Thailand’s “Big Bomber” Has Been Discovered!

Thailand’s “Big Bomber” Has Been Discovered!

Thailand is renowned for its world beaters in golf. Some of its global stars are Thongchai Jaidee, Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn and the big-hitting Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Now, there is a new star in the making as he steps up to the plate to battle it out for top honours at the 2018 World Long Drive Championship to be held in the United States.

The man who came through a tough field of 32 finalist in the Thailand Long Drive Championship is Khattawan Pookavanach (pictured).

After intense competition, Pookavanach prevailed as the outright winner from the list of 8 eight finalists drawn from different provinces of Thailand.

The finals was held at Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin and it was a day of exciting spectacle and entertainment as fans saw the nation’s big hitters try to outdrive each other for the honour to represent Thailand at the world championship.

The tournament was organised by Golf Channel in Thailand in collaboration with different golf clubs with Black Mountain being the host club for the finals.

“We had a good turn-out of fans and specattors and it was a truly fantastic experience for everyone to watch the competitors tee up directly in front of the bar and driving the ball straight down the 18th fairway,” said Harald Elisson, managing director of Black Mountain.

Pookavanach will represent Thailand in the World Long Drive Competition in the United States later this year.

Finally – AirAsia To Fly Into Hua Hin!

Finally – AirAsia To Fly Into Hua Hin!

It’s great news for the Thai city of Hua Hin. AirAsia has announced that it will commence scheduled flights to Hua Hin from Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

The initial service will offer four weekly direct flights starting 18 May 2018.

Commenting on this new development, Harald Elisson, managing director of Black Mountain Golf Club said, “This is fantastic news – we have been waiting for this for a very long time and now we can all look forward to increased tourist traffic from the region via Kuala Lumpur.”

To commemorate the announcement of the new route, AirAsia is offering promotional all-in-fares from THB 990* one way on Airasia.com and on AirAsia’s mobile app from now till March 2018 for travel period between 18 May 2018 and 26 October 2018.

As a truly ASEAN airline, the latest route to Hua Hin marks AirAsia seventh direct destination connection between Malaysia and Thailand.

Spencer Lee, Head of Commercial, AirAsia Malaysia said, “We are thrilled to introduce Kuala Lumpur-Hua Hin route as the latest addition to our ever-growing network. Since launching Phuket in 2003 as our first international route from Kuala Lumpur, we currently have flights to seven cities in Thailand. In 2017 alone, we carried about 1.3 million of guests from Kuala Lumpur to Thailand. Moreover, Thailand was ranked ninth among the world’s most visited countries by the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) report published in 2017. Hence, we are positive that Hua Hin will be the new preferred holiday destination and hope that the new route will further contribute to the tourism growth for both cities.”

 

Black Mountain’s Henson Supports A Worthy Cause

Black Mountain’s Henson Supports A Worthy Cause

Black Mountain Golf Club’s American brand ambassador Berry Henson is taking on an ambassadorial role to advocate for low income families in need of decent shelter according to Habitat for Humanity.

Henson expressed his delight as it will give him the opportunity to promote the global non-profit housing organization whose mission is to work with families to build or improve a place they can call home.

“I am honoured and excited to support Habitat for Humanity. I’ve known this organization for quite a long time since coming to Asia. It is an awesome opportunity for me to help not just the communities around me but also around the world,” Henson commented.

Habitat for Humanity was started in the United States by millionaire businessman Millard Fuller who wanted to help humanity. “It’s the kind of thing that I want to be involved in. It gives me an opportunity to help people in need in the region. Being a professional golfer, coming to Asia has been an awesome opportunity for me,” Henson said.

“It is about getting chances to give back. I’m glad to be associated with an organization that helps people in over 70 countries. It will be cool to travel around the world and let everybody know about Habitat for Humanity,” Henson added.

The 38-year-old Henson got his 2018 season off to a flying start by notching three straight top-10 finishes in Singapore, Myanmar and Malaysia to sit in fourth place on the Habitat for Humanity Standings, which is the Asian Tour’s season-long Order of Merit.

Action Is Heating Up At Long Drive Contest

Action Is Heating Up At Long Drive Contest

The big bombers and power hitters of Thailand have been duking it out in serious competition to sort out the biggest of the big hitters who will qualify for the final round this weekend.

The final eight to qualify for the finals made it through the last heat of the “Thailand Long Drive Championships” which was held at Suvarnabhumi and they will be joining 32 finalists who will be involved in a knock-down-drag-out challenge at Black Mountain Golf Club on Saturday, March 3.

Preparations for this major tournament have been progressing in earnest at the club and club personnel together with the team from Golf Channel have been marking up the 18th hole which will serve as the fairway for the long drive contest.

