PHUKET: Asia’s premier and first destination resort Laguna Phuket, part of Banyan Tree Group, celebrates double joy as its 18-hole championship course Laguna Golf Phuket and the Group’s flagship Banyan Tree Phuket are named Thailand’s Best Golf Course 2019 and Thailand’s Best Golf Hotel 2019 at the recent 6th Annual World Golf Awards held in Abu Dhabi on 29 October 2019.

Launched in 2014, World Golf Awards recognize excellence in golf tourism, world-class courses and golf destinations through its annual awards program. Votes for a range of categories were cast by golf professionals and the public over a nine-month duration to eventually honor organizations that are leaders in their fields.

Paul Wilson, Assistant Vice President/Group Director of Laguna Golf, said: “Celebrating Banyan Tree Group’s 25th anniversary this year, we are grateful to be recognized as a leader in the golf tourism business. These two prestigious awards exemplify our brands – Laguna Golf and Banyan Tree – and spur us to be a forerunner and continually raise the bar to deliver excellent service and exceptional experiences.”

Located at Bang Tao Bay on the Northwest coast of Phuket Island in Thailand, a 20-minute drive from Phuket International Airport, Laguna Golf Phuket is an 18-hole, par-71 golf course. With easy access by complimentary shuttle between surrounding hotels in Laguna Phuket, the redesigned golf course has been revitalized to world-class standards. The layout is playable yet truly challenging golf course for enthusiasts of all abilities.

The course features scenic lagoons, coconut groves and undulating fairways. After fully reopening in January 2015, the landscape provides golfers with two distinct scenic experiences with lush tropical foliage on the front nine, while the back holes feature coconut groves and sand bunkers. The layout also highlights sustainable environmental conservation, of which Laguna Phuket is renowned for. Emphasis on the natural surroundings, combined with local wildlife to create a tranquil holiday paradise for golfers.

Three distinctive resorts artfully blend tradition with modern comfort – the flagship Banyan Tree Phuket, Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary Phuket and DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree each deliver a unique experience in a tranquil setting. Banyan Tree Phuket features luxury all-pool villas nestled around a salt water lagoon and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. It is the perfect destination for travelers who seek a secluded hideaway, and a golf vacation at the doorstep. Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary Phuket offers an exclusive well-being journey to restore the mind, body and soul, while DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree Phuket is an intimate haven offering the utmost in comfort and privacy.