Phuket, Thailand: Charity and innovation were to the fore at Laguna Golf Phuket’s inaugural Laguna Phuket Hospitality Challenge.
Partnering with Asean Events, the Laguna Phuket resort hotels, spa and golf course came together to welcome over 60 golfers from the hospitality industry for a day of fun-filled activities, including gourmet golf and gala celebrations at Angsana Laguna Phuket’s Xana Beach Club.
One of the highlights was Thailand’s first speed golf competition in which teams of four attempted to play the par-five ninth hole as fast as possible with the quartet from Outrigger Hotels & Resorts emerging triumphant.
Paul Wilson, Laguna Golf Assistant Vice President/Group Golf Director, said: “When creating this event with Asean Events, we had three fundamental objectives. Firstly, we wanted to create a golf event whereby hospitality professionals could mingle and network together.
“Complementing this hospitality theme, we wished to showcase all the highlights of what Laguna Phuket’s integrated resort has to offer within one round of golf. Finally, and most importantly, we hoped to raise funds towards the Laguna Phuket Foundation for the Community Learning Centre programme (CLC).”
To that end, a total of THB138,000 (about US$4,000) was donated was to the Laguna Phuket CSR team and CLC kids at Laguna Golf Phuket.
Mark Cameron, Managing Director of ASEAN Events, said: “We are delighted to partner with Laguna Golf Phuket to present this new networking event for the hospitality industry in Southern Thailand.
“Besides competing for business, why not have a fun game of golf with like-minded professionals and do a part to raise funds for children? Kudos to the Laguna Golf Phuket team for doing such a great job.”
Since its relaunch last year, Laguna Golf Phuket has improved its facilities and services to align with top standards in both playability and course conditions, while focusing on its mission of corporate social responsibility.
The Laguna Phuket CLC was established in March, 2007 from Phuket Tsunami Recovery Funds (PTRF) to develop long-term assistance for those affected by the 2004 tsunami.
The CLC provides free English and Chinese language courses to interested learners. To date, more than 8,000 learners have enrolled with the CLC.
Wilson confirmed that the Laguna Phuket Hospitality Challenge will become an annual event on the club’s golfing calendar.
Laguna Golf Phuket is a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.