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Golfing in the Moonlight! Also Inside: New Teaching and Practice Facility • Above-Par Bartender April to June 2018


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Contributors Patrick Bowers

Spencer Robinson

Yeany Tan

Jack Ng

With more than 25 years of experience, Patrick has managed 60 high-end clubs across 30 countries and 5 continents. His career highlights include 9 years with IMG where he worked for Tiger Woods and was appointed as Vice President of Sports & Golf for Dubai Event Management Corporation by His Highness Sheik Mohammed.

Prior to taking up her post as Golf Operations and Member Services Manager at Laguna National late last year, Yeany’s golfing career had seen her spend time living in Malaysia, Australia, the United States and Abu Dhabi. Yeany was a stalwart of the women’s golf team at the University of Michigan from where she graduated in 2011.

Dr Jay-Lee Nair

Based in Singapore, Jay-Lee is a sports psychologist with Mental Notes Consulting. During her college days in the United States she played NCAA Division I golf with academic All-American honours. A Laguna National member, JayLee is passionate about helping young golfers to achieve their full potential in both golf and studies.

Mark Isley

Mark started his career in Florida and now boasts 34 years of experience in maintaining and managing high-profile golf courses, private golf clubs and major golf tournaments. For the past 26 years, Mark has made Asia his home with extended stints in Bali and Bintan before joining Laguna National as Director of Agronomy and Project Manager.

Having cut his journalistic teeth in England, Spencer arrived in Hong Kong in 1984 to assume an editorial position at the South China Morning Post. In 2002 he moved to Singapore. During the course of the past 3 decades he has been a close observer of Asian sport, writing and commentating for leading media including ESPN and Fox Sports.

Laguna National’s very own marathon man! Jack completed his first marathon last year in Japan – and is now training for future challenges. He also brings to life Laguna Lifestyle with his inventive graphic design. Born and brought up in Malaysia, Jack is in his fourth year with Laguna National having previously worked as a graphic designer at The Pines.

Mark Bates

A PGA of Canada professional, Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the golf industry and is a self-proclaimed ‘Golf Nut’ who lives, eats and breathes golf. Mark has dedicated his career to growing the game of golf. His passion for teaching the game and enhancing enjoyment of the ‘golf experience’ can only be described as infectious.

Welcome to the Family We would like to extend a warm Lagunian welcome to our new Members who have recently joined us.

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Highlights

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April to June 2018

April to June 2018

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Laguna National’s Above-Par Bartender Laguna National Golf & Country Club is blessed with many devoted and hard-working staff. Among them is the versatile John Perry.

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Golfing in the Moonlight The unveiling of a Moonlight Golf programme to coincide with the Grand Re-opening of the Classic Course has underlined Laguna National’s reputation as one of Asia’s most progressive and innovative lifestyle destinations.

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What’s New in Food and Beverage Kevin Ling, Laguna National Golf & Country Club’s Assistant Food & Beverage Manager, highlights a host of special dining promotions on offer at The Nest during the second quarter of 2018.

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Who Let the Dogs Out? Laguna National’s 2018 Hong Bao Competition lived upto its billing as a day of fun and festivities – on and off the course.

VIPs and guests get ready for the Classic Course Reopening.

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36 Monthly Medal Reports

DINING

10 Managing Director Update

38 Mercedes Trophy Qualifier

66 Message from Restaurant Manager

12 Cover Story: Golfing in the Moonlight

40 Hong Bao Competition

67 Chef's Recommendations

16 Cover Story: Vote of Approval

PRIVILEGE

68 Monthly Promotions

18 Classic Encounters: Mark Bates

48 Dusit Thani Set to Dazzle

69 Special Dining Events

20 Maintenance Update: Mark Isley

50 Club Focus: Georgia on my Mind!

22 Maintenance Update: Mark Isley

54 Mental Approach: Dr Jay-Lee Nair

24 Maximise Your Visage Experience:

57 Video Review Protocols

Yeany Tan

PEOPLE

28 Above-Par Bartender: John Perry 30 Choose Life: Daniel Prince

58 Titleist Vokey SM7 Wedges

71 Whisky Dinner REGULARS

03 Welcome to New Members 07 Editor’s Message: Spencer Robinson

61 Titleist Tour Soft Golf Balls

46 The Global Game

62 Footjoy Tour-S Shoes

72 Calendar of Events


Club Directory

Message from the Editor F

Patrick Bowers Managing Director & CEO

Lionel Roberts Club Manager lionel.roberts@lagunanational.com

Ng Jin Tong Finance Director jintong.ng@lagunanational.com

Mark Bates Director of Golf Operations mark.bates@lagunanational.com

Mark Isley 6248 1706

Director of Agronomy mark.isley@lagunanational.com

Jessie Tan Group Human Resources & Administration Manager jessie.tan@lagunahospitality.com

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Food & Beverage 6248 1674 kevin.ling@lagunanational.com

Maggie Tuya Senior Membership Manager maggie.tuya@lagunanational.com

Yeany Tan Manager of Golf Operations & Member Services yeany.tan@lagunanational.com

Kevin Ling Assistant Food & Beverage Manager kevin.ling@lagunanational.com

or most amateur golfers, making a hole-in-one is the ultimate dream. The reality, though, is that the vast majority of those who play the game go an entire lifetime without achieving the milestone. That’s not altogether surprising when you consider that the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one at a par3 are frequently quoted at 12,500-to-1. And when a par-3 stretches to more than 200 yards, those odds lengthen to 150,000-to-1. According to a recent study, if you’re a low-handicapper and play 1,000 rounds in your life (an average of 25 rounds for 40 years), you have only a 20 per cent chance of making at least a single hole-in-one! So, what about the prospects of a double-eagle or albatross – a 2 on a par-5 or an ace on a par-4? So rare are the occurrences that there are no definitive numbers. On various websites and in some print articles, the figure of 6-million-to-1 is quoted. However, with no sources being named, it’s suggested that this is unreliable. What is not in doubt is that it’s among the rarest of feats in golf. Yet a Laguna National Member has defied those odds to secure a unique place for himself in the folklore of the Club.

On January 30, Scott Adams unleashed a mighty blow from the blue tee at the eighth hole of the Classic Course. His booming drive landed on the edge of the putting surface and rolled on, improbably disappearing into the cup some 350 yards away from where he struck the shot.

On January 30, Scott Adams unleashed a mighty blow from the blue tee at the eighth hole of the Classic Course. His booming drive landed on the edge of the putting surface and rolled on, improbably disappearing into the cup some 350 yards away from where he struck the shot. Achieved in the company of reigning Laguna National Match Play champion David Rae, it’s believed that New Zealander Adams is the first player since the Club’s inception in 1993 to record a holein-one at a par-4. Not that the sensation of an 'ace' is new to the big-hitting Adams, who only returned to the game late last year after a lay-off and

is now representing Laguna National in the Singapore InterClub League. On no fewer than 3 previous occasions has he had holes-in-one at par-3 holes. The only other recorded albatross at Laguna National occurred on May 1, 1997 when Yutaka Shimizu holed out with his second shot at the par-5 12th hole of the original Classic Course. If you happen to know of any other instances of an albatross or double-eagle at the Club then please let us know! *Finally, a repeat of our request from the last edition of Laguna Lifestyle. To commemorate the Club’s 25th anniversary in 2018, we’d like to hear from you about your favourite recollection of being a Member of Laguna National. Whether you’ve been part of the Laguna National family from the outset or are a more recent addition, simply tell us (in words and/or pictures) about your most memorable round at the Club, the best tournament the Club has hosted, the friends you’ve met, a family gathering or an amusing anecdote – either on or off the course. Please forward all correspondence to editor@lagunanational. com We look forward to hearing from you. 7


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The short game area at Laguna National's new teaching and practice facility.


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Global Recognition is Welcomed In the wake of Laguna National Golf & Country Club’s latest accolade, Patrick Bowers, the Club’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, stresses that ‘much work is still to be done to achieve our global ambitions’.

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s some of you may be aware, in late 2017 we received a very nice piece of correspondence from a wellknown industry organisation named Platinum Clubs of the World, which is an arm of the Club Leaders Forum. This letter notified us that the Advisory Board had elected

Laguna National Golf & Country Club to its prestigious ‘Platinum Clubs of the World 2018-19’.

profile accolade and, at the same time, humbled as we know we still have much work to do to achieve our global ambitions.

This is a distinction that is bestowed upon only 100 clubs in the world each time the forum evaluates and elects new members. Needless to say, we are very proud to accept this high

One of the characteristics about this award which appeals most to us is the criteria on which it is based and the extremely high pedigree of the Advisory Board who vote and select the winners.

Laguna National Golf & Country Club was evaluated on the 6 selection criteria, namely; • Universal recognition of the Club • Excellence in amenities and facilities • Professional service levels and overall experience • Quality of the Membership • Professional management and governance • Adapting to changing times Furthermore, the list is populated with a Who’s Who of the most recognised clubs in the world, including Augusta National, Baltusrol Golf Club, Ocean Reef Club and Winged Foot Golf Club. Three of these four regularly host the Major championships of the golf world. As we strive to grow and develop our amenities, condition-

Patrick Bowers and Kevin Kwee with the Platinum Clubs of the World award plaque, in front of the listing of the Top 100 Clubs.

As we strive to grow and develop our amenities, conditioning and service excellence at our Club, it is comforting to know that some of our efforts are receiving global recognition. ing and service excellence at our Club, it is comforting to know that some of our efforts are receiving global recognition. Being recognised alongside peers on the list such as Augusta National, Pine Valley Golf Club, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, St Andrews, Merion, Royal Melbourne, Muirfield, Sunningdale and Winged Foot Golf Club (all in the top20 on the 2018-19 edition of the award) is to be celebrated

and embraced. On one hand it demonstrates the improvements we are making. On the other hand, it is daunting because not only do we need to maintain such standards, but strive to move upwards on the list amongst extremely tough competition. Finally, none of this would be possible without the support of our ownership and the significant daily contributions of our staff. Many of them go unseen, while others are highly visible whenever you visit the club. Regardless, such honours are unattainable without their dedication and efforts. I encourage you to look out for our award plaque and the listing of the Top 100 Clubs, which is hanging at the entrance to The Nest. It makes for enjoyable reading and will engender a feeling of pride in your heart.

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Golfing in the Moonlight! With the launch of Moonlight Golf, Laguna National Golf & Country Club has re-committed itself to making golf more fun and more accessible … as well as adding to the lifestyle offerings which complement the entire Laguna Resort property.

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t was in 1972 that French-American rock group King Harvest released a catchy tune entitled Dancing in the Moonlight that rocketed up the charts, reaching number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

[Chorus] Golfing in the moonlight Everybody’s feeling warm and bright It’s such a fine and natural sight Everybody’s golfing in the moonlight

Some 46 years later, a slightly reworked version of King Harvest’s biggest and best-known hit was the perfect accompaniment to the launching of Moonlight Golf at Laguna National.

[Verse 2] We like our fun and we never fight You can’t dance and stay uptight It’s a supernatural delight Everybody was golfing in the moonlight

[Verse 1] We get it on most every night When that moon is big and bright It’s a supernatural delight Everybody’s golfing in the moonlight [Refrain] Everybody here is out of sight They don’t bark and they don’t bite They keep things loose, they keep things light Everybody’s golfing in the moonlight

Named among the Top-100 Golf & Country Clubs in the Platinum Clubs of the World 201819 election, Laguna National hosted dozens of VIPs and dignitaries at the official unveiling of the revitalised Classic Course. Among them were Dominic Wall, Director – Asia Pacific, The R&A, the PGA Tour’s Todd Rhinehart, Paul Burley, Global Head, IMG Golf Course Services, Lagardere Sports’ Director of

Guests took the opportunity to try out Moonlight Golf.

Sales Elliot Murdoch, radio personalities Glenn Ong, Andre Hoeden and Clarissa Monteiro and media veterans Godfrey Robert, Ven Sreenivasen, Tan Ju Kuang, Karen Chan, Benny Teo, Justine Moss and Thomas Leow. The switching on of the lights was one of the highlights of a memorable day – and another notable first for Singapore and Laguna National during the year of the Club’s Silver Jubilee. Aimed at creating a fun, interesting and unique evening experience for golfers and nongolfers, Moonlight Golf is set to add a new dimension to the game at Laguna Resort and in the Island Republic. Open to hotel guests at the soon-to-be-unveiled Dusit Thana Laguna Singapore, corporate groups and select social groups, Moonlight Golf will consist of 3 holes on the Masters Course, with an interactive fun zone for beginner golfers where they can use golfing equipment provided to learn the basics and compete in a variety of different challenges.

The ninth hole of the Masters Course was spectacularly lit up for the launch of Moonlight Golf at Laguna National.

