Laguna Golf Bintan unveiled its upgraded oceanfront golf course on 3 – 4 November 2016 at its grand re-opening event, graced by six-time Major winner and Laguna Golf ambassador Sir Nick Faldo.
Attended by 110 invited guests and regional golf media, the event comprised a series of activities with media conference, exclusive golf clinic by Sir Nick Faldo, 18-hole gourmet golf tournament with special Cassia Bintan hole-in-one prize, evening cocktails followed by gala awards dinner.
After the major revamp, Laguna Golf Bintan now reopens as an 18-hole championship golf course, featuring awe-inspiring beachfront holes with views of the South China Sea on both front and back nine, while playing through tranquil lagoons, lush jungle and Bintan’s famous rugged rocks on 60-hectare of tropical paradise.
Sir Nick Faldo Golf Clinic
Golf legend Sir Nick Faldo said, “I’ve been a big fan of the Banyan Tree brand and visited Banyan Tree Phuket resort 25 years ago. After designing the Laguna Lăng Cô golf course, I am proud to be the ambassador of the Laguna Golf brand. It is my first time here in Laguna Bintan and I’m blown away by the natural beauty of this resort.”
Banyan Tree Senior Vice President and Laguna Resorts & Hotels Managing Director Mr Ravi Chandran said, “The extensive upgrade over the past 12 months had brought the course to a higher level complementing Banyan Tree and Angsana resorts in Laguna Bintan.”
“With the third hotel brand’s new property Cassia Bintan slated to open in mid 2017, the golf course will add to the lifestyle aspiration of our guests and potential homeowners as a lifestyle golf membership comes with each apartment purchase. Just a short 45-minute ferry from Singapore, we believe our integrated Laguna Bintan destination will attract more Singaporean and regional golfers and guests.”
Golfers at the signature hole 17 of Laguna Golf Bintan
“The course layout is remarkably strong in terms of design and playability. This re-launch marked the completion of its Phase One plans. Natural surroundings were accentuated with all greens rebuilt and landscapes replanted. New golf carts were added and the clubhouse was improved. The Phase Two will focus on enhancing the golf course conditions such as fairway grasses and operational touches.”
The grand re-opening ceremony featured the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, a rousing lion dance performance and SPH Golf Card launch honouring Sir Nick as its first premier member. It was followed by a sumptuous lunch spread at the golf clubhouse. At the golf clinic, Sir Nick dispensed valuable golfing tips and techniques to the keen golfers.
Sir Nick Faldo with the Nett Individual Winner Mr Frank Lu
Besides enjoying an exciting game, the highlight of the 18-hole gourmet golf tournament was the Hole-in-One prize of a one-bedroom seafront apartment in Cassia Bintan worth SGD 255,000. It also included five ‘live’ stations showcasing the gastronomy of different resort resturants from Banyan Tree’s Tree Tops Indonesian cuisine to Angsana’s Pantai Grill seafood dishes. Two spa stations by Banyan Tree and Angsana Spas pampered the guests with a neck and shoulder massage experience.
The evening coctails and gala awards dinner took place at Angsana Lotus Café donned with contemporary lights and tropical island concept setting with a grand stage. Highlights of the entertaining performance included a Melayu Dance, “Colours of Indonesia” Traditional Costume Fashion Show, Upclose With Sir Nick Faldo Session and vibrant band performance.
The award presentation featured five Nearest to the Pin novelty prizes, top three best Team Winners and two Individual Winners, with luxurious stays around the Banyan Tree Group.