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Phuket to be host location for BMW Golf Cup International 2010

January 24, 2011

The World Finale of the BMW Golf Cup International 2010 will be hosted at the Blue Canyon Country Club Phuket on 24th-26th February 2011.

There will be 120 professional golfers, from over 38 countries, coming to compete in this tournament. There are 3 Thai golfers who are customers of BMW joining the tournament. These Thai players have to win the competition, to be held in Pattaya on 28th January 2010, before getting the right play in the Phuket tournament. Moreover, there will be a ‘Monty Golf Clinic’ from Colin Montgomerie at the event as well. This golf tournament will definitely help promote Phuket tourism as well as being another privilege for BMW customers.

Date 21 to 26 February 2011
Venue Phuket, Thailand
Tournament courses Blue Canyon Country Club: Canyon Course, Lakes Course.
Tournament Director Marco Kaussler
Organiser BMW AG
Categories Men A (up to handicap 12)
Men B (handicap 13 to 28)
Tournament Mode Three rounds in each category
Individual winner and best team (all players from one country) rewarded.

Special Guest: Colin Montgomerie.

The participants at the World Final of this year’s BMW Golf Cup International will not only enjoy the legendary BMW hospitality and the opportunity to play at one of the most spectacular golfing venues in the world, but they will also be given an exclusive golf clinic by one of the biggest names in professional golf: Colin Montgomerie. ‘Monty’ will join the finalists at the Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, Thailand. The European Ryder Cup star will pass on valuable tips and advice during a unique golf clinic, before presenting the trophies to the eventual winners.

If anyone knows what it takes to be successful on the golf course, it is Colin Montgomerie. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1963, Montgomerie has enjoyed one of the most illustrious careers in international golf. He turned professional in 1988 and was promptly named the Rookie of the Year on the European Tour that season. His first professional victory came at the Portuguese Open in 1989. Since then, the popular Scot has amassed an incredible 31 titles, including the 1999 BMW International Open, and has won the European Tour Order of Merit on a record eight occasions.

In 2010, the name Colin Montgomerie was once again a regular fixture in the golfing headlines. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Ryder Cup players in the history of the tournament, ‘Monty’ captained the European Team charged with regaining the prestigious trophy from the USA. In horrific weather conditions, Montgomerie called on his wealth of experience to guide his team to a nerve-wracking victory in Wales. The amateurs at the World Final of the BMW Golf Cup International can now look forward to benefitting from this experience at Monty’s golf clinic.

Venue of the 2010 World Final: Phuket.

The legendary Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, Thailand is ranked by international media as one of the most prestigious golfing establishments in the region. Cradled in a 720-acre verdant valley against a magnificent backdrop of the majestic Phang Nga mountains and the Andaman Sea, Blue Canyon offers two award-winning championship golf courses, “The Canyon” built in 1991 and “The Lakes” in 1999, complete with boutique spa resort and luxurious clubhouse facilities. The Blue Canyon Country Club has hosted numerous professional tournaments such as the Johnnie Walker Classic and earned praise as one of the world’s golf facilities from the likes of Tiger Woods, Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples and Greg Norman.

In 1988, Yoshikazu Kato, one of Japan’s most prolific golf course architects started developing the site, originally an abandoned tin mine flanked by rubber plantations. Both courses were created around existing canyons and woodlands, with minimal interruption to the natural landscape and wildlife. The property is a masterpiece of design characterised by spectacular and daunting natural hazards including numerous taunting water features accentuated by towering trees to challenge golfers of all levels.

Canyon Course.
Surrounded by freshwater lakes and in harmony with the earth, the Canyon Course brilliantly features natural hazards, towering trees, multiple tees, rolling fairways, long carries, narrow landing areas and well-guarded slick Bermuda Tiffdwarf greens. As its name „Canyon“ suggests the holes are built along canyon edges with undulating fairways and greens.

The course also has an intriguing mix of narrow tree-lined fairways requiring accurate tee shots and a number of doglegs demand precise shot making together with a selection of demanding Par 3s and large, fast, and very true greens. Players have found that each and every one of the 18 holes has its own characteristic which makes it memorable for them.

Lakes Course.
Established in 1999, the Lakes Course has water hazards coming to play on 17 out of 18 holes. The course is a mixture of water-filled canyons created by open cast mining with its natural land flow left relatively unchanged. Its front 9 holes run through a landscape of lakes and original canyons, whilst the back 9 weaves around more scenic lakes and soft whispering woodlands of rubber trees.

Architect Yoshikazu Kato has masterfully provided an inspiring alternative to Blue Canyon’s myriad of golfing standards. From the championship tees, this is a 7,129-yard challenge with target-driving areas set at 270 yards to accommodate today’s long hitting professionals. . With a range of five sets of tees to choose from, it is capable of challenging the best players in the world, although even modest players can enjoy this course with wide fairways and generous greens.

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