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Capilano Golf Club 2015 Tour - Australia


Capilano GC Tour Australia Enjoy the spectacular golf, natural wonders, extraordinary wildlife and fun-loving people of Australia. Merit Golf Vacations in conjunction with our Australia representative have used our local expertise, knowledge and contacts to ensure the best of the east coast of Australia is experienced. We have secured tee-times at these top ranked golf clubs in Australia. These include Royal Melbourne GC, Kingston Heath GC, Victoria GC, Barnbougle Dunes, Lost Farm, New South Wales GC and The Lakes GC. The golf will be fantastic, however this is only one part of the experience. We have also included wonderful day tours for the Sydney Harbour, Great Ocean Road, The Yarra Valley and more. With luxury accommodation, great restaurants, golf and sightseeing this tour will be leave a lasting impression.


Itinerary - Golfers Arrive Sydney 18th March All Transfers are by Private Coach Transfer - Sydney Airport to Hotel. Accommodation: Intercontinental Sydney (2 nights) Club InterContinental Eastern Harbour View Room Includes access to the Club Room and porterage (Includes breakfast, twilight drinks between 57pm, light refreshments all day, Personal concierge plus more. 19th March Return transfer to the Lakes Golf Club. The Lakes Golf Club, established in 1928, is one of Sydney's most prestigious private golf clubs. 20th March Transfer to New South Wales Golf Club. Officially opened for play by the Governor General of Australia, Baron Stonehaven, on June 23 1928, although incomplete at the time. Original Course Routing and Bunkering Plan was by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, December 1926 Transfer – NSW GC to Sydney Domestic Airport Flight Sydney-Launceston


Barnbougle Dunes Tasmania, Australia’s island state is renown for its untouched wilderness, pristine coastline, cool climate wines and fresh local produce. On the north East coast of Tasmania lies a hidden gem and one of the world's top Links golf courses, Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm. 20th March Arrive Barnbougle Accommodation: Lost Farm Lodge (2 Nights) Including Daily Breakfast 21st March Golf at Lost Farm 22nd March Golf at Barnbougle Dunes Transfer to Launceston Airport and fly to Melbourne


Melbourne 22nd March Transfer Melbourne Airport to Hotel Accommodation Crown Tower (4 nights) Includes Crystal Club access - includes buffet breakfast and evening drinks. 23rd March Return transfer to Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Royal Melbourne's two courses, the East Course and the West Course, are each ranked amongst the best in the world. Royal Melbourne has hosted numerous national and international events, most famously the 1959 Canada Cup, the 1970 World Cup and the 1998 and 2011 Presidents Cup. 24th March Return transfer to Kingston Heath Golf Club. Kingston Heath Golf Club is one of Australia's best golf courses. Ranked as the number one course in Asia and the 27th best course in the world, Kingston Heath enjoys an enviable reputation for its superb conditioning all year round. 25th March Return transfers to Victoria Golf Club. The style of design together with the shape of MacKenzie’s bold bunkering, the slope of the land and use of native vegetation is somewhat reminiscent of Royal Melbourne albeit on a slightly smaller scale.


Melbourne 26th March PARTNERS ARRIVAL – Tour addition Rest day and arrival of partners. Accommodation: Crown Tower (2 nights) Includes Crystal Club access - includes buffet breakfast and evening drinks. 27th March A day tour on the Great Ocean Road. 28th March You will depart Crown Towers for a tour to Phillip Island and enjoy Seal Rock, the beautiful beaches and see the famous Penguin parade. Accommodation: Château Yering (2 Nights) 29th March Visit Healesville Sanctuary in the morning and enjoy a winery tour with lunch in the picturesque Yarra Valley.


Sydney 30th March Arrive in Sydney and transfer to hotel. Accommodation: Intercontinental Sydney (2 nights) Club InterContinental Eastern Harbour View Room Includes access to the Club Room and porterage (Includes breakfast, twilight drinks between 57pm, light refreshments all day, Personal concierge plus more. Enjoy City sights tour 31st March A day exploring Sydney’s famous Harbour including Lunch. 1st April Transfer from hotel to Sydney Airport.


