King Island Golf

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King Island Golf Travel Made Easy

King Island, located in Bass Strait between Victoria and Mainland Tasmania, with a population of around 1500 people has become the focus of devoted travelling golfers from Australia and around the World.

Cape Wickham Golf Links, on the northern tip of King Island (designed by Mike DeVries and Darius Oliver) is not only laid out across some of the best links land available outside of the UK and Ireland but is located on what is surely some of the most visually spectacular golf land in the world! You may have heard it referenced to as ‘Australia’s answer to Pebble Beach’ and the comparisons are understandable (though Cape Wickham arguably has more high-quality holes than Pebble). It is currently Ranked #3 in Australia and #24 in the World.

And as if one amazing course on the island wasn’t enough, Graeme Grant’s Ocean Dunes, situated just a few minutes outside of the island’s main town of Currie midway down the west coast, opened a year or so later, but has also received rave reviews from critics and travelling golfers alike. Entering the Australian rankings for the first time in 2018 and debuting at #10 probably tells you all you need to know. Also set on some spectacular links land, the holes have been magnificently designed to flow seamlessly across the ocean’s edges before turning inland, travelling up and down through the natural dunes in a manner that would have you assume that this is how Mother Nature had always intended things to be!

Many will say there is no use having the subjective debate over which of the two courses is better, however the reality is that most passionate golfers won’t be able to resist the topic. Nevertheless, we are confident there will be no clear winner on the matter – which is a testament to how good both of these golf courses are!

The Golf Travel Agency are specialists in organising golf travel to King Island and have been working in King Island since Cape Wickham first opened, which means we know all the ‘tricks of the trade’ to ensure you maximise your golf experience on the Island.

We offer the option of flying Commercial Airlines, or by Private Charter, depending on your preference and group size.

If you are interested in heading down to King Island for some amazing golf give us a call to see how we can help.

We have arrangements in place with all of the courses on King Island as well as a variety of accommodation options which enables us to charge no more than what it would cost you to organise the trip yourself, only we are a one stop shop that can advise on all the options, as well as taking all the hassle out of dealing with different airlines, hotels, golf courses, transfer companies etc.

So, if you want to take all the stress out of organising your next golf trip, let us do the hard yards for you while also saving you time and money. Your only job be needs to be finding the right mates to travel with!

Visit our Barnbougle & King Island Golf Holidays page to check out some itineraries, or give us a call on (02) 9555 5311!

Stunning St Andrews Beach Fly-Over

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Recently commissioned by St Andrews Beach Golf Club on the Mornington Peninsula, Caddie Mag’s Editor in Chief, Will Watts, captured a stunning series of images and drone footage for the highly regarded course.

Caddie Mag is a boutique publication that captures rare and authentic stories for, from and surrounding the world of golf.

Have a look at this amazing fly-over of the Mornington Peninsula’s St Andrews Beach Golf Course:

Click here for packages to the Mornington Peninsula, and for more information on Caddie Magazine, go to: www.caddiemag.com

Amazing Barnbougle Fly-Over

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Caddie Mag is a publication made for lovers of golf, lovers of travel and lovers of masterful photography.

It is a boutique publication that captures rare and authentic stories for, from and surrounding the world of golf.

With a strong print and digital presence, they pride themselves on helping revamp golf’s image and capturing a fresh cross-generational appeal.

Have a look at this amazing fly-over of Tasmania’s Barnbougle Golf Resort produced by Caddie Mag:

Click here for packages to Barnbougle Golf Resort, and for more information on Caddie Magazine, go to: www.caddiemag.com

Around the Traps – August 2019

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Brought to you by Rod Morri for The Golf Travel Agency

What a run Australia’s women golfers are on! First Hannah Green breaks a 13-year major drought at the KPMG Women’s PGA in Minnesota. Then Gabi Ruffels backs up by becoming the first Australian to win the US Women’s Amateur.

The sister of another teen sensation, Ryan Ruffels,  Gabi’s feat was made even more remarkable by the fact that she took up golf less than five years ago.

The daughter of former tennis professionals, Ray Ruffels and Anna Maria Fernandez, spent much of her youth pursuing top class tennis but switched sports at the age of 14.

In the wake of Ruffels and Green’s victories and with Western Australia’s Minjee Lee firmly established in the top five of the women’s world rankings, Australia’s best ever – Karrie Webb – says a ‘golden age’ may be upon us for Australia’s women golfers.

“I think the timing of Gabi’s win couldn’t be better,” the 44-year-old seven-time major champion told AAP’s Evin Priest.

“It was only a couple of months ago that Hannah won the PGA. Australian girls are really putting our country on the map and it’s great to see.”

High praise indeed, and good news for Australian fans who will have plenty to cheer for over the next few years it seems.

