This September, Laguna Lang Co Resort, in collaboration with the luxury lifestyle brand Lexus, has hosted the Lexus Challenge 2019 golf tournament with a record-breaking prize purse for Vietnamese golfers. The tournament is part of VPGA Tour series. It is a turning point for the development of golf in Vietnam.
The best meets the best, reaching new heights
Laguna Lang Co is a championship golf course that presents a true test of skill for the elite, the course was designed by the legendary 6-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo and it is Faldo’s first Signature design open for play. This is an 18-hole, par-71 golf course presenting international standards surrounded by breakthtaking natural landscapes, sweeping towards pristine tropical coastlines. Laguna Lang Co golf course has been the venue for various international level golf events, including the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final – a tournament for male and female armature golfers seeking World Ranking points, aged 12-21 worldwide. The Faldo Series is a grassroots initiative created by Sir Nick Faldo that nurtures and develops young talents for the next generation of golfers. Faldo is invested heavily in developing the champions of tomorrow.
Additionally, Laguna Golf Lang Co has been a must-play destination for golfers from all over world who visit Vietnam.
Thai Duong Nguyen, Executive Director of VPGA Tour, added: “Laguna Lang Co delivers the fastest and most consistent greens we have seen in our three years of tour play.”
A longtime partner, Lexus has organized numerous Client Appreciation events at Laguna Lang Co Resort, all of which have been well received by their clients. And when Lexus decided to take it to another level by hosting a professional golf tournament with the VPGA Tour, this become a breakthrough moment that has attracted the attention of the entire Vietnamese golf community and media. Only an international-level golf course is suitable for organizing such a prestigious tournament and Lexus demands a level of service that only Laguna Lang Co Resort can deliver, they have formed a perfect partnership delivering a luxury sporting lifestyle. The event had to be a VPGA Tour event as they believe the VPGA Tour is elevating the game of golf and they have raised golf tournaments to new heights.
Lexus Challenge by VPGA is a tournament that meets the highest standards in Vietnam as well as the region. Over the last 3 years, VPGA Tour has earned its well-deserved reputation by organizing tournaments for professional athletes in Vietnam with the prize purse as high as that of Asian Development Tour. The attention and love for this event from the golfers, golf experts, as well as international and local media representatives, speaks volumes of the event organization of VPGA Tour.
Corporate responsibilities aligned
Laguna Lang Co Resort is known for their sustainable tourism development and their social responsibility initiatives which align with the VPGA Tour approach and reputation for sustainable golf development. Laguna Lang Co is situated within a 280-hectare coastal property bordering Lang Co bay, yet it does not intrude on nature or the lifestyle of the local community. Laguna Lang Co’s golf course itself is a pioneer in green initiatives that are a hit in not only Vietnam but the rest of the world. With the infamous water buffalo wading through their rice field which line the fairways the golf course there are the only Earth Check Silver certified course in Vietnam and have launched a plastic free program which is Part of the greater Plastic Free Banyan Tree initiative. Following the spirit of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), VPGA Tour’s Lexus Challenge 2019 is the first tournament in Vietnam to says no to single-use-plastic. Instead of plastic water bottles, water is filled in glass cups or tumblers which were provided to the players. Golf atheletes can use the customized tumblers and refill water at hydration stations around the golf course. Golfers and spectators in the tournament are encouraged to be take action on eliminating single use plastic and to help raise awareness.
Lexus has mentioned: “Ensuring we could partner with a golf course that belived in protecting the enviroment as much as we do was crucial”. Lexus Challenge 2019 by VPGA Tour in partnership with Banyan Tree at Laguna Lang Co have truly set the standard for Green Golf Tournaments in Vietnam.
Adam Calver, Director of Golf at Laguna Golf Lăng Cô, said: “Working with brands that share our ethos for sustainability is pivotal for our resort, as part of the Banyan Tree Group, Laguna Lang Co strives to maintain our reputation as a the leader in sustainabile golf and leisure tourism in Vietnam.”
Great Minds Think Alike
Both Laguna Lang Co Resort and the VPGA Tour’s Lexus Challenge 2019 share the same goals for Sustainable development of the game of golf will protecting the local community. This is the perfect combination where all parties share values with long-term vision. A prestigious tournament is organized at a prestious golf course. Their joined efforts on protecting the environment and on developing the next generation of golfers makes the perfect combination.
Laguna Lang Co has been leading the charge on growing sustainable golf through the Faldo Series for the past three years, ensuring they grow not only the players skills but their awareness to act in a manner that protects the environment as well, the VPGA Tour is ready to be join and build a community of professional golf athletes that are responsible citizens, united, and reaching new heights for the game of golf.