Patrick Bowers, Laguna National’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, said: “2018 marks the Silver Jubilee of Laguna National and promises to be a watershed year in which we open more new facilities and continue our journey to offer ‘Best in Class’ amenities, all as part of the future of Laguna Resort. “Throughout its lifespan, Laguna National has gained a reputation as being among the most proactive clubs in the region. “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, it’s an appropriate occasion to re-commit to making golf more fun and more acces-

As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, it’s an appropriate occasion to re-commit to making golf more fun and more accessible … and our Moonlight Golf initiative is central to that. Patrick Bowers

sible … and add to the lifestyle offerings which complement our hotel, food and beverage and spa as part of the entire Laguna Resort property. Our Moonlight Golf initiative is central to that.” Moonlight Golf is a time and cost-effective corporate entertainment platform that takes place outside working hours. Chris Neff, a founder of 21X SPORTS, the exclusive rightsholder of Moonlight Golf for the Asia Pacific and Middle East region, said: “It is based on a Swiss engineered and patented LED (light-emitting diode) technology. By focusing on evening hours, it gives brands the ability to spend time with customers and partners in an informal way and creates a new revenue-generating asset for golf courses.” The Moonlight Golfing AG systems are built to fit any golf course. At sunset, the boundary lights (LEDs) of the golf course are automatically switched on. The bounds of the teeing ground, fairways, roughs, sand

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bunkers, water hazards and greens are visible and shine in the respective colours of the LED lamps. Meanwhile, the putting holes are made visible with two lights. Former Asian Tour Commercial Director Michael Bengtsson, co-founder of 21X Sports, added: “Moonlight Golf is positioned away from traditional golf and there is massive focus on the ‘fun zone’. It is designed to engage in team building activities with a clear entertainment focus and can be enjoyed by golfers of all levels and also by non-golfers. “Players need different equipment that is provided by Laguna National and the game is played with different rules and a different number of clubs.” With Laguna National Members and media personalities Mike Kasem and SuAnn Heng acting as emcees, a night of glitz and glamour included special per-

Moonlight Golf is positioned away from traditional golf and is designed to engage in team building activities with a clear entertainment focus. It can be enjoyed by golfers of all levels and also by non-golfers. Michael Bengtsson formances from exotic dancers and a typically upbeat presentation from Urban Drum Crew Singapore that set the tone for what was to follow as guests ventured out to the ninth hole of the Masters Course to try for themselves the mysteries and magic of Moonlight Golf. Addressing the guests at the reopening, Bowers said: “We’re

Laguna National Chairman Peter Kwee (far left) with SuAnn Heng and guests. 14 | Club

delighted to be the first club in Singapore to introduce Moonlight Golf. It’s among many exciting developments that will help to position Laguna National as one of Asia’s premier lifestyle facilities. “As well as a new clubhouse and teaching and practice facility, the first quarter of 2019 will see the opening of the Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore, a key piece of the Laguna Resort offering. “It will comprise 198 rooms and suites plus 8 golfer chalets and boast full facilities, including numerous food and beverage outlets, a ballroom, meeting venues, a spa, 3 swimming pools, 3 tennis courts and a fitness centre. “Laguna National’s first 25 years have been an incredible journey. We’re excited to discover what the next chapter in the Club’s history holds in store for us!”

Patrick Bowers, Ming Bridges (second left), Jerilyn Moon (second right) and 21X Sports' Chris Neff (far right).

Emcees Mike Kasem (second left) and SuAnn Heng (centre) getting into the party spirit.

The Urban Drum Crew Singapore set the tone for the evening with a powerful performance.

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aguna National’s realigned Classic Course has been given an overwhelming vote of approval. Participants at the official unveiling of the course were lavish in their praise. Dominic Wall, Director - Asia Pacific, The R&A, said: “Congratulations to Laguna National. I was impressed with the changes to the Classic Course and also the conditioning. I think it’s an excellent test of golf and I enjoyed the fact that you’re now able to play different types of approach shots.” Tan Ju Kuang, Contributing Editor, Golf Digest Internation-

al, said: “Laguna National has brought back the original essence of the old Classic Course with the renovations. There is hardly a weak hole out there and while it’s still tough as nails, it’s very fair. “The new greens have been transformed with great aplomb and now combine complexity with playability.” Media Group’s Thomas Leow also took a liking to the layout, snaring no fewer than 5 birdies en route to amassing 40 Stableford points to take top prize in the tournament. He said: “Laguna National deserves a lot of credit for all the

work it has done on the Classic Course. You won’t get bored playing this course. With the changing weather and pin positions it will never be the same two days in a row. Every hole is exciting and a test of your mental strength and golfing skill.”

Thomas Leow fired 5 birdies on his way to victory. The R&A’s Dominic Wall enjoyed the changes to the Classic Course.

Elliot Murdoch, Director of Sales at Lagardere Sports, who was pipped by Leow on a countback, said: “I love the new Classic Course. Without doubt, it’s one of the best courses we have in Singapore – and it will continue to get better. “There’s a great mix of short and long par-4 holes. To score well, you really need to plot your way around.”

Flying Dutchman? Glenn Ong gets an approach shot airborne.

Dilip Ghosh, Owner, Urban Fairways, added: “They’ve done a fantastic job with the renovation of the Classic Course. It’s still a very difficult golf course, but the changes have made it a fair test.” Although he spent much of the day trying out the sand, Godfrey Robert, the doyen of Singapore sports writers, concurred. He said: “They may have taken out more than 100 bunkers, but I still managed to find most of the ones that remain! Although I spent a lot of time at the beach, I thoroughly enjoyed the course. From the white tees, it’s quite manageable, even for high handicappers – especially if you stay away from the sand traps!” Patrick Bowers welcomes Ven Sreenivasen and Joey Chang to the Classic Reopening.

Godfrey Robert hits his drive on the ‘Flamingo Hole’, where players had to tee-off with one foot off the ground.

There was also a positive verdict on the Moonlight Golf. Wall said: “It’s always good to see new initiatives that make golf fun. It would be wonderful if Moonlight Golf helped to encourage more people into the game.” The fun factor appealed to many, including Ghosh and Robert. Ghosh said: “Hats off to Laguna National for introducing Moonlight Golf to Singapore. Golf needs more out-of-thebox thinking to popularise the game. This is a great concept that I’m sure will catch on, especially as the climax to corporate golf days.” Robert added: “It was fantastic to have an opportunity to be

among the first in Singapore to try out Moonlight Golf. Whether you’re an experienced golfer or a beginner, it’s great fun.” Leow and Murdoch predicted that Moonlight Golf will be a success. Leow said: “I loved the Moonlight Golf – bright and colourful. With all the coloured balls and the LED lights it was like something out of a futuristic movie! I think it will catch on fast.” Murdoch agreed. He said: “Laguna National is living upto its reputation for innovation with the launch of Moonlight Golf. What a wonderful way to wind down and relax after a day in the office.”

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Teaching and Practice Facility on Track The year 2018 continues to progress with milestones being achieved around Laguna National. The Club is now very near to ticking another item off the list with the imminent opening of its eagerly-awaited Teaching and Practice Facility. Mark Bates, Laguna National’s Director of Golf, reports.

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aguna National’s new Teaching and Practice Facility has met with some challenges over the past 3 months that have pushed the opening date back, later than anticipated. But the wait will be worth the while with the scheduled opening of this state-of-the-art facility set for June. Alongside the property on the opposite side of the Bedok Guard Camp, there lies a Public Utilities Board (PUB) drain, over which a bridge needed to be constructed in order to give access for maintenance equipment as well as an irrigation line that will feed water to the site. Due to future plans to widen this drain, it became imperative that

the section over which the bridge was being built be widened now, in order to not risk being affected by future construction. With the area in question being in close proximity to the ocean, it meant that there was a limited time of roughly 2 hours per day that this drain could be worked on, while the tide was at its lowest point and the drain was not holding any water. After completion of the infrastructure construction, the short game area was able to be grassed with Paspalum Platinum on February 12. Work then shifted to the field where the outer half was completed and grassed on February 28 and the inner half completed and grassed on March 20.

As of late March, the new driving range was taking shape.

Based on the grow-in schedule as of the end of March and completion of all building benchmarks, the plan is to have the range open and operational in early June. We thank you for your patience as we continue pushing through the completion and opening of this new facility which has been transformed from a plot of previously undeveloped, jungle-like land.

50 Well-Appointed Hitting Bays Our hitting bays are designed with comfort and safety in mind. Each bay is 3 metres wide and 3.5 metres deep to provide a spacious and safe area for all golfers to practice and learn. Each bay is also appointed with its own customised bench with bag rack and side table to hold your drinks, snacks, phone and other personal items. Full Flight Experience The range will be equipped with full-distance flight Pinnacle range balls so that your practice truly simulates the flight and distance of your shots on the golf course. There will be 5 target greens and other distance reference markers so you can hone in your distances and prepare to hit more greens. Short Game Practice Area A truly world-class short game facility designed by IMG Design, the short game area

When it does open, we believe the teaching and practice facilities will be on a par with the very best that currently exist in Asia. Here are some of the highlights to look forward to: Golf Shop Members will be welcomed at the nearly 700 square foot golf shop that will carry a selection of golf’s top brands in clubs, balls, shoes and other accessories. Demo clubs will be available so that you can try the latest gear and even be fit for it before enjoying attractive member pricing.

There will be five target greens at the driving range.

boasts a 13,000 square foot putting green and 7,500 square foot chipping green – all with Paspalum Platinum grass, the same grass used on our Masters fairways/tees and our Classic greens/tees. There are 5 practice bunkers surrounding the chipping green at various distances and spacious areas to practice chipping/pitching from varied distances as well. Café & Lounge Feeling hungry or thirsty from an intense practice session? Serving a selection of both local and Western-style bites, the café and lounge are air-conditioned to provide a refreshing break from the elements. Get your morning buzz from a fresh

ground coffee or relax with a cold beer or soft drink after a long day at work. Washroom/Locker/Shower Do you need to store your briefcase or personal items while you practice? Are you sneaking in a practice session before heading to the office and need a quick shower? The well-appointed washroom facilities located on both the first and second floors include locker facilities as well as showers for your convenience and comfort. Official Address The range will be officially located at: 601A Upper East Coast Road Singapore, 465404.

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any of you will already have met the latest addition to the Laguna National family – Sam Dovey. Sam will be overseeing the dayto-day operations of the Teaching and Practice Facility and bringing with him a professional standard of service excellence to enhance the membership experience. Sam joins us from the United Kingdom, although he spent

the majority of his childhood in Singapore. When his family moved back to the United Kingdom, Sam completed his degree and PGA Certification. Sam has worked at world renowned clubs such as Wentworth Golf Club in London, England and TPC River Highlands in the United States.

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Rating of a Classic Now that the Classic Course has been open for several months, Laguna National Members are eagerly awaiting its official rating. Mark Bates, Laguna National Golf & Country Club’s Director of Golf, explains the process a golf course goes through in being officially rated.

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ingapore is among dozens of countries that license the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) Course Rating system. The USGA Course Rating is a numerical value given to each set of tees at a golf course to approximate the number of strokes it should take a scratch golfer to complete the course. Course rating is a very important part of the USGA Handicap System and is used in calculating a golfer’s handicap index. Rating Eligibility In Singapore, all new golf courses need to be officially rated by a team of qualified raters before it can be recognised by the Singapore Golf Association (SGA) for play which will render official handicap rated scores.

Subsequently, it is recommended that courses be re-rated every 10 years (regardless of any major renovations) in order to have the rating refreshed to reflect changes in both the golf course and the way the game is played. Over time, rules change, equipment changes and the golf course conditions and features often change as well. There are ways of making adjustments to the rating when a course has design changes and renovations. But in our case, the changes to the Classic were quite substantial and required a complete re-rating. Course Completion and Preparation First of all, the team of raters will only come in when the club

has completed the course and is ready to present it in the form it intends to play on a regular basis. For Laguna National, we went through the process of opening the golf course, allowing play for a few months and collected valuable feedback from members, guests and industry professionals. You may have noticed that after we opened, we made some design feature changes, such as the addition of 2 bunkers to hole 4. Other adjustments made over this period included addition of trees, native grass areas, bunker expansions, narrowing/widening of fairway lines, increased rough heights and selection of key pin positions.

This time also allowed for the course to mature in a way that we could start to work in desired playing conditions such as increased green speeds, without putting the turf at risk. The Course Rating Process There are 3 main steps to having a golf course rated: 1. The golf course will be measured by professional surveyors for exact distances from tee to green, taking into account the course design and correct yardage for factors such as prevailing winds, elevation changes, roll distances, forced lay-ups, dog-legs and even altitude. 2. The rating team then marks out the golf course and completes an evaluation of the difficulty of each hole from each tee box. Using objective ‘landing zones’ and ‘lines of play’ the course is evaluated based on how difficult the following features make the course to play for both a ‘scratch’ golfer and a ‘bogey’ golfer: (a) Distance (b) Fairway width (c) Lies within the fairway (d) Proximity of hazards/OB (e) Green size and firmness (f) Rough height (g) Bunker size and depths (h) Water hazard (carry or lateral proximity) (i) Trees and effect on width of fairway (j) Waste areas (k) Psychological impact of obstacles (l) Green shapes and undulations (m) … and more … 3. All data is compiled into a complex table that is added to-

Bunkers were added to the par-3 fourth hole on the Classic Classic after the course's re-opening.

Green size and firmness are taken into account when rating a course.

gether to render a difficulty rating for each hole, from each tee box. These are then combined to give a course rating from each tee box.

Once the rating has been completed, it will be vetted and approved by the SGA and then confirmed and inputted to the Centralised Handicap System so that golfers are able to log their Classic scores for handicapping purposes. Once the rating has been completed, it will be vetted and approved by the SGA and then confirmed and inputted to the Centralised Handicap System (CHS) so that golfers are able

to log their Classic scores for handicapping purposes. Timeline Now that the Classic has been open and we have had the opportunity to refine some characteristics of the course, the required information has been collected and passed on to the SGA. We have been working with them to finalise a rating date – sometime in April. Once confirmed, we will be closing the course for a 2-day period for the marking and evaluation and will inform Members accordingly. You will then receive notice when the course has been activated on the CHS and will then be required to submit scores from that day forward. We thank you for your patience as we work through this process. Stay tuned for updates through our email blasts.

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Show You Care There’s still plenty of room for improvement when it comes to Members and guests showing care for our courses. Mark Isley, Laguna National’s Director of Agronomy and Project Manager, reports.

