Vietnam received the World’s Best Golf Destination 2019 award at the international World Golf Awards held in the UAE Tuesday.
The country beat seven other nominees Argentina, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Oman, Portugal and South Africa to grasp the awards’ top prize for the first time.
It also won the Asia’s Best Golf Destination award for the third consecutive year, surpassing China, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand.
Vietnam has also been nominated besides two other countries, China and Thailand, for the Best Golf Destination in Asia-Pacific award, which will be announced in India on November 6.
World Golf Awards have been granted annually since 2014.
Voting for the awards lasted from February 21 to September 15 this year. Votes were cast by professionals working within the industry as well as golf tourism consumers.
According to the Vietnam Professional Golf Association, there were over 70,000 people playing the game as a leisure sport in 2018, up from 10,000 in 2009.
Vietnam has more than 30 golf courses of regional and international standards and 60 others are to be built by 2020.