American billionaire’s abandoned child returns to Vietnam

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VietNamNet Bridge - Millionaire Nguyen Be Lory, an illegitimate child of late US billionaire Larry Hillblom and his mother, Nguyen Thi Be, have returned to their hometown in Binh Thuan province to visit their family after 13 years in the US. Nguyen Be Lory and his mother in 1998. Nguyen Be Lory, 18, owns assets worth around $100 million from his unofficial father - billionaire Larry Hillblom. However, Lory is a student so he will manage the assets when he is 21. Lory has returned to Vietnam … [Read more...]

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Foreign media firm to promote Do Son Golf Course

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Mandarin Media, an American media firm, has recently won a one-year contract to promote the Do Son Golf Course, located in the nothern port city of Hai Phong in Vientam. Accordingly, the golf course, opened with its first nine holes last December, is expected to add another nine holes in October this year. The golf course is part of the Do Son complex project which was started in June 2006, with Ngan Anh Tourism and Trading Company as the project holder, to construct 630 villas and other … [Read more...]

Ocean Dune golf members up in arms over proposed tear down

>> Golf course land use sparks row  >> Ocean Dunes golf course to become urban area  >> Vina Properties takes over Novotel Phan Thiet

The rezoning of Ocean Dunes golf course in south-central province Binh Thuan's Phan Thiet city as an urban area has stirred controversy, as stakeholders cannot reach a consensus. In early March 2014, to stop continuous losses it has sustained for the past 20 years, Rang Dong Group, the owner of Ocean Dunes, issued a message to its members that the golf course would close early this month. The message included plans to resolve membership fees and benefits. Accordingly, the group … [Read more...]

Ocean Dunes golfers seek compensation

Van Nam The firm has plans to spend VND4 trillion developing the golf course into a residential area. Therefore, it has closed the golf course since April 1. Around 40 Ocean Dunes members gathered in HCMC last week to draft a formal request for compensation and will pass it to the Government Office, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Binh Thuan Province's government. Among 220 members of Ocean Dunes, around 50 have agreed on their transfers to Sealinks golf course, … [Read more...]

Golf course land use sparks row

The redefinition of the land used by the Ocean Dunes golf course for residential development has sparked controversy

The proposed shift to turn the premium golf course Ocean Dunes Golf Club in the south-central coastal city of Phan Thiet into a residential development has sparked controversy. In early March, Rang Dong Group, headquartered in the south-central coastal province of Binh Thuan and also the new owner of Ocean Dunes Golf Club, received the Binh Thuan Provincial People's Committee's permission to change the 18-hole golf course - one of the first in Vietnam - into a residential township … [Read more...]

Ocean Dunes golf course to become urban area

According to Le Tien Phuong, chairman of the Binh Thuan People's Committee, local authorities have got the thumbs-up to make the move.  The committee will take the necessary steps to submit a final plan to the prime minister for approval.

The Binh Thuan People's Committee has just approved in principle to transform the existing Ocean Dunes Golf Club into an urban development area. Located in Phan Thiet province and operational since 1997, Ocean Dunes is operating at a heavy loss and can no longer bear the expense. Nguyen Van Dong, chairman of the Rang Dong Group - the investor in the project - said that when the proposal is finally approved, the group will invest into a multi-function urban area named Blue Sea Street. … [Read more...]

Teed Off (04-11-2012)

with Robert Bicknell OK, let me first get the more obvious news out of the way… I have resigned from SACOM Tuyen Lam JSC and have accepted the GM position for both Dalat Palace and Ocean Dunes golf courses. There were a lot of reasons for this move, but I guess the main one is that, during my 20 years managing golf courses in Viet Nam, have always enjoyed both of these clubs and wanted to work there. When the opportunity arose, I took it. The Rose Garden GC at SACOM Tuyen Lam is … [Read more...]

A natural destination

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There are more and more golf courses in Vietnam, but not many keep the natural charms of their surroundings. Designed by Nick Faldo, Ocean Dunes Golf Course in Phan Thiet is among favorite natural destinations for golf lovers. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese illegitimate son of US billionaire visits homeland 

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The illegitimate Vietnamese son of a controversial US billionaire just finished a secret visit to Vietnam with his mother and two half-brothers. Nguyen Be Lory, the 18-year-old heir to around US$50 million from the fortune of late DHL founder and owner Larry Hillbolm Jr., visited his mother's hometown in Binh Thuan Province in south central Vietnam, where his out-of-wedlock father established the now famous Novotel hotel and the 18-hole Ocean Dunes Golf Course 20 years ago. News website … [Read more...]

Four young golf players to join Faldo Series Asia

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VietNamNet Bridge - The National Young Golf Championships 2011 closed on August 7, with six championships for golfers of all age groups and the top four players are selected for the finale of Faldo Series Asia in China. The tournament attracted 52 players, competing in six groups of age like the Faldo Series Asia tournament: men's and women's U-21, U-16, U-12 categories. … [Read more...]