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n recent editions of Laguna Lifestyle, we’ve highlighted common examples of disregard to our courses. While we’re thankful to the large number of our Members who diligently carry out their duties to maintain the courses in the best possible condition, there are still far too many who are falling well short of what is expected … and are shirking their responsibilities to the club and their fellow Members. If you’re among those who are guilty of failing to i) properly fill divots with sand, ii) repair ball marks on greens, iii) rake bunkers and iv) keep our courses as beautiful and litter free as possible then we appeal to you to turn over a new leaf and show due care and respect for the golf club’s most valuable asset – its two beautiful courses. Divots There are two main concerns related to divots on our courses: i) Many divots do not get filled with sand. ii) Often-times too much sand gets put into a divot. In both instances, the course suffers and recovery time

on other jobs and course improvements. is considerably longer than should be the case. When a divot is not filled with sand, this results in extra time for it to heal and adds additional labour costs for our golf course maintenance team to fill divots that should have been done by the golfer at the time. With regards to too much sand in a divot (picture below), there are three main concerns. • This unnecessarily and prematurely dulls the mower blades, which increases labour and materials costs to re-sharpen blades and use more sharpening compound than necessary. • This causes us to purchase excessive amounts of sand and green colourant.

• Too much sand being applied to the tee surface will prematurely make the tee surface become uneven. Ball Marks I’m saddened to have to report that we are still finding many unrepaired ball marks on the greens. I will repeat what I wrote in a previous article – an un-repaired ball mark may take 2 weeks or more to fully recover and it significantly slows down our golf course maintenance programmes in the early morning. That’s because our greenkeeping staff must repair ball marks before they are allowed to mow the green, otherwise the mower will scalp an un-repaired ball mark. This results in an unsightly scar on the green for several weeks longer. What makes this all the more frustrating is that it takes barely a few seconds for you to properly repair a ball mark. This significantly outweighs: • The long healing time for an un-repaired ball mark • Reduces the time for the operator to mow the greens, allowing him more time to focus

• It’s showing good etiquette and courtesy to your fellow Members who may have to putt over an unsmooth surface caused by an un-repaired ball mark. From The R&A Rules of Golf: Etiquette is an integral part of the game, defining golf’s core values. It describes the manner in which the game of golf should be played to ensure all players gain maximum enjoyment. In short, it’s about ‘respect’: Respect for the course – leave the course as you would like to find it by repairing pitch marks. From the USGA Rules of Golf: Players should carefully repair any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball (top left). Bunker Raking When it comes to bunker raking, it’s more about being courteous to your fellow golfer. We often see many footprints in bunkers where a golfer has not raked and smoothed out his/her footprints. This would surely produce a bad and unfair lie for a fellow golfer who has the unfortunate luck to find his/her ball resting in a footprint from a golfer playing ahead of them.

This simply defies good etiquette and the principles of caring for the course. While our golf course maintenance team will rake the bunkers every day, we kindly request you to rake any bunkers into which you enter, so that your fellow golfer does not have an unpleasant experience due to someone’s lack of basic course etiquette (top centre).

If you’re among those who are guilty of failing to properly fill divots with sand, repair ball marks on greens, rake bunkers and keep our courses as beautiful and litter free as possible then we appeal to you to turn over a new leaf. Course Litter There’s nothing more unsightly than discarded cigarettes lying around the golf course, especially near tees and greens. Sad to say that we find large numbers of cigarette butts on the courses. Although this is not really their responsibility, our golf course main-

tenance team is instructed to pick them up and dispose of them. To those who choose to smoke on the golf course it would be most appreciated if you would properly discard of your cigarettes. It should not be down to our team to have the unpleasant and unhygienic experience of picking up other people’s cigarettes (top right). In an attempt to improve understanding of course etiquette, the USGA has produced a series of informative Course Care videos, named Fore the Golfer. Please take a moment to watch and learn. Divot Repair Etiquette goo.gl/N4AXWg How to Repair Ball Marks goo.gl/eKS4Zi Bunker Etiquette goo.gl/wEzGVi For all of us who devote our time and love to caring for our courses, it’s soul-destroying to witness the abuse that goes on. Once more, on behalf of our dedicated greenkeeping team I respectfully ask for your cooperation in ensuring our golf courses remain in great condition at all times.

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Maximise Your Visage Experience It’s not only new buggies that Laguna National Golf & Country Club Members have been able to enjoy in recent months, but also the Visage GPSi (Global Positioning System Industries). Yeany Tan, Laguna National’s Manager of Golf Operations & Member Services, explains how to maximise your experience with the acclaimed technology.

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isage is a fleet management system that provides fleet owners with real-time tracking, vehicle control and diagnostics. For golfers, it offers an enhanced experience that includes in-vehicle display of course information, scoring services, messages and alerts, among other things. It launched the Club Car Precedent i3 in 2014, and the company has connected more than 70,000 vehicles in 50 countries through the Visage platform. Such is its success that GPSi has now moved beyond golf to serve other low speed vehicle markets, including education and resorts. Ingersoll-Rand hopes to expand in those markets. “With GPSi, we are well positioned to help customers maximise the value of their fleets, and to capitalise on the multi-billion dollar market for intelligent mobile assets across trucking, resort, golf, education, rental and other industries,” said Dave Regnery, Executive Vice President of Ingersoll Rand, the parent company of Club Car.

Among Laguna National Members who have tried out the buggies and the GPSi, the initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Among Laguna National Members who have tried out the buggies and the GPSi, the initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. General consensus is that as well as being user-friendly, the system can make your round of golf even more enjoyable – from the moment you drive to the first tee and see a ‘flyover’ of the hole you are about to play to the moment you complete your scorecard after 18 holes and send it away by email.

house). This will take you to the main menu (see image below).

From this screen, you will be able to view 6 options: • Scorecard • Send Message • Site Map • Choose Hole • Settings • Return to Golf In this article, I am focusing on just a couple of the most popular features.

These are just a couple of the useful features that are available on the Visage GPSi system.

1. Scorecard Let’s start with the scorecard which enables you to do the following:

When you get into your buggy, touch the main menu button (blue button with a small white

(a) You have the option of entering your hole-by-hole scores electronically.

(b) To insert your name, touch the button that indicates ‘Change player’ and key in your name. (c) After your round, you can key in the email address to which you would like your scorecard to be sent. This will be done when you get back to the buggy return area. 2. Send Message Another important feature to be aware of is the ‘Send Message’ tab, which can be used if unusual circumstances present themselves or if anything goes awry on the course. To send a message to the Golf Operations Department, simply touch the ‘send message’ button (bottom left), regarding the issue you require assistance with – Send Player Assistance; Lost a Club; Found a Club; Request New Golf Car or Need a Ride Back to the Clubhouse. If you do not receive a response by return, you can telephone to the Golf Operations Department at 6248-1785.

3. Choose Hole If you’re taking part in a shotgun start or if the GPS signals cross paths with another hole, you may occasionally have to manually select the hole you’re playing. (bottom right) You can do this on the ‘Choose Hole’ icon, using the following simple procedure – select your course, select your hole and then touch the ‘Play this Hole’ tab. Make sure also to take advantage of the GPS for better course management. With this system, you’re able to check your lay-up distance or yardage to the green by touching the position where you plan on landing your shot. For example, when you’re playing the second hole on the Classic Course and need to know the carry distance over the canal, just tap the area you are aiming to land your ball. (below right) It takes the guess-work out of the game and should help you make up your mind with club selection. It can also be useful when you’re faced with a blind shot. In that instance, it would be beneficial to touch the ‘Approach View’

icon, located bottom right of the GPS unit. You will then be able to see a close-up view of your intended target. 4. Settings At Laguna National, the default setting for distance is in yards. However, if you so desire, you’re able to change this in the ‘Settings’ icon – ‘yards/metres’. Among other features that are available is ‘Language selection’. The default setting is in English, but if you feel more comfortable with a different language, or if you are hosting guests who prefer another language, you can alter by touching the screen. Currently, the languages that are available are: English, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean and Russian. We hope you enjoy the new Visage GPSi … and that it contributes to a round you will want to remember.

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PEOPLE “Man blames fate for all other accidents, but feels personally responsible when he makes a hole-in-one.� CS Lewis, Novelist

Laguna National Chairman Peter Kwee in action during the Hong Bao Competition.

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Laguna’s Above-Par Bartender Laguna National Golf & Country Club is blessed with many devoted and hard-working staff. Among them is the versatile John Perry.

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s Tom Cruise portrayed during the 1998 romantic comedy-drama Cocktail, to be a successful bartender it takes charisma and showmanship … along with a thirst for knowledge about drinks, and how to mix them.

Good looks and an ability to be at ease with customers also helps. At Laguna National, there is a popular and talented young man who would give Cruise a decent run for his money. Born and raised in the Philippines, John Perry is well known to Laguna National Members for the outstanding service he provides as a waiter and cashier at The Nest Restaurant. However, until he took to the stage at the celebration dinner following Return of the Classic Course tournament last December, few were aware of his bartending skills. In front of a packed house at The Nest, Perry drew gasps of admiration as he entertained the audience with his bottle-juggling and cocktail-mixing exploits. But those who know his background were not surprised to see the 27-year-old rise to the occasion. Lionel Roberts, Laguna National’s Club Manager, said: “John is an outstanding member of staff … and an awesome bartender. “Being a bartender is one of those jobs in which your career

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depends on an extrovert personality just as much as your skill behind the bar. As he continues to gain in confidence, John is becoming increasingly outgoing and is destined for a bright future.” From an early age, Perry has never shirked hard work. In Manila, he studied and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality while working parttime at McDonald’s Restaurant, clocking between 8 and 10 hours per day in order to make ends meet.

As well as being placed third in the GSM Blue Flair Idol Nationwide, his growing flair for bartending was evident when he was named the winner of a cocktail mixing competition at a Philippine Culinary Tourism Expo. Further kudos followed when Perry was crowned champion at a TGI Fridays Bartending Competition. The opportunity to move to Singapore came in 2011 when he joined Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) as a management trainee. He was soon placed in charge of the bar at KT Grill and represented RWS in the 23rd National Cocktail Competition in Singapore, coming second runner-up. Such was his prowess and burgeoning reputation that Perry

“It was very tough for me to manage and balance my studies and work,” recalled Perry. “But it’s what I wanted to do. I was always driven by a passion to be in the hospitality industry.” During his time at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Perry was trained and taught skills on the overall management of hospitality services. “I took a great interest in the beverage training and bartending … and outclassed my classmates in all modules,” said Perry, whose efforts were rewarded by being selected to represent his University in competitions across the Philippines. John Perry in full flow mixing a cocktail at The Nest

John is an outstanding member of staff … and an awesome bartender. As he continues to gain in confidence, John is becoming increasingly outgoing and is destined for a bright future. Lionel Roberts was chosen to represent Singapore in the Asia Pacific Cocktail Competition, where he progressed to the final, eventually finishing fourth, behind entrants from Taiwan, Japan and Malaysia.

It was in 2014 that he joined the team at Laguna National, initially serving at the Club’s Japanese restaurant. Working with a Japanese manager and chef, he observed at close hand the strict discipline required to succeed. He duly took what he learned there on board and follows a similarly structured culture. “I’ve been fortunate to work at some wonderful places and I feel especially lucky to be at Laguna National where we have such a great team and camaraderie,” said Perry. If you’re fortunate, next time you’re at The Nest you might just see him in action, preparing a cocktail with the inimitable style and panache that bartenders possess.

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Choose Life Many of us frequently think about escaping the rat race. Daniel Prince, who joined Laguna National in 2009 and remains an Absent Member, is among the few who actually did so – jumping off the ‘hamster wheel’. In his recently published book, Choose Life, Prince explains what drove him to bucking the trend and describes ‘the tools, tricks and hacks of long-term family travellers, world schoolers and digital nomads’. In 2013, I read a book and promptly resigned from my career. My wife and I gave notice to our landlord, took our 4 kids out of school, sold almost everything we owned and left Singapore – a country we had called home and in which we had lived, built a successful career, and raised our family for 15 years. But why?

Deep somewhere in suburbia, a 30-something male sleeps soundly in his bed. The bedside clock radio glows 5:44 am, everything is quiet. The red devil numbers click to 5:45 am. Instantly, music set on low volume from a radio station tugs the man awake. He sits up, alert with a mix of fear and anxiety … and clicks the radio silent to minimise the disturbance. He trudges into the bathroom, turns on the shower and steps inside. Wincing at the coldness

of the water that rushes over his body, he tenses and gasps for air.

At this stage in our lives, my wife, Clair, and I were 37 years old and had children aged 7, 5, 2 and 2 (we had doubled down on our child quota with a surprise twin pregnancy).

He rushes through the rest of his shower, brushes his teeth and tiptoes back into the bedroom so as not to wake his sleeping wife and young baby.

We were a young British family living in Asia. We loved our lives in Singapore, where we had moved as 22-year-old boy and girlfriend to follow my career in the Foreign Exchange Brokerage market.

Silently, he slips into his clothes, then fixes his watch. He kisses his family goodbye as they sleep and walks out of the apartment … and into another day of the same rat race as yesterday.

