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Bali’s greatest HITS Glorious golf on the Island of the Gods

Make your next escape one you’ll never forget! Enjoy luxury accommodation with spectacular views, a round of golf on one of New Zealand’s top courses, and a delicious meal in a rustically luxurious clubhouse. Enhance your stay with exciting activities ranging from horseback riding to sky diving, and pamper yourself in the indulgent day spa.

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The Mornington Peninsula Golf Trail features links, parkland and resort courses, many designed by prominent golf architects such as Tom Doak, Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones Jr, Tony Cashmore, Michael Clayton and Thomson Perrett.

“For sheer variety, golf on the Mornington Peninsula is unmatched and it is hard to find better”, Peter Thomson AO

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Sand dunes create naturally contoured challenges, underlying sandy soils drain quickly and the cool maritime climate makes for superb year round play. The settings are magnificent too, with courses perched on clifftops, in nature reserves and commanding spectacular bay and ocean views. The Trail starts just one hour from Melbourne and all courses are less than an easy 30-minute drive of each other. Non-members are also made welcome on the Trail courses. So, master the Mornington Peninsula Golf Trail now and be

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rewarded with a free polo top and cap for tackling seven different courses on the Trail. Play another seven courses and receive a personalised framed photo of the courses on the golf trail. Pick up the Golf Trail map at any of the golf courses or tourism outlets on the Peninsula, go to www.golfmorningtonpeninsula.com.au or phone Mornington Peninsula Golf Tourism on 0439 396 617 for more information. •

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2018 Shane Doherty Memorial Tri-State Masters set for 26th year T

he Tri-State Masters Tournament, held in the Mildura Region (Sunraysia) for the past 25 years will take place again for the 26th time in May 2018 from the Sunday 20th until Friday 25th. The Tournament is now recognized as “The SHANE DOHERTY MEMORIAL TriState Masters” in honour of the founder and original tournament director, Shane Doherty. Over 6,710 people have converged on the Mildura Region over the past 25 years to participate in this festival of golf and social activities. The Tri-State Masters attracts people from all over Australia and New Zealand with no less than 298 different golf clubs being represented since 1993. The golf will be played from May 20 - 25, 2018, on Monday at Riverside Golf Club, Red Cliffs Golf Club on Wednesday and Coomealla Golf Club on Friday. There

is also an optional 4BBB at Mildura Golf Resort on Tuesday and four-person Ambrose at Coomealla Golf Club on Thursday. Optional social functions are conducted each night, giving the competitors and their partners the choice of relaxing at their leisure or socializing with old and new friends. In 2017 golfers and non-playing partners representing over 82 different golf clubs converged on Mildura to compete for over $250,000 in hole-in-one prizes, trophies, teams prizes and door prizes that were offer. In 2016 there were two holes-in-one during the week of the tournament, $10,000 cash and a Yamaha Golf Cart valued at $10,000 and in 2015 when there had also been two holesin-one, a Harley Davidson XG500 Street bike valued at $10,000 and a Honda Jazz car valued at $18,000 were the prizes that year. Prior to 2015 and 2016, in the

previous 22 years of the event, there had only been seven holes-in-one and none since 2007. The Tri-State Masters targets mid-range adult (over 18 years) amateur club golfers who are looking for a golfing holiday in which they can combine golf and social interaction with other like-minded golfers from all over Australia and New Zealand. The trophies and prizes on offer are arguably the best in any amateur golf tournament in Australia. The tournament is only a few months away and the indication is many of

the past players are set to return and with the number of enquiries already regarding 2018, it would appear that the Tournament is likely to have full fields. For more information, phone 0408310532, visit www.sunraysiagolftours.com.au, or email golf@sunraysiagolftours.com.au •

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FREE Golf in Thailand

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OLFERS heading to Thailand to enjoy the amazing variety of golf courses, food and sightseeing now have another incentive to pack their bags. Travel agent Gimme Golf is offering what all golfers want– Free golf. All tours over five days can include a free round of golf at one of the best courses in that area. If you choose Hua Hin it will be Banyan GC, the exciting new Siam Waterside in Pattaya and Loch Palm in Phuket. They have also included Chiang Mai into their 2018 program with a free round at Chiang Mai Highlands.

Bonus rounds are courtesy of Thai Tourism and Gimme Golf --subject to availability and an allocation of 180 rounds. Steve Worner, Gimme Golf’s managing director, points to Hua Hin as one of the best places in Thailand with three stunning resort courses and another four courses located within 30 minutes of your accommodation. All courses are well manicured with true greens and an assortment of tee-off areas to suit all levels of golfers. Hua Hin also has excellent nightlife with an array of fine seafood restaurants and lively bars, but the town is far quieter than Bangkok with many couples choosing Hua

Hin over Pattaya and Phuket which also have quality golf courses. The new destination for 2018 in Thailand is Chiang Mai. Just over one hour’s flight North of Bangkok, return flights are normally well under $200. This new golfing area is easier to get around and offers two of the finest golf courses in Thailand, Alpine and Chiang Mai Highlands in the package. If you have been to Thailand before but not this area, do yourself a favour and try it. Packages start at under $900 for six nights’ accommodation and four rounds of golf with all transfers. As well as great golf there is an old town, shopping and some super restaurants along the river area.

All accommodation offered in the packages is minimum four-stars with a five-star hotel chosen in all major cities as pricing is still well under what you pay in Australia. All clubhouses are modern and clean, with the pick of them being Black Mountain in Hua Hin where you can purchase a large bottle of Heineken after your round for around $3 and a tasty local Thai dish for under $5. Main season to travel to Thailand for Australians is May through to September to escape the Southern winter and cash-in on low season rates. The weather is still warm and if the rain decides to come through, it’s only likely to interrupt your round by 20 – 30 minutes. Thai airlines and Qantas can offer some great specials and, coupled with Gimme Golf’s packages, pricing can be as low as under $1,700 if choosing Pattaya or Chiang Mai for an eight-day, four round golf holiday with return airfares. Steve notes that many of his groups upon return are asked for their general comments on the tour and the main feedback is on the wonderful service. The hotel staff, the drivers for course transfers, caddies and all golf staff. Just as important in the feedback is the high quality of golf courses--many guests are quite surprised at how good the golf is in Thailand. Gimme Golf is a licensed Travel agent with ATAS Accreditation and a member of Independent Travel Group. Airfares can be booked as part of your package. For more information and golf holidays throughout the world visit www.gimmegolf.com.au •

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Thailand Super Specials 2018 Pattaya $1,030 4 Star Centara Hotel $1,230 5 Star Marriott Hotel • • • • •

