Queenstown – New Zealand’s Most Spectacular and Affordable Golf

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Queenstown – one of New Zealand’s most spectacular destinations renowned for adventure sports, and breathtaking scenery, is now also becoming one of the most travelled-to golf destinations in the world.

Home to a stunning array of golf courses, and so close to Australian shorelines, Queenstown is a particularly sought-after destination with Australian golf travellers.  With a total of seven golf courses within a 45-minute radius of Queenstown’s centre, this beautiful town is set amongst panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and the famous Remarkables mountain range.

Start your golf holiday by teeing off at Millbrook. A luxury golf resort just 20 Millbrook-Golf-Club-Queenstownminutes from Queenstown, Millbrook is set on 500 acres and features a 27-hole Championship golf course. Millbrook is a co-host of the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open and is accompanied by first-class resort facilities, including award winning restaurants and a variety of accommodations suited to individual travellers, couples and large groups alike.

Continue your NZ Open golfing trail with a game at The Hills Golf Club. Famously known as Sir Michael Hill’s private world class championship golf course, and also host to the NZ Open, enjoy unparalleled levels of service in an exclusive environment. When you’re not playing a round, avail yourself of the practice facilities and the finest clubhouse hospitality, and admire the unique sculptures strategically placed throughout the grounds.

Less than 5kms away is Arrowtown Golf Club – one of the most popular golf courses in New Zealand. The front nine is very tight, weaving through canyons and rock formations, making it hugely enjoyable for golfers of all abilities. Course management is key and there can be some extremely challenging shots if you stray off the fairways. The back nine is wider and built over gently undulating terrain where you can really take in the majesty of the surrounding mountains.

And then we have Jack’s Point. Ranked No.2 in New Zealand (Golf Digest), Jack’s Point is one of the country’s most visually spectacular golf courses.

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With a view that features a backdrop of over 2300 vertical metres of the Remarkables mountain range and stunning lake panoramas, Jack’s Point is breathtaking. As a par 72 Championship Course, it offers an exciting challenge with five tee positions to choose from, providing all level of golfers with an unforgettable golf experience.

Queenstown has a huge range of accommodation to suit every age, style and budget. Most being centrally located and within a short stroll to the many cafes, bars and restaurants in the area.  From award winning lodges & retreats that show off stunning alpine views, to serviced apartments and villas offering groups a self-catering option – Queenstown has something for all golf travellers.

Non-golfing activities available to you in Queenstown include taking a road trip Queenstown-Aerialto the famous Milford Sound; wine tastings where you can enjoy some of the region’s (and indeed the World’s!) most exquisite wines; a cruise across Lake Wakatipu at sunset; or a scenic flight soaring above the mountains; a gondola ride to the top of a mountain where panoramic views await you … and we haven’t even touched on the infamous adrenaline attractions on offer!

Bungy jumping, jet boating, sky diving, rapid riding, mountain climbing, hang gliding, para gliding, para sailing, zip lining … PHEW! … the list goes on …

Whichever you choose, you can undoubtably see Queenstown from a new perspective every time you visit. The perfect destination for golfing groups, pairing championship level golf and a full travel experience like no other. And it’s right on your doorstep! The Golf Travel Agency can assist in putting together the perfect golfing itinerary for you to experience Queenstown at its best.

Visit our New Zealand Golf Holidays page and find some inspiration for you next golf holiday!

Vietnam – Asia’s Next Big Golf Destination

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Vietnam is one of the fastest growing and most exciting international golf holiday destinations of 2018 and features golf courses created by the world’s most famous designers (the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Pete Dye and more)! Encased in exotic culture and rich cuisine, Vietnam offers experiences you won’t find anywhere else in the world. To date, Vietnam hasn’t been known as a huge golfing destination for Australians, with Thailand and China being the most popular Asian golf destinations … but that’s all changing. Vietnam currently boasts over 40 championship courses and there are many more in development.

Our very own Greg Norman took to Vietnam’s Southern Coast and has already hosted a stop on the European Tour, with his course, The Bluffs Ho Tram – ranked the No. 1 Golf Course in Vietnam. 

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The Bluffs Ho Tram features sensational rolling dunes and dramatic ocean views which come into play on virtually every hole. A slightly different experience to the usual course options in the Southern golfing region of Ho Chi Minh, which offer undulating fairways winding around foothills and National Parks.

However, Ho Chi Minh offers so much more than just golf. Steeped in history, discover destinations such as the famous Cu Chi Tunnels used in the Vietnam war which are said to spread underground across the entire country. From Ho Chi Minh you also have access to the famous Mekong Delta, a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands – home to floating markets, Khmer pagodas and villages surrounded by rice paddies. A truly unique and exotic experience only a few hours south from the City.