We worked and socialised alongside people from all over Asia and beyond. Everybody had an interesting story to tell about their different business operations, mixed with many wonderful travel stories and

perceived and socially accepted cycle of life. Back then, I was of the same mindset. It has been hardwired into us. I was ready to work until 60 or 70 and I was counting down the days to when I could retire and put my feet up. I dreamt every day of being old and free. The Prince family at Peppermint Grove Beach, south of Perth, Australia.

adventures of people overcoming and learning about cultural differences and seeing the most incredible sights. We built lifelong friendships, being exposed to different cultures, outlooks on life and different businesses. We were exposed to fascinating foods to savour and learn to cook. It was an enormous awakening to our senses and we quickly embraced the huge learning curve. We loved every minute of it. However, like everything, all good things must come to an end. Fast forward 15 years and times had changed, the country had changed, my business had changed. We had changed. We were fully blinkered and totally trapped on the hamster wheel of a repeated day-to-day, uninspiring, unfulfilling ‘life’. Something wasn’t right with our lives and it needed fixing. But that was scary! We knew it needed fixing long before we finally fixed it. But like many in this predicament, we just kept kicking the can down the road. We harboured some

kind of entitled belief that everything would work out fine if we just carried on grinding it out. We believed there was some pot of gold waiting at the end of a retirement rainbow in another 20-30 years. You might be thinking that way, too. But take a minute to stop and consider why we collectively think that way in the first place. The answer is simple: because that is what happened for our parents and grandparents and that is our

I read a book and promptly resigned from my career. My wife and I gave notice to our landlord, took our kids out of school, sold almost everything we owned and left Singapore – a country we had called home and in which we had lived and raised our family for 15 years.

Sure, I had pipe dreams of escaping young. But how could that be possible? I had too much responsibility and needed to cling onto my rung in the social order – forget trying to improve it or climb higher. We had the Joneses pushing us all the way. They kept buying bigger houses, newer cars, nicer clothes, the latest phones, joined country clubs and golf clubs, switched their kids’ schools, ate out more, took better holidays. The list was endless. Making a huge lifestyle change at this stage in life seemed like too much work. It carried too much uncertainty and way too much risk, especially after all the effort we had put into our lifestyle during the previous 20 years. For many years I had to push dreams aside, listen to my inner fears and voices and resign myself to ‘life’. “Just one more year,” I would tell myself. “That’s not too hard. Then you’ll be in a better position and a safer place financially to go for it.” Guess what? That one more year is the most depressing year you’ll ever work. You slowly spiral into a pit of angry bitterness each time that inevitable meeting gets called, or that same customer complaint

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comes in. The usual letdown from a colleague’s performance and ever more ridiculous demands from your boss pile further pressure on you.

‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. -Timothy Ferriss, The Four-Hour Work Week.

Come the end of that ‘one more year’ you still feel the same way about making a break. But a family dynamic might have changed, or your career might have edged a little further down the gilded path to that next big title on your business card. Thus, the cycle begins again. “Just one more year.”

It smacked me in the face. It made everything crystal clear. It bulldozed the forest of doubt and darkness that stood between us and a life we could truly call our own – one we could enjoy to the max and be proud to live. It made me realise that all of that doubt and fear was in my head and the way to overcome it was to face it head on and just go for it.

That cycle worked well and played out just as expected for me – until I read that damned book! It finally gave me the push I needed. It made me quit my career, sell everything and go!

I was sold. The book had given me the guts to go for it and I was ready for the challenge that lay ahead. The proposition of living our own lives seemed

far more exciting and challenging than anything else that lay ahead of us. But ... my wife hadn’t read the same book, nor had my kids or my extended family, nor had 99.9% of my friends or colleagues. How was I going to paint this picture for them of quitting my career, leaving a country we loved, saying goodbye to our friends, not having an income, travelling long term, taking the kids out of school and living life on our own terms for a year? It all summed up to be a huge pitch! A pitch that I should have worked on a little longer, finessing the finer details – into a powerpoint presentation, maybe?

Some financial graphs might have been a nice addition and, to be fair, perhaps even expected. At the very least, I should have made a detailed timeline with action points and deadlines to meet. Including some solid research that carried a little more weight than a dog-eared copy of a ‘self-help book’. However, always keen to get to the point, I shunned the pitch ideas. Instead, I returned home late one night, after another laboriously boring day and dreadful client dinner, psyched up to have ‘the conversation’ with my wife about how I believed we should change our lives forever. I walked through the front door and kicked off my shoes. “This is nonsense! We aren’t living life! What’s the point of having 4 kids if I don’t ever get to see them and you tire yourself out running around after them all day long? I get home, peck the kids on the head as they go to bed and then flop on the sofa next to you to watch mindless TV.” Her response was not what I was expecting. “I know. I want to make a change, too. I have been trying to think of a way to do this. I am not happy with the situation regarding the kids’ schooling. It’s too suffocating, too black and white, there is no lateral thinking. They are just being taught to tick boxes. There is no creativity, play or fun. But what can we do? We seem to be stuck, and each time I try to rationalise this in my head or talk to you about it, you just shut me down and say: ‘That’s life’.”

Daniel and Clair in Bordeaux.

Then it sunk in that I had been the one anchoring us into a life of rinse and repeat, because I had always blindly accepted that it was the social norm for me to ‘have a career’. I felt I needed to be in the office and providing as best I could for my family.

We harboured some kind of entitled belief that everything would work out fine if we just carried on grinding it out. We believed there was some pot of gold waiting at the end of a retirement rainbow in another 20-30 years. I had closed my eyes to the fact that the family was suffering because I couldn’t face listening to the complaints of their daily lives. I felt that if I had to be working all day then everybody should just be thankful, and not coming to me with problems or complaints. But it was 100% true, I had been the guy pushing all of the problems aside and rationalising these issues with the easy and cowardly way out of shrugging my shoulders and saying: ‘That’s Life’. But wasn’t the situation we found ourselves in actually the complete opposite of life? ‘Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.’ - Dalai Lama.

How is it that we all end up painting ourselves into this corner of get up, go to work, deal with ungrateful customers, psychopath colleagues, unrealistic goals, meetings, phone calls, KPI’s, budgets, pay cuts, humiliation, elation, deflation? And for what? A pay cheque. That’s it. A pay cheque we spend on materialistic goods that makes us feel better for an instant, but realistically buys us nothing. Really? What I read had awakened a giant. It lit a burning desire to prove to myself (and the world at large) that I could live my life on my terms. I could spend every minute of the day with my family by my side, for at least one year. It was time for us to be selfish with our own lives. Our story is proof that we did it. We pulled it off. In fact, we absolutely nailed it and travelled non-stop around the world for 2½ years via the sharing economy. At the time of writing, we are renting a house in The Dordogne region of France for 9 months so that we can immerse ourselves in the culture and learn the language. Why? Because that’s what we want to do. But don’t think we found it easy. We had demons to face and barriers to cross. Before we jump in deeper, however, let me share a personal

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journal entry from the hectic and anxious days when we were making the biggest decision of our lives. It will give you a glimpse into the mindset that finally pushed us out the door and into the life of our dreams. I remember clearly where I was when I wrote this entry. It was the first day back in the office after a 5-day family break over the New Year holidays. I was miserable. I didn’t want to be there and the thought of another year of the same old routine was digging into me. I switched on the PC, opened my online journal and started thrashing at the keys. I needed to get my thoughts onto paper. I needed to vent and it was great therapy. Once I read it back to myself, I knew my mindset had changed forever, and so would my life.

I returned home late one night, after another laboriously boring day and dreadful client dinner, psyched up to have ‘the conversation’ with my wife about how I believed we should change our lives forever. Online Journal January 6, 2014 It is not the fear of the unknown we should be afraid of. No, it is the fear of repeating the same day-to-day rituals of blinkered, expected and guided life that should truly terrify us all.

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Take action, nobody will hand you the life you want, nobody will say… ‘Hey Dan, go watch a movie with your kids on your lap, go travel with the family, go play in the swimming pool, spend real, REAL time with your wife, not time dictated by calendars and commitments.’ You need to bend the rules yourself, just slightly. Don’t fear change, fear the norm! How terrifying is waking up every morning to an alarm clock to drag yourself into a repeat of the day before, dealing with the same issues for the next 20 years and missing your kids grow up? That dread is what is truly terrifying, not change! Think about that first day ‘back to life’ after a holiday. It’s so depressing. Stay strong, stay focused, take a deep breath and step off the treadmill. Stepping off the treadmill was the hardest part of our journey, but I’m so glad that we took the leap. Freedom and adventure are on the other side. I know it’s scary, but you’ve got my story as evidence that it’s possible. *Log on to http:// princesoffthegrid.weebly.com/ to access the Prince’s family website and travel blog, which has followed their journey every step of the way.

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Quick Off the Mark! T

o say Mark Peh made a fast start to the New Year would be something of an under-statement, Less than a week into 2018, Peh left his rivals trailing distantly in his wake with a comprehensive victory in Laguna National’s January Medal. Making light of his handicap index of 18.7, Peh posted a nett 65 over the Masters Course to top the standings in Men’s Division ‘C’. For Peh, it was a sign of things to come. Two months later, despite being cut to 17.6, he still bettered his handicap with

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a 38-point return in Laguna National’s Mercedes Trophy Qualifier to earn a spot in the national final.

January Medal Leading Scores Men’s Division A Best Nett – Jay Jhaveri 68 Best Gross – Dustin Wilburn 78

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In January, all divisional nett winners played better than their handicaps.

Men’s Division B Best Nett – Yeo Teck Seng 69 (OCB) Best Gross – Yoo Yong Koo 84

Both single figure handicappers, father Prasad and teenage son Ashwin teed-off 2018 in unbeatable fashion.

Men’s Division C Best Nett – Mark Peh 65 Best Gross – Clinton Ang 88

In what may well be a Laguna National first, a father-son combination claimed the top two positions in Division ‘A’ in the February Medal. Not content with that, they promptly repeated the feat in March.

Jay Jhaveri, off 8.6, fired a nett 68 in Division ‘A’ – one in front of Yeo Teck Seng, whose 69 was good enough for best nett in Division ‘B’. Margaret Soh, with a 70, had the Best Nett return among the ladies.

Ladies Division Best Nett – Margaret Soh 70 Best Gross – Zan Jiao 87

Best gross return in the field of 74 came from Dustin Wilburn with a 78 (Division ‘A’).

f Laguna National held a Father-Son tournament, you’d get pretty short odds on the Gopalans coming out on top.

On both occasions it was a case of youth trumping experi-

ence with the younger Gopalan emerging victorious.

secured him top billing in Men’s Division ‘C’.

Furthermore, 15-year-old Ashwin’s 38-point Stableford haul over the Classic Course in February was the best return in the 64-strong field.

February Medal LeadingScores Men’s Division A 38 points – Ashwin Gopalan 33 points – Prasad Gopalan

Ashwin’s five-point success was not, however, the biggest winning margin. That distinction went to Wendy Lim who amassed 34 points to finish eight points in front of second-placed Michelle Cher in the Ladies Division.

Men’s Division B 31 points – Wang Wensheng 30 points – Law Khim Huat

Wang Wensheng led the way in Men’s Division ‘B’ with 31 points while John Ng’s 37-point total

Ladies Division 34 points – Wendy Lim 26 points – Michelle Cher

Men’s Division C 37 points – John Ng 35 points – Lim Swee Kee

Laguna National ladies at the January Medal.

Jay Jhaveri (left), Yeo Teck Seng (centre) and Margaret Soh (right) receiving their prizes from Yeany Tan.

Yeany Tan presents prizes to divisional winners Ashwin Gopalan (above left), Wang Wensheng (above right), John Ng (below left) and Wendy Lim (below right).

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Warren Date Awaits for Wilburn Almost 100 Members lined-up in the March Medal which doubled up as the Mercedes Trophy qualifying round.

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ustin Wilburn will spearhead a 7-strong Laguna National contingent in the 2018 Mercedes Trophy National Final.

tournaments conducted around the world and has been running since 1989.

With a handicap index of 3.3, Wilburn amassed a haul of 35 Stableford points over the Masters Course to top the standings in Division ‘A’ in Laguna National’s Mercedes Trophy Qualifier.

Each year some 65,000 players from more than 60 countries tee-off in local, regional and national events, competing to qualify for the Mercedes Trophy World Final in Germany.

Also flying the flag for Laguna National in the Singapore National Final at Warren Golf & Country Club on June 1 will be Allan Muir, Bhaskar Gopalan, Moon Hee Cheol, Richard Chee, Mark Peh and Tan Boon Lee, the sole female qualifier. At Warren, they will face-off against divisional winners from other Singapore clubs. The leading individuals at Warren will progress to the Mercedes Trophy Asian Final, to be staged in Australia from August 5-8. The champions there will then go on to represent the region in the Mercedes Trophy World Final in Germany from October 2-7. The Mercedes Trophy is an exclusive series of invitational golf

In excellent conditions at the Masters Course there was outstanding scoring in the Laguna National qualifier, which attracted a field of 96, a quarter of which were women.

For the second month in succession, Division A was dominated by the Gopalans. In the February Medal over the Classic Course, 15-year-old

Ashwin’s 38-point total was five points ahead of his father. It was much closer in March with both players signing off with 38 points. Once more, however, it was Ashwin (9.2 handicap index) who came out on top from Prasad (6.9 handicap index), claiming first place on a countback.

Meanwhile, in Men’s Division B, Bhaskar Gopalan, Prasad’s brother, had to settle for second spot, one point shy of Saluja’s tally of 37. Victory in Men’s Division D went to John Ng (19.3 handicap index) with 37 points. Gordon Alexander took second place on a countback with 32 points.

With 36 points, Gopalan (12.3 handicap index) won Division ‘B’ while Chee was a runaway winner in Division ‘C’ with 44 points, eight better than his handicap of 13.6.

Yeany Tan congratulates Prasad Gopalan (left), Ashwin Gopalan (centre) and Tan Boon Lee (right) on their successes in the March Medal.

