Phuket Ready to Host Singha Laguna Phuket Open 2018 This May

Phuket Province and Laguna Golf Phuket golf course have been selected as the premier venues to host All Thailand Golf Tour 2018’s “Singha Laguna Phuket Open” – a professional golf competition organised by Sports Management Group (SMG) with Singha Corporation as founding sponsor and Asia’s premier destination resort, Laguna Phuket, a title sponsor.

Aiming to expand “All Thailand Golf Tour” to Thailand’s leading tourism destination and promote Phuket Province as a sports tourism hub, Singha Laguna Phuket Open 2018 will be held during Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 May 2018 at Laguna Golf Phuket as a co-sanctioned golf event with Asian Development Tour (ADT). It will see the top professional players vying for more than 2 million baht prize fund. First tee time starts at 7am daily. Spectators welcome. Entry is free.

From left: Mr Virat Patee, Director of the Sports Authority Thailand’s Phuket office; Mr Jakraphong “Jay” Thongyai, Commissioner, All Thailand Golf Tour; Ms. Kanokkritika Kritwuttikorn, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket Office; Mr Suang Chantra-Urai, Manager, Sports Promotion Department, Singha Corporation; Mr. Norraphat Plodthong, Governor of Phuket; Mr Ravi Chandran, Managing Director, Laguna Phuket; Mr. Stuart Reading, Senior Vice President – Property Development, Laguna Resorts & Hotels PLC.; Mr Paul Wilson, Group Golf Director, Laguna Golf and Ms. Sirawee Waloh, Director of Phuket Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports.

IMPRESSIVE PRIZE ANNOUNCED
On Wednesday 18 April 2018, Laguna Phuket held a press conference to announce its official hosting of the Singha Laguna Phuket Open 2018. The conference was addressed by Mr. Norraphat Plodthong, Governor of Phuket; Mr Jakraphong “Jay” Thongyai, Commissioner, All Thailand Golf Tour; Mr Suang Chantra-Urai, Manager, Sports Promotion Department, Singha Corporation; Mr Ravi Chandran, Managing Director, Laguna Phuket (official hotel partner and title sponsor); Mr Paul Wilson, Group Golf Director representing Laguna Golf Phuket (official venue) and Ms. Kanokkritika Kritwuttikorn, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket Office.

“We are expecting many Thailand’s leading golf pros to compete in the Singha Laguna Phuket Open 2018 featuring 2 million baht prize fund,” said Mr Jakraphong “Jay” Thongyai, commissioner of All Thailand Golf Tour. “I’d like to encourage all golf enthusiasts to come cheer for the esteemed golf pros.”

Also up for grab is the hole-in-one prize of USD 12,000 Angsana Vacation Club membership that entitles the winner to exotic locales with contemporary Angsana resorts, trendy Cassia hotel residence concept and romantic Banyan Tree resorts in some of the most exciting destinations.

THE HOSTS ARE READY. SPECTATORS WELCOME.
“There will also be several homegrown golfers playing in the tournament, emphasising Laguna Golf Phuket and Asian Development Tour’s shared commitment of developing the game in Asia and inspiring junior golfers,” said Mr Paul Wilson, group golf director, representing award-winning Laguna Golf Phuket.

“With the world-class golf course and facilities, excellent condition and Asian hospitality along with our newly upgraded PGA-branded Laguna Golf Academy, we are all geared to welcoming the professional golfers of the Singha Laguna Phuket Open,” he concluded.

Mr. Norraphat Plodthong, governor of Phuket said “being the venue host of many national and international sporting events, Phuket Province sees great potential in becoming a regional sports hub in the very near future. We hope the Singha Laguna Phuket Open will become another annual event to heighten Phuket’s status as a leading sports tourism destination.”

Ms. Kanokkritika Kritwuttikorn, director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket Office, added “spectators are welcome at the Open with free entry, and while in Phuket you can also enjoy a wide variety of attractions on and off the golf course.”

