a unique golfing experience!
I have just returned to Perth after hosting a golf tour to Tasmania and Victoria. There were 16 keen male golfers on the tour, and the 6-night tour included 5 rounds of golf at some memorable golf courses.
Our golfing destinations were Barnbougle Links Resort in Northern Tasmania and the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne, Victoria. The tour started with an overnight stay in Launceston with a round at Launceston Golf Club (LGC) the next day. After the round it was off by private coach on the 1 ½ hour’s drive through the Tamar Valley to Barnbougle Links Resort. Barnbougle is an amazing golfing destination, located 80 kilometres north east of Launceston. There are two purpose built links courses, the older Dunes course and the newer Lost Farm course … bothhave famous American designers, Tom Doak (Dunes) and Bill Coore (Lost Farm) and are designed on the lines of the famous British and Irish links courses. The Dunes is only 10 years old, but looks like it has been around for a hundred years. The Dunes course is Australian Golf Digest #1 Public Access course in Australia … Lost Farm is #2!
Staying on-course in the Dunes Cottages just adds to the golfing atmosphere, and to wake up to the abundant wildlife outside the cottages and the 1st tee 20 metres from the cottage veranda was something special. There is nothing like Barbougle Links Resort … you have to experience it to understand its unique qualities!
After 3 nights at the Resort, it was back to Launceston Airport for a short flight to Melbourne and a 2 hour private coach transfer to Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula. Staying at the 5 star Portsea Village Resort was just the ticket for a relaxed start to the Mornington Peninsula sector of the golf tour. The next day we played the Dunes … a Tony Cashmore designed championship course that was hosting its Club Championships that week. With greens running at 13 ½ on the stimpmeter and the group electing for the Member’s tees, it was a great test of golfing skill and stamina. The Dunes is a mighty golf course, and in my opinion, the best on the Peninsula.
On the last day, we played a very interesting golf course in St Andrews Beach. Designed by Tom Doak, it can only be described as “quirky”, with at least 7 greens where you cannot see the bottom of the flag from the fairways. This was a bit disconcerting when you are not used to “blind” golf, however it is a memorable and fun course to play and rates as one of the more difficult courses in Australia.
If you are interested in a short-break “great golfing experience” in Australia, you cannot do any better than Barnbougle Links Resort and the golf courses around the Mornington Peninsula. Speak to the guys at IGS for itinerary and golfing concepts that will ensure a memorable golfing trip for you and your golfing matesContact Gary for more details!
As a result of the success of the recent Thailand golf tour and demand from the tour group, Managing Director Gary Allomes and Mark Siegal, MD of Golfasian have collaborated to produce a unique golf tour in 2017 to include both Thailand and Vietnam. Combining the best golfing destinations of these two countries, the tour comprises 4 nights in Pattaya,
Thailand, staying at the 5 star AVANI Pattaya Resort with rounds of golf at the best golf complex in Thailand, Siam Country Club. Travel then to Danang in Vietnam to play the world-renowned Greg Norman designed BRG Danang Golf Club and Colin Montgomerie’s only course design in Asia, Montgomerie Links. Staying 4 nights at the luxurious Royal Hoi An Resort in historic Hoi An town, you will play some of the best golf courses in Asia, and travel to UNESCO world heritage sites and the historic city of Hue, once the capital of Vietnam.
To finish the tour off, there is a 3 night extension to Ho Chi Min City (Saigon) where the tour group will explore this vibrant and often chaotic city, the largest in Vietnam. Excursions to the Mekong Delta by fast speed boat, and a visit to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels make for a wonderful way to finish this golf tour. Numbers are limited to just 24, so you need to be quick to join this special golf tour. (view the full tour here)
For more information about this special golf tour to Thailand and Vietnam and other great golfing destinations, contact the team at International Golf Specialists for a tailored and memorable golfing holiday.VIEW our Testimonials
The recent ISPS Handa Super Six Perth was a European Tour sanctioned event which saw a mixture of stroke and match-play eventually determine local boy Brett Rumford as its inaugural champion. The Perth weather was fantastic and provided some of the best golfing conditions the field would compete in anywhere in the world. The coverage also highlighted many of the other activities that are on offer throughout the state of Western Australia. The tournament was screened to millions of people around the world and IGS has since had an influx of enquiries from people wanting to visit Perth for a golfing holiday. With Perth as our home town, there is no other destination we would rather show case than our own backyard. With great courses such as Lake Karrinyup, Joondalup Resort and Meadow Springs, to name just a few, and fantastic accommodation to boot, a golfing holiday to WA is just what the relaxation doctor ordered. Speak to us today about arranging your golfing adventure to one of the best cities in the world.VIEW our New Zealand courses
Most of us like to think we are good at DIY but the reality is, in many cases, it is often better to leave things to the experts to get the best results. The same rings true when arranging a golf holiday. While there are people who enjoy putting together that trip of a lifetime for themselves and their golfing friends, the team at IGS are often called in when things get too hard, to tie up loose ends or book the courses that aren’t available to everyone. The expertise IGS have in the golf travel industry and relationships we have with hotels, golf courses and local suppliers means that your golf holiday will be stress free from beginning to end. A chat with the guys at IGS will begin the easiest of golf holidays from start to finish.
Golf is ultimately a target sport. There may be a huge fairway to aim at with a tee shot and a large green on which we try to land the ball, but the eventual aim is to guide a ball measuring 1.68 inches in diameter, into a hole measuring 4.25 inches across. Why then do most of us stand up and blast away with our drivers with no specific target in mind? To maximise accuracy, we must narrow our focus. Think of firing an arrow or rifle at a target and then narrow that aim down to the dead centre of the bulls-eye. It’s a small aim point but misses are going to be less than when we aim at a larger area. Take the same principle to your golf game. Choose a specific area on the fairway you want your drive to land. Pick out an exact spot on the green for your approach shot to hit and aim really small on putts by aiming at a single blade of grass in front of the hole or a spot of dirt on the back of the cup. You’ll find that your accuracy and focus will increase and your scores will come down.VIEW our New Zealand courses