MARCH MEDAL LEADING SCORES Men’s Division A 38 points – Ashwin Gopalan (OCB) 38 points – Prasad Gopalan

MERCEDES TROPHY QUALIFIER Men’s Division A 35 points – Dustin Wilburn 32 points – Allan Muir

Men’s Division B 37 points – Harsh Saluja 36 points – Bhaskar Gopalan

Men’s Division B 36 points – Bhaskar Gopalan 35 points – Moon Hee Cheol (OCB)

Men’s Division C 44 points – Richard Chee 38 points – Mark Peh (OCB)

Men’s Division C 44 points – Richard Chee 38 points – Mark Peh (OCB)

Also bettering her handicap by a considerable margin was Tan, who returned a 41-point total from a handicap of 23.

Men’s Division D 37 points – John Ng 32 points – Gordon Alexander (OCB)

Ladies Division 41 points – Tan Boon Lee

Although they were ineligible for the Mercedes Trophy,

Ladies Division 41 points – Tan Boon Lee 40 points – Doris Wong (OCB)

Each year some 65,000 players from more than 60 countries tee-off in local, regional and national events, competing to qualify for the Mercedes Trophy World Final at the ‘home place of the automobile’, Stuttgart, Germany. This year marks the 29th anniversary of the event.

Ashwin Gopalan and his father, Prasad, along with Harsh Saluja were among the March Medal winners.

Dustin Wilburn is presented with a MercedesBenz golf bag by Yeany Tan.

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WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? The 2018 Hong Bao Competition attracted a full field.

Laguna National Golf & Country Club’s 2018 Hong Bao Competition attracted a record turnout.

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aguna National Members and their guests ushered in the Lunar New Year with a resounding bark of approval!

Living up to its reputation as one of the most popular and colourful events on the Club’s annual golfing calendar, the latest edition of the Hong Bao Competition proved a big hit. “As has been the case in recent years there was once again a tremendous camaraderie and party spirit at our Hong Bao Golf Competition,” said Lionel Roberts, Laguna National’s Club Manager. “It was wonderful to see everyone joining in and having fun on and off the course. A great start to the Year of the Dog!”

That special spirit was clearly evident in the fact that the event was over-subscribed, with no fewer than 80 names on a waiting list.

It was wonderful to see everyone joining in and having fun on and off the course. A great start to the Year of the Dog! Lionel Roberts “We were overwhelmed by the number of entries we received. For future years we may have to look at expanding the tournament with both of

our courses being used,” said Mark Bates, Laguna National’s Director of Golf. Those that did make the cut for the full field (144 players) tournament were not to be disappointed. After a rendition of Bahamian group Baha Men’s hit song Who Let the Dogs Out? from a combination of the Club’s Operations Team and The Nest staff, Members drove off to their designated starting points for a shotgun start on the Classic Course. As well as door gifts, participants enjoyed various festive offerings of drinks and food at stations throughout the course.

catching performance that secured them the award for the Best Dance Troupe. Another quartet to strike the right pose were Goh Lee Chuan, Vicki Woo, Grace Chew and Christina Gan. They walked off with the prize for Best Group Photo. For Goh it was a day to remember as she also took home the top prize in the Lucky Draw, a 49inch Phillips Ultra HD 4K Led TV. Individually, the top prize in the men’s category went to Law Kam Tsang, who amassed 39 points in the Double Peoria scoring system – two ahead of Scott Adams who pipped Dustin Wilburn on a countback for runners-up spot. It was also a close competition in the women’s section with victory going to Wendy Lim, edging out

The ‘Fab Four’ they may not be, but Declan Byrne, Ming Wong, Kevin Alcott and Steve Eastman produced an eye-catching performance that secured them the award for the Best Dance Troupe. Club champion Paula Chepelsky. Both players had 34 points. Other highlights of a memorable evening at The Nest included a speech from Managing Director Patrick Bowers and a Lion Dance performance which was followed by a Lo Hei session and a buffet dinner.

They also took part in numerous novelty events, including Nearest to the Pineapple (won by Chong Sek Sing at hole #4 and Mike Kerr at hole #17), Nearest to the Lucky 8 (won by guest Steven Koh at hole #8) and Nearest to the Longevity Line (won by guest Chris Riley). Edina Szalkai claimed the prize for Infinity Longest Drive Ladies while the Prosperity Longest Drive for Men was won by Nico Mo.

Laguna National’s very own God of Fortune greets competitors in the Hong Bao Competition.

The ‘Fab Four’ they may not be, but Declan Byrne, Ming Wong, Kevin Alcott and Steve Eastman produced an eyeTeo Kim Men, Ong Beng Cheong and Frederick San line-up with their guests.

Entertainment was provided by June Karina, part of the Operations Team, and a maskchanging act that mesmerised the audience. “It was a wonderful way to usher in the Year of Dog,” said Bates. “We’ve given ourselves a tough act to follow next year!” HONG BAO GOLF COMPETITION Leading Men’s Scores 39 points – Law Kam Tsang 37 points – Scott Adams 37 points – Dustin Wilburn 36 points – Saluja 36 points – Keith Murray 36 points – Jonathan Woodward 36 points – Narula Nidhist 36 points – Goh Hian Poo Leading Women’s Scores 34 points – Wendy Lim 34 points – Paula Chepelsky

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Oliver Andersen strikes a pose (left) while the quartet of Grace Chew, Goh Lee Chuan, Vicki Woo and Christina Gan won the prize for the Best Group Photo.

Laguna National membership staff Hazel Fu (far left), Maggie Tuya (third left), Anne Chong (third right) and Anna Chuang (far right) with Irene Yeo (second left), Margaret Soh (fourth left), Ong Beng Yen (fourth right) and Dily Ng (second right).

Matt Pollard, Declan and Kim Byrne and Spencer Robinson ushering in the New Year in traditional Singaporean style.

Patrick Bowers delivers his welcome address.

Alice Choo and Madeline Choo and their Celebration time the lucky guests getting intoduring the party spirit.draw.

Lionel Roberts presents Nico Mo with his reward for winning the Prosperity Longest Drive for Men.

Thomas Khoo makes a donation to the Lion Dance performers.

The audience were mesmerised by a memorable mask-changing act.

Laguna National staff prepare to unleash their rendition of Who Let the Dogs Out?

Laguna National Chairman Peter Kwee (second right) with Peter Lim (far left), Eugene Lim (second left) and James Wong King Kheng (far right).

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PRIVILEGE “They say golf is like life, but don’t believe them. Golf is more complicated than that.” Gardner Dickinson, late American professional golfer who played in two Ryder Cups

Just outside the metro-Atlanta area within the gated community of Sugarloaf Country Club, TPC Sugarloaf offers a trio of outstanding 9-hole course

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The Global Game

New Plymouth Fitzroy, New Zealand

Be invited into a world of privileged access with your Laguna National Golfing Membership.

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s an esteemed Member of Laguna National, not only do you and your family have privileged access to our award-winning championship courses and Club facilities, you are also privy to an exclusive collection of over 100 prestigious golf properties around the world. This quarter, we have added a number of new reciprocal and affiliate clubs, including Golf de Saint Donat Club in France, Omurawan Country Club in Japan and Golf Valley Munchen in Munich, Germany. To learn more about the lifestyle and golfing privileges that you can enjoy under our ‘Affiliate & Reciprocal Clubs’ programme, please contact Club Concierge at 6248 1779. You may also preview the full list of Affiliate & Reciprocal Clubs and request for your ‘Introduction Card’ on http://www. lagunanational.com/golf/affiliate-reciprocal-clubs/

time is subject to availability. You are highly recommended to contact Club Concierge well ahead of your travel dates so they can assist in booking the club of your choice or help to suggest alternatives. Please do not contact overseas clubs directly as an introduction letter from your home club is compulsory. We thank you for your co-operation and hope to continue making your golfing journey a memorable one.

The Muttontown Club East Norwich, New York

Piqua Contry Club Miami County, Ohio

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RECIPROCAL CLUBS

Golf de Saint Donat Club Grasse, France

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PACIFIC LINKS RESERVATION To make a golf booking at Pacific Links’ network of clubs, email Pacific Links at plis@pacificlinks.com or visit www.pacificlinks.com/bookingonline. Alternatively, email Club Concierge at clubconcierge@lagunanational.com with your date of visit, preferred tee time, choice of golf course, names of players, membership numbers and other special requests. Club Concierge will connect you to the destination club via email. IMG PRESTIGE AND SPECIAL ACCESS CLUBS RESERVATION To make a booking at IMG Prestige or Special Access Clubs, write to Club Concierge at clubconcierge@lagunanational.com or call 6248 1779. Club Concierge will contact the destination club, make the booking and furnish you with the appropriate Letter of Introduction. As many of the reciprocal/special access clubs are well-booked in advance, reservation of tee

Royal Wellington Golf Club Upper Hutt Wellington, New Zealand

Golf Park Winnerod Reiskirchen, Germany

Golf Valley Munchen Munich, Germany

GERMANY Omurawan Country Club Nagasaki, Japan

Ginoza Country Club Okinawa, Japan

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Club Mandalay Beveridge Victoria, Australia

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Zala Springs Golf Resort Zalacsány, Hungary

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Dusit Thani Set to Dazzle Laguna National Golf & Country Club’s reputation as one of Asia’s most comprehensive integrated golfing destinations will be enhanced in the first quarter of 2019 with the opening of the Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore.

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uperbly located on the East Coast of Singapore, overlooking the award-winning Laguna National Golf & Country Club, the Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore is scheduled to open early next year. Less than a mile from the burgeoning Changi Business Park, just 10 minutes by car from Changi International Airport and 15 minutes from downtown, it’s destined to become a focal point for overseas visitors and a popular haunt among Singaporeans. Comprising 198 tastefully-decorated rooms and suites plus

Less than a mile from the burgeoning Changi Business Park, 10 minutes from Changi International Airport and 15 minutes from downtown, Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore is destined to become a focal point for overseas visitors and a popular haunt among Singaporeans.

eight golfer chalets showcasing the best of contemporary Asian design, this luxurious hotel is perfectly equipped for business and leisure with a wealth of activities to experience and enjoy. As well as Laguna National’s acclaimed The Nest restaurant, dining options include The Greenhouse at Laguna, a lush, forest-themed restaurant offering authentic multi-ethnic cuisine served from various show kitchens including Thai, Japanese, Indian, Mediterranean and Chinese specialities. Look out, too, for the Legends Bar, Club Lounge and The Tee

An artist's impression of the ground floor with a swimming pool running between the Golfer Chalets and the main hotel building.

Deck, a casual al fresco outlet with thoughtfully-sourced produce featuring health-conscious recipes and live grill and barbecue cuisine with Thai and Western flavours. Guests will also be able to enjoy a cuisine and wellness package by the pool and the Dusit Deli, specialising in fresh pastries and bakery, sandwiches, salads and Thai treats along with premium tea and coffee for dine-in or takeaway. There will also be an abundance of lifestyle facilities including a fully-equipped gym, swimming pool and kids’ pool, 3 tennis courts, an 18-hole putting course … and Dusit’s signature Devarana Spa, with 5 treatment rooms for singles and 2 for couples. Golfing guests will enjoy easy access to Laguna National’s driving range with teaching and

One of the bedrooms in the Golfer Chalets.

practice facility and two championship golf courses, Classic and Masters.

We want to present an urban luxury lifestyle that offers an exclusive experience within the resort. Eric Piatti The hotel offers a boardroom, 2 meeting rooms, 2 large event lawns and a large pillarless ballroom (seating up to 650 guests) with a pre-function area overlooking the golf course. The ballroom can be partitioned into 3 function rooms. According to Eric Piatti, General Manager at Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore, the hotel will position itself as a centrepiece

of Singapore’s premier urban resort oasis in the East. “We want to present an urban luxury lifestyle that offers an exclusive experience within the resort,” said Piatti. At Dusit Thani Hotels and Resorts, traditional Thai grandeur, a rich heritage and world-renowned hospitality are pre-requisites. Piatti says there will be significant Thai influences at the Singapore property – from standards of service, to cuisine and spa treatments. “Gracious Thai hospitality is the very essence of the Dusit philosophy. The genuine warmth, respect and commitment of our staff will affirm our brand promise – ‘the delivery of an experience that enlivens the individual spirit, no matter the journey’,” said Piatti.

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Georgia on my Mind! Through Laguna National Golf and Country Club’s Pacific Links network, Members are able to enjoy privileges at a couple of wellknown venues in the Peach State of Georgia, home to the annual Masters Tournament.

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ermanent site of the Masters Tournament, the immaculately manicured Augusta National Golf Club course is where the focus of world golfing attention centres every April. At that time, for more than 7 decades the greatest players in the game have gathered for what is traditionally the first Major championship of each year. Happily, we can all get to see the course’s pristine conditions – and slippery greens – during the extensive television coverage of the event. But sadly, it’s only the fortunate few who ever get the opportunity to tread the hallowed fairways of this revered institution.

Members of Laguna National who happen to be in Georgia, spectating at the Masters, holidaying with family or friends or on a business trip, are able to enjoy rounds at 2 outstanding facilities – West Lake Country Club and TPC Sugarloaf at Sugarloaf Country Club.

However, Members of Laguna National who happen to be in Georgia, spectating at the Masters, holidaying with family or friends or on a business trip, are able to enjoy rounds at 2 outstanding facilities – West Lake Country Club and TPC Sugarloaf at Sugarloaf Country Club. From the coast to the mountains and everything in between, Georgia’s nine regions offer well-known and off-thebeaten-path gems in cities both big and small. Georgia’s rich history spans nearly 3 centuries. From military conflicts to flourishing economic times, Georgia has always been

West Lake Country Club, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019, has water features on 7 holes.

