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Laguna Lang Co in Vietnam to host faldo series local community will benefit from charitable initiatives


    The Vietnam Golf Association (VGA) has appointed Laguna Lang Co Golf Club as the new venue for the Faldo Series Vietnam Championship for the next three years.  Golfers and non-golfers alike are set to benefit from a programme of charitable initiatives during the annual event which tees off on July 27-28, 2013.


    “The course at Laguna Lang Co will provide a memorable experience for the country’s top young golfers,” said Sir Nick Faldo who designed the course with his team at Faldo Design.  “I applaud the efforts of the resort to give back to the community through this event, including coaching for local children and fundraising for village schools.”


    “We are excited to continue our excellent relationship with Sir Nick by hosting his Faldo Series,” commented Tim Haddon, General Manager of Laguna Lang Co Golf Club which was officially opened by Faldo in March 2013.  “Laguna Lang Co is committed to creating a positive impact in the local community and is currently working to provide clean drinking water to local primary schools.  All money raised will be used for this purpose.”


    “For the past five years, the Faldo Series has been a key part of our mission to grow golf in Vietnam,” added Mr Nguyen Van Hao, Secretary General of the VGA. “We look forward to continuing our efforts in partnership with Sir Nick and the team at Laguna Lang Co Golf Club and once again the Vietnamese winners will benefit from spending time with a six-time Major winner.”


    Vietnamese golfers aged 12 to 21 will compete over 36 holes in the sixth Faldo Series Vietnam Championship at Laguna Lang Co Golf Club.  With the field divided into age groups – two for boys and two for girls – the four winners will qualify to join Faldo for the eighth Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in China next March.


    Situated about an hour’s drive from Danang international airport, Laguna Lang Co Golf Club is located within the greater Laguna Lang Co, a US$ 200 million fully-integrated resort development by Banyan Tree and the first in Vietnam.  The resort is framed by a three-kilometre beach in the Chan May-Lang Co area, renowned for its pristine coastline, natural scenery and proximity to UNESCO World Heritage sites.  The resort features Banyan Tree and Angsana hotels and spas, villas and residences available for sale, maritime facilities and an activity centre for children.


    Laguna Lang Co Golf Club is one of the “must-go” golf destinations in Vietnam’s central coast area and is the first in the country to have Zoysia fairways and Tiff Eagle greens.  The course is nestled between mountains and sea on a sandy strip of dune land that is perfect for golf.  Starting from an open paddy field environment beside a large lake, the layout moves towards the edge of a mountainous forest area before swinging towards the beach at the ninth hole.  This 6,961-yard, par-71 course is the 26th course designed by the six-time Major winner and is arguable his boldest and best creation yet.


    Established in 1996, 40 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year.  Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.


    In September 2014, Faldo will begin taking students at a full-time residential academy for education and golf development in America.  The first ever Faldo Series Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona is also home to the Faldo Series USA and marks the next significant step in the programme’s history.


    The 2013/2014 Faldo Series Asia schedule features a record 19 tournaments in 15 countries, including four in mainland China, two in India and others in The Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand.


    About The R&A


    Based in St Andrews, The R&A organises The Open Championship, major amateur events and international matches.  Together with the United States Golf Association, The R&A governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings.  The R&A’s working jurisdiction is global, excluding the United States and Mexico.

    The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the game internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities.  The R&A operates with the consent of 143 organisations from the amateur and professional game and on behalf of over thirty million golfers in 128 countries.


    About ISPS Handa


    ISPS Handa is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo.  ISPS Handa was founded by Japanese philanthropist Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world.  ISPS Handa has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.  ISPS Handa’s heritage in supporting blind and disabled golf and Dr Handa’s interest and philanthropic contribution in golf has formed the foundation of its wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport.


    About Mission Hills


    Mission Hills Group, owner and operator of Mission Hills in the heart of the Pearl River Delta and the tropical island of Hainan, is the pioneer in China’s fledgling hospitality, sports and leisure industry.  Founded in 1992, Mission Hills is recognised as the leading golf brand in the world and synonymous with high-end, luxurious and exquisitely-designed residences.  Mission Hills has been the major driving force behind the sports and leisure industry in China. Its three world-class integrated leisure and wellness resort destinations have hosted more than 100 international tournaments.  Mission Hills has also been accredited the “World’s Largest Golf Club” by the Guinness World Records.


    Mission Hills’ properties sprawl over 40 square kilometres.  They include 24 championship courses designed by renowned players and architects from five continents, five-star resorts, award-winning spas and volcanic mineral springs, an international convention centre, golf academies and Asia’s largest tennis facility.  Mission Hills is also the official training headquarters of China’s Tennis and Golf Associations.  In 2012, the Guinness World Records recognised Mission Hills Haikou as the “World’s Largest Spa & Mineral Springs.”


    The Group’s “golf and more” leisure philosophy has catalysed its tourism-related business expansion.  The latest development projects include the 500,000 square-metre Mission Hills Centreville and 330,000 square-metre Mission Hills Lan Kwai Fong Haikou.  These family-friendly metropolitan leisure destinations and low-carbon town centres feature internationally-renowned hotel brands such as Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance and Hard Rock Hotel; integrated shopping, entertainment and leisure centres including 1,000-plus renowned anchor brands; DFS Galleria is the world’s leading luxury retailer catering to the travel public; the trendiest restaurants, cafes and bars; IMAX cinemas; ice skating rinks; bowling alleys; simulation racing centre, world-renowned auto showrooms; and many other exciting offerings.  The new Mission Hills Huayi Brothers Feng Xiaogang Movie-Themed Town with a Grand Opening scheduled in 2014, is destined to become a major entertainment and commercial district in Haikou.  The 930,000 square-metre site will showcase six professional movie studios, as well as numerous dining, entertainment, shopping, cinema, cafe, bar and hotel facilities.  The combination of iconic film elements and 24-hour dining and shopping districts will further establish Mission Hills Haikou as a leading business, entertainment, cultural and leisure destination in China.


    Today, Mission Hills Group has achieved many milestones and become the preeminent conglomerate in the sports, tourism, leisure and entertainment industry.  The next breakthrough in the Group’s evolution will occur as it brings its tried and true branding and golf management services to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Yunnan, Chongqing and other destinations.


    About Laguna Lăng Cô Integrated Resort


    Laguna Lăng Cô is the first and largest world-class integrated resort in Vietnam, and a premium second home destination development in Central Vietnam.  The 280-hectare community, which marks the first project in Vietnam for Banyan Tree Group, resides near Lang Co Bay and is framed by a three kilometre beach overlooking the East Sea, an area renowned for its pristine coastline, natural scenery and proximity to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


    Laguna Lăng Cô echoes the ethos of Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree’s flagship integrated resort community in southern Thailand.  The development includes Banyan Tree and Angsana branded hotels and spas, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Sir Nick Faldo, private villas and residences available for sale, convention facilities and a plethora of recreational activities for guests of all ages.


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