The Best Golf of Australia Escorted 2017

The Best Golf of Australia Escorted 2017
Sydney, Melbourne & Tasmania

8 Nights | 7 Rounds including Royal Melbourne, New South Wales, Kingston Heath, Cape Wickham, Barnbougle & Lost Farm

Party of 16 | 19 – 27 February - SOLD OUT

For a variety of very positive reasons, golf in Australia has a better seat than ever in the premier league.  I visited for ten days and six rounds this past February which was the inspiration for this trip to what I believe is one of the game’s top three international destinations along with the British Isles and South Africa.  Sydneyand Melbourne’s Sandbelt are home to three Dr. Alister MacKenzie classics; Royal Melbourne’s West Course (World #12 by GOLF Magazine)New South Wales (#37) and Kingston Heath (#28) all of which we’ll play along with three striking newcomers including Tasmania’s Barnbougle Dunes (#36) by Tom Doak and Barnbougle Lost Farm (#85) by Crenshaw & Coore. The baby of the bunch is on King Island in the Bass Strait where you’ll find one of the world’s most dramatic and remote seaside locations and one of the most acclaimed new courses to open in years – Cape Wickham – ranked by Golf Digest just three months after it opened in 2015 as world 24!

For questions and reservations, we welcome the opportunity to assist you personally at 800.344.5257 or Information@PerryGolf.com

All the Best!

Gordon Dalgleish President PerryGolf

Gordon Dalgleish
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Melbourne City beside the Yarra River
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Royal Melbourne West by Gary Lisbon
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Day 1: Sydney

Welcome to Australia. On arrival at Sydney Airport, arrange your transfer to Langham Sydney Hotel (30 mins). Relax today and enjoy the sights of Sydney.

Welcome cocktail party & dinner this evening.

Overnight: The Langham, Sydney.  Harbour King Room with breakfast included.

Sydney Harbour, Australia
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Day 2: Sydney

Journey to golf course (25mins).

Today play New South Wales (early afternoon). Designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie (whose next project happened to be Cypress Point), this course is one of the greats ranked #5 in Australia and #37 in the world.  Opened in 1928 and situated on the rugged cliffs of La Perouse, it overlooks Botany Bay at the site of Captain James Cook's 1770 landing.  The layout is framed by water on three sides and has many characteristics of links golf – undulating fairways, spectacular views and complete exposure to the elements.  NSW’s four par 3s are considered by many to be the finest collection in the country.  No. 6 at 202 yards stands out as one of the game’s great “ocean carry” par 3s not unlike No. 16 at Cypress.

Overnight: The Langham, Sydney.  Harbour King Room with breakfast included.

New South Wales by Gary Lisbon
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DAY 3:  MELBOURNE

This morning fly from Sydney to Melbourne (economy scheduled flight included).

Journey to golf course (45mins).

Today play Royal Melbourne West Course (early afternoon). Continually rated as the #1 golf course in Australia, and has been as high as #5 in the world, is the most recognized golf course on the world famous Melbourne Sandbelt. The site remains one of the finest ever found in the world of golf, full of dramatic undulation with fertile sandy soil and a natural rugged appearance. Designed by Dr Alister Mackenzie, the bunkering is spectacular while the rough areas around the tees and bunkers are a mix of native grasses which beautifully and naturally frame each hole, providing great definition and contrast without distracting from the strategy. The greens provide the finest putting surfaces in Australia. Large and beautifully contoured, they are built to accommodate approaches from a number of angles with each progressively more difficult the further the tee shot strays from the ideal line.

Overnight: The Langham, Melbourne.  King River Room with breakfast included.

Royal Melbourne West Course, Australia by Gary Lisbon
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DAY 4:  MELBOURNE

Journey to golf course (30mins).

Today play Metropolitan (morning). Rated #3 in Australia, this course and Royal Melbourne were one in the same until 1901 when part of the membership favored a move to the southern sandhills while the other preferred their inner city home.  The new club was formed in 1908; tournament play began in 1930 after a series of Dr. Alister MacKenzie’s modifications. Seven Australian Opens later, along with five Australia PGAs plus a host of professional events including the World Golf Match Play Championship have defined Metropolitan as one of the best.  You’ll  notice here how the bunkers are cut into the greens which requires a hand finishing you won’t find on a handful of courses anywhere in the world.

Overnight: The Langham, Melbourne.  King River Room with breakfast included.

The Metropolitan by Gary Lisbon
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DAY 5:  MELBOURNE

Journey to golf course (30mins).

