Into the swing of things

Into the swing of things Golf
Into the swing of things Golf

With the first whiff of winter arriving, we can smell holiday exultation in the air. During this time of year, there are five things most of us associate with the season’s joyousness: partying, eating, family, vacationing and sharing. So, wouldn’t it be nice if an event could incorporate all the wintry goodness together without us having to choose between a dining table, charity and the great outdoors? Fortunately, one event does bring all this together.

The Bangkok Post-Black Mountain Charity Golf and Gourmet Dinner, following the suc- cess of its inaugural event in January, is set to delight benevolent golfers and keen Golf Club in Hua Hin on Jan 12. This one-of-akind affair aims to raise funds for the 32-year-old Bangkok Post Foundation through an 18-hole charitable tournament followed by an evening of great gastronomy and auctions. The inaugural event, in which about 120 golfers participated, raised more than 3 million baht, all of which went to charitable causes without any deductions.

The money was used in part to help rehabilitate seven schools devastated by last year’s flood in Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani and Nakhon Pathom provinces, while the rest was used to support the edu- cation of hundreds of underprivileged students under the Bangkok Post Foundation pro- gramme nationwide. ‘‘The first event was an extreme success. We had 30 teams of golfers participating and everyone really enjoyed the game, the meal and the atmosphere,’’ said Harald Elisson, the general manager of Black Mountain Golf Club Hua Hin. ‘‘They were very excited to be a part of such a good cause.

When the night ended, all the guests, the chefs and the pro- fessional golfers immediately said they wanted to participate again in 2013. ‘‘Being able to raise money for schools affected by the floods was very timely and we were so pleased to be able to share the money with them. ‘‘After the event, we met with representa- tives from all the schools and were especially touched to see photos of the restoration work that was completed with the money raised at our event. ‘‘It is extremely important to put something back into local communities,’’ he added ‘‘The fact that we are doing this with the trustworthy Bangkok Post Foundation, which has done so much to help children over many years, makes it especially rewarding.

I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all the golfing guests who make this event pos- sible.’’ Since its opening in 2007, Black Mountain has garnered some prestigious awards, such as the Best New Course in Asia-Pacific in its first year and the Best Championship Golf Course in Thailand accolade from Asian Golf Monthly magazine in 2009, a title it took for the second time last year. In 2010, Asian Tour players named the club The Host Venue of the Year. Early this week, the club won the Best Course in Thailand category and Second Best Course in Asia-Pacific at the Asia-Pacific Golf Summit Awards 2012 held in Brunei. At this event, Thailand also named the Best Golf Destination in Asia. The 2013 edition of the charity event will kick off at 10.30am on Jan 12 with a golf clinic showcase by top professional golfers led by long-haired Swedish star Johan Edfors, Mikko Ilonen, Simon Yates and Rikard Karlberg.

This showcase will give guests an opportunity to get up close and personal with eminent golfers and to get advice from the pros. The swing session will be followed by a luxurious Thai buffet lunch prepared by the club’s executive chef Marten Karlsson and his team. Philanthropic guests will then be treated to a fun-filled day on the award-winning 18-hole, par 72 (7,420 yard) championship course, crafted by architect Phil Ryan of Pacific Coast Design.

The challenging yet playable layout, which has hosted professional tournaments including the Asian Tour Masters and the Royal Trophy, lies in a stunning setting of interconnected water- ways, undulating fairways and greens with a breathtaking natural landscape. In the evening, the beautifully landscaped club house overlooking the course’s spectacular scenery will be turned into an al fresco venue for a gourmet barbecue dinner prepared and served on site by 14 of the country’s most respected chefs from five-star Bangkok establishments. Graced by twinkling stars and touched by the congeniality of the famous chefs, the gas- tronomic affair will feature palate-teasing se- lections of international barbecue and seafood items, freshly prepared gourmet pastas, Japanese delicacies and Spanish paella as well as sump- tuous varieties of desserts, to name just a few. ‘‘We are sure the event will be bigger and better every year and become an ongoing annual festivity. We are committed to ensuring its growth.

In fact, the number of top chefs joining this second episode has increased from 10 to 14 and all the chefs are now busy perfecting the menu. They told me they wanted to outdo themselves and each other this time,’’ said Elisson, with a big smile. The golf club has recently launched two new facilities to cater to family needs. While some in the family will be out enjoying the golf, others (say, mothers and children) can have great fun at Black Mountain Water Park and Wakeboard Park, which meets the highest safety standards and features state-of-the-art technology, including a 17m tower with seven different slides, a wave pool, a lazy river and an artificial beach. THE CHARITY PROGRAMME THE 2013 Bangkok Post-Black Mountain Charity Golf & Gourmet Dinner will take place at Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin on Saturday, January 12. All proceeds, without any deductions, will go to the Bangkok Post Foundation to support the education of less fortunate students.

A team tournament event, the charity golf match aims to attract teams from big corporate companies and golfers from international communities in Thailand. The number of participants is set at 30 teams of four persons each. The donation for each team is 100,000 baht. The winning team will receive the 2013 Bangkok Post-Black Mountain Golf Club Trophy, and a week’s stay at Black Mountain Golf Club’s villa with a daily round of golf. WHERE Black Mountain Golf Club Hua Hin WHEN Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 COST Donation of 100,000 baht net for a team of four golfers.* Limited to 30 teams only THE PROGRAMME 10.30am Registration. Golf Clinic showcase by top players, 11.30am Thai buffet lunch, 12.30pm Shotgun start, 6.30pm Pre-dinner canapes, 7.00pm Presentation by schools renovated using funds raised last year, 7.30pm Gourmet dinner and barbecue buffet with wine and beer, Bangkok Post c/o Kusuma Minthakin Bekenn Tel: 02-240-3700 ext 1191, 1192, Black Mountain Golf Club c/o Khun May Tel: 081-378-3553