Golf Clubs & Course Overview The Lakes Golf Club (Australian Ranking 12) The Lakes has long been a major tournament venue having hosted many events including the Australian Open, Australian PGA, Ampol Tournament, Chrysler Classic, Wills Masters, Johnnie Walker Classic, Greg Norman Holden International and the ANZ Championship. The course continues to maintain its reputation as a great challenge to any golfer. The golf course is renowned for its presentation and is generally regarded as one of the best wet weather courses in the region. The final nine holes bordering the Botany Aquifer and wetlands area, with an abundance of wild life, scenic views and a range of tempting golf shots, makes a round of golf at The Lakes a memorable experience.

New South Wales Golf Club (Australian Ranking 5)"La Perouse", as the course is often known, is set amongst scrub covered sand hills and valleys that slope down to the Pacific Ocean at secluded Cruwee Bay. This inspiring layout is bounded by water on three sides and has many of the characteristics of true links golf. Occasionally benign and at the mercy of the "young guns", this sleeping giant, with its undulating fairways and small greens, calls for great skill in shot making when the sea breezes blow. It has been written that golf had its origins on unique seascapes similar to this one, where the wind is a dominating factor and the direction from which it blows making any of the eighteen holes comparatively easy or extremely difficult.

Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Australian Ranking 1 West course and 8 East course) Royal Melbourne's two courses, the East Course and the West Course, are each ranked amongst the best in the world. Royal Melbourne has hosted numerous national and international events, most famously the 1959 Canada Cup, and the 1970 World Cup. It was selected by the PGA Tour to hold the Presidents Cup for the first time outside the United States in December 1998. The Club will also host the Presidents Cup in 2011.


Golf Clubs & Course Overview Kingston Heath Golf Club (Australian Ranking 2) Kingston Heath Golf Club is not only one of Australia's, but also one of the world's leading golf clubs. The 18 holes were built on only 50 hectares, it is perfectly manicured and its bunkering and clever use of dips and hollows visually fools the non observant golfer. If you wildly deviate from the fairway, the rough (comprising long grass, ti- tree and sandy scrapes) will test your ability to get the ball back into play.

The Victoria Golf Club (Australian Ranking 9) The Victoria Golf Club is acclaimed by golfers the world over for its fine hospitality and superb world championship course. Situated in the heart of Melbourne's rolling sandbelt country, in the beach side suburb of Cheltenham, it offers a sporting experience on par with the worlds best. The beautifully landscaped par 72 course is designed to challenge both the amateur and professional golfer.

Barnbougle Dunes (Australian Ranking 4) Golfing at Barnbougle Dunes is an unforgettable outdoors experience. The crashing surf of Bass Strait is visible from most holes, and audible from all. Few golf courses can boast such a variety of surrounding water bodies. Barnbougle Dunes is flanked by Bass Strait, the Trent tidal estuary, freshwater tea-tree wetlands, and the Forester River, having meandered its way down from the distant peaks of Mt Maurice.

Barnbougle Lost Farm (Australian Ranking 6) The Lost Farm commences on some level terrain to reach the coast, so the first couple of holes build the anticipation as the dunes loom ahead. By the time we reached the 3rd, the assault commenced. A short par-4 with a small, tiered green sheltered in a dune. It appears innocuous from the tee, but the challenge is all at the green. This hole was a fearsome introduction to a stretch of holes played in and through some remarkable dunes in the links land.


Non-Golfer Activity Overview Great Ocean Road Tour The Great Ocean Road winds through varying terrain as it hugs the coastline of South West Victoria, spanning 243kms. Let someone else do the driving as you focus on the breathtaking scenery at this most popular tourist destination. Our Great Ocean Road Tours include stops at beautiful untouched beaches, lush ancient rainforests, rugged limestone cliffs and quaint seaside towns.