Named as the Best Private Golf Course in Augusta for the past three years, West Lake Country Club is known for its outstanding course conditions.

a State that knows how to make the most of any circumstance. James Oglethorpe settled in Georgia in 1733, making it the 13th American colony formed. Although Oglethorpe originally envisioned Georgia as a haven for formerly-imprisoned debtors, the colony’s purpose shifted focus toward economics and the military. It officially became a State in 1788. Georgia suffered badly during the early 20th century but in aviation found a new area of economic development as it emerged from the Great Depression. Georgia became a hub of activity for the airline industry and by 1941 Atlanta’s airport was home to Delta Air Lines and Eastern Air Lines. The latter part of the 20th century brought an eruption of business activity to Georgia with Cable News Network (CNN), The Home Depot and Coca-Cola becoming staples of

the economic scene in Atlanta, which hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics at the Centennial Olympic Park. With its rich history, popular attractions and many professional sports teams, Atlanta – the largest city and capital of Georgia – is a popular tourist destination. Among the main attractions are the Zoo Atlanta, Six Flags Amusement Park, World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium. The city is home to the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and soon to be Atlanta United MLS team. As Georgia progresses through the 21st century, the spirit of resilience continues from the Alabama border to the coast of Savannah. Residents of the historic Peach State are still making economic and social progress as they add to the rich legacy of Georgia. With more than 150 courses, from the mountains to the

plains to the beautiful Georgia coast, the State has much to offer the golfer and traveller. WEST LAKE COUNTRY CLUB Conveniently located just 5 miles from Augusta National Golf Club in a private gated community of prestigious estate homes, West Lake Country Club features an award-winning golf course, distinctive facilities with exceptional hospitality services … and an unparalleled culinary and banquet team. The West Lake course, designed by Donald Ross protégé and Pinehurst native Ellis Maples, is a traditional course known for its impeccable playing conditions and its TifEagle Bermuda greens that run at 1112 on the stimpmeter. The course opened in 1969 on a 700-acre site, with water features on 7 of its 18 holes. West Lake challenges and rewards players of all levels with

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tee options ranging from 5,289 yards to 6,857 yards and its new 320-yard driving range with TifGrand Bermuda and practice areas for sand trap and fairway or greenside bunker shots.

swimming pool and a luxurious spa facility are all offered.

For the past 3 years, West Lake has been named as the Best Private Golf Course in Augusta (besides Augusta National).

Gearing up for the 2018 Masters Tournament, Richard Eyer, the Club’s General Manager, said: “We provide a seamless experience for our golf guests during the Masters which includes breakfast, lunch and beverages on the course.

The Fitness Centre and Spa at West Lake provides satisfaction and wellness for mind, body and soul. Full fitness services and classes, a junior Olympic-sized

“We have a great outside area for live entertainment and a new ballroom in case we have to go inside. Our club won the 2018 Luxury Lifestyle Award

from Luxury Travel Guide Magazine, so everything we do is first-class. “We are inside an exclusive private gated community of almost 1,100 homes mostly filled with Masters guests. Masters visitors can contact us for accommodations and we will put them in touch with one of our housing partners. We do between 1,500 and 1,600 golfers that week and are the hub for golf, catering, entertainment, food and beverage during the Masters.”

NUMBER OF HOLES: 18 ADDRESS: 3556 WEST LAKE DRIVE, AUGUSTA, GEORGIA 30907, UNITED STATES. TELEPHONE: +1-706 863-4640. WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.WESTLAKECOUNTRYCLUB.COM LAGUNA MEMBER BENEFITS: 50 PER CENT OFF GREEN FEE PLUS BUGGY OR CADDIE FEE.

TPC SUGARLOAF Located just outside the metro-Atlanta area in Duluth, 20 minutes north from the heart of downtown, and situated on 1,200 acres of breathtaking Georgia countryside within the gated community of Sugarloaf

Country Club, TPC Sugarloaf offers a winning combination.

synonymous with the PGA Tour’s TPC Network of premier clubs.

In addition to 27 holes designed by Greg Norman, TPC Sugarloaf offers an array of amenities with the personalised service and privileges that have become

TPC Sugarloaf’s par-72, 7,259yard championship course is comprised of 9 holes called ‘The Stables’ and 9 holes named ‘The Meadows’.

Streams and pines that cut through the Pines Course at TPC Sugarloaf reminded course designer Greg Norman of Augusta National.

Cited by Golf Digest among the ‘Best New Private Clubs in the United States’ when it debuted in 1997 and by Golfweek among the ‘Top 100 Best Residential Golf Courses for 2007-2008’, TPC Sugarloaf’s featured 18 holes are accentuated by tree-lined Bermuda fairways, streams, lakes and hills. Host of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic on the PGA Tour Champions, TPC Sugarloaf also features The Pines Course, a third 9 slightly shorter in distance, but every bit as compelling as the original pair.

TPC Sugarloaf also boasts an impressive 10-acre practice facility and features one of the ‘100 Best Golf Shops in America’, which is fully-stocked with premium brands of golf equipment and golf apparel. In addition to golf, TPC Sugarloaf has a 7-acre sports centre featuring a state-of-the-art fitness centre, 14 outdoor tennis courts and an aquatics centre. TPC Sugarloaf also has a spacious 60,000 square-foot clubhouse that has two restaurants and multiple rooms for hosting member events.

During construction of TPC Sugarloaf, Norman’s first course in the US, he made more than 30 visits to the site to ensure every detail met his exacting expectations. “The final walk-through of the property told us we had something special,” said Norman. “It’s a magnificent property … the undulations, streams, and the pines, the feel of the terrain reminded me very much of Augusta. The land flowed. And the corridors were just there, which was probably the most important element we wanted to accomplish.”

NUMBER OF HOLES: 27 (THE STABLES COURSE; THE MEADOWS COURSE; THE PINES COURSE) ADDRESS: 2595 SUGARLOAF CLUB DRIVE, DULUTH, GEORGIA 30097, UNITED STATES. TELEPHONE: +1-770 418-1113. WEBSITE: HTTPS://TPC.COM/SUGARLOAF/ LAGUNA MEMBER BENEFITS: 50 PER CENT OFF GREEN FEE PLUS BUGGY OR CADDIE FEE.

The 9-hole Stables course forms part of TPC Sugarloaf’s championship layout.

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Benefitting from Biofeedback Advancements in technology have changed the way we interact with the game of golf. In this article, sports psychologist Dr Jay-Lee Nair looks at two different tech-tools that are revolutionising how we practice, and can provide new insights to improve your mental and technical game.

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iofeedback (BFB) is the realtime display of brain activity and physiological activation of the body to teach self-regulation of your focus, muscle tension and heart rate. Typically, sensors are placed on the scalp and body to measure activity, with measurements displayed using video or sound.

a different set of BFB measurements. The data gathered and displayed by traditional BFB processes is complex and requires a clinically trained expert to analyse and translate the information provided.

BFB has offered a unique way to train an athlete to better control the reaction of their mind or body to various situations, typically events that cause stress and negatively influence skill execution and overall performance. The BFB process can differ across sports, depending on the demands of the sport. Sports such as golf, shooting and archery demand from the athlete stable breathing, focus and body position. Therefore, a form of BFB known as Electroencephalography (EEG) is more suitable. In contrast, physically demanding sports such as fencing, judo or gymnastics, in which performance involves a high level of tactile sensitivity and intense emotional involvement, utilise

tal game of golfers. The band syncs to your smartphone via bluetooth and there is an app that goes along with it. The app has a simple interface and displays an avatar of a

Focus Band headset Tech-tool #1: The Focus Band In the past decade, some interesting and highly simplified BFB devices have shown up on the market for keen golfers to use and translate on their own or with a coach. The Focus Band has received a lot of attention in recent years and many people have turned to it in the hope of improving their game. According to the Focus Band website, the Focus Band measures EEG, and it is said to help train the men-

person’s head. You attach corresponding wires to your body and head and you can watch the brain wave and body activity information appear in real time as you hit golf shots on the range. There are three primary graphics displayed, which lights up an area of the brain on the avatar to explain brain wave activity. When the brain on the display lights up red, it means that you’re using the left side of your brain. This is your ‘conscious mind’, meaning that you

are possibly over-thinking the skill or shot at hand, or perhaps focused on technical elements of your swing. When the avatar’s brain lights up green, it means that you are potentially using the right side of your brain, referred to as the ‘sub-conscious mind’. This is a positive pattern as it means you’re in a good frame of mind, using your instincts with a certain level of automaticity. Using the right side of your brain is also connected to the most effective state of mind for golf performance, which involves being fully absorbed in the task, with a reduced focus on swing technique and your eyes are zoned to the target, rather than unhelpful stimuli such as a water hazard or bunker. This elevated state of mind is known as ‘Mushin’ or ‘quiet eye’ and is captured when the green eyes on the avatar light up. It sounds intriguing, but is the Focus Band worth experimenting with? Let’s start with the price. It costs US$500 for the starter pack, which includes the Focus Band and an instruction manual. The band is a relatively simple piece of elastic fabric with 3 silver oxide sensors.

Physiologists would question whether such a simple device effectively measures complex phenomenon such as ‘quiet eye’, but I believe that when it comes to understanding your brain in relation to the game of golf, less is more.

Biofeedback has offered a unique way to train an athlete to better control the reaction of their mind or body to various situations, typically events that cause stress and negatively influence skill execution and overall performance. The Focus Band is great for teaching awareness. For example, when the data indicates your right brain is activated, you begin to understand how that translates to a particular feeling in your body and a specific type of focus you are engaging, such as a focus on the flag or ball. It provides confirmation and objective feedback that lets you know you’re on the right track – in a high performance state, or when you are not focused effectively.

I consider the Focus Band to be a great ‘training tool’ for building awareness on the driving range. But quite how well this training transfers to the real game on the course remains to be seen. The conditions for the mind are different on the course, especially during tournament play when the element of score comes into play, which naturally makes it hard to transfer what you have experienced on the range to the course. Tech Tool #2: The K-Vest Unlike the Focus Band which tracks brainwave activity, The KVest is used to track your body movements, as well as your swing path and angles in your golf swing.

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This unique tool has grown in popularity with teaching professionals in the last few years and tracks precise measurements of body movements in the golf swing. It can help players understand how they can improve their swings through analysis of the data. Whilst the K-Vest tracks interesting data about your body positions through the swing and club face angles, the real power of this tool is in the visual display of the information it captures. You can see your swing in slow motion capture and understand your body position, swing speed and corrections in a high-tech visual way. Priced at US$2,000, you can purchase your very own K-Vest. The only downside to this device is that the information it provides can get pretty complicated if you’re using it to make swing corrections all on

In sport, it’s tough to objectively capture and qualify what you are experiencing in your mind and body with the naked eye, often leaving athletes questioning the feedback they are receiving from themselves and others. This is where Biofeedback equipment can really shine. your own. The K-Vest is a great tool, but I do believe it is utilised much more effectively under the guidance of a teaching professional. These Biofeedback tools are great in creating awareness of how your mind and body is reacting to the golf environment.

In sport, it’s tough to objectively capture and qualify what you are experiencing in your mind and body with the naked eye, often leaving athletes questioning the feedback they are receiving from themselves and others. This is where Biofeedback equipment can really shine. While it is good to know how your mind and body are objectively reacting to golf shots, a greater sense of awareness does not directly lead to better play. You may have all the data in the world, but putting it into practice on the course is the real challenge. Nevertheless, if you’re looking to understand your mental game in a new way this year, then look out for the Focus Band. On the other hand, if you’re planning to tackle swing improvements this year, then the K-Vest, used in collaboration with a coach, could be really exciting.

Video Review Protocols Introduced The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA) have taken action following a collaborative discussion on the role video footage can play when applying the Rules.

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working group led by The R&A and the USGA has unanimously agreed to adopt a new set of protocols for video review when applying the Rules of Golf. The group, consisting of the PGA Tour, LPGA, PGA European Tour, Ladies European Tour and The PGA of America, as well as the governing bodies, implemented the following measures from January 1, 2018. • Assign one or more officials to monitor the video broadcast of a competition to help identify and resolve Rules issues as they arise • Discontinue any steps to facilitate or consider viewer callins as part of the Rules decision process In addition, The R&A and the USGA approved the adoption of a Local Rule, available from January 1, to eliminate the additional 2-stroke penalty for failing to include a penalty on the scorecard when the player was unaware of the penalty.

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All of the organisations represented on the working group will introduce the Local Rule for 2018 and this score card penalty will be permanently

removed when the modernised Rules of Golf take effect on January 1, 2019. The R&A and the USGA established the video review working group last April to initiate a collaborative discussion on the role video footage can play when applying the Rules, including the challenges and benefits of its use and also the issues that arise from viewer call-ins. David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said: “This has clearly become an important issue in the sport that we felt we should address at this stage ahead of the implementation of the updated Rules of Golf in 2019. “We have concluded that whilst players should continue to be penalised for all breaches of the Rules during a competition, including any that come to light after the scorecard is returned, an additional penalty for the score card error is not required.” Thomas Pagel, USGA Senior Director of the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status, added: “The level of collaboration with our partners has been both vital and gratifying as we look to the future.

“As technology has continued to evolve, it has allowed us to evolve how we operate, as well.” The new protocols also recognise the importance of limiting video review to material obtained from the committee’s broadcast partner. Other video, such as from an individual’s smartphone or camera, will not be used under these protocols. The new protocols and Local Rule are the latest measures announced by The R&A and the USGA to address concerns related to video evidence. Last April, Decision 34-3/10 was issued to limit the use of video through the introduction of a ‘reasonable judgement’ standard and a ‘naked eye’ standard.

