In 1993, Thailand’s leading course architect, Dr Sukitti Klangvisai created an outstanding golf layout meandering between waterways against the stunning backdrop of the mountain range that fronts the border with Myanmar. The 3,000 Rai which had been mainly pineapple and tapioca farmland then became Hua Hin’s Majestic Creek Country Club.
I was introduced to the founder of Majestic Creek, Mr. Thanachai Theerapattanavong, back in May 2012. This was very soon after his March resignation as the President of the Nation Multimedia Group. The occasion was the ‘relaunching’ of the Majestic Creek Country Club with a commitment to rejuvenate the golf course so that it could reclaim its place as one of Hua Hin’s premier courses. That commitment proved to be much more than just an idle suggestion. Mr Thanachai acknowledged that his responsibilities with the Nation Group had not allowed him the time to ensure that the golf course was adequately maintained, however all that changed after his retirement. The Nation Group may be best known as the publishers of The Nation, one of the most successful English language newspapers in Bangkok, with many other publishing, printing and advertising, television, a university and other media services a part of the Group’s business interests. An early indication of the rejuvenation was the arrival of a fleet of new golf buggies. Soon after major renovations were undertaken on all 27 holes, including establishing Tiff Eagle Superdwarf greens. A renovated clubhouse followed with a full range of rental equipment, locker rooms, a wellstocked pro shop, and golfer’s cafe. Other facilities include two new putting greens, a chipping area and a grass driving range. A new and very welcoming approach was taken towards Club Members with a social calendar, handicap committee and Club tournaments and very desirable Membership Packages. This year is another milestone in the history of Majestic Creek with the 25th Year Anniversary. Monthly chipping, putting and long drive competitions started last month with big prizes on offer as the December competition finals approach. These competitions offer a free lunch and free green fees for 18 holes for up to 25 golfers and a big end of year celebration is being planned. Aside from golf, Mr Thanachai believes that Hua Hin “undoubtably has a great future.” He eagerly awaits the Bangkok to Hua Hin high speed rail link as a catalyst, alongside direct international flights to reclaim Hua Hin’s historic position as Thailand’s premier holiday destination. His vision is for a future based on a combination of health and wellness options, sporting options and as a centre for access to cultural experiences. He wants this to include access to less travelled regions with options such as home stays to welcome travellers as well as to benefit outlying communities. His vision is also to showcase hallmark events which will attract international attention to really put Hua Hin ‘on the international map’. Mr Thanachai is a planner, an entrepreneur and someone who delivers. Apart from ensuring recognition of Majestic Creek as a prestigious Hua Hin golf course, the chances are that he will be playing a big part in the future development of Hua Hin. For more information about the Majestic Creek Country Club 25th Anniversay events and offers visit www. majesticcreekcc.com with all the details of the events and contact details.