Delegates representing a total of twenty-one countries were present at the 2015 Asia Pacific Golf Summit which opened in the City of Singapore on October 14th. A highlight of APGS 2015 was the staging of the Annual Asian Golf Awards on 15th October; the golf industry’s ‘Academy Awards’ where top performing golf clubs and individuals were recognised by their peers in a total of 48 award categories. “We believe that our industry is all about people and the quality of service they offer to golfers and we feel that the time has come for us to recognize the people behind the wonderful golf experiences that we get to enjoy in Asia,” said Mike Sebastian, chief executive officer of the Asia Pacific Golf Group, the owner of the Asian Golf Awards program. Hua Hin Clubs Black Mountain and Banyan were standouts, winning a total of 16 of these awards.
Black Mountain Golf Course was awarded a total of six Awards including Best Course in Asia Pacific for the second year running. Banyan Golf Course received a record breaking 10 Awards. The highlight was winning Best Club Experience in Asia Pacific. According to Banyan Golf Club’s general manager Mr. Stacey Walton no other golf club in the region has won this many awards in the 16-years history of the Asia Golf Monthly Awards.
The management of both Black Mountain and Banyan would like to extend a big “thank you” to everyone who voted for them this year; they also welcome returning golfers to their place soon! Earlier in October, Banyan The Resort Hua Hin was named ‘Best Golf Resort 2016’ in the Rest of the World (outside Europe & America) category by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
The Annual IAGTO Awards took place at Tenerife’s Siam Park, at a gala dinner attended by 1,400 golf tourism industry peers on the final night of the International Golf Travel Market. Our congratulations to the management of these two fantastic Hua Hin golf courses; “You’re simply the best, better than all the rest……………….” (Tina Turner 1989)
Black Mountain Golf Course
Best Course In Asia Pacific
Best Championship Course In Asia Pacific
Best Course In Thailand
Best General Manager of The Year – Harald Elisson
Best Maintained Course In Asia Pacific
Best Pro-shop In Asia Pacific
Banyan Golf Course
Best Golf Club Experience in Asia Pacific
Best Food and Beverage Experience in Asia Pacific
Best Course in Thailand, 2nd runner up
Best Golf Resort in Asia Pacific, 2nd runner up
Best Managed Golf Club in Asia Pacific, 2nd runner up
Best General Manager of the Year, 1st runner up: Stacey Walton
Best Caddie of the Year: Khun Punyisa Somsringam
Best Golf Manager of the Year: Stuart Daly
Best Professional Golf Coach of the Year : John Wither
Excellence in Golf Course Agronomy in Asia : Khun