You can watch some highlights of Gabi’s impressive win in the following video:



PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan was unapologetic about controversial changes made to the format for the season ending Tour Championship.

For the first time in the history of professional golf, handicap strokes were awarded to players at the start of the week based on their position in the year-long FedEx Cup competition.

The move didn’t find favour with all fans and commentators but Monahan was adamant the system is a better one and while it would take some getting used to would ultimately be embraced.

He told journalists at the start of the week that fans would need to adjust their thinking about the event in order to understand the changes.

“I think that fans know this is a season-long competition; it’s not a tournament,” Monahan said.

“The FedEx Cup is not a tournament. The Tour Championship is now for the FedEx Cup. So when you make that transition, you have to recognize that there are 45 weeks and 45 tournaments that precede it.

“As we make this transition, I think you have to take a longer perspective on it.”

Rory McIlroy (who started the week at 5-under-par and five shots behind Justin Thomas who was the leader at the start of the week) cruised to a three-shot victory over Xander Schauffele to claim the $15 million first prize.

He is the only person other than Tiger Woods to win more than one Fedex Cup.


The world’s most recognisable golfer may yet tee up at The Presidents Cup in Melbourne in December with American Captain Tiger Woods saying he is a chance to pick himself for the 12-man US team.

Woods didn’t play well enough during the year to be among the eight automatic qualifiers finalised after the second of the FedEx Cup play-off events but said during a media conference call he is not out of the running yet.

“My job as the Captain is to put together the best team possible and try and put together the best 12 guys,” he said.

“We’ll be going through the whole process of having open communication with our top eight guys and my vice captains.

“That is something that we will certainly talk about, whether I should play or not play.

“Ultimately, it’s going to be my call whether I do play or not as the captain. But I want to have all of their opinions before that decision is made.”

The Presidents Cup will be played at the world renowned Royal Melbourne Golf Club from December 12-15. For Official Presidents Cup Travel Packages, please click here for more information.

As always, the US team looks impressive on paper with their eight automatic qualifiers, though the Internationals will benefit from the presence of at least three Australians.

The automatic qualifiers are:

US Team

  1. Dustin Johnson
  2. Justin Thomas
  3. Brooks Koepka
  4. Matt Kuchar
  5. Xander Schauffele
  6. Webb Simpson
  7. Bryson DeChambeau
  8. Patrick Cantlay

Internationals

  1. Hideki Matsuyama
  2. Adam Scott
  3. Louis Oosthuizen
  4. Marc Leishman
  5. Abraham Ancer
  6. Haotong Li
  7. Cameron Smith
  8. C.T. Pan

To whet your appetite for what’s to come at Royal Melbourne, check out these 10 great shots from past Cups including a highlight from the Internationals’ only win in 1998.

Jason Day failed to qualify automatically for The International team but it seems likely he will get one of Ernie Els’ Captain’s picks to be announced early November.

Day was recently named as one of three marquee signings for the Australian Open to be played the week prior to the Presidents Cup, a clue perhaps that he has been assured a place in the team.

The Queenslander has faced criticism in recent years for rarely making the effort to play in Australia and his commitment to tee up in the national championship is seen by some as a near certainty he will be at Royal Melbourne.

By his own lofty standards, Day has had his worst year on the US circuit since 2012 which was the last time he finished outside the top 20 in FedEx Cup points. He was 54th this year.


Every year the playing of the Tour Championship reminds us of one of the game’s greatest highlights, which happened at the event in 2002.

For those who haven’t seen it, it may be one of Phil Mickelson’s greatest one liners. For those who have seen it, it never gets old …

The Famous Green Jacket

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While only one Australian has ever claimed the famous Masters Green Jacket,  the garment has ties to these shores that go much deeper than just our players teeing up at Augusta National each April.

One of the most recognisable clothing items in all of sport, allowed to be worn only by members of the host club, Augusta National, and winners of the Masters tournament, it turns out that much of the wool used in producing Green Jacket hails from Queensland.

Nobody except the reigning Masters champion is allowed to remove the jacket from the grounds of the club, the tournament winner having to return it the week they defend the title.

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The history of the Green Jacket is long and well documented. It made its first appearance at the 1937 Masters (or the Augusta National Invitational as it was known at the time) as a way to allow visitors to identify club members.

It was first presented to the winner of the tournament in 1949 when Sam Snead claimed the title and the club then retrospectively awarded jackets to each of the 10 players who had divided up the 12 previous titles.

The jackets, cut from a fabric of predominantly wool, have been made by several tailors over the years but most since the 1960’s have come from the Hamilton Tailoring Company in Cincinnati, Ohio.

