Double Cheer for Laguna Golf at the 17th Annual IAGTO Awards 2017

Double Cheer for Laguna Golf at the 17th Annual IAGTO Awards 2017 Laguna Golf Lăng Cô voted Golf Resort of the Year • Laguna Golf Phuket named Sustainability Award for Community Value
Mr Paul Wilson – Laguna Golf Assistant Vice President / Group Golf Director and Ms Chi Phan – Laguna Lăng Cô Assistant Vice President, Director of Operations (L-R) with the award trophies at the ceremony.

Laguna Golf was honoured with a double win at the prestigious 17th annual International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Awards 2017 held in conjunction with the International Golf Travel Market in Mallorca, Spain on 17 November 2016.

Laguna Golf Lăng Cô was voted for the first time as 2017 IAGTO Golf Resort of the Year while Laguna Golf Phuket won the 2017 IAGTO Sustainability Award for Community Value. The gala ceremony was attended by 1200 golf industry professionals from 70 countries.

Mr Paul Wilson, Laguna Golf Assistant Vice President / Group Golf Director said, “Laguna Golf, part of Banyan Tree Group, is proud to be recognised by the established IAGTO Awards with two prestigious awards. Echoing the Group’s ethos of Asian-inspired hospitality and sustainability, IAGTO provides the platform for us to raise the bar and spur us to be forward-thinking in the continual strive for service excellence while leading the way in sustainability for a superior golf experience.”

Ms Chi Phan, Laguna Lăng Cô Assistant Vice President, Director of Operations added: “Winning the IAGTO Golf Resort of the Year award is a significant milestone and recognition to Laguna Golf Lăng Cô team’s dedication in providing high quality resort and course facilities with exceptional experience. It comes on the heels of the recent 2nd annual Laguna Golf Classic hosted by Laguna Golf brand ambassador and course designer Sir Nick Faldo and we are set to welcome our guests for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in March 2017.”
Established in 2000, The IAGTO Awards are the annual Awards of the global golf tourism industry. As the global trade organization, IAGTO Awards recognise the best-performing golf resorts in three regions based on the highest vote count: North America, Europe and the Rest of the World. Votes were cast by 640 IAGTO member golf tour operators in 61 countries which oversaw more than 85% of all golf holiday packages sold worldwide with annual sales of over US%1 billion.

At the same Awards Gala Dinner, held in the city of Palma, the 5th IAGTO Sustainability Awards continues to recognise golf clubs, resorts and destinations that lead the way in sustainability. In partnership with GEO (Golf Environment Organization) the awards celebrate and publicise the excellent work that many of IAGTO’s 820 golf course and golf resort members are doing in this field. The stringent judging was based on expert evaluation from GEO.

Situated about an hour’s drive from Danang International Airport, Laguna Golf Lăng Cô is located within the greater Laguna Lăng Cô, a US$ 200 million fully-integrated resort development by Banyan Tree Group and the first in Vietnam.

Laguna Golf Lăng Cô is one of the “must-go” golf destinations in Vietnam’s central coast area and is the first in the country to have Zoysia fairways and Tiff Eagle greens. The course is nestled between mountains and sea on a sandy strip of dune land that is perfect for golf. The unique environs feature rice paddies, soaring trees, “blowout” areas, creeks, streams and dramatic rock outcrops on oceanfront footage. This 6,961-yard, par-71 course is the 26th course designed by Sir Nick Faldo, the six-time Major winner and is arguable his boldest and best creation yet.

Commenting on Laguna Golf Phuket winning the IAGTO Sustainability Award for Community Value, GEO Chief Executive Jonathan Smith said: “Laguna Golf Phuket, in Thailand, has been dedicated to community relations and corporate social responsibility since its establishment in 1984 within the grounds of a disused tin mine. By turning profits back into key ethically motivated purposes – cultural diversity, social equity, educational empowerment, promotion of health and sports, and environmental preservation – the resort is able to function as a community within a community, safeguarding its ecological and cultural heritage and promoting a shared prosperity. For this reason and the wider value it provides, Laguna Golf Phuket wins the Community Value category.”

