Australia is home to a stunning array of golf courses and the round of PGA Australian golf tournaments are not to be missed. The following are some of Australia’s major golfing events, played across the country on world class golf courses in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and the Sunshine coast. Australia’s golf courses are some of the best-designed and most challenging in the world. They are often located in scenic Australian bush settings surrounded by wildlife. In a country that has produced such golfing greats as Greg Norman and Ian Baker-Finch, Australia’s passion for the game keeps on growing.
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
A stellar showcase of the world’s best golfers will descend on Canberra in 2013 for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at the Royal Canberra Golf Club. The championship, which comes to Canberra for the first time in its history, is part of the 2013 Centenary of Canberra celebrations and will be the opening event on the global LPGA Tour. Early player commitments to the event include four time champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Australian Karrie Webb. Webb has won seven major championships and will again tee up with the world’s champion women golfers again in Canberra.
Perth, Western Australia
The Perth International Golf Championship brings some of the world’s best golf players to Western Australia to compete for Australian golf’s richest prize money at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. The course is regularly rated as one of the top ten golf courses in Australia, known for its challenging layout and bushland setting. The tournament is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour. The inaugural event will be played in October 2012. International golf stars Jason Dufner; currently ranked number nine in the world, and Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters Champion have been confirmed for the tournament.
First held in 1979, the Australian Masters has consistently attracted the best players from across the globe. The presentation of the championship gold jacket has become an Australian golf tradition. The event has launched many notable Australian golf players onto the international stage which reads like a who's who of the golfing world. The 2012 Australian Masters was held at Kingston Heath Golf Club which is ranked as the number two course in Australia and the 27th best course in the world. The annual Australian Masters is a ‘best in class’ event and a highpoint on the Australian golfing calendar.
Sunshine Coast, Queensland
The Australian PGA Championship each year attracts the world’s best golfers and thousands of sports fans to Queensland’s spectacular Sunshine Coast. Australia’s oldest professional tournament, the Australian PGA Championship boasts an incredible list of past champions. The course has been graced by the game’s best, with recent winners including Greg Chalmers (2011), Peter Senior (2010), Robert Allenby (2009), and Geoff Ogilvy (2008). The Australian PGA Championship is a family friendly event, set in the spectacular Palmer Coolum Resort. Spectators have the luxury of being in a sub-tropical climate, watching golf within a world class resort destination.
Sydney, New South Wales
The [Emirates] Australian Open is held at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney, one of the most challenging championship golf courses in Australia. Players compete for $1.5 million in prize money and the coveted Stonehaven Cup. The course is built on sand hills millions of years old which enables it to be played in wet weather when most other courses are closed. Its bunkers even cause expert players difficulty. The Lakes Golf Club is just 15 minutes away from Sydney. Join the crowds to watch golf’s best international players and take in the best Sydney has to offer at the same time.