Not only did the country — and Danang, in particular — host the prestigious awards for the first time ever in November, representatives of its golf industry took home some awards for themselves.
In addition to Vietnam claiming the award for Asia Pacific’s best golf destination, Ba Na Hills Golf Club, BRG Kings Island Golf Resort and Montgomerie Links took home silverware for finishing as the top vote-getters in the category of best golf course in Vietnam.
During the evening Vietnamese entrepreneurs and golf-course owners were recognised — Nguyen Thi Nga became the first woman to be inducted into the Asia Pacific Golf Hall Of Fame, while Le Van Kiem was honoured as the first recipient of the Asia Pacific Golf Pioneer Award.
The Asian Golf Awards, which are billed as the regional golf industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, wrapped up the 11th Asia Pacific Golf Summit (APGS), a three-day conference attracting golf business leaders from all around the world.
This year 100,024 votes were cast online covering 51 categories — the most ever for the Asian Golf Awards, the only continent-wide poll of the golf industry in Asia.
The evening was also a celebration of sorts for IMG, which co-designed and built Ba Na Hills and Montgomerie Links.