Laguna Golf Lang Co’s family of water buffalo greenskeepers have helped the club reap a record rice harvest: the fruits of which are going towards feeding members of the local community in Central Vietnam.
The bovine brood has been bolstered by the birth of Lulu, a new baby daughter, who joins fellow recent arrival Luna, eldest calf Bao, and father and mother Tu Phat and Chi Chi in the workforce.
And the extra sets of hooves have dramatically boosted productivity, with the club gathering 28 tonnes of rice from the seven hectares of fields right in the middle of the Sir Nick Faldo Signature layout – a record harvest-time haul.
The buffalo “bio-mowers” have been vital in helping to maintain the elevated status of the layout, which winds its way through tropical jungle, ocean sand dunes and ancient rice paddies.
They help to manage the seven hectares of rice fields located right in the middle of the course by eating excess weeds, crops while tilling the soil in the area that would otherwise require machinery and additional manpower to maintain.
The rice-fields, though, are not just for show. Harvested twice a year, they have previously yielded up to 20 tons of rice that are used to support the organic farm at Laguna Lang Co and donated to families and seniors in the area who are in need of extra support.
This winter’s record haul, however, surpassed previous harvests by some way. Additionally, the bumper crop could not have come at a timely juncture, with Vietnam’s economy taking a hit on tourism as the international borders remain closed to combat the spread of the global pandemic.
Adam Calver, director of golf at Laguna Lang Co, said: “The communities that have limited economic means have been hit the hardest by the economic downturn that has resulted from the global pandemic. The fact that we are able to donate even more rice to locals who need it most this year was a really positive outcome for our edible golf course.”