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“Ha Long Bay will soon have one of the most photogenic courses in the world,” Curley said. “We are very fortunate and honoured to continue our maiden efforts into the Vietnam golf market with the FLC Group, a team with enormous vision that has its sights set on creating fantastic golf on world-class properties that will soon be at the forefront of the travelling golfer’s list of must-play destinations.”
Being above a series of ridges, the course will feature dramatic, sweeping views on every hole and strong elevation changes in many cases.
Curley said the design team is eager to create a course with unique features, including a wide variety of length, such as a 110-yard par-three overlooking Ha Long Bay.
“I grew up in Pebble Beach where the short par-three seventh hole has become a hole recognised around the world. I believe we have the same opportunity here,” said Curley.
Schmidt-Curley has cemented its presence in Vietnam with the establishment of new offices in Hanoi. “Our past success in China was intrinsically tied to a strong customer service effort with local offices and hands-on attention,” said Curley.
“We intend to bring the same effort, drive and professional service to our Vietnamese clients in the same manner in order to fully execute the most successfully designed and constructed courses possible.”
The 18-hole Ha Long Bay course is expected to be completed by year’s end and open for play in 2017.