Phuket, Thailand: Laguna Phuket has appointed six-time Major champion Sir Nick Faldo as Laguna Golf’s Brand Ambassador.
The newly broadened partnership followed last year’s announcement of Sir Nick as the Brand Ambassador of Laguna Lăng Cô, Laguna Phuket’s sister integrated resort in Central Vietnam.
Laguna Phuket Golf Club is a Golf Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Ravi Chandran, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Laguna Phuket, said: “We are honoured to have worked with Sir Nick Faldo as the master designer of our championship golf course in Lăng Cô which opened in 2013.
“The premium Laguna brand by the Banyan Tree Group, with its growing global presence and strong mission in Corporate Social Responsibility, is well-complemented by Sir Nick’s vision and goals as a renowned golf professional.
“Embracing the shared vision of sustainability and community efforts to nurture aspiring youths reinforces Laguna’s confidence to further fortify the partnership with Faldo as the Brand Ambassador of all three Laguna Golf courses located in the Laguna destinations of Lăng Cô in Central Vietnam, Bintan in Indonesia to here in Phuket, Thailand.”
A strong advocate for junior golf development through his Faldo Series tournaments, Sir Nick said: “With the aim of developing youths and giving back to the game, I am delighted to partner Laguna Golf Phuket in hosting Phuket’s first-ever Faldo Series Thailand Championship –South in early September 2016.
“With first-class golf course and practice facilities, the qualifying event at Laguna Golf Phuket is open to young local golfers aged between 12 and 21. The winners of each age group will have an opportunity to compete and qualify for the 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final hosted by me in March, 2017 at Vietnam’s Laguna Golf Lăng Cô.”
During a two-day visit to Laguna Phuket, Faldo stayed at the DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree and spent time playing golf, practicing and unwinding at the integrated resort. He also staged a clinic for invited guests and played two holes with each of the participating groups.
He was also invited as Guest-of-Honour to officiate at the Grand Opening of the new British International School, Phuket (BISP) Golf Centre. A specialist training area which comprises putting greens, chipping areas, bunkers and a netted driving range, it is built to allow talented young golfers in the BISP Golf Academy to practice the full range of shots within the school’s 44-acre campus.