Hua Hin, Thailand: Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin, the award-winning 18-hole championship course nestled between the mountains and the sea on Thailand’s glittering gulf coast, is inviting Thai residents and potential travellers to discover their new post-lockdown passion with a choice of professionally-led golf tutorials.
Designed by Pirapon Namatra, Thailand’s number one golf architect, Banyan Golf Club is a spectacular par-72 course featuring undulating fairways, manicured greens and a variety of different tee boxes, to make it fun, enjoyable and challenging for golfers of all levels.
The signature 15th hole provides panoramic views across the Gulf of Thailand to Singtoh Island. The course won the ‘Best Golf Club Experience in Asia Pacific’ award in 2019 and was named on the Rolex ‘World’s Top 1,000 Golf Courses’ list in 2012.
Underlining its reputation as an ideal venue to learn golf, the Banyan Golf Academy is now offering a choice of lessons for beginners. Led by John Wither, an award-winning coach and PGA pro from St Andrews in Scotland, guests will be able to learn the basics of grip, stance and swing, to advanced techniques for chipping and putting.
The two-hour ‘Introduction to Golf’ programme is designed to equip beginners with the basic skills and knowledge they need. After a welcome drink at the golf club, students will be given a summary of golf rules and etiquette, a tour of the course and facilities, a short game session, and coaching on the driving range.
The lessons, which conclude with a video analysis and refreshments, is priced at THB3,500 for singles or THB4,500 per couple.
Alternatively, a ‘Play Golf in 3 Days’ package will give guests the confidence to play golf in just three sessions. Having learnt the sport’s fundamentals on the first day, students will spend Day Two perfecting their swing and using different clubs. Then on Day Three, golfers will tee-off for their first nine holes.
Each day will end with a debriefing and video analysis, followed by refreshments. Upon completion of the course, players will be given a certificate and a handicap profile. This comprehensive package is priced at THB14,900 for singles and THB21,900 for couples, including green fees, equipment rental, carts and caddies.
“As Thailand emerges from lockdown, there has never been a better opportunity to break out of your old routine and learn a new skill, surrounded by nature. Golf lets you spend time outdoors, get fit and breathe in the fresh air, while also mastering one of the world’s oldest and noblest sports. Banyan Golf Club and Banyan Golf Academy will set you on the journey to an exciting and rewarding new life as a golfer,” said Stacey Walton, General Manager of Banyan Golf Club, a Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Guests who want to combine their golfing lessons with a long-stay vacation can take advantage of a new accommodation offer at Banyan Thailand, Hua Hin.
Under the ‘Extended Family Escapes’ package, a private pool villa at Banyan Village can be rented for THB25,000 per month, allowing families to escape the city and unwind in space and style. They can either stay throughout the rental period, visit the villa multiple times, or invite family and friends to use it while they are back to Bangkok.
Tenants who rent a villa will receive the Banyan Privilege Card to maximise their stay, offering access to exclusive benefits and discounts at Privilege Partners, from local restaurants, beach clubs and water parks to sports facilities and medical centres. Members will also enjoy 10% off the ‘Introduction to Golf’ and ‘Play Golf in 3 Days’ packages.
Banyan Golf Club is an active social hub that hosts a full calendar of major tournaments, signature contests and fun events, including its Power Tee competitions, Golf & Wine Dinners, The Banyan Masters, Banyan Pineapple Pairs, Banyan Ryder Cup, Club Championships and many more. The heart and soul of club life is Mulligan’s Bar – a meeting place for golfers before and after their game, with walls adorned with pin flags from major tournaments, autographs from top golfers, and a ‘Wall of Fame’ for players who have achieved a hole-in-one. Mulligan’s is also the only golf bar in Thailand serving premium draught beers and ciders such as Peroni and Magners, along with Scotch whiskies and Habanos Cuban cigars.
Having reopened its doors following the global pandemic, Banyan Golf Club has implemented a series of enhanced health and hygiene procedures, in line with official guidance. Developed in partnership with the Be Well Medical Centre and PPGA, these new protocols will ensure the safety of all golfers and staff members.