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Ho Tram's The Bluffs jumps up Golf Digest list

Released at: 14:27, 10/01/2018

Ho Tram's The Bluffs jumps up Golf Digest list

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Vietnamese course vaults to No. 35 in latest World 100 Greatest Golf Courses rankings.

by Khanh Chi

The Bluffs, the golf course at The Ho Tram Strip, has retained its status as one of Golf Digest’s best golf courses in the world.

Only now it’s 39 places higher than it was in 2016, when the planet’s most widely-read golf publication released the follow-up to its inaugural “World 100 Greatest Golf Courses” rankings.

Revealed last week, the latest edition has Vietnam’s most acclaimed course at No. 35; five spots ahead of nine-time Open Championship venue Royal Troon in Scotland.

“It’s been an astonishing past few months,” said Ms. Sonia Huong Mai, General Manager of The Bluffs, which was hailed by Vietnam’s leading golf authorities in October and at the World Golf Awards in November. “We’re fortunate to have an ownership group like Asian Coast Development Ltd. (ACDL), which continually provide us with the resources and support necessary to make this world-class product better every day.”

Designed by legendary golfer Greg Norman, The Bluffs opened to great fanfare in October 2014 when former US Open champion Michael Campbell played an exhibition match against two-time European Tour winner Robert Rock.

A year later, the spectacular seaside links won “World’s Best New Golf Course” at the World Golf Awards and served as the site of the Ho Tram Open, a $1.5 million Asian Tour event that attracted some of the biggest names in the game, including eventual champion Sergio Garcia.

Despite its already lofty standing among the world’s elite courses, The Bluffs is undergoing a multi-faceted enhancement designed to further elevate its profile.

In addition to reducing the amount of vegetation that has overtaken some of the dunes and removing excessive turf between and around many of the tee boxes, the maintenance crew is working with US-based turf specialist On Course Agronomic Consulting to improve the performance of the playing surfaces, especially the greens.

The project is expected to be completed well before December, when the Asian Tour is scheduled to return to The Bluffs for the Ho Tram Players Championship.

“Our goal from the outset was to build a natural-looking, links-style golf course worthy of the global spotlight,” said Mr. Michael Kelly, Executive Chairman of ACDL, which owns the entire Ho Tram Strip, including the 541-room Grand hotel and casino, a prestigious residential development called The Gallery Villas, and a 244-key, nautical-inspired resort currently under construction. “It goes hand-in-hand with what we’re doing here, which is making the Strip a world-class tourism destination and Vietnam’s entertainment capital.”

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