Laguna Golf Lăng Cô, the golf component at the Laguna Lăng Cô integrated project in Central Vietnam, has become the first fully operational course in the world to be elevated into a new elite category by its designer, Sir Nick Faldo.
Laguna Golf Lăng Cô is considered Faldo’s “flagship’’ layout in Asia. Opened in 2013, the course makes full use of it location sandwiched between the ocean and the mountains, with play incorporating rice paddies, jungle and coastal holes.
The new Sir Nick Faldo “Signature’’ category will only be applied to Faldo courses – existing and forthcoming – that match and maintain Faldo’s standards across a range of markers, including sustainability, conservation, and quality of design.
“From the first time I came here when it was still jungle almost 10 years ago, I’ve always considered it a unique place,” Faldo said. “We knew the course was going to be different and special because you play through different environments. You go through the rice fields to the jungle. Then we’ve got beach and river and rocks. It really is a special course, with a memorability factor that is sure to keep golfers interested.”
Laguna Golf Lăng Cô is part of Laguna Lăng Cô, one of the more far-reaching integrated resorts in Southeast Asia. The 280-hectare community, which marks the first project in Vietnam for Banyan Tree Group, is framed by jungle clad mountains and a three-kilometre beach running alongside the East Sea.
Laguna Lăng Cô echoes the sustainability ethos of Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree’s flagship integrated resort community in southern Thailand. In addition to Laguna Golf Lăng Cô, the development includes Banyan Tree and Angsana branded hotels and spas, private villas and residences, convention facilities and a plethora of recreational activities for guests of all ages.
Photo: Laguna Golf Lăng Cô