such a booming development market when it comes to golf courses.
“Hoiana wants to lead the way and show that golf courses can be built sustainably and environmentally friendly. We shall continue our sustainability efforts across our entire resort at Hoiana, where the environment will always be a top priority.”
Lam was speaking in the wake of being named among Asia’s Most Powerful People in Golf and winning the Apex Award for Environment Leadership in Golf at the Asia-Pacific Golf Awards where Hoiana Shores Golf Club was named ‘Best New Golf Course’ for 2019.
“We are truly honoured to be recognised in this and other categories,” said Ben Styles, Vice President of Golf at Hoiana Integrated Resort.
Alvin Chau, Chairman of Suncity Group Holdings Limited and shareholder in the Hoiana project, was also among the 2019 list of Asia’s Most Powerful People on Golf.
Chau said: “As a golfer myself, we wanted to create a course located right on the beach that looked out over the East Sea to the Cham Islands. We wanted to create something that stayed in visitors’ minds long after they had returned home – something that might bring them back to Vietnam again.
“As the first facility at Hoiana to welcome guests, we are proud of the team that created this masterpiece. It’s a great first step and should signal to the world what lies in store here over the next few months.”
Treeless and fashioned from a windswept sea of sand, the front nine at Hoiana Shores Golf Club offers glimpses of the ocean as holes weave their way through the dune scape.
“The front nine accustoms golfers to the cadence of links strategy, the bounce and roll of the turf, the multiple shot options and the use of undulation and shapes to open up the green surfaces,” Styles said. “Upon making the turn, golfers get their first interaction with the ocean and a sign of what lays ahead.”
Hoiana Shores Golf Club was built with the ethos in mind to bring a new level of the game to Vietnam and the region, allowing golfers to experience pure, traditional links golf the way it’s been played centuries.
“These awards are a testament to the team at Hoiana. However, they are just the start for our Integrated Resort that is surely going to have the world talking,” said Steve Wolstenholme, Group Chief Operating Officer of Hoiana.
Hoiana Shores Golf Club is part of the larger Hoiana Integrated Resort, the new lifestyle destination in Vietnam. Once open, Hoiana will offer not only one of Asia’ most compelling golf experiences, but also refined hospitality experience with over 1,000 hotel rooms under Rosewood Hoi An, New World Hoiana Hotel & Residences, KHOS Hoiana & Hoiana Hotel & Suites and the substantial entertainment and gaming facilities.
Hoiana Shores Golf Club is a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.