Golf clubs quit grasping at straws

LANG CO, Vietnam, 27 November 2019: Laguna Golf Lang Co and four other members of the Vietnam Golf Coast marketing group have pledged to phase out single-use plastics but failed to say when the project would be completed.

Major golf courses in Vietnam joined forces earlier this year under the banner of VGC, a destination marketing effort that positions central Vietnam as a top spot to play golf.

Four of the VGC clubs, Laguna Golf Lang Co, Ba Na Hills Golf Club, Montgomerie Links and the soon-to-open Hoiana Shores Golf Club have pledged to eliminate single-use plastics in all their operations.

By scrapping items made of plastic such as garbage bags, locker room accessories, plastic cups and straws, the Vietnam Golf Coast aims to play its part to safeguard land and seascapes for future generations as well as providing as shining example in Asia’s golf industry.

“Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and we are fortunate enough to have one of its most visually stunning sites,” said Laguna Golf Lang Co golf director and chairman of the VGC, Adam Calverat. “As golf is a game that works in harmony with nature, we have a responsibility to take a leadership role in protecting the environment.”

The drive to eliminate plastic throughout the VGC is already at an advanced stage. Plastic garbage bags have been replaced by bamboo baskets. Accessories are made from wooden or bamboo materials. Paper cups replace plastic ones while all straws are made using paper, steel, bamboo or natural grass.

“All of the clubs have already been taking action to reduce the use of plastics,” added Calver. “We feel that it is our responsibility as custodians of nature to do everything we can to eliminate any negative impact our facilities have on the environment.”