Pattaya 1 Free round Siam WaterSide

6 Night’s accommodation and daily buffet breakfast 3 rounds of golf with carts and caddies each round Siam Plantation, Siam Old and St Andrews All private transfers airport, golf and hotel air conditioned modern van English speaking driver and assistance throughout tour

Hua Hin $1,060 4 Star Amari Hotel $1,230 5 Star Hilton Hotel • • • • •

Hua Hin 1 Free round Banyan GC

6 Night’s accommodation and daily buffet breakfast 3 rounds of golf with carts and caddies each round Black Mountain, Lakeview and Springfield All private transfers airport, golf and hotel air conditioned modern van English speaking driver and assistance throughout tour

PHuket $1,310 4 Star Swissotel Hotel $1,610 5 Star Amari • • • • •

PHuket 1 Free round LoCH PaLm GC

6 Night’s accommodation and daily buffet breakfast 3 rounds of golf with carts and caddies each round Red Mountain, Blue Canyon and Laguna CC All private transfers airport, golf and hotel air conditioned modern van English speaking driver and assistance throughout tour

CHiang Mai $875 4 Star Holiday Inn $1,175 5 Star Ratilanna Riverside • • • • •

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6 Night’s accommodation and daily buffet breakfast 3 rounds of golf with carts and caddies each round Alpine, Mae Jo and Royal Chang Mai All private transfers airport, golf and hotel air conditioned modern van English speaking driver and assistance throughout tour

All tour prices above are based on minimum 4 golfers in double share rooms Low season from 7/5/2018 to 30/09/2018 but pricing can be provided for dates outside of this with different group sizes and single supplement. Surcharges apply for weekend golf in Pattaya and Chiang Mai. Gimme Golf provides bonus rounds at golf clubs in Pattaya, Hua Hin, Phuket and Chiang Mai until our allocation of 180 rounds is complete for 2018. Gimme Golf is a licensed Travel agent ATAS License No A11894 and airfares can be added to all packages as well as any holiday extensions or day tours.

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The Changing face

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rom humble beginnings in 1997 with just one staff member, Thailand Golf Tours has grown to be one of Australia’s biggest golf providers of golf in Thailand, with over 1500 players enjoying the unique golf experience that Thailand and Thailand Golf Tours offers. Mark Penfold started Thailand Golf Tours over 20 years ago, and as a keen golfer himself, wanted to offer customers what he thought was important in

a golf holiday: playing the best golf courses in each area, offering quality accommodation and having a personal insight to what to see and do in each destination.

attend each event, so they get to meet and greet each player. And by limiting group sizes, you don’t feel like just another number getting herded around from hotel to golf course.

With this as his goal, Mark and his team created unique, fun and high-quality travel packages to Thailand. An additional point of difference between Thailand Golf Tours and the multitudes of other golf providers, is that Thailand Golf Tours’ staff

As time progressed, the tours became more popular and the idea of offering a complete and competitive week of golf became more important with the Australian market. Thailand Golf Tours offered the chance to play these world-

class courses, stay in 4 and 5-star hotels and play a four-round competition suited to all types of handicaps, from the low markers to the higher handicappers as well. No one misses out on the opportunity to walk away with the prize. 2017 became a watershed year for Thailand Golf Tours, where some of the new formats were widely accepted by the golfers of Australia and led to the best year for golf travel that Thailand

With 22 ensuite rooms, a solar-heated pool and spa, tennis court, kitchen, comfy lounge, laundry, spacious grounds with BBQ’s and off-street parking, the Guest House, is the ideal place to unwind after a challenging day “finessing” the score card.

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Golf Tours had seen, including a recordbreaking number to the Chiang Mai Golf Week with 128 people attending. This event will prove to be the marquee event in the future, based on the fact that November is the best time to travel and play golf in Thailand with temperatures in the mid to high 20s. For 2018, Thailand Golf Tours is offering a series of tours throughout Asia, being both competitive (Tournaments) and non competitive (Group tours) and while the

groups consist of golfers with handicap ranges from scratch to 45, both men and women, with ages from 18-86, all players share one common trait: the enjoyment of chasing the golf ball around the field (with only the field changing from country to country). The tours have a great non-golfers’ schedule as well, including day tours of the destination, “learn to cook” classes and spa and massage packages, so bring your nongolfer with you, and enjoy what Asia has to offer. In a first for 2018, Thailand Golf Tours are offering a “ladies only” tour in July 2018 with a 7-day tour of Thailand to Chiang Mai. This trip promises to be an overload to the senses, with shopping, golf, food, spa and massages, daily golf clinics by professionals and great prizes to boot.

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River Kwai Golf Tour (Group tour) 4 nights, 2 rounds including day tour Amari Hua Hin golf week (Tournament) 6 nights and 4 rounds Avani Pattaya golf week (Tournament) 6 nights and 4 rounds Cambodia Golf Tour (Group tour) 5 nights, 3 rounds including Angkor Wat temple tour Vietnam Golf Week (Tournament) 6 nights and 4 rounds Saigon Golf Tour (Group tour) 4 nights, 2 rounds “Ladies only” Chiang Mai Golf Week, 6 nights and 4 rounds Cambodia Golf Tour (Group tour) 4 nights, 3 rounds Vietnam Golf Week (Tournament) 6 nights and 4 rounds Bangkok Golf Week (Group tour) 4 nights, 3 rounds Pattaya Black tee challenge (Tournament) 6 nights and 4 rounds River Kwai Golf Tour (Group tour) 4 nights, 2 rounds including day tour Amari Hua Hin golf week (Tournament) 6 nights and 4 rounds Pattaya Ryder Cup event (Tournament) 6 nights and 4 rounds Chiang Mai Golf Week (Tournament) 6 nights and 4 rounds Chiang Rai Golf Tour (Group tour) 4 nights, 2 rounds including day tour

So come and see what everyone is talking about, and visit Thailand for “a unique golf experience.” FOR MORE INFORMATON: Thailand Golf Tours Website: www.thailandgolftours.com.au Email: info@thailandgolftours.com.au Ph: 0419 264 800 Facebook: thailandgolftours

Stay & Play in Paradise

Stay and Play at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course’, home of the prestigious Fiji International. Enjoy the perfect combination of championship golf, luxury five-star accommodation at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa, and the pristine white sand and azure waters of Natadola Bay. Package includes four nights’ accommodation in a garden view room, daily buffet breakfast and two days of unlimited golf for two adults. Package price starts from Fjd$2,695 per room, maximum two adults per room. Bookings are subject to availability between the dates of 6 January 2018 and 29 March 2018. To place a reservation, please contact InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa’s in house reservations team on phone: +679 673 3455 or Email: enquiries.fiji@ihg.com Quote booking code: insidegolf

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Bali, The Island of the Gods

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nternationally known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs, Bali is now ready to further establish itself as a bona fide golfing paradise.

