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Ernie Els’ Par-Three Design in the Frame

Hanoi, Vietnam: The Els Performance Golf Academy (EPGA), one of Asia’s top practice facilities and home to the Vietnam National Golf Team, has been shortlisted in the category of ‘World’s Best Par-3 Course’ at this year’s World Golf Awards.

The World Golf Awards serve to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism through an annual awards programme and forms part of the World Travel Awards. In 2015, Els won the ‘Designer of the Year’ award.

The EPGA is located in the master-planned Ecopark residential community close to the vibrant Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

“Here at EPGA, Ernie has designed a fantastic par-three course to complement our other five-star facilities at the number one rated golf academy in Vietnam,” said Managing Director Andrew Matthews. “This beautiful course caters for all levels of golfers and is a nice test of the short game skills of anyone who plays it. Stunning views of the surrounding Ecopark development and the lush green landscapes around the lake make this course a real joy to play.”

Ernie Els Design is a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

Quintin van der Berg

Meanwhile, the EPGA has recently appointed a new Director of Instruction. Quintin van der Berg originates from South Africa and is a PGA AAA qualified coach with extensive experience working with players on Tour and at various facilities in Spain and in his homeland.

“I’m extremely honoured to be heading up the EPGA Academy in Hanoi and promoting the brand of fellow countryman Ernie Els,” said van der Berg. “I’m passionate about helping players of all abilities take their game to new heights. I also enjoy utilising new technology to provide simple instruction, without any guesswork, to allow golfers to enjoy their game and also get the most out of it.”

The EPGA boasts a driving range with grass tees, state-of-the-art teaching studios and technology, as well as the well-maintained nine-hole par-three course.

The nearby Ecopark provides accommodation offers for those wishing to visit.

The World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi on October 29.

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