They use fabric purchased at the Victor Forstmann mill in Dublin, Georgia, which acquires the bulk of its wool supplies from – you guessed it – Australia.

Or more specifically, Queensland. When Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the famous jacket in 2013, the fact the garment was made from yarn sheared from Australian sheep was confirmed by Woolmark.

Hamilton Tailoring revealed in 2012 they had purchased a 500 yard roll of the Green Jacket Fabric in 1990 which led Woolmark General Manager of Product Development and Commercialisation, Jimmy Jackson, to suggest it is certain almost every jacket since has been made predominantly with Queensland wool.

“The mill which supplied the fabric was Forstmann, which in the 1970s and 80s was one of the biggest wool weavers in the world,” Mr Jackson said.

“On top of this it was also one of the biggest importers of Australian wool in the late-80s to early-90s and one of our greatest partners, so it is fair to say that the green wool did in fact primarily come from Australian sheep.”

The 500 yard roll purchased in 1990 is enough to make 200 jackets though since 1996 club members and tournament winners have had the option to purchase an upgraded jacket made by Saville Row tailor Henry Poole.

Those blazers are made with wool shorn in England though not every winner or member elects to buy from the London company. Either way, if any of the Australian contingent can get across the line this week it will be a victory for Australia in more ways than one.

Ryder Cup 2018 Review

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Ryder Cup 2018 Review

** Important Disclaimer: This review has been written by Andy Britton, The Golf Travel Agency’s resident British PGA Pro and unapologetic Euro fanboy. Please excuse the flagrant bias. **

‘La Demolition at Le Golf Nationale’ by Andy Britton

Well, there it was – the best week in golf (in my opinion) over for another 2 years. The much-hyped American team of Major-winners, comeback-kings and big-gunning rookies arrived with great fanfare and expectation, but left (as they have for 9 of the past 12 Ryder Cups) with tarnished egos, lessons to be learned and fingers of blame pointing everywhere.

Once again under-prepared, out-thought and out-fought, and overall totally out-played, it is only a matter of time before “Task Force #2” is commissioned by the USGA (Task Force #1 was instigated in the aftermath of the 16.5 – 11.5 thrashing at Gleneagles in 2014 and was supposed to ensure that it never happened again). That sorry episode dissolved into outright mutiny at the post-loss press conference when Phil ‘the Thrill’ didn’t so much push the venerable USA Team Captain, Tom Watson, under the bus, as drive it right over him … then reverse it back just to make sure.

Patrick Reed is this edition’s Mickelson. Living up to his already villainous image, Reed publicly called out Jordan Spieth for not wanting to partner with him and stated that Jordan’s personal feelings shouldn’t get in the way of what’s best for the Team. Ignoring the fact that Spieth’s great golfing mate, Justin Thomas, was his first choice (this being his maiden Ryder Cup) Reed probably had a point. It is, however, a bit of a stretch to demand that you play the afternoon foursomes when you just shot an 85 in the morning’s fourball!

‘Win as a team, lose as a team’ is an often (over) used catchphrase. It is much harder to stick together when on the wrong side of a beating certainly, but outwardly giving it everything whilst losing and then supporting your team is even more important to team morale and identity than wildly celebrating a win.

Three personal observations here:

  1. Jordan Spieth, who had just been thrashed by Thorbjorn Olesen, was noticeably the only American following rookie Bryson DeChambeau (the last match still on-course) as he bravely battled Noren down the stretch.
  2. Compare the losers’ press conferences of 2014 and 2016 for a lesson in the healing and harnessing power of laughter in defeat.
  3. Phil in 2018 vs. Seve in 1995 – the Euros under Bernhard Gallacher knew Seve was struggling and was unlikely to win his singles point, so they agreed to send him out first to give it his all – he duly got up and down out of every trash-can on the course to extend his match with Tom Lehman way past where it rightfully should have ended. Every European player saw the scoreboards or the shots on the big screens and it lifted and inspired them to go on to win the Cup that year. (By the way – mere mention of this match brings a tear to the eye of any die-hard European fan). I’d have sent the hapless Phil out first on Sunday with free reign to ‘Thrill’ and give his teammates some hope. What I actually saw was Phil loping along with his hands in his pockets, and a guaranteed point for Molinari (who himself has since admitted to being extremely flat on Sunday after his brilliant exertions of the first 2 days) when Europe only needed 4.5 to regain the trophy. No-one in their right mind would compare the indomitable Seve with the most-losingest Ryder-Cupper of all time, but the precedent was there if the egos had allowed it.

Ryder Cup 2020 being held in the US at Whistling Straits cannot come round soon enough! We await to see what lessons will have been learned by both teams, but one thing is certain – the fairways will be cut as wide as runways! Or maybe the US just can’t compete with their current depth of talent and now is the time to include the Canadians? *wink wink*

The Golf Travel Agency apologises to fans of the US Ryder Cup Team (but Andy does not).

