Black Mountain Hosts Paramount Golf Event ‘Thailand Classic’

Proud Premium Member of the Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Black Mountain Golf Club, is about to host its by far biggest event up to now, following on what has already been a very successful adventure for the Swedish-owned golf course as well as resort, waterpark, wakeboard park and residential village.

The Thailand Classic is here, taking place from February 12-15, 2015. This will be first tournament co-sanctioned between the European Tour and Asian Tour to be permanently based in Thailand and by far the largest event ever to take place in the royal seaside resort Hua Hin, broadcasted on television worldwide.

The much-anticipated return of a European Tour event in Thailand after eight years excites the golf fans and the tournament forms part of the European Tour’s International Schedule, with accumulation of points in the prestigious Race to Dubai series, a yearlong competition currently led by World Number One Rory McIlroy. The US$2 million prize money is a record for a tournament in Thailand and regarded as an exciting new chapter in the kingdom’s golfing history.

Co-sanctioned by the European Tour for at least three years the tournament attracts top players from the European Tour including from the successful Ryder Cup squad.

Meanwhile, Thongchai Jaidee, in recognition of his contribution to Thai golf, is gearing up for his duties as the nation’s Thailand Classic ambassador with the aim of seeing local Thai golfers secure a chance to win this prestigious European Tour event in their homeland. Thongchai is recognized as one of the best players ever to come out of Asia.

“It is a great honour to be named the Tournament Ambassador,” said the Thai star. “ I am very proud that Thailand will be hosting the Classic which will attract some of the best golfers in the world. I am also glad to see that this European Tour co-sanctioned event is taking place in Thailand once again. This event can surely help develop local golfers’ performances in the international arena. Besides, Thailand’s tourism will be promoted through this golf tournament as well. I will do my best as a proud player of the host country.”

In addition to his 13 Asian Tour titles, Thongchai, 45, has won six European Tour events and has been in excellent form recently.

12 spots in the Thailand Classic are made available for local golfers from the Professional Golf Association of Thailand (PGAT.)

The golfers will be vying for a unique prize, the “Pride of Thailand’’ trophy, which has been specially designed for the Classic. The beautiful trophy is a combination of Thai craft and contemporary design and is a work of art in itself.

Some of the names of the world’s leading golfers who will take part in the tournament were also announced. Among the Ryder Cup stars already confirmed are the charismatic Englishman, Ian Poulter, and the exciting young Frenchman, Victor Dubuisson.

In addition to his Ryder Cup success in which he has proved to be a key player in Europe’s victories, Poulter has won an impressive 12 European Tour titles plus two events on the Asian Tour.

Another familiar face who will be attending the Classic is Thomas Bjorn. The 43-year-old is Denmark’s most successful player ever, having won 15 tournaments on the European Tour.

The Black Mountain Golf course is in beautiful condition and has earned widespread acclaim amongst golfers since it opened in 2007, winning a number of international awards.

Mr. Harald ElissonGeneral Manager of Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin relayed that “we are honoured to be the venue of a prestigious European Tour and Asian Tour event. The golf course is now well-prepared and ready to welcome the world’s best golfers. We strongly believe that our golf course will surely challenge and excite all the players and our facilities and provided activities will impress all golf fans during tournament week.”

”We are excited and proud to start a new co-operation with The European Tour, the tournament promoter and sponsors.”

“We have the motivation to make this one of the most popular events on both Tours, are committed to presenting the course in great condition, and look forward to welcoming fans, players, sponsors and organisers alike to Black Mountain in February 2015.”

For the past three years it has been named the best course in Thailand and it is an ideal venue for what promises to be the highlight of the Thai golfing calendar.

It has already hosted three Asian Tour tournaments and numerous other events and has earned considerable praise from golfers around the world.

Black Mountain Golf Club was recently also voted by Asian Golf Monthly Magazine as the “best golf course” and “best championship course” in Asia Pacific.


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