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Golf in Vietnam is really only in the early stages of its development, despite huge infrastructural investment in world-quality courses to promote golf tourism following the Thai model. It has started to attract attention globally, however, and Vietnam has begun to appear in premier international golf publications such as Golf Digest and Asian Golf Monthly , often receiving recognition for the sheer beauty of its courses such as the Long Thanh Golf Club . In 2011 it received an industry award as the "Unexplored Golf Destination of the Year". Ho Chi Minh City is rapidly investing in golf to fall in line with this strategy, and is set to overtake the rest of the country as its premier golfing destination – while some well-attended courses are located within city limits (such as Vietnam’s first 36 hole course, the Vietnam Golf and Country Club ), others are slated for development, and several more are within close proximity (such as the 27-hole Twin Doves Golf Club ). Conditions have improved here to the point where professional-golfers-in-training have started choosing Ho Chi Minh City as the venue for high-level drilling during winter months. Practice makes perfect This emerging interest in the sport has created good conditions for the establishment of formal golf training courses, but it hasn’t been an easy business to get into here. Much ado was made about the planned opening of the International Golf Academy, founded by Golf tour operator John Nguyen and American professional golfer Bradley Wright, a player who has enjoyed some successes on the Ohio State circuit. It was to be home to the Vietnam chapter of the Mizuno Golf School, which offers a five-module systematised curriculum based on decades of experience and results from the schools based in Japan. Sadly, however, the school never got on