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Colin Montgomerie to headline Vietnam ceremonies

12.34am 15th March 2010 - Courses - This story was updated on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Colin Montgomerie, designer of The Montgomerie Links Vietnam, will be the guest of honor at grand opening ceremonies, to be held 19th April 19th.

Montgomerie, the 2010 European Ryder Cup Team Captain and eight-time winner of the European PGA Tour Order of Merit, last visited during the latter stages of the construction phase, in the midst of a process that would take two years from planning to completion. But his design has since garnered widespread acclaim, including “best new course in the country” accolades from Vietnam Golf Magazine, which also named the 12th hole at Montgomerie Links the country’s best par 5.

“There could be no sweeter icing on the cake than a visit from Monty,” said Jon Tomlinson, general manager at Montgomerie Links. “Needless to say, our members are eagerly anticipating his observations on the design – not to mention a chance to play a hole or two with a legend – and I know he’s looking forward to seeing his fully realized creation.”

The first 18-hole course to open in Vietnam outside the orbits of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the course was informally opened last August. It capitalizes on the site’s natural, dune-strewn topography for a visually stunning, memorable golfing challenge. A par 72 that measures as much as 7,090 yards from the back tees, it also has three less-daunting sets of tees, the forward-most being 5,119 yards.

Other notable aspects of the project, unprecedented for the Central Coast region, include the recently completed 3,000-square-metre clubhouse, full-service golf academy and practice facility, and 54 estate villas.

The owner of Montgomerie Links, Indochina Capital, has committed $45 million to the project, and the exciting changes at the club are, in turn, but part of the travel-and-tourism revolution taking place in this most-promising region of Vietnam.

Montgomerie Links www.montgomerielinks.com

       

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