The Ministry of Planning and Investment has submitted to the Government three alternative plans to develop golf courses nationwide until 2020, after receiving many requests from provinces and cities to build courses.
Under Plan 1, the number of golf courses will remain at 90, equal to the number of golf courses in the national golf course development plan approved by the Government in 2009.
However, five golf courses included in that plan will be cancelled. Plan 1 will add five new golf courses.
The advantage of Plan 1 is not increasing the number of gold courses. However, this plan is not stable because localities will continue to ask for permission to open new golf courses, according to the ministry.
Plan 2 will allow more golf course projects that meet conditions and criteria for establishment in the current national golf course development plan. Under Plan 2, the country will have 96 golf courses.
Under Plan 3, the number of golf courses nationwide by 2020 will be 118, including 85 golf courses of the current national golf course development plan and 33 new golf courses.
With Plan 3, the country's golf course development plan will not be adjusted to 2020.
Of the three plans, the ministry prefers Plan 3 because all of the 118 golf courses meet criteria and conditions for setting up. They are built in areas with high tourism potential and do not use agricultural land.
The ministry also said the number of 118 golf courses was equivalent to the number of golf courses in neighbouring countries that have the same development level as Viet Nam.
The Philippines has 100 golf courses; Malaysia, 230; Thailand, 256; and Indonesia, 152.
Early this year, the Bac Ninh Province People's Committee asked the Government to add the 36-hole Hap Linh golf course project to the national golf course development plan approved by the Government in 2009.
Quang Ngai Province recently set up a plan to establish the Van Tuong golf course.
The two provinces have said that the establishment of the two golf courses were suited to the national plan and would have no adverse environmental effect or damage farmland, Dau Tu (Viet Nam Investment Review) newspaper reported.
Other provinces including Thanh Hoa, Thai Nguyen, Thai Binh, Dak Lak, Quang Ninh as well as Hai Phong City also have plans to open more golf courses.
With new proposals to establish more golf courses, up to 124 golf course projects could occur, compared to the 90 projects approved in the current country's golf course development plan, according to the ministry.
Of the 90 approved golf course projects, 24 are operating, 25 are under construction, 13 have been granted investment licenses, 23 have been approved in principle, and five have been proposed to be removed from the national golf course plan. — VNS