Greg Norman Golf Course Design has developed plans for two 18-hole courses and a golf academy at the new Văn Lang Empire Golf Club, being built in the Phu Tho province in northern Vietnam.
The new club is the creation of Vietnamese conglomerate T&T Group. Ground was broken on the site in February 2022, with the golf academy scheduled to open on 24 December.
“I think Vietnam is the place to realise the dream of golf course designers,” said Norman. “It’s full of wonderful elements of weather, rivers, hills, friendly people, and unique cuisine. There aren’t many places that have that many advantages. I always hold a firm belief in taking advantage of what nature gives us to design each special golf course in a different way.”
The Prime and Legend courses are being laid out over 93 and 75 hectares respectively, and are expected to open in September 2023.
“As part of the T&T Group, T&T Golf’s goal is to become a leading brand in golf in Vietnam, reaching out to the world,” said Do Quang Hien, chairman of the board of directors of T&T Group. “Golf courses operated and managed by T&T Golf will not only be challenging for golfers, but also will be the ‘bridge’ to culture, history and nature, helping local economies to take off.
“We have brought together a team of experts and professional partners that will create a world-class golfing facility at Văn Lang Empire Golf Club.
“As well as striving to attain all the elements of international standards, the project will be in harmony with local culture and history. It is our vision to create unforgettable experiences for golfers and international visitors to Vietnam.”