Indonesia’s entrancing island of Bali has captivated the world’s attention. One of the latest accolades came in the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Award in which Bali was named as the World’s Best Destination 2017. Sarah Matthews, Head of Trip Advisor Destination Marketing for Asia Pacific region, said: “Bali has proven to be the Best Tourist Destination in the World encompassing all kinds of travellers’ holiday interests. Whether in natural attractions, cultural richness and gastronomic adventures, these can all be enjoyed in many spots throughout the Island of Bali.” Among the main areas of focus for Bali Tourism is golf, with the launch of a new partnership of golf clubs on the Island of the Gods, aimed at enhancing Bali’s reputation as one of the world’s most exotic golfing destinations. Named Play Golf Bali, the partnership is comprised of Bali National Golf Club, Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club, Handara Golf & Resort Bali and New Kuta Golf, along with Baltic Tour and Travel, one of Indonesia’s foremost golf travel operators. “Bali has all the ingredients for the ultimate golf holiday packages,” said Baromeus Gosal, President-Director of 8

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Baltic Tour and Travel. “As well as worldclass courses, world-class caddies, worldclass service and wonderful weather, all the Bali golf clubs also offer top quality dining and a variety of accommodation options.”

Playing to a par of 54, the 18-hole parthree course is routed through dramatic rock outcroppings, around terraced rice paddies and across a cliff-top that offers stunning vistas of white sandy beaches and the Indian Ocean.

In addition to launching an array of attractive packages for individuals, families and groups, the Play Golf Bali partners have joined forces to host an annual Bali Golf Festival (May 14-June 15, 2018) and a Bali Golf Extravaganza (November 1-December 20, 2018).

As with the golf course, the clubhouse blends into its surroundings thanks to the liberal implementation of local materials (such as stone and wood), native grasses and, above all, water, which flows seamlessly through just about every part of the architectural masterpiece.

Other events on the calendar include Bali Hai Golf Week (April 10-15, 2018) and Bali Carnival Golf Week (September 23-28, 2018).

Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club Jalan Gunung Payung, No. 8, Desa Kutuh, Badung, Bali +62-81 23628-2828 www.bukitpandawagolf.com marketing@bukitpandawagolf.com

Mark Holland, General Manager at Bali National Golf Club, said: “All of Bali’s golf clubs have come together with the mutual intention of elevating the island’s golfing profile to a global audience. We’re immensely encouraged by the initial reaction that we’ve received.”

Bali National Golf Club

Opened in October 2016, Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club is situated on a limestone cliff-top overlooking the worldfamous surf breaks of Bukit Peninsula.

Renovated in 2014, Bali National Golf Club boasts three distinct playing environments. Holes one through nine feature creeks, canyons and native vegetation filled with tropical birds, while holes 10 through 16 offer lush, gently sculptured fairways through a mature grove. To conclude a memorable round there’s the island green 17th and lakeside 18th.

The club is the centrepiece of an expansive development that will eventually include several luxury fivestar hotels, including a Waldorf Astoria, Mandarin Oriental and Swissotel.

Originally known as Bali Golf & Country Club, the course gained international recognition during the 1990s when it staged the Alfred Dunhill Masters and the Indonesian leg of the Johnnie Walker

Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club

Super Tour, featuring Ernie Els and Vijay Singh. Within Nusa Dua, which offers a number of star-rated hotels, two convention centres, a shopping centre, restaurants and a museum, sitting alongside over three miles of sand beaches, Bali National is less than 20 minutes by Bali’s only toll road from Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport. Among its recent awards, Bali National was named as Best Renovated Course in Asia (2014); 3rd Best Renovated Course Worldwide (2015) and Best Golf Resort in Indonesia (2017). Green fees are A$220 including cart, caddy, mineral water and pre-round use of practice range. A three-round pass is A$550. Stay & Play Packages available; There are two and three-bedroom villas and a presidential villa. Bali National Golf Club Kawasan Wisata, Nusa Dua, Bali +62-361 771-791 www.balinational.com info@balinational.com

New Kuta Golf Less than half-an-hour from the International Airport Ngurah Rai on the south-western rim of the island’s Bukit Peninsula, within the Pecatu Indah Resort grounds, is New Kuta Golf. Carved out of harsh limestone and edged between the brilliant white limestone cliffs and the blue horizon of


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Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club the Indian Ocean, New Kuta Golf was the venue for the 2009 Indonesian Open, won by Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee. It has also staged the Bali Open and Indonesia Ladies Open in 2010 and an Asian Development Tour event in 2017. Natural desert-like vegetation with native trees, a semi Scottish rough of existing shrubs, long grass and creepers give the layout a genuine championship feel. There are memorable oceanfront holes and challenging inland holes. Precariously perched above the ocean, holes 14, 15 and 16 are among the most photographed in Asia. Hole 15 is famously recognised for its stunning sunset view facing the Indian Ocean. If the sky is clear, the highest volcanic mountain in Bali, Mount Agung, can be seen. Green fees are A$210 including cart, caddie and player insurance. Stay & Play Packages available.

Handara Golf & Resort Ibnu Sutowo, revered as the father of ‘Golf in Indonesia’, started building Bali Handara Country Club to share his passion for golf and to provide employment for the local community. In 1976, after two years of construction, the club opened its doors to welcome golfers from around the world. Such was its prestige and reputation that the venue was ranked among the top-50 courses in the world in 1979. Located in the central highlands of Bali and nestled down inside the crater of an extinct volcano at an altitude of almost 1,400 metres above sea level, Handara Golf & Resort, as it is now known, remains one of Asia’s most iconic golf courses. Away from the hustle and bustle of the busy tourist hub, the course is surrounded by lush green mountains, crater lakes and an equatorial rain forest. Visitors can enjoy on-site accommodation and dining at the recently-opened Breeze Terrace café. Green fees are A$160 including cart, caddy and mineral water. Stay & Play Packages: One round of golf and one-

Handara Golf & Resort

night stay at Garden View Room A$230. Two rounds of golf and one-night stay at Garden View Room A$300.

and features including newly designed and constructed greens, all of which add to the aesthetic beauty of the layout.

Handara Golf & Resort Desa Pancasari, Singaraja, Bali +62-361 288-944 www.handaragolfresort.com sales@handaragolfresort.com

The greens, which are well bunkered, provide a good putting surface without severe undulations, however, there are a few subtle breaks to keep the golfers honest.

Bali Beach Golf Course

There is another invisible hazard – the wind. It does come into play, especially on the par-3 2nd hole where club selection is crucial.

