|Figure head: Laguna Lang Co has appointed six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo as its brand ambassador. — Photo billionaire.com
THUA THIEN-HUE (VNS) — Sir Nick Faldo has been appointed brand ambassador of Laguna Lang Co, the Banyan Tree Group said on Tuesday.
A series of upcoming events, including the inaugural Laguna Golf Classic in November and 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final for young golfers in March 2017 at Laguna Lang Co Golf Club, shall follow suit.
Sir Nick Faldo will play in his final Open Championship at the home of golf – St Andrews – in July 2015, where he will represent Laguna Lang Co as its brand ambassador. The six-time tournament winner has won the Claret Jug thrice, including in 1990 at St Andrews, the venue for this year's competition.
The Banyan Tree Group developed the first and largest world-class integrated resort in Viet Nam.
"I am looking forward to a prolific partnership. Having collaborated with Laguna Lang Co to create its signature 18-hole, par-71 championship course in one of Asia's most dramatic coastal settings, I am drawn to this unique destination," Faldo said.
He will grace the Laguna Golf Classic 2015 at Laguna Lang Co Golf Club and conduct a professional golf clinic. The inaugural Laguna Golf Classic 2015 is a four-day 72-hole tournament that will take place at two scenic destinations, Laguna Phuket Golf Club in September 2015, followed by Laguna Lang Co Golf Club this November.
"As the master designer of Laguna Lang Co Golf Club, we are truly excited to have Sir Nick Faldo as our brand ambassador and to fortify our partnership established since 2009.
The premium Laguna brand by the Banyan Tree Group with its growing global presence and strong mission in corporate social responsibility is complemented by Sir Nick's vision and goals as a renowned golf professional," Ravi Chandran, senior vice president and managing director of Laguna Lang Co, said.
"The annual Faldo Series is a premier not-for-profit global amateur programme for young golfers. I am confident that together with Sir Nick, we can elevate the travel and golf experience to new heights, while strengthening our continual efforts of giving back to the game and community."
Since opening in November 2012, the course is affectionately known as the ‘Buffalo Kick' due to its dramatic setting and challenging design that requires skill and a steady golfing mind to play well or it will ‘kick' back. Water buffaloes are a common sight in this historic region and can be seen ploughing the paddy fields that border the course. — VNS