Australian says his brand new Vietnam design is a ‘true links golf course’
NOT long before he almost severed his hand in a Spinal Tap-style ‘bizarre gardening accident’, Greg Norman was in Vietnam to cut the ribbon on his latest championship golf course.
At a ceremony on the first tee at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, the Great White Shark officially opened his 87th design by calling it ‘a true links golf course’ and one that has the potential to reign among the top layouts in the world.
“As you walk down the fairways and you look at all the undulations and the greens’ settings, most of those are exactly the way the original form [of the land] was,” Norman said. “So it’s almost to take the ‘least disturbance’ approach you can possibly do.”
Open for preview play since mid-March, the course has already been nominated for three Asia Pacific Golf Awards, including Best New Golf Course in Asia Pacific, Best Golf Course in Vietnam and Best Golf Course Superintendent (Ali Macfadyen).