The World Golf Awards in Portugal has granted “World’s Best New Golf Course” prize to Ba Na Hills Golf Club, marking the consecutive 2 years of Vietnam’s golfcourse holding this prestigious prize.
At the annual World Golf Awards ceremony which was held in the Algarve last week, Ba Na Hills Golf Club, an IMG-managed Luke Donald design on the outskirts of the blossoming central coast city of Danang, won the coveted distinction. Last year, it was The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, a Greg Norman creation.
As with previous years, “World’s Best New Golf Course” was determined by an online survey conducted between April and October, during which time more than 1.1 million votes were cast from 216 countries/territories.
“IMG is honored that a course we designed with Luke Donald, and fully manage, has won this prestigious award,” said Paul Burley, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Golf Course Services for IMG. “It brings to life the vision we duly shared with the club’s owner, Sun Group, to create one of the best golf courses and golf experiences in the world.”
The course sits at the foot of a towering mountain range, on a hilly piece of terrain accentuated by lakes, streams and lush vegetation.
Among the course’s standout features are its flexibility – the course can play long, short or anywhere in between, thanks to five sets of tee boxes, and its views.
To further differentiate itself, Ba Na Hills Golf Club has one of the most impressive practice facilities the country has ever seen, and state-of-the-art floodlights on the course allowing for night golf.
“It’s great news for golf in Vietnam that Ba Na Hills has won this award,” said Donald. “The routing of the course takes full advantage of the site’s substantial movement, and the stunning scenery will make this one of the best new golf destinations in Asia.”
Ba Na Hills Golf Club is located 30 minutes’ drive from Danang, Vietnam’s fourth largest city and site of next year’s Asia Golf Tourism Convention (AGTC), which is expected to attract a record number of golf tour operators from around the world.