Yarra Valley Wine & Healesville Sanctuary Tour The scenic Yarra Valley renowned being one of Australia’s best wine regions, enjoy sampling the varieties of wines and local produce on offer. Healesville Sanctuary is one of Australia’s most loved tourist attractions and the best place in Victoria to see and interact with native Australian wildlife. The Sanctuary is committed to fighting wildlife extinction and offers visitors the opportunity to come close up to unique Australian animals in a stunning bushland setting.

Phillip Island & Penguin parade So completely Australian - unique in the world. Every evening at dusk the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. From the waves - across the beach - to the sand dunes - the Little Penguins can almost be touched as they waddle to their burrows. Sunset at Summerland Beach has drawn millions of visitors to Phillip Island. It is the nightly ritual of these little flightless birds which will enthral you as you observe from the beach and the elevated boardwalk.


Non-Golfer Activity Overview Melbourne City Tour & River Cruise (optional) Melbourne is know for it's mix of culture, excitement, sport, art and shopping. Experience Melbourne with our expert guides on this City Highlights and Melbourne River Cruise tour that departs Melbourne daily. Discover the very best that Melbourne has to offer by both coach and boat - this is Melbourne Sightseeing at it's best. Included in this tour is St Paul's Cathedral, Flinders Street Station, Melbourne Town Hall, Queen Victoria Markets and the Arts and Cultural Centre. For sports lovers a visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the National Tennis Centre. This Melbourne Sightseeing Tour has something for everyone.

Bondi Beach and Icebergs for lunch Gracing the cliffs of South Bondi, embracing the panoramic views of the world's most iconic beach, lays a unique Australian dining experience. Since opening her doors in December 2002 Icebergs Dining Room and Bar has shared her rare and uninterrupted views of wondrous Bondi Beach with all her guests. A cherished encounter enhanced by the inspired cuisine of Icebergs Dining Room and Bar in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. Every guest is invited to appreciate the uplifting experience afforded by such a rare location.

Day on the Sydney Harbour Discover Sydney on a full one-day tour with the works! You'll combine a morning tour to Manly and Sydney's Northern Beaches with an afternoon tour of downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach and Kings Cross. What you do in between, is up to you: soak up the scene with a lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour


Accommodation Overview InterContinental Sydney Overlooking the world’s most stunning harbour, this Sydney hotel is a true expression of luxury. Guests can enjoy picturesque views from contemporary suites or the heated indoor swimming pool on the 31st floor. Experience one of the finest restaurants in Sydney at Cafe Opera, serving European and Australian cuisine made from fresh local produce. Near the hotel, explore the The Rocks, stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens or browse the designer boutiques at the Queen Victoria Building.

Lost Farm Lodge Stylishly appointed, the Lost Farm Lodge provides an elegant accommodation option for golfers wishing to stay on site at the golf course. With views of the course, coastline and Tasmanian hinterland each room is only a short stroll to the Lodge Restaurant, Spa, Clubhouse and first tee. The lodge offers two types of accommodation, the Queen Double Suites and the Queen Suites.

Crown Towers A spectacular Melbourne landmark, Crown Towers rises above the city’s vibrant precinct of Southbank, offering luxury accommodation with leisure facilities and an impeccable standard of guest service and attention to detail.

Chateau Yering This heritage listed Victorian mansion on 250 acres, borders the Yarra River and is set amidst established gardens dating from 1854. The luxury period accommodation and award winning Eleonore's Restaurant boast some of the best rural vistas in Victoria, whilst the lounges and sitting room are a showcase for fine paintings and antique furniture.


MARCH 18

– 26/15

Golfer Package Inclusions:

MARCH 26 – APRIL 01/15 Companion & GOLFER SIGHTSEEING inclusions:

Accommodations • InterContinental Sydney (2 nights) • Crown Towers (4 nights) • Lost Farm – The Lodge (2 nights)

ACCOMMODATIONS • Crown Towers - Melbourne (2 nights) • Chateau Yering – Phillip Island (2 nights) • Intercontinental - Sydney (2 nights)

7 rounds of Golf (Australian Ranking 1 rd at each of): • (2) Kingston Heath GC • (9) Victoria GC • (1/8) Royal Melbourne (West/East Course) • (4) Barnbougle Dunes • (6) Lost Farm • (5) New South Wales Club • (12) The Lakes Golf Club