SPECIAL HOTEL RATES AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE OPEN. BEST TIME TO EXPLORE LAGUNA PHUKET.
Mr. Ravi Chandran, managing director of Laguna Phuket, said “as Asia’s premier destination resort, this partnership resonates our development from an integrated resort to a preferred lifestyle destination for vacations and keynote events including the annual Laguna Phuket Triathlon and the Marathon. Many guests have made Laguna Phuket their permanent home.”

“As you can see we have got many great facilities here at Laguna Phuket such as our golf course and many other facilities all in the safe and secure environment very well located next to the beaches and close to airport,” concurred Mr. Stuart Reading, Senior Vice President – Property Development of Laguna Resorts & Hotels PLC.,

“For people looking to make Laguna Phuket home or vacation home, we have something for everybody with prices ranging from 5 million to THB 100 million baht, so you can find a place that matches your lifestyle. From affordable Cassia and Dhawa, our newest brand, to Laguna Park, upscale Angsana Oceanview and the luxurious Banyan Tree Grand Residences. Unit owners will also enjoy access to facilities here at Laguna Phuket and Sanctuary Club’s discount and privileges worldwide. All of these extensive programmes are unique, so owning a piece of Laguna Phuket comes with incomparable benefits and experiences.”

The press conference was held in the warm and relaxing atmosphere of Laguna Lifestyle Hub where guests and visitors can stop by to learn more about Laguna Phuket; the resorts, all the facilities, its history as well as to explore opportunities to own the resort’s residential and investment property development projects and call “Laguna Phuket” home.

From now till end of Singha Laguna Phuket Open, all Laguna Phuket resorts – Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort and Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort; are offering special discounted room rates. For more details, visit www.lagunagolf.com/phuket and www.lagunaphuket.com

For more about All Thailand Golf Tour and Singha Laguna Phuket Open, visit www.allthailandgolftour.com

Inaugural Overseas PGA Conference Deemed A Big Success

The PGA Members’ International Conference will return to Thailand in 2018 following the success of the inaugural event held at the stunning Laguna Phuket Resort earlier this month.

The conference brought together PGA Members and delegates from 14 countries to one of Asia’s finest fully integrated resorts and home of the first PGA-branded facility in Thailand.

While there, they heard leading figures from the golf industry sharing their experiences and passing on invaluable advice.

One of the conference highlights was a presentation by Paul Gibbons of MST Golf, who spoke about his diversified career in golf.

PGA Master Professional Paul Burley, senior vice president and global head of golf course management – IMG, impressed delegates with his presentation on golf club management in Asia.

A lively debate about junior development & growing the game.
TrackMan session by Simon Yates at Laguna Golf Academy Phuket.

Junior coaching was also a topic of debate for Junior Golf Alliance’s Neil Plimmer and Michael Dickie, head coach to China’s Olympic golf team who also spoke about training elite players in Asia.

Asian Tour winner and PGA Member Simon Yates delivered an entertaining Trackman clinic and was aided by Thomas Tontapanish, the company’s representative in Southeast Asia.

The conference was also an opportunity for PGA Chief Executive, Robert Maxfield, to outline his vision and plans for the Association.

He said: “I am delighted with the success of our first ever PGA Members’ International Conference hosted at Laguna Phuket, Thailand.

“We had Members attending from 14 different countries which is a reflection of our truly global membership base and was incredibly valuable.

“It was also a fantastic opportunity to listen to those members, hear about the fantastic work they are carrying out within the industry and understand better how we, as their Association, can stay relevant to them into the future.

“We very much look forward to providing further opportunities like these for our Members to support them in their careers.”

Paul Wilson, AVP/Group Golf Director of Laguna Golf, added: “We are thrilled to have gathered PGA Members across the globe at one of the region’s finest resort destinations, to experience the resort service and facilities including our award-winning course and recognised PGA-branded academy. We look forward to hosting the conference again in 2018.”

