International Golf and Life Foundation

Promoting environmental and social responsibility in golf

Promoting environmental and social responsibility in golf

Van Tri Golf Estate


Van Tri Golf Estate
Kim No Commune
Dong Anh District
Hanoi, Vietnam

Name of contact for environmental and social issues:
Mr. Rich Blackie, General Manager

Phone  +84 4 3958 3080 
Fax  +84 4 3958 3085
Email  click here

Course description

  • Opened in April 2007.
  • 18 holes, par 72, 7208-5308 yards.  
  • Seashore Paspalum fairways and rough, Seaisle 2000 greens and bunker banks.
  • Undulating parkland style course with many water ways, it is built in a marshy area and the golf course has enhanced the original ecosystem.
  • Course designer: Peter Rousseau.

Special features/accolades

  • Water in play on 17 holes, very extensive and unique bunkering with undulating greens Aquatic driving range.
  • Full service clubhouse.
  • Golf academy with club-fitting center.
  • Van Tri was voted, by Vietnam Golf magazine:
    - Best Designed Course (2008 and 2009)
    - Most Eco-Friendly Course (2009)
    - Best Service (2007)

Key achievements


  • The original site was mostly (around 85%) unused bog, with very few, largely-unproductive, paddy fields . The few farmers who used the site were legally and fairly compensated for their land and most now work for the golf club.
  • The original site was used to supply mud for building and was largely bereft of wildlife. We now have a large variety of birds and a big frog, snake and dragonfly population (indicator species) which all attest to the quality of the water in our lake system.
  • Established a no-spray buffer zone adjacent to any marsh water. Our water samples have shown that our internal lake water is of better quality than the adjacent public marsh,  which has agricultural chemicals flowing directly into it. 
  • ISO14001 certified (2009), the only golf club in Vietnam to be so recognized.
  • Very limited water use, in 2009 we reduced water usage by 50% compared to 2008.  Watering is only done when absolutely necessary; most water is done by hand directly onto dry spots.
  • Modern irrigation system:  Rainbird with fertigation options and 180 & 360 heads to control where the water goes and limit quantity needed.
  • Irrigation water comes from the irrigation lakes on the course.  Well water is used for the clubhouse.
  • Course was constructed with natural buffer zones along all water ways to reduce run off and provide habitat for wildlife.
  • Organic chemicals where possible.
  • Spot spray and hand weed.
  • Cap the catch basins when spraying. This allows the soil and plants take up all the nutrients and chemicals; the soil and plants act as filtration system, with nothing going directly into the water supply.
  • Dramatic increase in biodiversity due to more environmentally-responsible management.  A biodiversity survey is on-going. Also, the course prohibits hunting, helping to ensure a healthy wildlife population.
  • Dramatic increase in fish population, of sufficient quantity and quality that the local trade union is periodically allowed to trawl in the course’s lakes, with the catch sold to earn income for local charities.

   Social Responsibility
   Creating and maintaining good relationships with the village/communes around our club:

  • Employ some 500 staff, most of whom come from local villages.
  • Large contributor to local charities.
  • Work with local people’s committee to clean up waste areas. The club paid to remove a dump site used by the local village just outside the club grounds.
  • Upkeep of ancient burial sites located in nearby communities.

"To be the most environmentally responsible golf course in Vietnam."

Rick Blackie
General Manager