Australian golf is in a golden era. Queenslander Jason Day was recently crowned the world’s number one golfer. It follows the international successes of Adam Scott who, in 2013, became the first Australian to claim a US Masters title.
For a who’s who of Australian golf, look no further than the Honour Board of the Australian PGA Championship. The most prestigious tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia returns to RACV’s Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast from 3-6 December.
Among the household names to have held aloft the Kirkwood Cup – the oldest trophy in Australian professional golf – are Scott, Greg Norman, four-time winner Robert Allenby and reigning champion Greg Chalmers.
This year, Chalmers will try to claim a second consecutive win and scoop the increased prize pool of $1.75 million in front of a global audience of more than 500 million people, thanks to a new co-sanctioning agreement with the European Tour.
The agreement incorporates a new broadcast agreement throughout Europe, Asia and the US and will also improve the field by a greater depth of players from the European Tour.
For fans, there’s also the chance to view the $10 million upgrade to the RACV Royal Pines Resort layout. Re-designed by Graham Marsh – who had 70 professional wins during his golfing career before establishing Graham Marsh Golf Course Design – the 18-hole championship course boasts unparalleled viewing opportunities overlooking tight fairways and undulating greens.
Make a holiday of it
RACV members who stay at the 100ha RACV Royal Pines Resort can save 25% on accommodation rates. Guests have access to the resort’s day spa, a health and fitness centre and a number of restaurants, as well as three 18-hole combination golf course and a state-of-the-art driving range.
Visit racv.com.au/royalpines for more information on the resort and visit racv.com.au for information on how to save 50% on general admission online tickets to the event.