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Vokey Design SM7 Wedges Making Waves

- S Grind: Designed based on feedback from Steve Stricker, the S is best for square faced shots with a touch more versatility than the F Grind. Simple mechanics are best with this wedge.

Titleist says Bob Vokey’s industry-leading SM7 models provide all golfers with the opportunity for a better and more confident short game thanks to a combination of unmatched craftsmanship, technology and performance.

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aster craftsman Bob Vokey and his pioneering research and development team continue to shape the future of wedge design with the introduction of the new Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 7 wedges.

wedge model on the PGA Tour, with 4 SM7s in the bag of Jordan Spieth – further widens the performance gap between a Vokey and all other wedges.

Vokey’s prior generation SM6 models ushered in a new era of wedge innovation and performance with their groundbreaking Progressive Centre of Gravity (CG) design.

Improving in all 3 areas of wedge performance, new SM7 models provide increased shot versatility with expanded fitting options, improved distance and trajectory control and more spin through the following key advancements:

The advancements made with SM7 – already the most played

• The fastest way to a better short game is through a wedge

fitting. Developed through his collaboration with the world’s best shot-makers, Vokey’s 6 Tour-proven sole grinds – F, S, M, K, L and the new D grind – allow golfers of all skill levels to be precisely fit for their swing type, shot-making style and course conditions. - F Grind: Full sole designed primarily for full swings and shots hit with a square face. For that reason, F is the only grind available in the 46º-52º models. The 54°/56° F Grind is the most played sand wedge on the PGA Tour.

custom fitting and try the Vokey SM7 Wedge Selector Tool at www.vokey.com

One thing I know from working with Tour players the last 20-plus years is that they won’t put a new wedge in play unless it’s better. • Finely-tuned Progressive Centre of Gravity locations improve trajectory and distance control while creating the bestfeeling Vokey wedges to date.

- M Grind: Vokey’s favourite, the M grind is designed for players that like to rotate the club face open and shut to manufacture shots around the green. - D Grind: The player’s high bounce wedge, the new D Grind offers high measured bounce with the crescent shape of the M Grind for shotmaking versatility. - K Grind: The highest bounce wedge in the line-up, the K Grind is the ultimate bunker club and the most forgiving wedge in the line-up for all shots. - L Grind: The L Grind features a narrow crescent shape allowing maximum greenside versatility, but it is the least forgiving wedge in the line-up. Vokey SM7 offers the game’s most complete selection of lofts, bounces and grinds, with 23 different combinations. Golfers can learn more about

- A concept pioneered by Vokey R&D, Progressive Centre of Gravity aligns the CG with the impact position of each loft to produce precise distance and trajectory control with exceptional feel. Engineered using cutting-edge CAD technology, Progressive CG is visible technology on the back of the wedge. - Advanced testing of SM6 models showed an opportunity to enhance the CG locations within SM7. The Vokey R&D team pushed the locations even further – higher on the high lofts and lower on the low lofts – to produce more consistent performance with noticeably better feel at impact. • 100% inspected Spin Milled grooves cut at even tighter tolerances deliver more spin (up to 100 rpm more spin on average). - Vokey and his team identified the opportunity for an addi-

tional Spin Milled cutting process for plated wedges (Tour Chrome and Brushed Steel) as compared to the raw offerings (Jet Black and Raw). This new method improves upon Vokey’s industry-leading groove cutting tolerances, resulting in a more precise cut by finish and more spin in the plated wedges. - A proprietary heat treatment is applied to all Vokey Design SM7 wedges, resulting in longer lasting spin through the life of the wedge. Just two weeks following their debut at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open last November, Vokey SM7 wedges became the most played wedge model on the PGA Tour, with 123 SM7s in play at The RSM Classic. That number grew to 183 SM7 wedges in the bags of players at January’s CareerBuilder Challenge. To open 2018, Patton Kizzire put a new Vokey SM7 (48.08 F) pitching wedge in play at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. The following week at the Sony Open, Kizzire added two more SM7s (52.12 F and 56.08 M), which he used in winning the event for his second PGA Tour victory. “One thing I know from working with Tour players the last 20-plus years is that they won’t put a new wedge in play unless it’s better,” said Vokey. “Every time we come out with a new one, we have to prove it. I can’t tell you how many times over the last couple years players asked me and Aaron (Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill) how we were going to make something better than SM6.

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Tour Soft’s Breakthrough Design The continued pursuit of breakthrough technology and performance by Titleist golf ball engineers has resulted in the all-new Titleist Tour Soft golf balls.

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or golfers demanding better feel, the invention of Titleist Tour Soft – the softest-feeling golf ball in its category – delivers a better performance experience.

Bob Vokey (right) discussing his latest wedge creation with PGA Tour player Jimmy Walker.

the Steel Gray offered in SM6, while maintaining a non-glare finish in the playing position. The raw Jet Black has been enhanced with black paint fill in the logos and graphics, inspired by requests received on Tour.

Based on how quickly guys are switching to SM7, we know we’ve done it.” Spieth – who put four new models immediately in play (46.10 F, 52.08 F, 56.10 S, 60.04 L) – is one of more than 100 Tour players around the world who have made the switch to SM7. That list also includes Jimmy Walker (46.10 F, 54.08 M, 60.04 L), Bill Haas (54.10 S, 60.10 S), Webb Simpson (54.14 F, 60.10 S), Brian Harman (46.10 F, 50.08 F, 54.10 S), Russell Henley (48.10 F, 54.10S, 58.08M) and Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston (46.10 F, 50.08 F, 54.10 S, 58.10 S).

Jordan Spieth – who put 4 new models immediately in play – is one of more than 100 Tour players around the world who have made the switch to SM7.

New SM7 wedges are available in three finishes (Tour Chrome, Brushed Steel and Jet Black). Tour Chrome retains its

popular bright chrome finish. The darker Brushed Steel finish is richer and slightly more polished when compared to

SM7 wedges can be custom ordered with a wide range of specifications and personalisation, including an industryleading selection of shafts, grips, shaft bands, ferrules, stamping and paint fill.

Bob Vokey’s SM7 wedges are available at Laguna National Golf & Country Club’s Pro Shop with special pricing for Members.

Tour Soft’s innovative design combines the largest core ever engineered into a Titleist golf ball with breakthrough ultra-thin cover technology to provide responsive feel, very fast speed for commanding distance and excellent short game performance. “We knew based on breakthroughs being made in R&D that there was an opportunity to deliver a brand new high-performance golf ball that would lead the category in terms of soft compression feel,” said Michael Mahoney, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing. “Ultimately, because of our exhaustive and iterative prototyping process, we were able to deliver everything we wanted in Tour Soft – and more. It’s not only the softest ball in the category. It’s better and longer

than Chrome Soft, TP5 and Tour B RXS.” The largest Titleist core ever produces category-leading soft feel and high ball speed for commanding distance.

turing process at Titleist Ball Plant 2 in Massachusetts allowed engineers to mould the extremely thin, very soft cover formulation uniformly across the surface. • A new spherically-tiled 342 cuboctahedron dimple design, optimised for the new Tour Soft construction, delivers a penetrating trajectory and consistent flight. • Tour Soft, available in both white and high-optic yellow, replaces and improves upon the prior generation NXT Tour and NXT Tour S models in the Titleist golf ball family.

In developing Tour Soft’s core, the Titleist Golf Ball R&D and Operations teams were challenged to break through previously accepted core size limitations in order to produce a golf ball that feels better and is longer or just as long as the competition. • A new ultra-thin 4CE grafted cover made with TCU Process Technology generates advanced short game control. Innovations in the manufac-

More than 19,000 golfers participated in the white box testing and validation process for the new Titleist Tour Soft, with golfers receiving prototype golf balls for on-course evaluation. Player feedback was then gathered through Team Titleist and shared with Titleist R&D. This included a three-ball blind prototype test in January 2017 that led to some key insights toward the Tour Soft development.

Titleist’s Tour Soft golf balls are available at Laguna National Golf & Country Club’s Pro Shop with special pricing for Members.

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Power, Precision and Comfort Inspired by the best players in the world and created to deliver superior platform stability and overall Tour-calibre performance, the all-new Tour-S is the latest offering from FootJoy.

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oasting several innovative features and materials, FootJoy’s Tour-S is the result of a multi-year collaboration with some of the best players in the world. FJ Launch Pods, TPU Power Strap and the proprietary lightweight PowerPlate outsole are all included in this shoe. Nearly two-thirds of all professional players wear FJ shoes each week, and it was this vast network of elite players who helped establish a clear picture of what elite and avid golfers need from

their shoes to perform at their very best: power through stability, precision through support, and maximum comfort. The Tour-S delivers on all these requirements – and more – while providing the uncompromising quality and on-trend styling that is standard in every pair of FJ golf shoes. “The new Tour-S is the most powerful shoe ever built by FJ. It is built to provide power and precision supported by our renowned outstanding in-shoe comfort.

Tour-S is inspired by our Tour staff players seeking for a shoe that delivers power through a wider, more stable platform. These are the best performance shoes ever from FJ,” said Timothy Yoong, FJ Regional Brand Manager POWER The Tour-S PowerPlate outsole provides an incredibly lightweight yet stable platform from which players efficiently transfer power throughout the golf swing. Built upon a foundation of a proprietary Pebax polymer, that is typically 20 per cent

lighter than other polymers, the PowerPlate features an integrated carbon weave fibreglass midfoot plate and 9 LaunchPods, to create additional structure, surface area, and ground coverage for maximum stability. PRECISION The Tour-S features FJ’s proprietary PowerStrap, a moulded component integrated into the shoe's upper to provide lock-down medial and lateral support. SecureCollar and ComforTongue technologies deliver a secure, precise fit round after round. COMFORT The Tour-S utilises a dual-density PU Fit-Bed to ensure all-day underfoot comfort and FJ’s exclusive Premium Performance Leather (PPL) to achieve top grade feel, finish, and waterproof protection. “From the moment I tested this shoe, I knew it provided the perfect blend of comfort and stability for me, especially on my left side as I move through the ball,” said Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello, a European Ryder Cup player.

The new Tour-S is the most powerful shoe ever built by FJ. It is built to provide power and precision supported by our renowned outstanding in-shoe comfort. These are the best performance shoes ever from FJ. Timothy Yoong US PGA Tour player Kevin Kisner added: “It feels like a wider platform than I’m used to, like I have more ground coverage and contact and a much more stable base.” Other Tour players who have already put the Tour-S in play at tournaments around the world include Charley Hoffman and Jason Kokrak. TOUR-S FEATURES • FJ Launch Pods deliver Tourcalibre stability through max extension of the surface area in the heel and forefoot pods

• Lightweight TPU Power Strap harnesses and regulates footwork throughout the swing • Proprietary Pebax Powered chassis delivers ultra-lightweight tensile strength in full foot stabiliser • Dual Density PU Fit-Bed for supreme underfoot cushioning • PPL – Pure Performance Luxury leather sourced by Pittards of England; One-year waterproof warranty • Carbon weave fibreglass midsole plate delivers support, stability and motion control • Moulded SecureCollar and ComforTongue promising a precision fit Available since early February, the shoes come in a choice of four different colours. FootJoy’s Tour-S shoes are available at Laguna National Golf & Country Club’s Pro Shop with special pricing for Members.

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DINING “It was great playing with Kurt. He hits the ball miles … and you could have sizzled my steak medium rare on his putter!” John Catlin after narrowly losing out to fellow-American Kurt Kitayama in the Asian Development Tour’s PGM Darulaman Championship in Malaysia in January

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What’s New in F&B Kevin Ling, Laguna National Golf & Country Club’s Assistant Food & Beverage Manager, highlights a host of special dining promotions that will be on offer at The Nest during the second quarter of 2018.

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s we progress towards the Club developments plans and the Year of the Dog unfolds, the team from F&B has lined up some exciting promotions for the months of April, May and June.

on a variety of roasts, including prime rib, boneless leg of lamb and Dover sole in puff pastry. Meanwhile, to commemorate Mother’s Day (May 13) and Father’s Day (June 17) there will be sumptuous set dinners at The Nest. It’s the time to say ‘Thank You’ and show your appreciations to your parents for everything they have done for you.

To commemorate Mother’s Day (May 13) and Father’s Day (June 17) there will be sumptuous set dinners at The Nest.

As well as Easter, there’s Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to look forward to … along with special offerings for lamb shank, the must-try coffee pork rib and a sake-tasting evening. For Easter Sunday lunch (April 1), Chef Kent Neo will be putting

While Mother’s Day celebrates the achievements and efforts of mothers and mother figures, Father’s Day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting. These are opportune dates to bring together the whole family. So, come on down to La-

guna National with your parents and family and make sure you enjoy a memorable day with our specially prepared 5-course set dinners. For those of you who have a liking for sake, make sure to set aside the evening of June 22 for what promises to be a very special Sake Night, along with a 7-course set dinner. Commencing at 6.45 pm at The Nest, not only will you be able to sample some excellent sake, but also it’s a chance to learn about Japan’s national beverage and how this Japanese rice wine is made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Let me also take this opportunity to remind you that The Nest is a perfect venue for lunch, dinner and corporate functions. Buffet menu starts from $68 per head with a choice of set menu, semibuffet or buffet.

Signature Specials from our Chefs To give our Members even more variety in their menu selection, we are pleased to present a series of Monthly Specials, lovingly created by our Chefs. Available during Lunch & Dinner

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Coffee Pork Ribs

Deep-Fried Marinated Pork Ribs with Chef’s Special Recipe served with Steamed Rice and Sautéed Vegetables $22.80 (Member) | $24.80 (Standard)

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Wagyu Niku Tofu Nabe Braised Sliced Wagyu Striploin with Beancurd, Leek and Assorted Trio Mushroos served with Japanese Steamed Rice $26.80 (Member) | $29.80 (Standard)

On behalf of my team at The Nest, we thank you for your continued support and our very best wishes to one and all parents.