Situated 16 kilometres from the airport, the Bali Beach Golf Course is receiving lots of attention these days, particularly with the influx of visiting golfers looking for a departure from the norm. For example, they have something called Beer on the Green (that must appeal to Australians, right?) Then there is sunset golf where you pay to play nine holes, but can play as many as you can before the light fades. The well laid-out nine-hole golf course has seven par-4s, one par-5 and one par-3 and is set in an environment of mature trees and water features. In recent years, it’s been given a facelift with the introduction of lakes, mounding

The Bali Beach Golf Course certainly challenges golfers of all skill levels. It provides golfers with enough variety and challenges to enjoy a game of golf without leaving you frustrated. For high handicappers, there are plenty of bailout options and lay-up areas to ensure you stay out of trouble. Of course, the better player will need to be sharp, creative and accurate in order to play to his or handicap. At Bali Beach Golf Course, there is a team of well-trained caddies available to help you negotiate your way around the golf course.

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Bali Fantastic Holiday

TOUR OPERATORS AND SERVICES Bali Fantastic Holiday Bali Beach Golf Course The pro shop has a wide range of top brand golf equipment and accessories.

provides additional space of any type of event.

After a round, golfers can retreat to the luxurious male and female locker rooms before heading for the Sector Bar, restaurant or lounge.

It’s the perfect spot for weddings, gala dinners and special functions and it can cater for up to 2000 guests.

The restaurant’s extensive menu offers a selection of Western and Asian cuisine and has magnificent views overlooking the course. The verandah, too, is a popular spot for golfers to meet before tee off or after the round. Attached to the golf course is the practice green – a wide, grassy area that

Bali Beach Golf Course offers stay-andplay packages as well. Bali Beach Golf Course Kompleks Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel and Resorts Jl. Hangtuah No 58 Sanur - Bali Phone: +62 361 287733 info@balibeachgolfcourse.com Green fees: starting from $85.

Bali Fantastic Holiday is one of Indonesia’s best-known and most enduring travel operators, specialising in golf. Throughout its 17-year history, Bali Fantastic Holiday has prided itself on its customer service and dedication to its clients. As a member of IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators), Bali Fantastic Holiday is committed to providing the very best service for its ever-increasing number of golfing tourists – and all at prices that are light on your pocket. The license holder of the World Amateur Golfers Championship Indonesia (WAGC), one of the world’s largest annual amateur golf events, Bali Fantastic Holiday is experienced in the

staging of tournaments, not less than 40 tournaments a year. In its efforts to further promote Indonesia as an idyllic golfing getaway, Bali Fantastic Holiday has joined forces with the island’s four golf clubs to form Play Golf Bali. Consequently, Bali Fantastic Holiday is now able to put together the most enticing and cost-effective golfing packages to Bali that you’ll find anywhere. If you’re looking to transform your golfing vacation into something extra special, then make sure to contact Bali Fantastic Holiday.

PT. Bali Fantastic Holiday (Baltic Tour & Travel) Sunter Agung Podomoro Blok D 12 Jl. Danau Agung II no. 63 – Jakarta Utara Hotline : +6287878955556 ( English ) www.balifantasticholiday.com sunter@balifantasticholiday.com

Where The Perfect Sunset Is Only A Chip Away Please check our website for further information and also stay and play packages that we have. Plus our amazing selection of Villas and Hotels to make you stay a truly memorable experience.

THe Swing eaSy Package

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4 Nights / 5 Day Package Golf Package $498 USD Per Person

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What you get in the B.G.T. package:

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1x B.g.T. Premium designed golf Shirt, & Towel airport pick up and drop off Personal Driver and personal host from golf course and return to Villa / Hotel golf cart and personal caddie on course

1x B.g.T. Premium designed golf Shirt, & Towel airport pick up and drop off Personal driver and personal host from golf course to Villa / Hotel return golf cart and personal caddie on course also full day tour of your choice

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Play Golf Bali

Enjoy spectacular golf courses, glorious sunshine, Balinese hospitality, all just a short flight away

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April 10 -15

Bali Hai Golf Week

Organised week of social golf and cultural activities. Includes a round at each of the 4 Bali courses.

May 14 -June 15

Bali Golf Festival

Free and Easy Golf package to play all 4 Bali courses during your holiday.

September 23-28

Bali Carnival Golf Week

Organised week of social golf and cultural activities. Includes a round at each of the 4 Bali courses.

November 1 to December 20

Bali Golf Extravaganza

Free and Easy Golf package to play all 4 Bali courses during your holiday.

Coming Up .... Bali Hai Golf Week- april 10-15 2018 • 6 Days / 5 Nights in minimum 4 star resort hotel • 4 Rounds of Golf including Cart and Personal Caddy • Daily Breakfast, Lunches, Welcome Dinner, Cocktail Party & Gala Dinner • Airport transfers and all tranfers to golf clubs and functions • Bali Hai Golf Week Souvenirs

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Bali Golf Feature

Easy Golf Bali

Raffles Golf Club Bali Raffles Golf Bali, Bali’s largest social golf club was founded in early 2009 by some keen expat golfers and has its home base at the award-winning New Kuta Golf Course. Raffles currently has around 400 active members who play regular scheduled games at all the excellent golf courses Bali has to offer. Raffles welcomes visitors to join in these regular games , and those who play with Raffles enjoy discounted green fee rates as well as being able to take part in an organised competition along similar lines to most Australian clubs, with friendly, like-minded golfers. After the day’s event players can gather in the course restaurant for the presentation of prizes and to enjoy some cold, refreshing drinks, great company and a chat about the day’s round. Raffles members enjoy good rates at Bali’s courses, coupling both significant green-fee discounts and benefits with various businesses throughout Bali , including partner hotel rates. Raffles members also receive a monthly newsletter with information on upcoming

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golfing events in Bali and Indonesia as well as news about the Raffles club. Members can take part in members-only events such as the annual Cross Straits Challenge, where a team from Raffles takes on teams from social golf clubs in Taiwan and China. The highlight of the year is Golf Week - held each year in May (the golf week actually runs for ten days) that sees members play at all the courses in Bali and culminates in a 36-hole Club Championship stroke play tournament at New Kuta.

mantra is that clients’ needs always come first. Making sure that every golf trip whether a stay & play package or just one round of golf in the Island of the Gods is one to remember…and easy.

Raffles Golf Bali New Kuta Golf Club www.rafflesgolfbali.com rafflesgolfbali@gmail.com

In the past year, Easy Golf Bali has developed a large range of stay & play golf packages to suit any budget or timeframe in hotels and villas. There are a number of accommodation packages that include three rounds of golf at Bali National, New Kuta and now the fabulous new executive par-3 course Bukit Pandawa. But if you have a request for specific accommodation or less/more rounds of golf, they can easily put together a competitive, customised hotel package for you.

