Thailand and Hua Hin are riding high as pre-eminent golf tourism destinations in Asia Pacific.Thailand was last week named the best golf destination in Asia Pacific at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit in Brunei.
Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin was awarded best course in Thailand for the second year in a row, with another Hua Hin course, Banyan Golf Club, voted second in Thailand.Last year, at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit in Pattaya, Black Mountain displaced Thai Country Club as Thailand’s best course after the Bangkok club had enjoyed seven years at the top. Black Mountain was then also named best championship course in Asia Pacific.
This year, Black Mountain was named second best course in Asia Pacific behind The Club at Nine Bridges in South Korea. Black Mountain’s general manager, Harald Elisson, who attended the summit in Brunei, said he was delighted to accept the award as Thailand’s best course, as well as being pleased that two Hua Hin clubs had been recognised as Thailand’s best.“Hua Hin has made a significant mark on golf tourism in Thailand and throughout Asia in the past five years and these latest awards reaffirm what many international and local players know – you can’t go past Hua Hin for the ultimate golf experience,” he said.Black Mountain’s top ranking in Thailand caps off a highly successful year for the club. In May, it became the first course in Thailand to be named in the US Golf Digest list of the best 100 courses outside the United States.