LAGUNA LĂNG CÔ appoints Sir Nick Faldo as Brand Ambassador

Laguna Phuket
Vietnam, 23 June 2015 – Laguna Lăng Cô, the first and largest world-class integrated resort in Vietnam, and a premium second home destination development in Central Vietnam by the Banyan Tree Group, announces the appointment of celebrated six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo as its Brand Ambassador.He will represent the brand at his final Open Championship this July and partner the Group on a series of upcoming events including the inaugural Laguna Golf Classic in November 2015 and 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final for young golfers in March 2017 to be held at Laguna Lăng Cô Golf Club.

“As the master designer of Laguna Lăng Cô Golf Club,we are truly excited to have Sir Nick Faldo as our Brand Ambassadorand 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” said Ravi Chandran, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Laguna Lăng Cô.

“Our focus on sustainability and community efforts remains at the core of our business across the Group today. Embracing like-minded values including the nurturing of aspiring youths, the annual Faldo Series is a premiernot-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.”

“I am looking forward to a prolific partnership. Having collaborated with Laguna Lăng Cô to create its signature 18-hole, par-71 championship course in one of Asia’s most dramatic coastalsettings, I am drawn by this unique destination,” enthused Sir Nick Faldo.

Since opening in November 2012, the course has become 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 buffalo are a common sight in this historic region and can be seen tilling the paddy fields that border the course.

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 Lăng Côas the brand ambassador. He had won the Claret Jug three times, including back in 1990 at St Andrews, the venue for this year’s competition.

Sir Nick will grace the Laguna Golf Classic 2015 at Laguna Lăng Cô Golf Cluband conduct a professional golf clinic. The inaugural Laguna Golf Classic 2015 is a four-day 72-hole tournamentwhich will take place at two scenic destinations- Laguna PhuketGolf Club in September 2015 followed by Laguna Lăng Cô Golf Club in midNovember 2015. Sir Nick will also partner Laguna Lăng Cô in other events over the coming year.

Laguna Lăng Cô Golf Club is fast growing a reputation as one of the most breathtaking and challenging courses in Asia. Ideally situated between the ancient capital of Hue to the north and Danang to the south, this rugged course overlooks one of Vietnam’s most beautiful bays. The thoughtful design plots its way through the changing landscape framed by mountain range on three sides and the East Sea to the west. TheLăng Cô golfing experience combines the unique environs of rice paddies, soaring trees, “blowout” areas, creeks, streamsand dramatic rock outcrops on oceanfront footage.