Vietnamese resort plans two courses

A Vietnamese development group has assembled a large tract in Quang Ninh Province where it plans to build two golf courses that will meld “the modern Occident technique and the romantic Orient culture.”

It’s a yin and yang that people have been trying to combine for centuries. If opposites really do attract, we’ll get proof at the forthcoming Dong Trieu Resort, which is to take shape on 1,875 acres about 40 miles east of Hanoi.

Dong Trieu will consist of various housing types, a lakeside hotel, a conference center, duty-free shops, a water park, a recreation center, a marina, a medical center, parks, and a 36-hole golf complex. Its developers say it’ll be “a wonderful place for rest, relaxation, and entertainment without stress.”

The developers are Dong Trieu Golf Course Development JSC, a group led by Vietsan Investment JSC. Like many other international conglomerates, Vietsan has diverse interests. It develops residential and office projects, hotels, trade centers, and resorts, and it also distributes bathroom fixtures and acts a sales agent for Hyundai automobiles.

To build Dong Trieu, Vietsan has lined up two partners: PHD Company, Ltd. and Yeosan Building Company. The group hasn’t stated when it plans to break ground on the project. The developers have hired Brit Stenson, the director of design at IMG’s headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, to design the golf courses. Over the years, Stenson has “ghost-designed” many courses that carry the “signatures” of IMG-managed golf pros, notably Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, and Annika Sorenstam.

He isn’t as yet working with a celebrity collaborator at Dong Trieu, but one could eventually be assigned to the project. One of the courses at Dong Trieu will be a championship-caliber layout, the other a resort-style track.

This story originally appeared in the World Edition of the Golf Course Report, in a slightly different form. For a sample copy of the World Edition, call 301/680-9460 or write to WorldEdition@aol.com.

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