UNDERWAY WITH THE OPENING CEREMONY AT ROYAL HUA HIN
Saturday 4th August at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course was the official opening of the 2013, and 12th Hua Hin and Cha-Am Golf Festival. This annual event over the months of August and September offers reduced Green Fees (999 THB) at nine Regional Courses and the chance to win a Honda Brios car for any golfers playing on these courses during the two months.
The Courses participating are: Royal Hua Hin Golf Course, Springfield Royal Country Club, The Majestic Creek Golf & Resort, Palm Hills Golf Club & Residence, Royal Thai Army Sport Center Suan Son Pradipat Golf Course, Sawang Resort & Golf Club, The Eagle Milford Golf Club, Kaeng Krachan Country Club and Resort and The Imperial Lakeview Resort & Golf Club.
The official opening ceremony was presided over by the President and Committee Members of the Petchaburi and Prachup Khirikan Golf Course Association.
Several of the Committee Members also showed the gallery how to use the driver off the 10th Tee. This included the lady Secretary Ms.Supha Rakprayune, General Manager Palm Hills Golf Resort & Country Club; in high heels but a nice swing!
After the welcome to guests and visitors there was a performance by a troupe of young ladies dancing and swinging golf clubs to the music and a buffet for all to enjoy.
A special guest was Thai Professional golfer Prayad Makseng, who as well as being a participant in the opening event gave a demonstration of control over the golf ball. First hitting a 65 degree wedge to a ‘catcher’ at about the 120 yard marker from the tee box and consistently lobbing the ball to within a few feet of his target. Prayad effortlessly made the ‘catcher’s’ job too easy with one ball after another finding the catcher’s glove. Next, out with the driver. Under instruction from the commentator, Prayad responded to requests to draw, pull or put whatever shape he was asked to onto the drive.
As a past player in the British Open, he was asked to imagine hitting into a strong head wind as if on a links course. Once again he easily demonstrated his craft, this time a long and very low drive to around the 300 yard mark; dead centre. Just a great demonstration of the control a top pro can sustain; a little disconcerting for us mere mortals.
This is a popular and long anticipated Event for all local golfers. However travelers may need a little bit more notice to plan their golfing holidays if they are to be attracted to attend the Festival.
For the full details of the Golf Courses and schedule of events visit:
Competition Events To Come:
- Palm Hills Golf Club & Residence, Date: September 1st, 2013
- Royal Thai Army Sport Center Suan Son Pradipat Golf Course, Date: September 8th, 2013
- Sawang Resort & Golf Club, Date: September 15th, 2013
- The Eagle Milford Golf Club, Date: September 22nd, 2013
- Kaeng Krachan Country Club and Resort, Date: September 29th, 2013
- The Imperial Lakeview Resort & Golf Club, Date: October 6th, 2013 (CLOSING CEREMONY)