Biscom and FLC look to make Vietnam major golf destination

Luu Duc Quang, chairman of Biscom Golf Management, said his parent company’s projects along Vietnam’s coast will “change the landscape” of golf resorts and golf tourism in Asia.

“We want to create a whole new experience and be the leader in changing the landscape [of golf resort development],” he said. “With a new 5-star FLC hotel being built in the city of Quy Nhon, plus FLC Quy Nhon Beach and Golf Resort [on the nearby island of Nhon Ly], we see Quy Nhon becoming a popular new tourism destination in Asia.”

Biscom manages FLC Quy Nhon Golf Links, which was recently named as the best new course in Asia Pacific. Biscom and parent FLC Group are the world’s largest golf resort developer with current projects valued at more than $1 billion. The company is banking on the fact that Quy Nhon in south-central Vietnam will become a tourism destination like Phuket, Thailand.

Quang and Trinh Van Quyet have guided FLC and Biscom (which manages FLC’s golf assets) on an ambitious development program along Vietnam’s 3260-kilometre coastline.So far, two resorts – at Sam Son, south-east of Hanoi, and Quy Nhon – have opened. Another at World Heritage-listed Halong Bay is under construction, a fourth multi-course project at Quang Binh is scheduled to start construction in early 2017, a fifth is planned for Haiphong and a second course at Quy Nhon will open early next year.These and other planned developments will bring to 20 the estimated number of new courses FLC Group plans building along the Vietnam coast by 2020.They will be home to some 5000 villas, as well as condominiums, the sale of which to investors and occupiers is expected to be finalised within 18 months of completion.Quyet, a lawyer in his early 40s, launched FLC Group 15 years ago. He and Quang, who has a finance background, have guided FLC to become a leader in residential and commercial real estate projects in Vietnam that include apartment towers, shopping centres, industrial parks and leisure resorts.Quyet says FLC will be a long-term owner of each golf resort, not a developer with a limited ownership time frame as has been common in other golf and residential projects in and near Danang on Vietnam's central coast.“We have a close connection to golf and to real estate, which is FLC’s prime business,” he said. “With so many desirable locations along the coastline in Vietnam, there are numerous opportunities to develop resorts. That is why our projects are outside major cities.”          He said Vietnam is much less advanced in golf resort development than most other countries in Asia, especially Korea and Thailand, and is well behind the cycle in the United States and other developed markets where the number of golf courses is declining.“What is happening in the US doesn’t concern us,” Quyet said. “We see great potential to attract golf tourists from those and other markets, as well as local Vietnamese."Both Quyet and Quang expect international flights to begin servicing Quy Nhon, a city with 300,000 population, in the near future — possibly in 2017.The initial Nicklaus Design course at Quy Nhon was completed in five months, with handover two months later, and the new Mountain Course being designed by Schmidt-Curley will be completed in the same time frame. As well as golf, the new FLC Quy Nhon Beach and Golf Resort is offering visitors a full range of water activities, including kayaking, diving, jetskis, fly-boating, parasailing, sunset cruises, speedboats and a yacht will soon arrive at the resort for guests’ use. Villas at FLC Quy Nhon are priced from $700,000 with freehold title. Condos with 50-year leasehold title are priced from $100,000.

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