A family of water buffalo greenkeepers, famous for tending to the rice paddies on Vietnam’s Laguna Golf Lang Co, has welcomed a new member: baby Luna.
The bovine brood – father Tu Phat, mother Chi Chi and their eldest calf Bao – came to fame last year as global media publicised their roles as “bio-mowers” on the Sir Nick Faldo Signature Design track.
The trio has played a key role in maintaining the elevated status of the layout, which winds its way through tropical jungle, ocean sand dunes and rice paddies.
They help to manage the seven hectares of rice fields located in the middle of the course by eating excess weeds and crops.
Baby Luna, who was born in the fall of 2019, will provide extra assistance.
The rice-fields, though, are not just for show. Harvested twice a year, they yield up to 20 tonnes of rice that are used to support the organic farm at Laguna Lang Co, and donated to families and seniors in the area.
The utilisation of water buffalo as greenkeepers is part of a wider push by Laguna Golf Lang Co to be the most sustainable course in Vietnam, following its eradication of single-use plastics in almost all aspects of its operations.