If you loved every minute of the 2018 Ryder Cup this past weekend, and all you can think about is being there in person in the US to enjoy the next one, we are inviting your expressions of interest in attending the 2020 Ryder Cup with us at Whistling Straits on the shores of Lake Michigan (and, you may recall, the scene of Jason Day’s first Major win).

Please CLICK HERE to register your expression of interest now!

The 2018 Tour Championship

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Tiger’s BACK!

With his 80th PGA Tour win today at the 2018 Tour Championship, the excitement around Tiger as he walked up the 18th was tangible!

Check out this amazing footage (we can only imagine how freaked out the security team was) …

This is Tiger’s first PGA Tour win since 2013 (his last Major win was in 2008), however this is actually the 2nd highest pay day in his 22 years as a Pro!

So how much money DID the 30 competitors at the Tour Championship take home? Here’s the breakdown:

Winner Tiger Woods $1,620,000
No 2 (-9) Billy Horschel $972,000
No 3 (-7) Dustin Johnson $621,000
T-4 (-6) Hideki Matsuyama $372,000
T-4 Webb Simpson $372,000
T-4 Justin Rose $372,000
T-7 (-5) Rickie Fowler $279,900
T-7 Justin Thomas $279,900
T-7 Xander Schauffele $279,900
T-7 Rory McIlroy $279,900
T-11 (-4) Tommy Fleetwood $225,450
T-11 Gary Woodland $225,450
T-11 Jon Rahm $225,450
T-11 Paul Casey $225,450
T-15 (-3) Aaron Wise $190,800
T-15 Tony Finai $190,800
T-15 Kyle Stanley $190,800
No 18 (-2)  Jason Day $180,000
No 19 (-1)  Bryson DeChambeau $176,400
No 20 (E) Cameron Smith $172,800
T-21 (+1) Francesco Molinari $163,800
T-21 Patrick Cantlay $163,800
T-21 Marc Leishman $163,800
T-21 Patton Kizzire $163,800
No 25 (+3) Kevin Na $154,800
T-26 (+4) Keegan Bradley $150,300
T-26 Brooks Koepka $150,300
No 28 (+9) Patrick Reed $147,600
No 29 (+10) Bubba Watson $145,800
No 30 (+13) Phil Mickelson $144,000

 

Not bad at all for 4 days work!

New Zealand Luxury Winter Stay & Play Offer

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The Golf Travel Agency is thrilled to be able to offer you an amazing Winter Special stay-and-play package at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers for a limited time only!

UNLIMITED FREE GOLF AT KAURI CLIFFS & CAPE KIDNAPPERS

This amazing package is available to Australian and New Zealand Residents only, with a very special nightly tariff that includes unlimited green fees OR a 60-minute spa treatment per person per night at no extra charge. 

This wonderful Winter Special includes:

  • Luxurious suite accommodation
  • Pre-dinner drinks and canapes
  • Gourmet dinner (either a three course a la carte menu or daily changing five course tasting menu)
  • Full breakfast with buffet of fresh fruits, cereals, pastries and your pick from the menu of cooked items
  • Mini-bar (excluding liquor and wine)
  • Your choice of either a day of unlimited green fees OR a 60-minute massage per person for each night you stay

NZ $775 + 15% GST per person, per night based on double or twin occupancy

Single occupancy rates available on enquiry

For an upgrade to the deluxe category of suite add NZ $150 + 15% GST per night to the package.

LIMITED TIME OFFER

On sale now for travel up until 31 October, 2019. Subject to availability and change.

 

To Enquire About This Offer Click Here

or call us on: (02) 9555 5311

 

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If you are interested in other New Zealand golf destinations, make sure you visit our New Zealand Golf Holidays page!

2018 World Cup of Golf

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22 – 25 November 2018

The 2018 World Cup of Golf is being held in Melbourne again this November at The Metropolitan Golf Club.

As an Official Travel Operator for the event, The Golf Travel Agency is happy to provide the following accommodation, ticketing and ground transfer packages:

Download Official World Cup of Golf Packages Here

In addition to the packages listed, which feature a range of hotel options, 3 or 5 night stays, coach transfers to The Metropolitan Golf Club and either general admission or 2 levels of Hospitality to choose from, The Golf Travel Agency can also assist you with flights, add-on golf, or extensions to other golf destinations around the dates of the 2018 World Cup of Golf.

To Enquire About These Packages Click Here

or call us on: (02) 9555 5311

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Stay tuned for more information on the 2019 Presidents Cup, or CLICK HERE to register your expression of interest now!

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!