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

Laguna Phuket host and sponsor of 2018 Asian Development Tour event

Laguna Phuket has become the joint title sponsor of an All Thailand Golf Tour professional event to be held on the award-winning course in May.

The 2018 Singha Laguna Phuket Open, a repeat of last year’s highly successful inaugural event, will be held from 9-13 May as a co-sanctioned Asian Development Tour event with Laguna Golf Phuket and Singha Corporation as headline sponsors.

The top five players will be eligible to compete in selected Asian Tour tournaments.

While a repeat of the 2017 event’s exceptional scoring – including a 59 by Sutijet Kooratanapisan – is less likely due to toughening of the layout, low scores and plenty of excitement are anticipated on the popular course within the Laguna Phuket resort.

Asian Tour chief operating officer Cho Minn Thant (left), All Thailand Golf Tour commissioner Jakraphong Thongyai (centre) and Laguna Golf assistant vice president/group golf director Paul Wilson (right) with the Singha Laguna Phuket Open 2018 trophy.

The THB 2 million prizemoney event is one of 10 on the All Thailand Golf Tour (ATGT) calendar in 2018 and one of 23 Asian Development Tour tournaments.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the ATGT, which has fostered many of Thailand’s best players, such as Kiradech Aphibarnrat, currently ranked 40 in the world, to become international stars.

Laguna Golf Phuket’s assistant vice president and group golf director, Paul Wilson, says feedback from last year’s tournament resulted in course enhancements, including the removal of some bunkers and the addition of new tee boxes. Fairways are being narrowed and rough enhanced for the 2018 tournament.

“There was an immediate increase in domestic and regional visitors to the course and resort following the 2017 tournament, aided by live TV coverage in Thailand and highlights packages aired in 19 other countries.”

Laguna Golf Phuket is a drawcard for golf visitors to Phuket from Thailand and around the world. It has twice been awarded the mantle of Thailand’s best golf course and in 2016 was named Asia’s best golf course at the World Golf Awards in Portugal.

All Thailand Golf Tour commissioner, Jakraphong Thongyai, says the Singha Laguna Phuket Open offers another opportunity for young professional and amateur golfers to test their skills against peers on a highly attractive, risk-and-reward course.

“It provides another venue for up-and-coming stars of the future. They are all very excited to compete in such an appealing location,” he says.

Asian Tour chief operating officer, Cho Minn Thant, who attended the ATGT 2018 season launch in Bangkok last week, says the addition of Phuket to the Asian Development Tour schedule has been a major boost for players.

“Phuket is an awesome destination. Players love going there, especially as some tournaments are on the outskirts of major centres, whereas Phuket is internationally recognised and highly regarded.

“We also have good memories from the Singha Thailand Open held at the same course in 2009, before it was remodelled. We are again looking forward to some low scoring again this year. It is also great that recreational golfers who play at Laguna Golf Phuket will be able to see how the pros play the course.”

Laguna Phuket joined Baan Don’s Ghost Festival Parade

Laguna Phuket joined Baan Don’s Ghost Festival Parade
First standing row; Acting Sub Lt. Somphop Konkaew, Chief Executive, Thepkrasattri Subdistrict Administration Organization (5th from left); Mr. Veera Kerdsirimongkol, Thalang Chief District Officer (6th from left); Mr. Sitthichai Chantawut, Chief of village Moo 4 (7th from left); Mr. Anthony Loh, Senior Assistant Vice President of Laguna Phuket (8th from left), together with Laguna Phuket’s management and associates took a group photo with members of Baan Don village at Thepkrasatri Temple.

On Monday 5 October, Laguna Phuket together with executives, associates and Baan Don Village members had joined in Baan Don’s Sart Duen Sib (Ghost Festival) parade at Thepkrasatri Temple.

This festival is a southern tradition for Buddhists to make merit in remembrance of loved ones who passed away as well as the local heroes who sacrificed their lives.

Laguna Phuket joined Baan Don’s Ghost Festival Parade
Laguna Phuket parade on the way to join the main parade towards Thepkrasatri Temple.

“The festival also aims to celebrate life and embrace traditions in which community members would come together and donate food and necessities to the temple who will then share the supplies to those in need,” said Mr. Anthony Loh, Senior Assistant Vice President of Laguna Phuket,

“Laguna Phuket places importance in community engagement and cultural preservation. I am glad to see our associates and Baan Don Village members come together, all smiley and for good cause” he concluded.

The red guardian giant plays centre piece of the parade.
The red guardian giant plays centre piece of the parade.

Laguna Phuket joined Baan Don’s Ghost Festival Parade

The highlight is the full-of-life parade from Laguna Phuket with a Red Guardian Giant sculpture, brass band and a banknote tree of donation collected from Laguna Phuket associates and community members.

Laguna Phuket had raised 40,000 baht to temple (15,000 Baht from Laguna Phuket corporate donations and 23,000 baht from associates’ donation and 2,000 Baht from community members.)

associates from Laguna Phuket’s various hotels and business units take a group photo together
associates from Laguna Phuket’s various hotels and business units take a group photo together