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We’re all cheering for you!

Braised Lamb Shank with Mixed Herbs and Red Wine Reduction served with Mashed Potato and Sautéed Vegetables

Bon Appétit!

Lamb Shank

$28.80 (Member) | $32.80 (Standard)

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wine Promotions Cogno, Barbera D'Alba 2013 Brilliant garnet-red in colour with orange highlights. Firm, elegant and potent on the nose, it has scents of dog-rose, mint and tobacco, scents that meld over the course of time into spice, coffee, licorice, truffle, leather and minerals. A full-bodied, rounded bouquet of great structure and balance, redolent of plum jam and withered brambles. The persistent chocolatey after-

taste is harmonious and enticing. Over the years, it gradually refines its characteristics to achieve classic elegance and composure. Goes well with braised meats, stewed game, roasts, and mature cheeses such as pecorino and Parmigiano Reggiano. $22.00 per glass $108.00 per bottle

Cogno, Barolo 2012 Bright ruby red in colour with clear crimson highlights. Deep, full aromas, elegant, well-balanced and enduring, reminiscent of rose, undergrowth and Oriental spices. Very powerful bouquet, sweetened by an overall softness. Fine structure accompanied by lively acidic freshness. Flavours

conjure up Morello cherry and plum jam with a long finish of withered grape. Serve with tasty dishes such as pasta, red meat, and medium-mature soft, fatty cheeses.

bottle Promotions Nikka Miyagikyo

Nikka Yoichi

This is single malt from the Miyagikyo distillery, Nikka's second distillery, built in 1969. The founder, Masataka Taketsuru, chose this site in the mountains of Sendai to contrast with his first distillery, Yoichi, located in the coastal area. Using less peaty malt and distilled in a pot still heated by indirect steam, Miyagikyo single malt has an elegant fruitiness and a distinctive aroma with a strong Sherry cask influence.

This is single malt from the Yoichi distillery, Nikka's first distillery, built in 1934. The founder, Masataka Taketsuru, chose Yoichi in Hokkaido because of the similar environmental conditions to Scotland, where he learned whisky making. Yoichi single malt has pleasant peaty notes and smokiness originating from the traditional direct coalfired distillation as well as a briny hint delivered by the sea breeze during the aging process.

$208.00 per bottle

$208.00 per bottle

(Single Malt)

(Single Malt)

$22.00 per glass | $108.00 per bottle

Ama, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013 Colour: Dark ruby red with crimson hues Nose: Fruity notes rich with forest berries and plum, and hints of ripe fruit and jam. Spicy hints of cinnamon and cloves, with tertiary notes conjuring up tobacco, leather, tanned hide, with a distinct toasty note.

Mouth: Delicate attack, velvety tannins, rich, rounded flavour, lingering and stylish. $24.00 glass | $118.00 per bottle

The Coravin System The Coravin System is a tool that allows restaurants to pour wines by the glass without pulling the cork. Since the cork stays in place, the remaining wine will be just as fresh as an unopened bottle, even after many months. Now patrons can enjoy a glass of a premium wine that was previously only available by the full bottle and can drink exactly what he/she likes, rather

than compromising on a bottle for the table. Unlike costly preservation systems that only accommodate a few bottles, implementing a Coravin BTG programme is flexible and very low cost. $528.00

The Macallan 12 Years Double Cask

The Macallan Fine Oak 15 Years

$208.00 per bottle

$228.00 per bottle

Chang Beer Bucket Combo

Every bucket order comes with a complimentary basket of fried chicken wings $42.00 per bucket

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SPECIAL DINING EVENTS

Rare Treat for Whisky-Lovers

Mother's Day 5-Course Set Dinner APPETISERS Ikura Tofu Salad Mixed Greens with Sesame Dressing topped with Salmon Roe SOUP Homemade Cream of Wild Mushroom with Black Truffle INTERMEZZO Yuzu Sorbet

MAIN COURSE Pan-Seared Tasmania Salmon and Scallop served with Salmon Roe, Mashed Potato and Sautéed Vegetables

DESSERT Homemade Italian Tiramisu Freshly Brewed Coffee or Tea $68.80 per person

Or Char-Grilled Angus Beef Tenderloin and King Prawn served with Croquette Potato, Sautéed Vegetables and Truffle Sauce

Sunday, May 13

Father's Day 5-Course Set Dinner APPETISERS Sashimi Moriawase Kanpachi, Botan Ebi & Nama Hotategai Yellow Tail, Sweet Prawn & Fresh Scallop SOUP Traditional French Onion Soup with Melted Cheese INTERMEZZO Yuzu Sorbet

MAIN COURSE Char-Grilled Angus Beef Striploin Topped with Foie Gras served with Potato Gratin, Sautéed Vegetables and Truffle Sauce

DESSERT Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake Freshly Brewed Coffee or Tea $68.80 per person

Or Oven-Baked Chilean Cod Fillet with Avocado & Amaebi Salsa served with Potato Gratin and Sautéed Vegetables

Sunday, June 17

Sake Dinner: 7-Course Set Meal Paired with Sake

ZENSAI Wakame Kyuri Su, Tako Wasabi & Maguro Natto Chilled Seaweed and Cucumber in Vinaigrette, Marinated Octopus with Wasabi, Fermented Beans with Tuna in Chef’s Special Recipe SASHIMI MORIAWASE Shake, Kanpachi, Maguro, Mekajiki & Amaebi Salmon, Yellow Tail, Lean Fat Tuna, Swordfish & Sweet Shrimp

MUSHIMONO Uni Chawanmushi Steamed Egg Custard topped with Sea Urchin

ZOSUI Seafood Miso Zosui Japanese Style Rice Porridge with Seafood in Bean Paste Soup

AGEMONO Kaki Furai Deep-Fried Oyster

DESSERT Shiratama Zenzai Japanese Red Bean Paste with Soft Mochi

YAKIMONO Wagyu Tenderloin Grilled Wagyu Tenderloin with Chef’s Special Sauce

Whisky-lovers are in for a rare treat in April when Laguna National stages a special dinner.

$108.80 (Member) $118.80 (Member’s Guest)

Reservation: Call 6248-1711 or email to thenest@lagunanational.com

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rom place and production, to people and passion. The Macallan is the result of such defining mastery and intricacy, it is unmatched; peerless in each and every way’. Laguna National Members and guests will be able to judge for themselves at a Macallan Whisky Dinner at The Nest on April 13. “Macallan is one of the world’s largest-selling single malts. So, for all those who like whisky, this promises to be an evening to savour,” said Florence Rozario, Laguna National’s Restaurant Manager. “As the dinner is limited to 50 people, make sure to book your spot as soon as possible. Places will be allocated on a first-come, firstserve basis.” The Macallan distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Craigellachie, Moray. The Macallan Distillers Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Edrington Group, which purchased the brand from Highland Distillers in 1999. Representing the Edrington Group at the dinner will be James Ting, Brand Trainer, Southeast Asia. An avid and experienced taster, Ting is a strong advocate of the belief that: “Life is simply too short to waste your calories on the bad stuff, so drink well always!”

Prior to his current role, Ting was Brand Ambassador for Wines and Spirits, representing various brands with a focus on product education, while spearheading major brand activations. MACALLAN WHISKY DINNER Date: Friday, April 13 Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Venue: The Nest Price: $108.80 (Member); $128.80 (Member Guest) Reservation: Call 6248-1711 or email to thenest@lagunanational.com Since joining the Edrington Group, Ting has assisted in overseeing domestic and regional brand training for The Macallan, Highland Park and The Glenrothes. He also plays an active role in curating consumer experiential events. Earlier in his career, Ting worked for an international airline and was one of the youngest to attain a supervisory crew rank in the cabin crew division while also holding the post of an Air Sommelier, a position that only 60 out of 7,000 crew held. He was also a designated trainer, dedicated to conducting F&B service training for the airline. On the academic front, Ting holds an Advanced WSET (UK) with Distinction, is a certified Whisky Ambassador (UK), as well as a Singapore WSQ and ACTA certified trainer.

Originally, The Macallan was matured only in oak sherry casks brought to the distillery from Jerez, Spain. Beginning in 2004, The Macallan introduced a new main product, the Fine Oak series, with the whisky mellowed in bourbon oak casks as well as sherry ones. A Macallan spokesperson said: “We carefully select the finest quality spirit from our stills to ensure we create the best single malt whisky. This finest cut ensures we produce our signature viscous mouth-feel and fruity aroma and flavour. This small portion, or ‘cut’ is incredibly selective and one of the finest in the industry. “It is primarily responsible for the full-bodied richness of The Macallan new make spirit. This clear, colourless spirit is selected at just under 70% alcohol by volume. Distinctly robust and characterful this ‘new make’ spirit is the starting point for all Macallan. “Our exceptional oak casks are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colours and distinctive aromas and flavours of The Macallan. These oak casks are crafted to our own specifications and account for up to 80% of the final aromas and flavours of The Macallan. Because of this, we spend more per cask than any other distillery in sourcing, crafting, seasoning and caring for its casks.”

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Golf Fixtures 2018 April to June

7 April

Sat

April Medal

8 April

Sun

SGA Inter-Club League (Round 2) Red Group - SEN v LNGCC; SICC v OCC; RCC v SEL White Group - KEP v SEM; TMCC v CGC; WGCC v NSRCC

10 - 12 April

Tue - Thu

22 April

Sun

SGA Inter-Club League (Round 3) Red Group - WGCC v TMCC; CGC v KEP; SEM v NSRCC White Group - RCC v SICC; OCC v SEN; LNGCC v SEL

1 May

Tue

Public Holiday LABOUR DAY

5 May

Sat

May Medal

6 May

Sun

SGA Inter-Club League (Round 4) Red Group - WGCC v KEP; CGC v SEM; TMCC v NSRCC White Group - RCC v SEN; OCC v LNGCC; SICC v SEL

TMCC, KEP, SEM SICC, SEN LNGCC (Classic)

20 May

Sun

SGA Inter-Club League (Round 5) Red Group - RCC v OCC; SEL v SEN - LNGCC v SICC (Rescheduled to 27 May) White Group - WGCC v CGC; SEM v TMCC; NSRCC v KEP

NSRCC, CGC TMCC SEL, RCC, OCC

29 May

Tue

Public Holiday VESAK DAY

30 May - 1 June

Wed - Fri

2 June

Sat

June Medal

Sun

SGA Inter-Club League (Quarter-Finals) Group of Top 4 - Red Rank 1st v White Rank 4th - Red Rank 2nd v White Rank 3rd - Red Rank 3rd v White Rank 2nd - Red Rank 4th v White Rank 1st Group of Plate Teams - Red Rank 5th v White Rank 6th - Red Rank 6th v White Rank 5th

3 June

4 - 7 June 8 June 11 - 14 June

National Ranking Game - 1st Leg

National Ranking Game - 2nd Leg

Mon - Thu Ladies Meet Up Fri

Men's Member Guest

Mon - Thu Singapore Junior Championship

15 June

Fri

19 - 21 June

Tue - Thu

24 June

Sun

Masters TMCC, KEP, SEM SICC SEN, LNGCC (Classic) OCC NSRCC, WGCC, CGC SEL, RCC, OCC

Masters

TMCC Masters

LNGCC (Classic) SEN, OCC, RCC SICC, SEL Masters Classic SEL

Public Holiday HARI RAYA PUASA HSBC Youth Challenge - 1st Leg SGA Inter-Club League (Semi-Finals) Group of Top 4

EXCLUSIVE PRIVILEGE FOR LAGUNA NATIONAL MEMBERS AT AMARI PHUKET

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Imagine escaping to somewhere secluded, where a canvas of blue skies and turquoise sea is the first thing you’ll see, where island paradise is exactly how you’ve imagined it to be. Private Sea View Take in the private sea view in one of the resort’s bright and airy suites with floor-to-ceiling windows. Sink into soft beds with plush pillows that will lull you to sleep and bedrooms that represent luxury in every way, all put together with the stunning seascape as centre stage. Welcome to the Club Exclusive to Club Suites and Laguna National Members, you will enjoy complimentary access to the Clubhouse. Home to an infinity pool and outdoor terrace, FIT Centre and offering excellent privileges, the private club is reserved exclusively for you. Share Special Moments Imagine being by the pool, gazing out to the calming sea or snorkelling in crystal clear waters at the jetty, with schools of colourful fish and coral reefs inviting you to play. Picture yourself strolling on the beach hand-in-hand or savouring the taste of Italy at La Gritta’s with a bottle of fine wine. Imagine all this now, imagine how incredible it will be. You’re going to find it hard to leave… Exclusive for Laguna National Members only, enjoy a special rate of $200 per night (U.P. $450) for a two-bedroom villa at Amari Phuket. To book your getaway at Amari Phuket, contact Club Concierge at 6248 1777/ 778 or email clubconcierge@lagunanational.com


2040 LEGACY MEMBERSHIP A rewarding experience for the next generation Laguna National is pleased to offer a special internal club programme. The 2040 Legacy Membership is open to individuals aged between 21 and 28, who are the children of an existing Laguna National Member. This internal club programme is specifically designed to acknowledge your support and to allow you to gift the legacy of membership to your child or children at a very preferential rate.

For your personalised consultation, please contact our Senior Membership Manager, Maggie Tuya at 6248 1706 or maggie.tuya@lagunanational.com

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