Easy Golf Bali Easy Golf Bali has been operating in Bali for over three years and is now the largest inbound golf operator for Australia in Bali. The constant positive feedback from clients re-inforces Easy Golf Bali’s commitment to customer service. Their

Easy Golf Bali aims to make your round of golf just as relaxing as your holiday in Bali. They take all the pain out of organising your day (or days)…all you have to do is make one simple booking with Easy Golf Bali and they will take care of the rest. Even more importantly, they offer discounted Green Fees and premium golf club hire – much cheaper than you can get direct through the golf courses.

If you want something a bit different, Easy Golf Bali also has a fantastic two games golf with one nights’ accommodation at Handara Golf & Resort, which has been recently refurbished and well worth the amazing scenic 2.5 hour drive up into the mountains of Bali. Easy Golf Bali specializes in organizing golf events including dinners for groups of any size and includes providing entertainment, quality wines, international and local food options in spectacular venues. Easy Golf Bali is the brainchild of West Australian, Brian Bowley. He has been visiting Bali numerous times a year for over 20 years, and it was during one of these trips that the idea for Easy Golf Bali was born. “I just wanted make it easy for people to enjoy the world-class golf courses that Bali has to offer,” said Brian. “We began in Bali solely as a golf club hire business but this quickly grew to organising allinclusive golf trips for individuals and a number of large conference groups.” “The one thing we hear regularly from our clients is how professional


Bali Golf Feature

Bali Golfing Tours and friendly our employees are. We employ five Balinese staff who all provide excellent service, and ensure that you and/or your group have a memorable day…including a few laughs along the way.” Easy Golf Bali can cater for large golf groups, and also arrange special postgolf functions including traditional Balinese Buffets with lobster, prawns plus international food on the 15th Tee overlooking the ocean at New Kuta. They have access to eight seater mini-vans through to 40 seater buses, and they also supply free transport to and from golf for groups of two to eight players in their dedicated Easy Golf vehicles. The premium golf clubs available from Easy Golf Bali are late-model TaylorMade and Callaway with a choice of steel or graphite shaft, left or right-handed, men’s and ladies. They are all great quality clubs and much easier than having to drag your own clubs through airports and taxi ranks.

If you are heading to Bali to play golf and would like a team of helpful professionals to make it as easy as possible, contact Easy Golf Bali, you will not be disappointed. www.easygolfbali.com

BALI GOLFING TOURS Bali Golfing Tours have done all the hard work for you, allowing you to relax and do what you want most and get the best out of your golfing holiday. Be it a corporate trip or team end-of-year get together, whether couples, family or small groups, you will play the best courses Bali has to offer; New Kuta Golf Course, Bukit Pandawa Golf Club, Bali National Golf Club & Handara Golf Resort. Bali Golfing Tours have hand-picked villas and hotels that will look after your every need. Bali Golfing Tours will make sure you get the best VIP service possible. Whilst you are playing your game of the day, they will be working hard to make sure the rest of the day is set up for you,

• Bali’s largest social golf club • Lowest competition-day green fees at all golf clubs in Bali

whether it’s a seafood BBQ on the beach, a relaxing massage or restaurant of your choice. They will look after you all the way through, making your stay a memorable experience. In a Bali Golfing Tours package, you’ll get a premium designed golf shirt, and towel, airport pick up and drop off, personal driver and personal host to and from the golf course and return to your villa hotel, golf cart and personal caddie on course, and access to day tours to your selected location, be it shopping, beach day, or other destinations of your choice. Extra cost incurred on theme parks depending on where you go. All transport to and from day tours is fully paid for. Bali Golfing Tours love golf, and they love playing with different people from all walks of life. They also love competition, whether it’s a friendly between mates or Club League match play competition. Their 10 years’ experience in golf, as well as knowledge of the area and its courses is just what you need to enjoy the best golfing tour Bali has to offer.

• Discounts at partner hotels • Friendly relaxed environment

From green conditions to weather and anything in between you will be thoroughly informed of all golf conditions. So, you get the best out of every course you play with Bali Golfing Tours. Packages: The Swing Easy Package: 4 Nights/5 Day Package, $498.00 USD Per Person. The Tee Up and Tour Package: 6 Nights/7 Day Package, $670.00 USD Per Person. Just Golf: (All prices USD), New Kuta Golf Club, $97.00. Bali National Golf Club, $149.00. Handara Golf Resort, $82.00, Bukit Pandawa Golf Club $115.00. Premium golf club hire :$40.00 USD per set. Bali Golfing Tours 4 Garraween Avenue, North Balgowlah 2093. Sydney Australian Sales Office 0299486719 Australian Mobile +61429841542 Bali Mobile +6287862604521 www.baligolfingtours.com baligolfingtours@gmail.com

• Golfers of all levels welcome • Minimum 4 competitions per week • Annual Golf Week/Club Championship (May)

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The real Zeal: Great golf in the Land of the Long White Cloud New Zealand is a true golfer’s paradise. With over 400 courses on offer, and some of the most breathtaking, spectacular views you’ll find anywhere in the world, New Zealand can lay claim to being one of the most beautiful golf destinations on the globe. Here are just a few of our favourite courses.

Remarkable Golf Tours It’s the little things that make a big difference in golf. Whether it’s choosing a certain grip for your putter, the right ball for your swing speed or the best coach to hone your skills. The same applies when it comes to golf travel. Little things matter, and dealing with a ground-based tour agent means you get local information first hand. Somebody on the other end of the phone that you can trust to get things done when you’re trying to organise a party of people and ensure

Queenstown Golf Club you get to see the best of what NZ has to offer, whether it’s golf courses, restaurants or sightseeing. Remarkable Golf Tours (RGT) was established in Queenstown in 2007 to provide a range of golf services for visitors to New Zealand and have arranged tours for thousands of golfers from all corners of the globe. Starting with one vehicle for running daily transfers between local hotels and golf courses, RGT have expanded their vehicle fleet to cater to a range of group sizes from couples to large touring parties. Regardless of party size,

the service remains focussed on the finer details of planning that ensure a seamless golf trip. Naturally, choosing a great destination to golf in is a pretty important choice to make and when it comes to New Zealand, it simply doesn’t get better than Queenstown. The views alone are worth the airfare and the courses showcase the scenery beautifully. Whether it’s the sweeping views of Queenstown Bay from Queenstown Golf Club, The Remarkables Mountain range and Lake Wakatipu from Jacks Point or the hilly surrounds of

