All good things must come to end. Well, not always, but thus is true in the case of PerryGolf’s Australian golf vacation which spanned 11 nights and 6 rounds from 3-16 March 2014. The trip was fully escorted with a GolfTravel specialist and PerryGolf tour host, Howie Knodt, who recounts his experience…
We know, this has to be good. It’s a long way to Australia.
Fair enough; have a look below at “The Best of Australia 2014 (Escorted)”. If you like your vacation golf chosen from the upper echelon of world 100 clubs, and combined with fully escorted luxury itinerary that includes an equally impressive schedule of sightseeing, wine touring and spectacular natural beauty, we suspect you’ll agree this experience stands out.
You’ll play two of Dr. Alister MacKenzie’s most important four layouts; Royal Melbourne which is GOLF Magazine’s world 13 and New South Wales ranked 34 (pictured left). You’ll play the club that put Tom Doak on the map, in Tasmanian, at Barnbougle Dunes ranked 41. Next door at Barnbougle Lost Farm we’ve got world 82 by Coore & Crenshaw. Royal Melbourne neighbor Yarra Yarra is a founding member of the famed Sandbelt clubs whose design was shaped heavily by Dr. MacKenzie. We’ll see Doak’s work again at St Andrews Beach found in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula’s Cups Country.
Our tour begins officially with the Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner on the day of arrival. Sightseeing on Day 2 includes the famous Sydney Harbor Cruise (pictured top right) plus a guided tour of the spectacular Opera House. Both are included in the price of the tour, along with four (4) additional sightseeing excursions. Welcome and Farewell dinners plus six (6) additional “choice of menu” evening meals are included as well. You’ll spend 11 nights in first class hotels like Tasmania’s The Lodge at Lost Farm, Melbourne’s Park Hyatt Hotel (pictured below), and Sydney’s Radisson Plaza Hotel.
I received in today’s mail a summary from Tom Doak’s office of their design and potential design jobs in 2012.
Selfishly from an international travel perspective the future is bright;
Melbourne, Australia – Reconstruction work on East Course at Royal Melbourne
Rio de Janiero, Brazil – Bidding on 2016 Olympic golf venue…thankfully that will not be a political decision!
Hainan Island, China – New golf course on an island in the midst of a river, with a second course starting in late spring/early summer
Mangawhai, New Zealand – As if Cape Kidnappers was not sufficient, an American funded project approximately 100 miles north of Auckland. This will only add to New Zealand as a great golf destination.
St. Emillion, France – In the heart of Bordeaux, finishing a current project.
Aldea del Fresno, Madrid, Spain – An 18 hole co-design with Mike Clayton at the El Rincon winery – starting in July.
….and finally in the USA
Mullen, Nebraska – completion of second 18 holes at Dismal River
Medinah, Chicago, IL – the day after the Ryder Cup concludes a renovation commences on Medinah #1 to accommodate tournament facilities
Polk County, Florida – this is the resort I am told will be VERY IMPRESSIVE. The Blue Course opens in October, alongside the Coore/Crenshaw Red Course at the Streamsong Resort.
Tom is one of the premier golf course architects and rightfully very proud of his work. There is little new construction in the US, if you want to work, you need to pack your bags and passport!