Today play Kingston Heath (early afternoon).  There are seven solid clubs in Melbourne’s Sandbelt, Kingston Heath has a lot of people convinced that it’s the best because it’s “pure” 18 trumps Royal Melbourne’s composite 18. We’re playing both but wonderfully arguable!  Dr. MacKenzie’s hand here was designing the bunkers which are essentially ground sculptures and regularly unavoidable.  There are ever present.  Overall design credit goes to Dan Soutar from Sydney who was charged to design a course that would “stand the test of time” according to the consult of J.H. Taylor and Harry Vardon who had seen the future of the game with the advent of the rubber-cored ball. 

Overnight: The Langham, Melbourne.  King River Room with breakfast included.

Kingston Heath, Melbourne, Australia – Photo by
Gary Lisbon
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DAY 6:  KING ISLAND

This morning fly to King Island via private charter.

Today play Cape Wickham (late morning). The course is situated on King Island, Tasmania, bang in the middle of Bass Strait.  This brand new masterpiece opened in October of 2015 after  more than two years of construction.  It was designed by Mike DeVries with assistance from Planet Golf's Darius Oliver. The unique location obviously lends itself to some spectacular views but the design team have made sure that they optimize the use of the landscape. Sitting alongside Australia's tallest lighthouse, the course features eight holes running adjacent to the coastline – the 11th is almost in Bass Strait! – with all holes enjoying spectacular views of the ocean.

[VIDEO]: Cape Wickham Links

After golf, we continue via charter to Barnbougle, Tasmania.

Overnight: Barnbougle with breakfast included

Cape Wickham by Gary Lisbon
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DAY 7:  TASMANIA

Today play Lost Farm (morning). Located next to Barnbougle Dunes on the northeast coast of Tasmania, this Coore & Crenshaw design opened in December of 2010 with a seaside setting like its neighbor routed among heaving dunes. But that's where the similarities end. The sand dunes at Lost Farm are steeper than those of Barnbougle Dunes and the layout offers more diversity highlighted by the 480 yard, par-4 5th which features a dune side green overlooking the river that separates the two courses and a fairway that twists around the dune and behind it.  Finally, your round at Lost Farm features 20 holes vs 18 at Dunes.

In the evening enjoy a farewell cocktail party & dinner overlooking the Bass Strait.

Overnight: Barnbougle with breakfast included

Barnbougle Lost Farm by Gary Lisbon
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DAY 8:  MELBOURNE

Today play Barnbougle Dunes (morning). This creation by Tom Doak and Australia’s Michael Clayton put Tasmania on the global golf map when it opened in 2004. It is a traditional links style layout every bit the match of its cousins in Scotland and Ireland.  Doak’s minimalism is on display throughout these 200 acres as the course meanders through dunes as much as 100 feet high and along the sea.

[VIDEO]: Par 3 7th “Tom’s Little Devil” at Barnbougle Dunes

After golf, charter flight back to Essendon Airport for short transfer to Melbourne Airport.

Depending on your schedule, you may wish to depart Melbourne late this evening in which case you will receive a credit for the final nights’ accommodation.

Overnight: Parkroyal Hotel, Melbourne Airport.  Deluxe King Room with breakfast included.

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Club by Gary Lisbon
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DAY 9:  MELBOURNE

Depart Australia from the Melbourne Airport. You will cross the International Date Line and arrive in the US on the same date as departing Australia.

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Tour Price Per Person

The Best Golf of Australia Escorted 2017
Sydney, Melbourne & Tasmania

Party of 16

Golfer: $8,950.00 | Single Supplement: $1,640.00

Upgraded single room options available for $900 (Langham Suite/Sydney and River Club/Melbourne)

IMPORTANT: Please review the PerryGolf Travel Insurance.

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TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Accommodation in hotels listed with room category and dining basis as detailed in the schedule
  • Green fees for seven rounds of golf as listed in schedule, including forecaddie or cart where available
  • Ground transportation throughout as detailed below
  • On site tour manager throughout
  • Economy airfare from Sydney to Melbourne
  • Private charter flights from Melbourne to King Island to Barnbougle and return to Melbourne
  • Welcome & farewell cocktail party and dinner
  • Lunch daily at golf courses
  • Travel pack with useful information on areas visited in your tour
  • Local taxes

Not Included

  • Airfare to/from Australia
  • Drinks & any meals other than specified
  • Personal expenses

Mother and Cub Koala Bears
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The Rocks District in Sydney
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GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Your travel throughout is as follows: Transfers via coach as required throughout trip.