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Arrowtown from The Hills, Millbrook or Arrowtown Golf Club, golfers have always got great views to take in. Aside from the views, it’s the also changes in style of each course that really intrigues. Each course feels very different than the last and golfers won’t feel like they play two courses even remotely similar in Queenstown. There are plenty of golf destinations that boast more courses but the variety from one to the next and the varying challenges sees groups returning to Queenstown year after year to rediscover what makes it so special for golfing. There are certainly standout courses like Jacks Point that really inspire with its stunning views and rugged, natural beauty but each course has its own charm and often the club courses silently impress even the golfing purists. Another attraction is the world-class food and wine on offer, an area where Queenstown continues to raise the bar year upon year. Central Otago established itself as a premier Pinot Noir producing region years ago but has now regarded as one of NZ’s top destinations for dining. Everything from Asian street-style food to fine NZ meats, seafood and hearty pub meals are on offer and visitors would be disappointed to find a meal less than excellent wherever they go in Queenstown. However large or small your group is, take the opportunity to contact Remarkable Golf Tours to see what they can offer you for a memorable golf trip to New Zealand. More information: Ph: +64 274 653 888 Email: info@remarkablegolftours.co.nz www.remarkablegolftours.co.nz

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Glebe Apartments

Glebe Apartments Stay and play in New Zealand’s premier tourist resort, Queenstown, teeing off at some of the world’s most spectacular golf courses with The Glebe’s all-inclusive golfing getaways. Queenstown’s rugged mountain backdrops, and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wakatipu make an idyllic backdrop for a round or two of golf, a must-do for golfers the world over! Whether it’s you, a friend, or a group of mates, family and friends; the friendly team at the Glebe will ensure your golfing holiday is a truly unforgettable experience. Your trip will be completely catered for, from accommodation, to meals, transfers, and all your activities, so you can relax and enjoy all this stunning region has on offer.

Centrally located, the Glebe Apartments are a two-minute walk from downtown Queenstown to the hustle and bustle of restaurants, cafes, shops and nightlife, it offers an ideal base for your golfing getaway. The Glebe’s apartments offer luxury and comfort with plenty of space, and majestic views to Lake Wakatipu to the mountains beyond. With six golf courses, (including three championship courses) all within a 25-minute drive from your downtown base, you will be spoilt for choice. The courses caters to all levels of players from novices to top professionals. The three championship courses; The Hills, Millbrook and Jack’s Point are all internationally acclaimed, professionally designed, and built and maintained to ensure the highest quality of play.

The region’s reputation for friendly hospitality, and as the adventure capital of New Zealand ensures there is plenty to do and enjoy off the green as well, all within proximity to your accommodation. Wine, dine or experience any number of activities and tours, from bungy jumping to jet boating, and vineyard tours, and scenic cruises to name a few. More information: Phone +64 3 441 0310, Email: CareyAnne@theglebe.co.nz www.theglebe.co.nz

Terrace Downs Resort Located an hour’s drive from Christchurch International Airport sits the stunning golfing retreat of Terrace Downs Resort, which is set amongst the beautiful farmland of New Zealand’s High Country

and perched on the edge of the beautiful Rakaia River under the shadow of Mt Hutt. Whilst at the resort you can enjoy a game of golf on one of New Zealand’s top courses. The 18-hole par-72 course consists of a parklands-style front-nine and a links style back-nine, which is highly playable for all levels of golfers. The signature 16th hole provides a perfect location for the inner photographer to practice those landscape shots. Delicious meals are served in a modern rustic and luxurious clubhouse with the Café open during the day for breakfast, lunch and bar snacks and the hunter’s restaurant in the evening offers a fine selection of cuisine Terrace Downs Resort offers a choice of two deluxe accommodation options. The Villa suites are self-contained units with luxurious beds, a delightful raised spa

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Top Kiwi golfer shares his thoughts on Golden Oldies World Golf Festival Terrace Downs Resort bath and spacious open-plan living areas. The chalets are separate four and seven bedroom houses spread amongst the resort; these beautiful chalets boast all modern conveniences and great indoor outdoor living areas. Golf is not the only reason to visit the Resort, as Terrace Downs offers something for everyone; from the famous clay shooting and archery provided by Newzengland ltd run by Neil Gubby who won a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor and is ranked #1 in Christchurch for fun and games, other activities include jetboating on the Rakaia River, Horse Trekking, tours of real working New Zealand farms, fishing, skiing in the winter season, plenty of walking tracks to

experience and many more activities in the surrounding area. Terrace Downs offers the ultimate wedding and conference venue, with stunning natural scenery and onsite luxury facilities are al include in the total package and perfect for any season. The Events Team offer a personalised service and are dedicated to ensure your day is seamless. Transfers from the airport can be arranged prior to your arrival via reception, with ground and helicopter transfers available. More information: Ph: +64 3318 6943, info@terracedowns.co.nz www.terracedowns.co.nz

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Winner on the 2002 PGA tour and Eisenhower Trophy 1992 team and individual winner, international golf commentator and proud New Zealander Phil Tataurangi shared some special insights in a video on the courses to host the Golden Oldies World Golf Festival four course challenge in April 2018. Phil has played the four very different courses a number of times over the years and recounted his personal thoughts on his favourite holes on each course along with a tip or two on how to play them.

of the newer courses in Canterbury. Phil noted that, like Terrace Downs, nature is one of the features of the Christine Kerr designed course warning golfers to be wary of the nor’easter wind which can prove challenging. Harewood Golf Club is one for golfers who can hit straight. Phil described Harewood as a parklands style course which was renovated by Greg Turner and Scott McPherson about five years ago with 18 brand-new tees.

Terrace Downs is in a truly wonderful setting, according to Phil. High up in the Rakaia Gorge in the foothills of the Southern Alps’ splendid Mt Hutt, the stunning location of this Scottish highlands style course can be a real distraction.

History and heritage are real features of the Christchurch Golf Club, the second oldest course in New Zealand dating back to 1873. The club has hosted NZ Open Championships, Amateur Championships and the 1992 Eisenhower Cup at which the New Zealand team, including Phil, finished second.

Thirty minutes north of Christchurch is the Pegasus Golf and Sports Club, one

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TOUR OPERATORS Travel Queenstown with Great Golf Getaways QUEENSTOWN, located on New Zealand’s South Island, is renowned as the ‘adventure capital’ for outdoor activities and spectacular sightseeing and tours. It’s also one of New Zealand’s most picturesque golf destinations and offers a great choice of several top courses in the region. Great Golf Getaways offers customised golf tours to Queenstown including 7-night and 14+ night tour itineraries that are ideal for group golf trips or a family golfing holiday. GGG’s experienced staff will assist you with all your travel arrangements including accommodation, golf bookings, ground transportation and return flights. And if you are planning a group welcome or final event dinner for your tour, they’ll organise and plan your catering and event requirements also. The spring/summer season including early Autumn is the ideal time for planning your Queenstown trip. Popular local courses to play include: Jack’s Point, Queenstown, Arrowtown and Millbrook Resort which provide the ideal itinerary for a 7-night tour with the option to plan an extended stay also to explore other regions on the South and North Islands. Queenstown is growing in popularity as a golf destination with many golf groups planning return trips.

