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Celebrities Savour Sweet Pineapple Experience

Artists and influencers took part in the second Pineapple Valley Invitational.

Hua Hin, Thailand: Golf-loving artists and influencers sprung to the fore at the Pineapple Valley Invitational 2024.

Organised by Pineapple Valley Golf Club Hua Hin in collaboration with The Standard, Hua Hin, the second edition of the event featured more than 30 participants, including a selection of well-known artists and influencers.

Among the notable participants were Jay-Jetrin Wattanasin, Matthew Dean, Panjan-Prama Im-anothai, Yi Wah-Priyakarn Jaikantha, Arm Athitaya Kunalaphat, Dr Akanae Wongsawat, and prominent female bloggers Cake Kanokorn Vasinsunthon, Darling Arada Arayawuth, Im Lalada Dechakittirat, Ployly Chatlada Wongnaklang and Cookie Pavisa Katepanya.

Established in 2009 within a former pineapple plantation, the award-winning 18-hole layout was sculpted by Pirapon Namatra, Thailand’s number one golf course architect.

Previously known as Banyan Golf Club, the venue has won a host of accolades including ‘Best Golf Club Experience in Asia-Pacific’. It was recently named the best golf course in Thailand by 15,000 international travellers.

“The Pineapple Valley Invitational 2024 underscores our success and growing popularity among leading golf aficionados. We are honoured to host celebrities, artists, and influencers, along with media representatives,” said Simon Mees, General Manager at Pineapple Valley Golf Club, a Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

“This event provides influencers and journalists an opportunity to experience golf in the stunning setting of Pineapple Valley. It also promotes the sport and tourism in the Hua Hin District of Prachuab Khiri Khan Province,” he added.

Using the Stableford scoring system the male individual competition saw Vasin Piti clinch top spot. Peerapat Likhitratcharoen was runner-up with Krisdin Suwanbubpa third.

In the women’s category, Duangkamon Suwannasorn emerged victorious, followed by Athitaya and Kanokorn.

Following the round, a prize-giving ceremony was staged at The Terrace restaurant, offering spectacular sunset views over the golf course and Tanaosri mountain range.

The après-golf continued at The Standard, Hua Hin, a popular beachside resort, which provided complimentary accommodation to all players.

After enjoying a record year in 2023, Mees said Pineapple Valley has had a strong start to 2024 with an increase in visiting golfers from across the world.

Among forthcoming events at Pineapple Valley Golf Club that are open to the public are the International Trophy (June 22) and the Pineapple Valley Open Championships (July 27-28).

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