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AIR TRAVEL SERVICES

PerryGolf is unusual among international golf tour operators for providing complete air travel assistance.  If we can assist you in any way, contact Air Services at 1.800.344.5257 ext 230 or Air@PerryGolf.com

British Airways Club World Cabin
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HOTEL Information

THE LANGHAM, SYDNEY
The Langham, Sydney is built like a grand Australian home and has a colonial ambience blending well with its location near Sydney's historic Rocks and central business district. Boasting of a premium location close to the bustling heart of the city, this hotel enjoys the pleasant views of the vibrant Sydney Harbour and the world famous Harbour Bridge. All rooms and suites at Hotel Langham are well maintained and furnished with essential amenities. Air conditioning, private bathroom and telephone is available in every room. The Kent Street Kitchen of The Langham Sydney serves delicious dishes in a French style with international influences. The Palm Court Bar is an ideal place to relax with a fine drink.

The Langham Sydney - Hotel, Australia
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THE LANGHAM, MELBOURNE
The Langham, Melbourne has undoubtedly the most enviable location on the banks of the famous Yarra River. Located in Southbank, this 5-star deluxe hotel is situated amid a variety of al fresco cafes, lively restaurants, bars and boutiques and on the footstep to the National Gallery of Victoria, the Arts Centre, Federation Square and the Botanical Gardens. The classically elegant design is instantly evident from the grand marble staircase, cascading fountains and magnificent chandeliers but above all the refined and genuine service synonymous of the Langham name. Melba Brasserie is an interactive dining experience not to be missed. The Chuan Spa is an oasis of wellbeing and Melbourne’s only Leading Spa of the World is the best place to harmonize your body mind and soul with its East meets West philosophy.

The Langham, Melbourne
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BARNBOUGLE DUNES
We shall be using a combination of Villa & Cottage accommodation at Barnbougle Dunes.  Situated beside the clubhouse, each Cottage features two bedrooms and a bath plus a covered terrace with outdoor seating for admiring the striking views of the course and Bass Strait.    Each is equipped with standard hotel room facilities including air conditioning/heating, TV and tea/coffee makers.  The Villas feature features four bedrooms with queen bed and ensuite bathroom. The common area includes a kitchenette, lounge and laundry plus large screen plasma TV.

Barnbougle Dunes Cottages
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PARKROYAL HOTEL, MELBOURNE AIRPORT
Linked directly to the terminal via sky bridge, the ParkRoyal Melbourne Airport hotel offers the ideal location for business and leisure travellers alike. the hotel offers 276 spacious guest rooms with city skyline, airport and mountain views will reinvigorate you for the day ahead. A short 10 minute drive will take you to the much loved Sunbury Wine Region, or if you're after some retail therapy, a two minute stroll will present a plethora of options at Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine. If you have time to spare, why not explore what Tullamarine has to offer, or venture a little further and experience the hustle and bustle of Melbourne city centre, a haven of secret cafes, fashion hot spots and lush parklands just 20 minutes drive away.

ParkRoyal Hotel, Melbourne Airport, Australia
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Travel Protection Information

TRAVEL INSURANCE - PerryGolf strongly recommends that you have luggage, accident and trip cancellation insurance. It is important for your own self-interest and protection that you make certain you have adequate coverage. Check with your insurance company or travel agent. You may learn more about the PerryGolf Travel Insurance by visiting here. The Travel Insurance will provide coverage if your cancellation is caused by a covered reason (e.g. sickness or injury) and you will receive a benefit, such as full reimbursement of all lost monies, under the terms and conditions of the Travel Insurance..

The Travel Protection Plan is only available to Citizens or Permanent Residents of the USA (excluding residents of the State of Washington, Texas and New York).

Equivalent alternative programs offered directly by Allianz Global Assistance are available to the residents of the State of Washington at www.perrygolf.com/waprotection and for New York & Texas at www.perrygolf.com/rostates.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Handicap Certificate: Most courses require visitors to be a member of a recognized golf club and to hold official handicaps, with some courses imposing a maximum handicap restriction. PerryGolf endorses this viewpoint and recommends that players travel with a valid handicap certificate from their golf club which they may be required to produce.

Golf Carts & Caddies in Australia: With the exception of Royal Melbourne, caddies (including bag carriers) are not available in Australia. A limited supply of Golf Carts are available at certain venues but may be restricted for those who have medical conditions. All golf courses have good access to pull carts. Your golf travel specialist can answer any specific questions you may have regarding caddies & carts on your tour.

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