Paul Albanese collaborates with KJ Choi for a new course on Vietnam

Construction of a new golf course at Amber Hills Golf & Resort in Bắc Giang, Vietnam will begin in October.

Formerly known as Yen Dung Resort & Golf Club, the resort was renamed when it was taken over by investment firm Amber Group in April 2022. The new Rock Valley course is a collaboration between Paul Albanese, the architect who designed the Hillside layout of the resort, and professional golfer KJ Choi, eight-time PGA Tour winner and winner of the Players Championship in 2011.

“The first lesson went well,” Albanese said. “For the second course, the resort wanted the name of a professional golfer attached to it. Due to KJ’s immense popularity in Korea – he is one of that country’s most well-known athletes – coupled with the number of existing Koreans who visit the resort, partnering with KJ was a no-brainer. I reached out to him and it was great to hear that he was very interested in pursuing this course of golf design.

“KJ is one of those very thoughtful golfers, which means when he plays he considers every detail of the shot he hits – wind, slope, sun, angles and more. detail he will bring to the design process.

Rock Valley will be built on a very hilly site near the Nham Bien mountain range, with areas of the course offering panoramic views of the property, nearby rice fields, a nearby village and the city.

“The ratings will be the hardest to manage,” Albanese said. “The aim will be to ensure that golfers can play from top to bottom in a way that is not too cumbersome, but will be strategic while providing great views of Bắc Giang town and the surrounding countryside. .

“The aim of this course is to be very golfer friendly while maintaining strategic interest and challenge. We will incorporate a set of back tees that will certainly challenge the pros. The fairways on this course will be much wider than on the first layout because there won’t be as many limits and slope constraints.

Speaking at a signing ceremony to launch the Rock Valley project, Le Hung Nam, Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Golf Association, said: “I am very happy to see that the movement of the golf in Vietnam is growing strongly. I believe that after completing the second course, Amber Hills can meet the increasing demands of golfers, become a tourist attraction for foreign visitors, and propel the economic development of Bắc Giang Province.