The Exclusive Golf Weekend at Laguna Phuket hosted by world-renowned golf legend and six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo last weekend on 11-12 March 2016 had concluded with great success with several exciting events – a Sunset Cocktail at Cassia Phuket, a Golf Clinic, an exclusive game with Sir Nick himself and a destination dining experience at the Hole 18 green of Laguna Golf Phuket.
Staying at the DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree, Sir Nick also spent time to play, practice and unwind at the award-winning Laguna Phuket, Asia’s first integrated resort.
Over the two days, 26 golfers and media had the privilege to interact closely with Sir Nick who led a fun thirty-minute Golf Clinic for all golfers before kicking start the game. He shared insightful golfing tips that inspired the crowd. The golfers had an exclusive game playing two holes upclose and personal with Sir Nick, under his keen guidance.
At the Welcome Cocktail Party on Friday 11 March, Laguna Phuket officially announced the appointment of six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo as Laguna Golf’s Brand Ambassador.
The newly broadened partnership followed the announcement of Sir Nick as the Brand Ambassador of Laguna Lăng Cô, Laguna Phuket’s sister integrated resort in Central Vietnam in June 2015.
“We are honoured to have worked with Sir Nick Faldo as the master designer of our championship golf course in Lăng Cô which opened in 2013,” enthused Mr Ravi Chandran, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Laguna Phuket.
The premium Laguna brand by the Banyan Tree Group with its growing global presence and strong mission in Corporate Social Responsibility is well-complemented by Sir Nick’s vision and goals as a renowned golf professional.
Embracing the shared vision of sustainability and community efforts to nurture aspiring youths reinforces Laguna’s confidence to further fortify the partnership with Faldo as the Brand Ambassador of all three Laguna Golf courses located in the Laguna destinations of Lăng Cô in Central Vietnam, Bintan in Indonesia to here in Phuket, Thailand.” he concluded.
A huge advocate for junior golf development through his famed Faldo Series tournaments, Sir Nick Faldo said, “With the aim of developing youths and giving back to the game, I am delighted to partner Laguna Golf Phuket in hosting Phuket’s first-ever Faldo Series Thailand Championship –South in early September 2016.
Created in 1996, the Faldo Series gives opportunity to young people through golf and to help identify and nurture the next generation of champions. Hosted in 30 countries around the world, the Faldo Series benefit more than 7,000 young golfers each year.
With first-class golf course and practice facilities, the qualifying event at Laguna Golf Phuket is open to young local golfers aged 12-21 years. The winners of each age group will have an opportunity to compete and qualify for the 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final hosted by Sir Nick Faldo in March 2017 at Laguna Golf Lăng Cô in Central Vietnam.”
Guest also discovered the Group’s newest third brand Cassia and its one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments – an exciting new contemporary hotel residence concept inspired by a millennial lifestyle. Looking to delight guests to “Live, Laugh and Love their way” Cassia style, a breathtaking Sunset Cocktail overseeing the tranquil lagoon with ‘live’ saxophone performance was held at Cassia Phuket which was launched in October 2015.
As a grand finale, a romantic Destination Dinner was specially set-up at the Hole 18 green of the golf course offering guests a gastronomic dining experience with a unique sense of place. Showcasing the finesse of culinary art and talents at Laguna Phuket integrated resort, Executive Chefs and their teams from Angsana Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket and Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort competed in a “Battle of the Chefs” competition, whipping up ‘live’ stations with Lebanese, Thai, Mediterranean and Mexican Molecular cuisine to tantalise the tastebuds of the guests.
During this visit, Laguna Golf Brand Ambassador Sir Nick Faldo was also invited as the Guest-of-Honour to officiate the Grand Opening of the new British International School, Phuket (BISP) Golf Centre on Thursday 10 March 2016. A specialist training area which comprises putting greens, chipping areas, bunkers, and a netted driving range, it is built to allow talented young golfers in the BISP Golf Academy to practice the full range of shots within the school’s spacious 44 acre campus.
Since the re-launch last year, Laguna Golf Phuket has seen traction and played host to a good number of high-profile international players and celebrities, including Sir Nick.
Perfectly situated in bustling Laguna Phuket with its diverse choice of exciting lifestyle activities from world class golf, spa to gastronomic options, and all branded properties by the Banyan Tree Group offer an appealing combination of lifestyle benefits, capital returns and rental yields. From affordable Cassia hotel-managed apartments, contemporary Laguna Park residential villas with 5-year golf membership, to luxurious 5-bedroom Banyan Tree Grand Residences, Laguna Phuket presents an array of properties to suit all budgets and lifestyles. Visit lagunaproperty.com