Great Golf Getaways By popular demand, a group of members and guests from Westward Ho Golf Club (SA) are returning to Queenstown in March 2018, following their previous successful 2016 Queenstown tour with Great Golf Getaways. The group are pictured at Millbrook Resort and see below for feedback from tour members about their past experience: “The trip was fabulous. You organised everything so well I could not have anything to criticise. I loved Queenstown,

in fact it’s the best small town I’ve ever visited. Our bus driver was great, on time all the time. I’d rate the trip 10 out of 10. Thanks again for all your work, regards R.Butcher”. “It was a lovely trip with good company, lovely golf courses and lots of time to explore on our days off in such a lovely place as Queenstown. All of your organising went without any hitches and it was all smooth, comfortable and most enjoyable so thank you for doing a

great job. A most enjoyable trip. Cheers, L.Davison”. “Just emailing you to say THANK YOU for organising the tour to Queenstown NZ. It all went off without any problems and we all had a great time. Once again thank you. Regards, C. Wiles”. More information on Great Golf Getaways full range of tour packages to New Zealand and for assistance in planning your next tour. Tel: 1300 124 220 or email: info@greatgolfgetaways.com.au

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Golf & Gourmet Play with the locals! Innovative Australian Golf Tour Operator, Golf & Gourmet has introduced a new style of tour for 2018. Golf & Gourmet’s luxury touring coach lets a professional coach captain do the driving. The golf courses which are included in the program are very good local clubs; at some locations you will get to play with local members, either in their club competitions or against a local team assembled by the club. After golf there is ample time to join your playing partners for a drink and catering provided by Golf & Gourmet. Accommodation chosen is motel or resort-style located near to local attractions. The itinerary also allows touring days with optional excursions available to the local highlights or on each lay day an optional golf game is offered. There are two itineraries: the first starting on arrival in Auckland on Monday, April 9, with courtesy airport transfers provided by the Jetpark Hotel meeting all flights. You will then explore Northland for seven nights before returning to Auckland. The second tour starts in Auckland and explores the regions of Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupo and ends at Auckland Airport. The two tours combine to make an 18-day tour with a bonus night included for those guests included in downtown Auckland. The Northland Tour starts with a round at Omaha Beach, time to settle in with your fellow travellers but without the stress of local competition on this coastal layout

Ohope International GC (Golf & Gourmet) just north of Auckland. Ranked in the top 10% of New Zealand courses the par-70 layout with native trees and a natural estuary bordering the course will punish those who stray from the job at hand. You will spend the night in the delightful small town of Warkworth. The next golf game is at Mangawhai, another sandbased course ranked in the New Zealand Top 20. Play in the club competition with local members. Following golf and refreshments the coach departs for the Bay of Islands, a historic and charming place which has seen a sometimes violent past. Your motel is located adjacent to the ferry wharf with regular transport to Russell, the first English capital of New Zealand or to cruise the beautiful Bay of Islands. A lay day allows you to cruise, visit the Waitangi Treaty House or golf at the spectacular Kauri Cliffs Golf Resort. An experience awaits playing the local Waitangi Golf Club overlooking the Bay of Islands before coaching to Doubtless Bay and the Taipa Resort. Another lay day is scheduled with golf being offered at Carrington,

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- 4.5 or 5 Star Accommodation including 2 Nights Shangri La Resort & Spa - Full Daily Breakfast - Touring including Colombo, Kandy, Elephant Orphanage, Tea Plantation and much more. - Welcome and farewell Dinners - 4 Golf Games includes caddies but not carts (except Shangri La - Carts & Caddies Included) - Cooking Class - Private Coach Touring

$3198 GOlFER PP TWIN /DOUBlE $2798 NON GOlFER PP TWIN/DOUBlE $1650 SINGlE SUPPlEMENT

a challenging resort course or a trip to the tip of New Zealand, Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. Sunday provides a highlight playing the Whangaroa Golf Course with local members and enjoying a Seafood Smorgasbord after golf. The Whangaroa Golf Course was established by volunteers in the 1950’s including your tour guide. Overnight in the Bay of Islands before returning to Auckland. The second tour heads south from Auckland pausing at Pukekohe with a golf round to allow the new arrivals to settle in before continuing on to the regional city of Hamilton. The second golf game will be at either Lochiel or the Narrows Course playing with local members in their club competition. After golf, drive through wonderful farming lands to the resort town of Mount Maunganui for a three-night stay where beachside one-bedroom apartments provide perfect accommodation for this longer stay. A lay day allows for a winery visit and tasting, shopping time

or golf the Mount Maunganui course. The Omanu Golf Club are the hosts for your next ‘meet the locals’ golf game. The drive to Whakatane traverses farming land, bush settings and orchards. On arrival participate in the River Walk or an optional golf game at Whakatane Golf Club. Accommodation is centrally located so there’s an opportunity for shopping as well. The Ohope International golf course looks out over the thermal White Island and built on sand hills it is an excellent layout. This club is renowned for its hospitality and competitive spirit. Rotorua is a tourism mecca, while you can also golf at the Lakeview Club with views over Lake Rotorua and the Thermal Wonderland. The golfing jewel in the crown is the last course you’ll play at Wairakei, a special place and great golf course. It is the perfect way to complete the tour before an overnight in Hamilton scheduling a late morning arrival at Auckland Airport for outbound flights. These tours are designed so nongolfers will also have many activities to participate in with accommodation locations providing easy access to local touring, transport and shopping. Non golfers are invited to join the group in after-golf social time. It is not necessary to only play the top resort courses to have a great time in New Zealand so join Golf & Gourmet on the Meet the Locals tours in April 2018. More Information: Fred Sparksman 0414 799 722 or fred@golfgourmet.com.au or visit: www.golfgourmet.com.au

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- Enjoy playing with local golf club members at some clubs in the itinerary - Enjoy Free Days in the iconic Bay of Islands. Doubtless Bay, Mount Maunganui & Rotorua - 9 Golf Games including Wairakei Golf Club - Daily Breakfasts - Private Coach Touring - Great local Accommodation

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Hawaii Golf Adventures & Fiji Pro-ams

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nce a leading tournament professional, these days Richard Ellis is the owner of the successful New Zealand-based golf tour and tournament company, Pacific Golf Management. He has over 25 years’ experience running golf tours and international amateur and professional tournaments around the world, and personally oversees every tour and tournament. Richard has an impressive 2018 golf holiday and tournament program to Hawaii, Fiji, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and the Pacific Islands.

