Double Cheer for Laguna Golf at the 17th Annual IAGTO Awards 2017

17 November 2016
Double Cheer for Laguna Golf at the 17th Annual IAGTO Awards 2017

Laguna Golf Lăng Cô voted Golf Resort of the Year • Laguna Golf Phuket named Sustainability Award for Community Value

Laguna Golf was honoured with a double win at the prestigious 17th annual International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Awards 2017 held in conjunction with the International Golf Travel Market in Mallorca, Spain on 17 November 2016.

Laguna Golf Lăng Cô was voted for the first time as 2017 IAGTO Golf Resort of the Year while Laguna Golf Phuket won the 2017 IAGTO Sustainability Award for Community Value. The gala ceremony was attended by 1200 golf industry professionals from 70 countries.

Mr Paul Wilson, Laguna Golf Assistant Vice President / Group Golf Director said, “Laguna Golf, part of Banyan Tree Group, is proud to be recognised by the established IAGTO Awards with two prestigious awards. Echoing the Group’s ethos of Asian-inspired hospitality and sustainability, IAGTO provides the platform for us to raise the bar and spur us to be forward-thinking in the continual strive for service excellence while leading the way in sustainability for a superior golf experience.”

Ms Chi Phan, Laguna Lăng Cô Assistant Vice President, Director of Operations added: “Winning the IAGTO Golf Resort of the Year award is a significant milestone and recognition to Laguna Golf Lăng Cô team’s dedication in providing high quality resort and course facilities with exceptional experience. It comes on the heels of the recent 2nd annual Laguna Golf Classic hosted by Laguna Golf brand ambassador and course designer Sir Nick Faldo and we are set to welcome our guests for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in March 2017.”

Established in 2000, The IAGTO Awards are the annual Awards of the global golf tourism industry. As the global trade organization, IAGTO Awards recognise the best-performing golf resorts in three regions based on the highest vote count: North America, Europe and the Rest of the World. Votes were cast by 640 IAGTO member golf tour operators in 61 countries which oversaw more than 85% of all golf holiday packages sold worldwide with annual sales of over US%1 billion.

At the same Awards Gala Dinner, held in the city of Palma, the 5th IAGTO Sustainability Awards continues to recognise golf clubs, resorts and destinations that lead the way in sustainability. In partnership with GEO (Golf Environment Organization) the awards celebrate and publicise the excellent work that many of IAGTO’s 820 golf course and golf resort members are doing in this field. The stringent judging was based on expert evaluation from GEO.

Situated about an hour’s drive from Danang International Airport, Laguna Golf Lăng Cô is located within the greater Laguna Lăng Cô, a US$ 200 million fully-integrated resort development by Banyan Tree Group and the first in Vietnam.

Laguna Golf Lăng Cô is one of the “must-go” golf destinations in Vietnam’s central coast area and is the first in the country to have Zoysia fairways and Tiff Eagle greens. The course is nestled between mountains and sea on a sandy strip of dune land that is perfect for golf. The unique environs feature rice paddies, soaring trees, “blowout” areas, creeks, streams and dramatic rock outcrops on oceanfront footage. This 6,961-yard, par-71 course is the 26th course designed by Sir Nick Faldo, the six-time Major winner and is arguable his boldest and best creation yet.

Commenting on Laguna Golf Phuket winning the IAGTO Sustainability Award for Community Value, GEO Chief Executive Jonathan Smith said: “Laguna Golf Phuket, in Thailand, has been dedicated to community relations and corporate social responsibility since its establishment in 1984 within the grounds of a disused tin mine. By turning profits back into key ethically motivated purposes - cultural diversity, social equity, educational empowerment, promotion of health and sports, and environmental preservation - the resort is able to function as a community within a community, safeguarding its ecological and cultural heritage and promoting a shared prosperity. For this reason and the wider value it provides, Laguna Golf Phuket wins the Community Value category.”


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About Laguna Golf
With over 20 years’ experience, Laguna Golf has a wealth of experience in new-built golf constructions and renovation/rebranding of golf courses. Dedicated Laguna Golf business unit manages and oversees our golf courses and the golf management services for business partners with a strong emphasis on sustainability.

Laguna Lăng Cô
Laguna Lăng Cô is the first and largest world-class integrated resort in Vietnam, and an ideal second home destination development in Central Vietnam. The 280-hectare community, which marks the first project in Vietnam for Banyan Tree Group, resides near Lăng Cô Bay and is framed by a three kilometre beach overlooking the East Sea, an area renowned for its pristine coastline, natural scenery and proximity to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Laguna Lăng Cô echoes the ethos of Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree's flagship integrated resort community in southern Thailand. The development includes Banyan Tree and Angsana branded hotels and spas, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Sir Nick Faldo, private villas and residences available for sale, convention facilities and a plethora of recreational activities for guests of all ages.

Banyan Tree Holdings Limited
Banyan Tree Holdings Limited (“Banyan Tree” or the “Group”) is a leading international operator and developer of premium resorts, hotels, residences and spas, with 43 hotels and resorts, 64 spas, 77 retail galleries, and three golf courses in 28 countries. Each resort typically has between 50 to 200 rooms and commands room rates at the higher end of each property’s particular market.

The Group’s primary business is centered on four brands: the award-winning Banyan Tree and Angsana, as well as newly established Cassia and Dhawa. Banyan Tree also operates the leading integrated resort in Thailand – Laguna Phuket, through the Group’s subsidiary, Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited.

As a leading operator of spas in Asia, Banyan Tree’s spas are one of the key features in their resorts and hotels. Its retail arm Banyan Tree Gallery complements and reinforce the branding of the resort, hotel and spa operations.
Since the launch of the first Banyan Tree resort, Banyan Tree Phuket, in 1994, Banyan Tree has received over 1,600 awards and accolades for the resorts, hotels and spas that the Group manages. The Group has also received recognition for its commitment to environmental protection and emphasis on corporate social responsibility.

Media Contacts

Corporate - International: Ms. Renee Lim, Assistant Vice President, Marketing Communications
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Laguna Golf Phuket:
Ms. YiYue Crystal Zhong, Assistant Marketing Communications Manager
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Laguna Golf Lăng Cô:
Ms. Van Le, Membership Sales Manager
Tel: +84 54 3695 880 ext. 37034  Email: 

Ms. Van Le - Membership Sales Manager
Laguna Golf Lang Co
Tel: +84 54 3695 880 ext. 37034