A lucrative USD1.5 million Asian Tour tournament at the Ho Tram Strip will make its debut as Vietnam’s richest golf showpiece in December.

The inaugural Ho Tram Open will be staged at the country’s first integrated resort from December 3-6, with the Greg Norman-designed Bluffs Ho Tram Strip golf course playing host to stars from the region’s premier tour following a landmark three-year agreement.

England’s Robert Rock, the course’s brand ambassador and a two-time winner on the European Tour, will be among the players competing in the inaugural Ho Tram Open.

“It’s our hope that the launch of Vietnam’s richest golf championship will provide the catalyst for the game to grow in this beautiful country, especially with golf returning to the Olympic Summer Games program in 2016,” said Colin Pine, General Director of the Ho Tram Project Company.

“We are committed to stage the Ho Tram Open for three years and we will work closely with the Asian Tour and our partners to ensure its success in 2015 and beyond.”

Asian Tour CEO Mike Kerr welcomed the tour’s newest tournament, one of four events to make its debut in the 2015 Asian Tour season. Set along Vietnam’s spectacular coast, the par-71 layout offers stunning panoramic views and ocean winds that are sure to test the best golfers from the Asian Tour.