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Danang, Vietnam, November 15, 2012 -- The credentials of Vietnam’s Central Coast as one of Asia’s premier golf destinations has been confirmed by the country’s award as Golf Destination of the Year for Asia and Australasia by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

Recently, Vietnam was named as the "Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year" by the International Association of Golf Travel Operators (IAGTO). With its fascinating history, ancient culture, superb climate, and now its offering fantastic championship golf courses designed for the golfer on and off the course. Vietnam is the 'next Thailand' when it comes to golf tours in the Far East.

At present, there are 25 golf courses operating in the country, with more than 65 projects at some stage of development, planning, and construction. Among the existing golf courses, there are five 36-hole courses such as Vietnam Country Club, Long Thanh Golf Club and Song Be Golf Club in Ho Chi Minh City and King's Island Golf Club, Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club in the Hanoi, twelve 18-hole courses including the exclusive Van Tri Golf Club and Tam Dao Golf Club, and three 9-hole courses, all around Saigon.

Lately several new golf destinations have sprung up across Vietnam. Hanoi now boasts 4 championship courses in North Vietnam. Danang, the site of the famous China Beach and home to Vietnam’s best seaside resorts also houses the 2 best Vietnam golf courses, Montgomerie Links Vietnam and Danang Golf Club. Further south, the old French colonial mountain retreat of Dalat with its old world colonial-styled charm boasts the unique Dalat Palace Golf Club - the only course in Asia to feature bent grass tee boxes, fairways and greens. Finally, the southern seaside resorts of Phan Thiet and Vung Tau also boast two and one top resort golf course, respectively. Obviously, the Vietnam golfing choices are as varied as can be found in any country.

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