Package Details

Augusta

  • Fully escorted tour with all accommodation close to Augusta National Golf Club
  • 3 nights accommodation from Friday 10th to Monday 13th April 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday at The Masters tournament
  • Breakfast daily in hotels and maid service in private housing
  • Hospitality throughout the weekend near Augusta National
  • Transfers to the Masters & our Hospitality Venue as needed
  • Welcome gifts on arrival

Pinehurst

  • Before OR after Masters Week – your choice!
  • 3 nights accommodation in the historic Carolina Hotel
  • 3 games of golf, including on Pinehurst No. 2
  • Daily breakfast, resort fee and taxes included

Pinehurst & Masters Weekend Package 4 – from USD $9,695

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!

Rose-Poulter Course

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The Justin Rose – Ian Poulter course has been designed with Matchplay in mind, incentivising golfers to take more chances for greater reward. Set within a stunning valley of age old trees and thick jungle foliage, the course evokes a very natural feel with a significant amount of the bunker complexes transitioning into native vegetation, creating an integrated relationship with the outside vegetation and towering mountains. With shorter Par 4 distances, there are plenty of birdie opportunities – who knows – maybe even a chance for a hole in one!

Leadbetter Course

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David Leadbetter’s commitment to instruction is on full display at this golf course. The world-renowned instructor devised a layout meant to challenge and teach players without intimidating. Generous fairways, short Par 4s and drives from elevated tees are prevalent throughout. Yet it also features large, sand-flashed bunkers and undulating fairways that while wide, rarely yield a flush lie. The course requires each player to use every club in the bag at some point in the round, just as any top-notch instructor would demand.

Olazabal Course

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Jose Maria Olazabal’s inaugural signature course is one of Mission Hill Golf Club’s strongest tests. Playing more than 7,300 yards for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup and boasting over 150 bunkers (including 24 on No. 15 alone!), the course reflects Olazabal’s reputation as a master with the sand wedge. Heavily bunkered, with an Australian Sand Belt flair, coupled with undulating fairways that make for some tricky lies, are two of the distinguishing features of this true Championship golf course.

Annika Course

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Annika Sorenstam’s first design features spectacular views of the natural terrain and mountains which rise more than 300 meters above the golf course. The dramatic elevations change throughout the course providing several panoramic tee shots suspended high above spacious, yet heavily bunkered fairways that cut through densely forested valleys. Well-manicured tees and greens create a beautiful “botanical” feel.

Norman Course

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Greg Norman built a reputation designing challenging golf courses shaped in the traditional stylings of the Australian Sand Belt. His offering at Mission Hills follows suit, as narrow fairways surrounded by long, native grasses and dense forest vegetation contribute to the layout’s reputation as one of the most challenging courses in Asia.

Ozaki Course

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The Ozaki Course takes advantage of its dramatic terrain by playing largely through single corridors offering elevated tees and fairways flanked by naturally occurring slopes. Large areas of turf and wide fairways punctuated by strategic bunkering, contrast with tall slopes of native plants and trees. Dramatic long views into valley corridors often include serene lakes, and end at the course’s large challenging green complexes.