Whether you enjoy the world-class resort courses and magnificent beachfront hotels in Hawaii, or travelling to Vietnam, Cambodia or Thailand to play some of the best championship courses in Asia, Pacific Golf Management has a tour for you. Or maybe closer to home would suit, playing in the South Pacific’s biggest four-round pro-am events at Natadola Bay and Denarau in Fiji, with over $130,000 in professional prize money and amateur prizes. You don’t have to be a great golfer to join in the fun of these tours and tournaments and there are always plenty of activities for the non-golfing partners. If you enjoy playing fantastic golf courses, staying at top notch resorts and hotels and having a great time, maybe one of following tours will suit you:

Hawaii International Golf Week (August 18th to 25th September) This is the 5th annual tour and tournament to the big Island of Hawaii, which is a 30-minute flight from Honolulu. Five- star accommodation for seven nights in an ocean view room at the new Westin Hapuna Beach Hotel at the famous Mauna Kea Resort. There are two world-class golf courses at the resort and another five within 15 minutes’ drive. You will love playing five rounds on the best of these amazing courses plus there’s two PGA golf pros on tour to help sharpen your skills (all included in the cost). You don’t have to be a great golfer to take part as the four-round tournament is played in different divisions for women and men. There’s even a scratch event for the guns. It’s a great week, including welcome cocktail party, nightly drinks, great prizes and fun tournament dinner to finish. For the non- golfers there are always plenty of activities. This event has sold out the last two years. The Best of Hawaii Golf Tour (August 18th to 29th) Hawaii is a long way to go for just one week, so a few nights in the famous Waikiki is a must after International Golf Week. Take a short flight back to Honolulu and spend four nights at the fantastic Prince Waikiki Hotel, which is

2018 • 5 Nights twin share accommodation at Sheraton Fiji Resort, Denarau Island • Return airport / hotel transfers from Nadi International Airport • Daily full breakfast • 4 rounds of golf in the Pro-Am including carts and range balls daily • Daily lunch and on course drinks during tournament play • Gala Welcome Cocktail Party • Nightly drinks at the tournament bar (during the tournament) • All transport from Hotel to golf courses during the tournament • Player gift pack valued at $120.00 • Over $130,000 in Prize money and Prizes • Final night Gala Banquet dinner, drinks and entertainment

GOLFERS PP $1879 - NZ$1985 TWIN SHARE

The Sheraton Golf Classic Fiji (June 12th – 16th) The South Pacific’s biggest pro-am tournament with over $130,000 in professional prize money and amateur prizes. There are amazing individual and teams prizes for the amateurs. You will have a professional in your group for all four rounds of the tournament played at the fantastic Vijay Singh-designed Natadola Bay and Denarau Golf & Racquet Club. Includes five-star accommodation at Sheraton Fiji Resort, opening cocktail party, nightly drinks at the tournament bar, final night banquet and entertainment. It’s a fantastic value for this all-inclusive package. Get in quick; this event sells out every year. Fiji Legends Pro-Am (June 20th – 24th) Here’s your opportunity for amateurs to join some of Australasia’s best senior professionals for a three-round pro-am to be played at Natadola Bay and Denarau golf courses, with accommodation at Sheraton Fiji Resort. Limited space for only 40 overseas amateurs. Go to www.pacificgolf.co.nz for full information, or email richard@pacificgolf.co.nz, phone +64 21989996. •

Golf Tours Tour Package

Tour Package

NATADOLA BAY & DENARAU $130,000 PRIzE mONEY & PRIzES June 12th - June 16th 2018

the only hotel in Waikiki with all ocean view rooms. Enjoy a round of golf at the Hawaiian Prince course. Waikiki is also a shopping Mecca with the famous Ala Moana Shopping centre only a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.

(NON-PLAYERS $1298 - NZ$1384)

• 4 nights’ twin share accommodation at the 5- star Sheraton Fiji Resort • Return airport transfers • Daily full breakfast • Special players gift pack • 3 tournament rounds in the pro-am, including cart • Transport to Natadola Bay Golf Course during the tournament • Daily lunch and on course drinks during the tournament • Opening cocktail party • Excellent prizes • Final night prize presentation dinner, drinks & entertainment • Includes all taxes on accommodation and event package

$50,000 PRIzE mONEY & PRIzES June 20th – 24th 2018

5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL GOLF WEEK World Class Golf Courses GOLFERS PP US$2896 (NON-PLAYERS US$1930) TWIN SHARE August 18th - August 25th 2018

(NON-PLAYERS $896 - NZ$969)

Tour Package

Tour Package • 7 nights twin share accommodation at the five-star Westin Hapuna Beach Hotel, ocean view rooms • Daily full buffet breakfast • 1 practice round at Hapuna Beach course plus free PGA professional coaching & clinics • 4 tournament rounds of golf including cart, Mauna Kea, Hapuna Beach, Mauna Lani North & South courses • Range balls before play each day • Entry into the Hawaii International Golf Week tournament • Welcome function at Westin Hapuna Beach Hotel • Nightly drinks for one hour each night at the Breezeway during the tournament • Player gift pack including tournament logo polo & cap, valued at over $130 • Final night gala prize presentation dinner and drinks • Great prizes • Full tournament & event organisation by Pacific Golf Management • All transport to and from golf courses during the tournament plus return Airport transfers • Daily hotel resort fee, includes free Wi Fi & in room internet, parking, gym access, range balls • All tax’s on accommodation, golf, meals and drinks included in the package

GOLFERS PP $1539 - NZ$1659 TWIN SHARE

BEST OF HAWAII 12 Days in Golfing Paradise August 18th - August 29th 2018

• 7 nights’ accommodation at the five-star Westin Hapuna Beach Hotel & Spa, ocean view rooms • 4 nights’ accommodation at the five- star Prince Waikiki Hotel, ocean view rooms • Daily full breakfast, 11 days • 6 Rounds of golf including cart on world class course, Mauna Kea, Hapuna, Mauna Lani North Mauna Lani South and Hawaii Prince • Ranges balls before play each day • Entry into the Hawaii International Golf Week tournament • Practice round at Hapuna Beach & free golf tuition with PGA professionals before the tournament • Welcome function at Westin Hapuna Beach Hotel • Nightly drinks, one hour each night at the tournament bar during the tournament. • Player gift pack including tournament logo polo & cap valued at over $130 • Tournament prize presentation dinner and drinks • Great prizes • Full tournament & event organisation by Pacific Golf Management • All transport to and from the golf courses plus return Airport to Hotel transfers • Daily Hotel resort fees included at Westin • All tax’s on accommodation, golf, meals and drinks included in the package

GOLFERS PP US$3776 (NON-PLAYERS US$2697) TWIN SHARE Extra nights available at both hotels for those who wish to extend their stay.

www.pacificgolf.co.nz January 2018 | INSIDE GOLF TRAVEL

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