Experts counsel caution in licensing golf courses

The Government should make a national zoning plan for golf courses, ensuring not much agricultural land is wasted on them, experts said at a seminar in Hanoi on May 6.

A view of Long Thanh Golf Course in the southern province of Dong Nai

Dr. Huynh Dang Hy, general secretary of the Vietnam Urban Development and Planning Association, said at the “golf courses and green building” seminar held by the Vietnam Federation of Civil Engineering Associations, that the plan should be explicit for each province and city.

Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Pham Manh Thong from the Environmental Police Department said golf courses requiring a lot of farmland should not be licensed to ensure food security and those already licensed should be scrapped.

Investors purporting to build golf courses but diverting the land for other purposes should be penalized, he added.

The head of the Department of Urban Development, Luu Duc Hai, said golf courses usually take up a large area of 80 to 700 hectares, mostly agricultural land.

But just 30 percent is required for the actual course, with the rest used for building hotels and villas.

By A.Kiet – Translated by H.Mien

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