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Vietnam - The Bluffs at Ho Tram Greg Norman has made quite the mark in Vietnam. As well as designing some of the nation's best courses, in 2018 the Aussie was appointed an official tourism ambassador. The Shark’s crowning achievement in the country so far though is arguably The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip: which is ranked among the best layouts in the world and opened for play in 2014. The 7007 yard course routes over and around towering seaside sand dunes, it is one of the few championship-calibre links courses with significant elevation changes, making for a golf experience that's as much a feast for the eyes as it is a challenge to tame. While the highest point of the rugged property is 50 meters above sea level, on the 15th green, one of the most spectacular spots comes earlier in the round, on the short 4th. From there, players are presented with a 360-degree view of the course, of the surrounding national forest that's a haven for wildlife, of the expansive shoreline and of The Grand Ho Tram, Vietnam's leading international luxury casino resort. Other standout holes include the 8th, which plays downhill to a fairway split by a natural water feature; and the tough 18th, an uphill par-4 that makes a fitting conclusion to one of the region’s most exacting tests. In December 2015 we hosted the Ho Tram Open (Asian Tour event) which Sergio Garcia won. 37