What the delegates thought of the first PGA Members’ International Conference:

Karl Whitehead, General Manager, The Els Club, Dubai
“It was a great week on every level and I couldn’t be more impressed with the new leadership and vision. Very exciting times ahead. It’s some task and it will take some time, but I’m 100 per cent confident it will be achieved.” 

John Blanch, General Manager, Thai Country Club
“I wanted to thank you for the great job The PGA did in putting on and then running the conference. I have told everyone it was the best thing The PGA has done in my 30 years as a Member – it has reinvigorated many of us older guys and enthused the younger generation.”

Matt Hough, GOLFTEC, Hong Kong
“The whole trip from the way it was organised to the seminar content and the attendees themselves more than exceeded my expectations. Thanks for making it such a wonderful trip. I’m sure all the guys that attended will have left feeling a lot more positive having listened to the plans Rob Maxfield has for the future.”

Michael Dickie, Michael International Golf Academy, Shanghai
“I found the event extremely beneficial in meeting fellow industry professionals and hearing what they are doing and how they are developing their businesses. It was an honour and proud moment in my career to present at the conference and one I am appreciative of.” 

Steve Dougan, Director of Golf, Boringdon Park Golf Club
“From a personal perspective The PGA Conference has been great for me on so many levels including the seminars. But also it was such an amazing networking opportunity. I will definitely be spreading the word to friends and colleagues as everyone could benefit from attending future events.”

Paul Wilson, Group Golf Director, Laguna Golf
“As a PGA Member, I left the event excited and motivated for what the future holds for our Association. The PGA can reposition itself at the top of the golf industry, with a combination of Rob Maxfield’s leadership of the management team and the support of us Members.”

Golf Legend Gary Player Meets Local Junior Golf Enthusiasts at Laguna Golf Phuket

Recently (on Thursday 6 July), Laguna Golf Phuket welcomed nine-time major winner and golf legend Gary Player, as he took time during a personal trip to experience the world-class facilities at Laguna Phuket – Asia’s first integrated destination resort. During his visit, Mr Player enjoyed lunch at Banyan Café overlooking the tranquil 18th green and played 9 holes around the award-winning Laguna Golf Phuket. He hosted a golf clinic for more than 20 young golfers at Laguna Golf Academy Phuket, Southeast Asia’s first PGA-branded academy. The juniors were excited to meet and practise the golfing tips following Mr Player’s keen instructions.

Golf Legend Gary Player Meets Local Junior Golf Enthusiasts at Laguna Golf Phuket
Gary Player sharing his golfing tips with the keen junior golf enthusiasts at Laguna Golf Academy Phuket.

Mr Paul Wilson, Laguna Golf Assistant Vice President / Group Golf Director enthused, “Laguna Golf, part of the Banyan Tree Group, is honoured to welcome Mr Gary Player to Laguna Golf Phuket. With Mr Player’s personal achievements and unbelievable passion, our young golfers have been very fortunate to spend over 90-minute of learning from him. A testament to the Group’s ethos of Empowering People through developing aspiring junior golfers, we sincerely appreciate Mr Player’s making time to visit us and coach the young golfers of Phuket amidst his busy schedule.”

Gary Player is regarded as the most successful global golfer of all time, having world 165 professional events, designed over 300 golf courses and raised over $62million for his charity foundation to-date.

Recently named “Best Golf Resort International – Asia” by 2017 Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award, Laguna Golf Phuket is seeing an increasing number of PGA / LPGA players, top amateurs as well as celebrities enjoying the facility due to its strategic course design, world-class playing surfaces, PGA-branded golf academy with premium practice facilities and Asian-inspired hospitality, situated in Asia’s most dynamic integrated resort setting.

For more information, visit www.lagunagolf.com/phuket or contact +66 (0) 7632 4350 / golf@lagunaphuket.com.