Playing golf at night

BTO - Recently, Ocean Dunes Golf Club- Phan Thiet has decided to open classes to teach golf playing and support services which meets demands of entertainment, relaxation of golfers in the evening. The Club announced this information in the evening of November 23rd with their hope to introduce golf to everyone. Mr Nguyen Van Huy, manager of the golf course said that 2 golf classes have been opened in early November with more than 20 learners, mostly young businessmen and those who like golf. … [Read more...]

National swimming event to kick off in Da Nang

About 100 swimmers from 12 teams will be competing in five men's and women's events at the 38th National Marathon Swimming Championships (Vinashin Cup) on the Han river in Da Nang next week. Dinh Viet Hung, general secretary of Viet Nam Aquatic Sports Association, said this is the first time swimmers will wear floats. This is the fourth time the Cup has been sponsored by Vinashin. U-19 team prepares for ASEAN Football Federation 2010 The U-19 national team are currently stationed at the … [Read more...]

Vietnam to host Faldo golf qualifier

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The qualifying round for the Faldo Series Asia (FSA) will take place at the Ocean Dunes golf course in the central province of Binh Thuan from August 6-8. The tournament will attract nearly 50 golfers and the six winners will go through to the final round, which will be held in China in March, according to the Vietnam Golf Association (VGA). The final round will include the winning golfers from the 16 FSA tournaments held in 12 countries across the world. Established by Nick Faldo, a … [Read more...]

Vietnam to host regional golf tournament

The qualifying round of the 2009 Faldo Series Asia is taking place at the Ocean Dunes golf course in Phan Thiet City of central Binh Thuan province, on August 8-9. The championships, founded by golfer Nick Faldo, who won six champion titles at senior UK golf tournaments, has been designed for Asian amateur golfers aged between 12 and 21. The Faldo Series Asia 2009-2010 competition will include 15 tournaments in 12 different countries. A representative from the Vietnamese Golf Association … [Read more...]

Phan Thiet City to Become a Major Tourist Hub in 2010

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The development of Phan Thiet city into a big urban area by 2010 is one among many feasible projects that central southern Binh Thuan province will be able to do. Binh Thuan has been becoming an attractive destination for investors as it is tallying up its advantages like open and stable policies, good infrastructure and desirable natural resources. In its master strategy for tourism development from now to 2010, Binh Thuan is targeted to give priorities to investors or investment projects to … [Read more...]

Sea Links voted Vietnam’s most challenging golf course 2008

Sea Links won the award because of the difficult challenges faced by golfers at the new course in Phan Thiet in the central province of Binh Thuan. The organizers also awarded "Vietnam's Best Golf course 2008" to Dalat Palace Golf Club in the central resort city of Dalat; "Vietnam's Most Beautiful Natural Landscape 2008" to Kings Island Golf; "Vietnam's Golf Course with Best Services 2008" to Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club; "Vietnam's Most Beautiful Designed Golf Course 2008" to Van … [Read more...]

Vietnam to host Asian Faldo golf tourney for first time

The 6th round of the Asian Faldo Golf Championship 2008 will tee off at the Ocean Dunes golf course in Phan Thiet, southern Binh Thuan province on September 27. The tournament is devoted to amateur golfers aged between 11 and 21 in Asia. This is the first time Vietnam hosts the tournament's leg which is seen as a valuable chance for young golfers from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos to accumulate experiences. Initiated by American golfer Nick Faldo who once won six championships at tourneys in the … [Read more...]

Strong tourism investment wave

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With the building of the Evason Hideaways resort in Con Dao valued at VND 320 billion, the Indochina Capital Group has just shaken hands with Danao International Holdings Groups, starting a predicted wave of an investment the Vietnam tourist industry. In late March 2007, Indochina Capital officially became a shareholder in the Danao Group. Unlike other real-estate investors, it is likely that the co-operation of these two big groups will not be limited real-estate but also shows the agreement … [Read more...]

Actress Katie Holmes to make directorial debut with ‘All We Had’

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Actress Katie Holmes will make her directorial debut and star in the film adaptation of artist and writer Annie Weatherwax's book "All We Had," its producers said on Thursday. Holmes, 35, the ex-wife of actor Tom Cruise who is appearing in "The Giver" currently in movie theaters, will play the mother in the drama about a poor woman and her daughter living on the edge of poverty who find a home in small town America. … [Read more...]

Hugo Weaving jury president for Sydney film festival

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Australian actor Hugo Weaving, best known for his roles in "The Matrix" and "The Lord of the Rings", will head the jury for next month's Sydney Film Festival, organisers said Wednesday. SYDNEY: Australian actor Hugo Weaving, best known for his roles in "The Matrix" and "The Lord of the Rings", will head the jury for next month's Sydney Film Festival, organisers said Wednesday. Weaving, who stars in murder movie "Mystery Road" which opens the festival on June 5, will lead the panel judging … [Read more...]