Black Mountain Staff Celebrate!

Black Mountain Staff Celebrate!

The staff of Black Mountain Golf Club took time out on the evening of May 2 to entertain and treat themselves to a well-earned dinner to mark another good season.

The staff dinner was hosted by Stig Notlov, the founder and owner of the multi award-winning golf club and resort located in Hua Hin, Thailand.

In his welcome address, Harald Elisson, managing director of the club thanked the staff for their outstanding work and contributions. “We have successfully completed ten years of operation and we are now well into our second decade which already promises to be recorded in our history as another successful decade to come,” he said.

Referring to Black Mountain’s status as the top golf club in the Asia Pacific and to the numerous awards that it has won over the years, Elisson said, “We expect to continue receiving more such awards as we journey through our next decade. The awards are a solid manifestation of how good we are and how good we are, is again a measure of the excellent work that each and every one of you makes towards our success.”

In paying tribute to the staff, Elisson went on to add, “It is your singular effort that comes together with that of all our other colleagues in the various departments that we represent, that makes us GREAT!”

Elisson is optimistic that the future for Black Mountain is bright when he observed that Air Asia is now flying direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Hua Hin. “This is going to be a fore-runner to more airlines coming to Hua Hin and this is going to be good for Hua Hin and for Black Mountain. We will be working with the airlines to fly more golfers to our club and we expect this to be a new growth area for us in the coming months and years.”

In closing, Elisson implored on the staff to work harder and get better to ensure that Black Mountain wins a big share of the new market opportunities that will be opening up soon. “We must be better than Thailand which is perceived to be a very warm, friendly and smiling nation. At Black Mountain, we must aim to be better than Thailand. We must be warmer, friendlier and we must have a bigger smile! All of us can do it, so let this be our mission for 2018 and beyond – NOT ONLY TO BE ASIA’S BEST GOLF CLUB BUT TO ALSO BE ASIA’S MOST FRIENDLIEST GOLF CLUB!”

Black Mountain’s Looking Sharp!

Black Mountain’s Looking Sharp!

The mark of a true world class golf course is how it looks on a surprise visit.

Last week, with no warning whatsoever, the course was checked out during the blazing noon-day sun and the course looked like a million dollars!

This is how Black Mountain looks like all year round – in a state of preparedness to stage a top golf tournament or just a fun round of golf. It is always pristine and ready to rock!

Kudos to the maintenance team for doing such a spectacular job on keeping Black Mountain in such a wonderful state!

Calling All Black Mountain Members, Friends and Golfers!

Calling All Black Mountain Members, Friends and Golfers!

The 2018 Asian Golf Awards on-line Poll Is Launched! Start voting for us, your favourite golf club and all your favourite people who make golfing at Black Mountain a wonderful experience.

Start voting now – the polls will be on until June 30.

Votes can be cast at the following link:

Vote for us in the following categories:

  • Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific
  • Best Golf Resort in Asia Pacific
  • Best Club Food and Beverage Experience in Asia Pacific
  • Best Clubhouse in Asia Pacific
  • Best Maintained Course in Asia Pacific
  • Best Pro-Shop in Asia Pacific
  • Best Managed Golf Club in Asia Pacific
  • Best Golf Academy In Asia Pacific
  • Best Course in Thailand
  • Best Club General Manager Of The Year
  • Best Golf Course Superintendent Of The Year
  • Best Food and Beverage Manager Of The Year

Juniors Turn It On At Black Mountain

Juniors Turn It On At Black Mountain

The month of March witnessed some highly fought competition between juniors at Black Mountain Golf Club.

The junior competition was organised by FOBISIA, which is a regional federation of the leading British international schools in Asia. It is noted for its FOBISIA Games during which time student events take place which include a music festival, a primary performing arts carnival, mathematics competitions, a model united nations conference and a short story writing competition.

Through these activities students from different countries and cultures are able to interact and enjoy working together on common interests. They benefit from sharing ideas and challenges whilst at the same time developing camaraderie between our schools and making long lasting friendships.

“We are honoured to be selected as the venue for FOBISIA’s junior golf tournament and is was a great opportunity for the youngsters to experience first-hand what fun golf can be,” remarked Harald Elisson, managing director of Black Mountain Golf Club.

For those who would like to view the juniors in action, please visit this PHOTO ALBUM

Detailed results can be viewed at the following link:

Special VIP Invitations To Nordea Masters

Special VIP Invitations To Nordea Masters

Black Mountain Golf Club members are in for a special treat. The club has obtained VIP facilities for its members at this year’s Nordea Masters which will be played at the Hills Golf Club in Gothenburg, Sweden from August 16-19.

In a partnership with Nordea Masters, Black Mountain has secured VIP tickets for all Black Mountain members and there will be an exclusive Black Mountain Members’ Lounge right on the course, where members can follow the tournament action taking place, while enjoying the food & drink hospitality service.

And that’s not all! The following special activities have also been planned for Black Mountain members and this will include:

Saturday 18th August, Black Mountain will host an evening function to which all Black Mountain members are cordially invited.
Monday 20th August, there will be a members’ golf day at Kungsbacka Golf Club.
Tuesday 21st August, we are holding a members’ tournament at the Hills course.
Black Mountain has also been able to negotiate a 15% discount at Gothenburg’s premier hotel – Gothia Towers.
Book your accommodation by following the link below (Swedish or English):

Click here > Gothia Towers online booking: (Swedish languafge)
Click here > Gothia Towers online booking: (English language)

The discount will be applied to the lowest available room rate “at time of booking”.

Please book early due to high demand in this Nordea Masters week.

In order to be ready for you, please Email us: ( to let us know what activities you would like to attend during your Black Mountain VIP visit to the 2018 Nordea Masters:

• Hospitality at the course
• The Saturday evening function
• Members’ golf on Monday
• Members’ golf on Tuesday

We hope to see you at Hills to support and cheer on our ambassadors playing in the tournament, and we look forward to having a lot of fun together.

2018 Thailand Long Drive Contest A Booming Success!

2018 Thailand Long Drive Contest A Booming Success!

The best big hitters in Thailand came together at the award-winning Black Mountain Golf Course on March 3 and after a thrilling knock-out contest, the best of the best rose to the top.

The champion was Khattawan Pookavanach who will go on to represent Thailand at this year’s World Long Dtive Championship in North America.

Here’s a chance to re-live the fun and excitement at the finals:

Jazz & Johan_Long Drive Exhibition:

Thailand Long Drive Championship Finals 2018:

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 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.