Industry Stalwarts Predict Bright Future for Golf in Vietnam

Nara Binh Tien Golf and Beach Resort.

Singapore:  The quality of Vietnam’s golfing offerings will ensure the Southeast Asian country quickly bounces back as a preferred golfing destination as Covid-19 travel restrictions continue to ease.

Speaking in a new Asian Golf Industry Federation webinar, David Dale, Principal of Golfplan, and Martin Moore, President at Flagstick GCCM, both predicted a rosy long-term outlook for golf in Vietnam.

Moore, whose company has been responsible for construction management at dozens of the region’s best-known courses, said: “I’m very optimistic about the golf future in Vietnam. I’ve got all kinds of new stuff happening there. It’s still a very hot market.

“Hopefully this pandemic fizzles away and I think it’ll return immediately to the hottest market in Southeast Asia, for sure.”

Moore’s sentiments were echoed by Dale, who also had high praise for the standard of work produced by golf course architects and builders in the rapidly expanding Vietnamese market.

Dale, whose company has a further four new courses in the pipeline in Vietnam, said: “I think the quality of the golf courses being built today in Vietnam far surpasses anything that has been getting built prior to four or five years ago, six years ago in Thailand.

“I think the quality of the sites is better; the quality of the construction materials being used is better; the expertise and the know-how that has developed over three decades has provided better products, better golf in Vietnam.

“I feel it and it’s a matter of educating people to understand, if they’re not coming out, what they’re missing.”

During the AGIF webinar, Moore and Dale gave the inside track on the design and construction of Nara Binh Tien Golf and Beach Resort, one of the most eagerly awaited new golfing projects in the region.

Located in the city of Cam Ranh, the Golfplan-designed layout is the centrepiece of a resort development in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam that is primed to further enhance the country’s burgeoning reputation as one of the world’s prime golfing destinations.

Moore and Dale also revealed some of the challenges and restrictions that they were faced with – and overcame – in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

*To view the full webinar, please click here.

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