FURTHER INCLUSIONS • All private coach transfers • 6 nights accommodation incl breakfast • Closing dinner at the Intercontinental in Sydney • Full day Great Ocean Road tour incl lunch • Yarra Valley winery tour incl dinner at Rochford wines • Full day Phillip Island tour with park pass- to see penguins, koalas, Churchill Island, Phillip Island Nature Park and incl dinner • Tour of Healesville Sanctuary incl entry ticket • Sydney city sights tour, and harbour cruise tour incl buffet seafood lunch • ALL DOMESTIC AIRLINE FLIGHTS

*Golf Clubs with multiple courses hold the rights as to which course tee-times will be available for play on the day. • • • • • •

All Private coach transfers btwn airport /hotels and golf courses Daily breakfast (throughout) Evening drinks at all hotels Opening dinner at the Intercontinental in Sydney Closing dinner at Victoria GC ALL DOMESTIC AIRLINE FLIGHT COSTS

Exclusions • International Airfares • Meals, drinks and laundry not specified in the itinerary • Gratuities and any items of a personal nature • Sightseeing and excursions not specified in the itinerary • Visa fees (please be sure to check if visas are required)


PRICING FOR THE GOLFING PORTION OF THE TRIP & PRICING FOR THE GOLFER AND COMANION SIGHTSEEING PORTION OF THE TRIP GOLFER TRIP PRICING

•$5300cad per golfer based on Double occupancy •$7200cad per golfer based on Single occupancy

SIGHTSEEING / COMPANION PRICING

•$3200cad per person based on Double occupancy •$4200cad per person based on Single occupancy


Terms and Conditions Travel Insurance It is highly recommended Travel Insurance is obtained at the time you make payment for your travel. Travel insurance should protect you against any medical expenses arising from sickness or injury during your travels and against any loss of or damage to your belongings. It should also provide cover against trip cancellations and flight delays, and offer 24 hour emergency assistance. Cancellation Policy More than 70 days before departure date: We will retain 50% of the deposit. Between 30 and 69 days before departure date: We will retain the full deposit. No refund of the balance paid will be available to you until after we receive a refund from our supplier. In some instances you may not be able to claim a refund Within 30 days of departure date: No refund is payable. Notifications of cancellations must be forwarded to Merit Golf Vacations in writing or email as soon as possible.

Brian.langford@merit.ca There is no refund for cancellation for unused services on or after the tour commencement date. Note: Airlines have there own cancellation terms and conditions. Tour Rates Tour prices are set as a guide only and may vary due to currency fluctuations and component cost increases. All rates advertised are accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change until receipt of payment in full. The Travelling Golfer reserves the right to adjust our tour cost as necessary. Any surcharges will be passed on in respect to currency fluctuations unless full payment has been received and no changes are made to your booking The tour price is for the package as detailed in the itinerary only. If changes are requested to the itinerary, then an administration fee of $100 plus any additional costs incurred will be charged, on top of the tour price. Airlines International airfares are not included in the tour itinerary. All airfare bookings are subject to individual airline terms and conditions. Airlines have their own luggage restrictions. If you do not adhere to these limitations excess baggage fees may apply and are at your own expense.


Golf Professional Information • • • • • •

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The package pricing for the golf portion of this trip is based on 26 members traveling plus two accompanying golf professionals Costs for the sightseeing portion of the trip are based on 20 companions joining the group plus two golf pros Pricing does not include return air from Australia to Canada As this is a 2015 trip, at the time of pricing costs for 2015 were not available so we have estimated costs to the best of our ability based on current rates. Domestic airfares and land only costs were based on 2013/2014 pricing Should pricing increase by more than 5% due to currency fluctuations or supplier cost of goods Merit golf reserves the right to increase the cost of the trip accordingly but will only do so after discussions with Capilano golf club professional staff Each portion of the trip should be viewed as two separate trip costs Merit golf has built in a 15% margin for profit


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