Sir Nick Faldo Re-launches Newly Renovated Laguna Golf Bintan

Laguna Golf Bintan unveiled its upgraded oceanfront golf course on 3 – 4 November 2016 at its grand re-opening event, graced by six-time Major winner and Laguna Golf ambassador Sir Nick Faldo.

Attended by 110 invited guests and regional golf media, the event comprised a series of activities with media conference, exclusive golf clinic by Sir Nick Faldo, 18-hole gourmet golf tournament with special Cassia Bintan hole-in-one prize, evening cocktails followed by gala awards dinner.
Sir Nick Faldo Re-launches Newly Renovated Laguna Golf Bintan
After the major revamp, Laguna Golf Bintan now reopens as an 18-hole championship golf course, featuring awe-inspiring beachfront holes with views of the South China Sea on both front and back nine, while playing through tranquil lagoons, lush jungle and Bintan’s famous rugged rocks on 60-hectare of tropical paradise.
Sir Nick Faldo Golf Clinic Golf legend Sir Nick Faldo said, “I’ve been a big fan of the Banyan Tree brand and visited Banyan Tree Phuket resort 25 years ago. After designing the Laguna Lăng Cô golf course, I am proud to be the ambassador of the Laguna Golf brand. It is my first time here in Laguna Bintan and I’m blown away by the natural beauty of this resort.”

Banyan Tree Senior Vice President and Laguna Resorts & Hotels Managing Director Mr Ravi Chandran said, “The extensive upgrade over the past 12 months had brought the course to a higher level complementing Banyan Tree and Angsana resorts in Laguna Bintan.”
Sir Nick Faldo Re-launches Newly Renovated Laguna Golf Bintan
“With the third hotel brand’s new property Cassia Bintan slated to open in mid 2017, the golf course will add to the lifestyle aspiration of our guests and potential homeowners as a lifestyle golf membership comes with each apartment purchase. Just a short 45-minute ferry from Singapore, we believe our integrated Laguna Bintan destination will attract more Singaporean and regional golfers and guests.”

Golfers at the signature hole 17 of Laguna Golf Bintan “The course layout is remarkably strong in terms of design and playability. This re-launch marked the completion of its Phase One plans. Natural surroundings were accentuated with all greens rebuilt and landscapes replanted. New golf carts were added and the clubhouse was improved. The Phase Two will focus on enhancing the golf course conditions such as fairway grasses and operational touches.”
The grand re-opening ceremony featured the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, a rousing lion dance performance and SPH Golf Card launch honouring Sir Nick as its first premier member. It was followed by a sumptuous lunch spread at the golf clubhouse. At the golf clinic, Sir Nick dispensed valuable golfing tips and techniques to the keen golfers.
Sir Nick Faldo Re-launches Newly Renovated Laguna Golf Bintan
Besides enjoying an exciting game, the highlight of the 18-hole gourmet golf tournament was the Hole-in-One prize of a one-bedroom seafront apartment in Cassia Bintan worth SGD 255,000. It also included five ‘live’ stations showcasing the gastronomy of different resort resturants from Banyan Tree’s Tree Tops Indonesian cuisine to Angsana’s Pantai Grill seafood dishes. Two spa stations by Banyan Tree and Angsana Spas pampered the guests with a neck and shoulder massage experience.

The evening coctails and gala awards dinner took place at Angsana Lotus Café donned with contemporary lights and tropical island concept setting with a grand stage. Highlights of the entertaining performance included a Melayu Dance, “Colours of Indonesia” Traditional Costume Fashion Show, Upclose With Sir Nick Faldo Session and vibrant band performance.

The award presentation featured five Nearest to the Pin novelty prizes, top three best Team Winners and two Individual Winners, with luxurious stays around the Banyan Tree Group.

For more information of Laguna Golf Bintan, please visit www.lagunagolf.com/bintan