Inside Golf Travel : Inside Golf Travel Feb 2016
3 February 2016 | INSIDE GOLF TRAVEL TASMANIA’S new Cape Wickham Links has been ranked the 24th best golf course in the world by Golf Digest Magazine (USA). Situated near the northwestern tip of king Island and designed by American Mike DeVries and Melbourne’s Darius Oliver, the course has been open for just two months but was described as one of the “hottest new layouts on the globe”. Tasmania is now home to three of the World’s Top 40 courses, with Barnbougle Dunes finishing 33rd and Barnbougle Lost Farm 40th. “From day one, all involved in the Cape Wickham project knew they were dealing with an exceptional piece of land, and to create anything less than a sublime golf experience would have been disappointing,” said developer Duncan Andrews, owner of the popular Dunes Golf Links on the Mornington Peninsula. “I think they have achieved a sublime golf experience and it is pleasing that this is being formally recognised in a world context.” Golf Digest editor Ron Whitten described the Cape Wickham routing as “heart-pounding, starting along rocks and crashing surf, moving inland but not out of the wind, returning to ocean edge at the downhill 10th, pitch-shot 11th and drivable par-4 12th, then wandering into dunes before a crescendo closing hole curving along Victoria Cove beach, which is in play at low tides.” Beyond Cape Wickham and the two Barnbougle courses, there are another four Australian golf courses ranked inside Cape WiCkHam ranked 24tH in tHe WorLd Long-established air touring company Air Adventure (www.airadventure.com.au) operates charter flights to King Island, while Drummond Golf Travel (www.drummondgolftravel. com.au) and Golf & Gourmet (www.golfgourmet.com.au) offer specialised tour packages. the World’s Top 50 (Royal Melbourne West #6, kingston Heath #18, Ellerston #29 and New South Wales #30). Only the USA has a higher number. If you include New Zealand (Cape kidnappers #16 and kauri Cliffs #49) this corner of the globe has 9 courses inside the World’s Top 50, equal to the mighty links of Scotland and Ireland. a completely different golf holiday: rivers golf tours MOST Australians are unaccustomed to golf presented as a genuine tour. They generally travel to one location and stay for a period with courtesy bus services taking them to the golf course or courses. The downside to this type of arrangement is they only see a small part of the area they are staying in and the same people day-in, day-out. Rivers Golf Tours offer a completely different holiday. you actually travel each day to different areas of the 200 km stretch of the beautiful Northern Rivers area of New South Wales. Every day you meet someone different and as a fully-escorted guided tour you will learn something about the area you may know nothing about beforehand. It is, in fact, an adventure that also includes some pretty impressive golf courses and the opportunity to sample some very good food. Rivers Golf Tours are the largest in Australia with domains in every state. They are not a booking agency; they do proper tours. If you book your tour with Rivers Golf Tours, your driver/tour guide is with you 24/7. With their 10-day tour, a visit to a winery in each state is included. Their Motto “EAT, STAy,PLAy, we take care of the rest” is as it states, so join their tour and enjoy the whole way through as they present their wonderful Northern Rivers area of NSW. For more information: Phone 0428 185 301, www.riversgolftours.com.au.
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