Greg Norman Begins Shaping Vietnam Golf Course, While Oman Course Opens
Greg Norman Golf Course Design has begun golf course shaping on its project with Asian Coast Development Ltd. at coastal Ho Tram, in south-eastern Vietnam. The golf course is part of the Ho Tram Strip project in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. The 405 acre Ho Tram Strip is comprised of five resorts, including two with gaming facilities, located on more than two km of beach front property. The Greg Norman-designed championship golf course site features rolling dunes and ocean views, which will come into play on virtually every golf hole. Norman said, "It's not every day that we get a site as good as this one to design a golf course. This site has everything that you are looking for when designing a course. It's a true links golf experience. Seaside, sand dunes and wind. This is a project that I am very proud to be a part of." Norman has been aiming to minimize the impact on the existing dune system by maintaining the native landscape and utilizing an efficient and modern irrigation system. The course, which is scheduled to open in the third quarter of '13, will be challenging, yet playable for the resort golfer (Greg Norman Golf Course Design). GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTURE noted that the new Almouj course in Oman has officially opened. The course is part of the mixed-use Wave development in Muscat, the country's capital. Designed by Greg Norman's practice, Southern Golf Oman "was the main contractor on the golf course build." Wave Deputy CEO Abdullah al-Shidi said that he "hoped the course would host a major professional tournament in the next few years" (GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTURE, 10/8).