“Spectators are going to have a great view of the action, as competitors will tee up directly in front of the bar, driving the ball straight down the 18th fairway,” said Harald Elisson, managing director of Black Mountain.

The 32 finalists will compete throughout the morning, culminating in a grand finale in the afternoon.

It’s going to be action stations galore as the best long hitters in Thailand vie for a spot to play in the Long Drive Tournament in North America. Make a date to come to Black Mountain to soak up the action!

For members and guests, regular play will be as normal, with players teeing off on the East Course, with the second nine being played on the West Course.

It’s Fun Galore At Water Park

It’s Fun Galore At Water Park

Black Mountain Golf Club’s members and friends plus guests had a rollicking good time at the Black Mountain Water Theme Park in Hua Hin.

There was an infectious good time to be had as members and guests strolled in for a night of watery fun and entertainment that included “live” music.

“It was a great evening where the weather was really nice and it was good to see members and guests let loose to enjoy themselves with a multitude of activities at the park,” observed Harald Elisson, managing director of Black Mountain.

The fun night was held on February 17.

 

It’s Action Stations At Water Theme Park!

It’s Action Stations At Water Theme Park!

It’s going to be party time at the Black Mountain Water Theme Park on February 17.

The park will be throbbing with excitement and live music and will stay open until 9:00pm.

There will be free entry to all members of Black Mountain Golf Club between 6:00pm to 6:30pm.

Get into the swing of things and come on over for a swinging time at Hua Hin’s best water theme park!

Top Seed Meesawat Falls In Matchplay

Top Seed Meesawat Falls In Matchplay

Black Mountain’s brand ambassador Prom Meesawat was not successful in progressing through to the final stages of the match-play round at the 2018 ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, Australia.

He was the top seed but luck was not on his side as he fell out towards the final stages of the tournament.

While Meesawat did not make the grade, fellow compatriot Kiradech Aphibarnrat once again proved that he was world-class as he pulled himself together and outlasted the final round field to claim the title.

After three days of stroke play, Aphibarnrat managed to wiggle into the final round for the knock-out match-play format. For his win, the Thai super star banked a check for AUD$283,330.

In the final round of match-play, Aphibarnrat KO’ed Australia’s James Nitties 2-1.

The ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth is a unique event – there is a 36-hole cut to the top 65 and ties. Then there is a 54-hole cut to exactly the top 24, with playoffs to figure out the placement and seeding for a tournament of six-hole match play on Sunday. The top eight players in stroke-play qualifying get a first-round bye, before playing down to a champion.

Brand Ambassador Meesawat Does Black Mountain Proud!

Brand Ambassador Meesawat Does Black Mountain Proud!

Thailand’s Prom Meesawat aka the Big Blue Dolphin (pictured) continues to ride the waves as he finished at the top of the leaderboard after three days of stroke play at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.

Meesawat, a top brand ambassador for the Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin, Thailand,  will have a bye into the last 16 after finishing at 12 under, two shots clear of Dane Thorbjørn Olesen, American Sean Crocker and Australian Lucas Herbert.

“I did well for the last two days, I only missed a couple of shots to put myself in the top position,” said Meesawat.

Play on Sunday will switch to match play, with five rounds of six hole knockout matches to determine who will win the second staging of this revolutionary event.

 

BMG Brand Ambassador Meesawat On Fire In Perth

BMG Brand Ambassador Meesawat On Fire In Perth

Thai star Prom Meesawat (pictured) aka the Big Blue Dolphin is having a rollicking time at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.

The Black Mountain Golf Club brand ambassador fired a score of 3-under par for the second round to share a three-way tie for the lead. Keeping pace with the affable Meesawat is the defending champion, Brett Rumford and the veteran English star Lee Westwood.

Three strokes back from the leading trio is Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat at 5-under par.

Big Bombers Headed For Black Mountain!

Big Bombers Headed For Black Mountain!

The battle of the big hitters is on in Thailand! The Thailand Long Drive Championship has been launched to hunt down the nation’s best longest drivers. The talent hunt will be held  at five golf courses located in four regions of the country.

The featured golf clubs that will stage the qualifiers include:

  • Star Dome Golf Club, Chiang Mai, February 2-3, 2018
  • Mountain Creek Golf Course, Nakornratchasima Province. February 9-10, 2018
  • Blue Canyon Country Club, Phuket, February 16-17, 2018
  • Suvarnabhumi Golf Course, February 23-2

The competition is open to all Thai males aged 18 years and above.

The final showdown for the championship will be staged and hosted by the award-winning Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin.

Commenting on the championship, Black Mountain’s managing director, Harald Elisson said, “This is fantastic for Thai golf and we are both delighted and honoured to play host to the finals of this championship.”

The winner of the Thailand Longest Drive Championship will represent the country at the World Long Drive Championship to be held in the United States.