“The Hyatt Open is about quality not quantity”; that’s the message from Sammy Caralus, General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin. However with a full field of 132 golfers from over 30 countries, the 6th Hyatt Open also had the ‘quantity’ aspect covered.
Quantity was also covered with the charity element of the Event once again contributing to the educational requirements of remote and struggling Thailand schools. In 2014 over 1.1 million THB has realised and when the final figures from this year’s event are totalled, that sum seems likely to be bettered. A Charity auction included accommodation at various Hyatt Hotels around the world, as well as air tickets, dining and spa experiences.
This made the 2015 Hyatt Open Golf Tournament not merely a fun event but also allowed guests the opportunity to give back to the local community. Both Sammy Caralus and Stacey Walton, the Banyan GM, were playing in the field but their scores were not of the ‘competitive’ variety. That’s understandable; managing for quality means giving priority to the success of the Event rather than the quality of their own golf swing.
This is two rounds of 18 holes at Banyan timed to coincide with the ‘real’ open, the British one, on the weekend of 18th and 19th July. However the latter Event didn’t reach it’s conclusion until Monday because of high winds, no such issues for Hua Hin as a much more ‘golfer-friendly’ destination than 2015 in Scotland. Once again a brand new Mercedes Benz was on offer for a Hole-in One. As this was not won either in 2014 or this year; Stuart Daley, Banyan’s current holder of Asia’s Golf Operations Manager of the Year, seemed to think that maybe this will jackpot to three Merc’s next year ………….. chok dee! There was also an opportunity to win a lifetime Membership at the Mahasamutr Country Club on another hole for an ‘Ace’ but again no winners. There is a budding partnership developing between Banyan and Mahasamutr; being literally just down the road.
Next time you head up the hill towards Banyan, slow down and take a look. The enormous ‘inland’ sea’ is in the process of filling ready for water sports and leisure activities before long. James McManaman, the Country Club Manager was on hand and eager to reassure potential Members that all that will be missing is jelly fish! Part of the success of this Event is the reach of the Hyatt ‘brand’ around the world and in Thailand the active involvement of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok and the Hyatt Regency Phuket.
The Hyatt’s catering on course and at the welcome dinner at the ballroom of the Hyatt Hua Hin also ‘raised the flag’ for excellence. The combination of sponsorships, the award winning Banyan Golf Course, together with the Hyatt’s superior resort standards ensures that delivering Hy quality is a given for this Hy Class Event.