Whilst Southern Vietnam is home to the No. 1 golf course, nothing compares to the courses on offer in the Central Coast of Danang.  Pristine beaches, lined with 5-star resorts, surrounded by historic and cultural sites in every direction. Add to that multiple Championship Courses and it’s easy to see why this is fast becoming the new golfing hub of Asia. Other than Greg Norman, the golfing legends who have designed these world-class courses include Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Luke Donald and Jack Nicklaus who is set to open a new 18-hole championship course in 2019.  From teeing off the edge of the rolling peaks of Ba Na Hills, to testing your skills against the unpredictable terrain along Vietnam’s Coastline at Laguna Lang Co, or escaping the sand traps on The Dunes Course at BRG Danang Golf Club – there is much diversity to experience in golf in Danang. 

BRG-Danang-12th-HoleBut the experience doesn’t stop at golf in Danang. It is home to many tourist sites, such as Marble Mountains – a cluster of five marble and limestone hills (located just south of Danang City) that feature hidden shrines, tunnels and caves; The Imperial City of Hue, a walled palace known as the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam; and many relicts from the Vietnam War. 

And then we come to Hanoi, whose culture is a bit more traditional than the other 2 cities. The golf courses are typically surrounded by the jagged rocky terrain that is found in Halong Bay, with local paddy fields lining the fairways.  Hanoi reflects Vietnam in its early days, untouched by huge developments, however still providing golfers the choice of over 10 world-class championship courses scattered outside the city rim. Beyond the city, the Northern region is home to the world-renowned Halong Bay, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Embark on a cruise and discover Halong Bay’s emerald waters and its thousands of soaring limestone islands capped by rainforests – perfect for golfers and non-golfers alike looking for a breathtaking finish to a trip.

If you’re a food enthusiast, you’re going to enjoy the variety of flavours across all the halong-bay-vietnamgolfing regions.  Most cities offer food tours for those who wish to enjoy the local delicacies. Discover local food markets where fresh ingredients are purchased before having them cooked right in front of you. Learn where the best street food is found and indulge in the freshest and most fragrant cuisine on the planet.

Despite its emerging sophistication, there’s still an element of discovery about Vietnam. It’s the blue sea lining the coast’s edge, that meets the rolling green hills.  It’s the Vietnamese hospitality and culture that hasn’t changed over the years and that continues to drive travellers back each year. Vietnam is where exotic culture, incredible history and delicious cuisine encounters great golf.

Vietnam is the new hot-spot for golf trips, whether you prefer one city or want to take on all 3, The Golf Travel Agency covers everything you need to make this a reality.

Visit our Vietnam Golf Holidays page and find some inspiration for you next golf holiday!

Best Places to Stay at The US Masters

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One of the most anticipated weeks in the golfing calendar is almost upon us and it takes place in a town that explodes with excitement in the first full week of April every year … Augusta, Georgia.

Attending the US Masters is a pilgrimage that most avid golfers want to make at some point in their life and so the question for them is, what is the best way to experience one of the world’s greatest sporting events?

For a city that welcomes almost as many visitors as regular inhabitants one week per year, hotel accommodation can be tough to procure and for that reason, many people choose to stay in surrounding towns. There certainly are some beautiful towns not far from Augusta, including over the state border in South Carolina, however during Masters Week the concept of ‘not far’ takes on a different spin when you consider the significant increase in traffic in and around Augusta. For what is a once in a lifetime experience for many, spending hours and hours in traffic just means less time spent soaking up the experience –  not just of Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters Tournament, but of the city of Augusta itself – a city which is overwhelmed with Masters fever during that very special week in April.

One option unknown to many, but one that is becoming increasingly popular is the option of renting private residences, many of which are literally within a short walking distance of Augusta National. If you have a group of 3 or 4 or more, choosing a private residence not only provides large bedrooms, most with their own bathroom and TVs, but also great shared spaces for your group to socialize in, from large living rooms, to great BBQ areas, Jacuzzis and swimming pools. The Masters experience is often also very much about who you experience it with, and there is no better way to share the experience than in a large house with your friends and family a matter of a few hundred metres from the gates of the most beautiful golf course in the world!

If the idea of staying in a house in Augusta interests you, or whether you still prefer to stay in a hotel, our team can help you plan your Masters trip. Our packages are flexible so you can choose exactly how long you stay, which days you want to attend The Masters and which days you would like to play some games of golf yourself on some of the best private courses in Augusta and surrounding areas.

For more information on our US Masters packages, click here, call us on (02) 9555-5311 or email us here and we can provide a custom quote to suit.