Sometimes in life everything just goes to plan and ends up perfect. The Viking Cup Golf Tournament 2019 was such an event. Expats from all around Asia participated and even some former expats, now living in Scandinavia had flown back to Asia to participate! The conditions at Black Mountain were perfect and several of the participating players were quoted as saying that this was the best golf course that they had ever played.
They were very impressed and grateful when they heard that the owner Mr. Stig Notlöv, a true entrepreneur from northern Sweden, had created Black Mountain from scratch. To the locals this is no surprise as Black Mountain and its facilities are truly world class. Black Mountain, since its inception m ore than 10 years ago, has become t he most widely acclaimed golf course in Thailand, winning numerous local and international awards. Black Mountain has been voted “Best Course in Asia” several times and was also the first course in Thailand included in the US Golf Digest list of “Top 100 Courses Outside the US”. The weather was very hot, but this presented no problem for the Vikings as they have become acclimatised over their years in Asia.
Many of the participants hold senior positions as Asia and Pacific managers in Asia for the biggest companies in the world and expect their leisure time, especially their golf, to be on a par with the best in the world. T heir expectations were met by Hua Hin based Tee Time Thailand, whose preparation and attention to detail ensured that the Viking Cup Golf event was a great success, special thanks to both Ulf and Conny for their hard work. Several players commented on the high quality of their rented clubs which were a cut above the usual rental clubs! The overall winner was Singapore Viking Claus Nicolajsen, who also won two of the nearest to pin prizes.
Claus has a handicap of 2.2 but still managed to make 40 points! An excellent achievement! The team winners were Patrick Cartier and Nico Greeve from Saigon Raiders together with Jesper Keis Hansen from Bangkok Vikings and Magnus Jacobsson from the sponsor Infinity Financial Solutions. All of them scored 34 points or above. Great team effort! Saigon Raider Nico Greeve who had his ups and downs during the round, saved his best until last with a monster drive on the last hole (par 5) with only 200 yards left to the pin! Some questions to Mr. Magnus Jacobsson who was representing Infinity Financial Solutions, the sponsor of the Viking Golf Tournament 2019 and also one of the sponsors of the FLS Viking Cup Football tournament: Why did you decide to sponsor the Viking Cup?
My old friend Thomas, founder of Hua Hin Vikings Football Team asked me and said it’s a great opportunity. With the world class football pitches at True Arena and a golf tournament at Black Mountain, it’s perfectly set up for success, so had no doubt about whether to become a sponsor. This fitted well with the image of Infinity Financial Solutions which was founded in 2004 and is ranked as the best in Asia in their respective area of expertise. We were just there to show our presence and make people aware of the name Infinity Financial Solutions and its strong brand. Infinity also offer with exclusive right in Asia, one of best Asset Managers in the world, UK based Tilney Group, who boast over 180 years’ experience. As Infinity Financial Solutions also are full transparent regarding fees, I decided that Infinity and myself were the perfect fit. Can I Contact you for Advice? I don’t work in Thailand as this is a heavy regulated business. I spend some time every year in Hua Hin as this is quiet, clean and peaceful after being in Shanghai for many years. Please feel free to send an email to magnus.jacobsson@infinitysolutions. com, I can then forward your enquiry to an appropriate colleague.
What should a Typical Expat in Hua Hin think about? Have a fully comprehensive insurance policy. An old friend of mine is building up an affordable health insurance solution for Scandinavians, more details will be available as it becomes finalised. In Hua Hin most people have already retired and should stay with conservative investments, so they don’t outlive their money. I find this to be one of the main concerns of retired expats in Asia. The best kept secret is that the safest way to play the stock market is to buy index funds with very low fees.
Then you go for the average but avoid bigger losses. You never get that advice from a financial “adviser” (seller) as they can’t make any commission, as there are very low or no fees. Good for you but not for them! There are more financial planning options you can look into, to secure your peace of mind knowing your family is being looked after, even when you are long gone. Here in Asia, a popular option is to draw up a comprehensive will and set up relatively simple trust funds that retain children’s education money. This ensures the money is used on education rather than anything else.