Golf is Australia’s favourite past time. Played by both men and women of all ages, golf is gaining popularity amongst school aged children.
Australian golf courses are hard to compete against. Aussie players such as Steve Elkington and Robert Allenby have contributed to making the sport much more popular. Australian golf resorts offer facilities to accommodate everything from luxury vacations to business meetings, at affordable rates. Breathtaking scenes of hillside courses overlook the sandy beaches and fairways that follow the winding rivers and bushland.
There are over 1500 golf courses throughout Australia, dating back to 1882. From tropical designed courses, to arid, nine-
The nearly perfect weather throughout Queensland, allows for the perfect golfing experience. Warm, sunshine filled days and moderate nights, makes any time of day the right time to hit the greens.
The PGA Tour of Australasia is the main men's tour in Australia. it was founded in 1973 as the PGA Tour of Australia, and changed to its current name in 1991.
The tour is one of the five charter members of the International Federation of PGA Tours, making it a 1st tier tour. In 2007 the tour has a schedule consisting of 12 events, but only three of them are sole-
Australia's premier golf tournament and national Open is the Australian Open, run by Golf Australia, which has been held since 1904. Other tournaments include the Australian Masters, which has been held since 1979, and the Australian PGA Championship, which has been held since 1905.
In women's golf, the ALPG Tour has operated since 1972. It became a member of the International Federation of PGA Tours in 2009 when that organisation expanded to include all of the major women's tours. In its most recent season, 2010–11, the tour consisted of 11 events. The two richest are respectively the Ladies Masters, held since 1990, and the Women's Australian Open, held since 1974. Both events are co-
Australia's top golfers, whether male or female, generally move to more lucrative tours—the European Tour or the U.S. PGA Tour for men, and the Ladies European Tour or the U.S. LPGA tour for women—at the first opportunity.
The oldest course in Australia is at Bothwell in Tasmania. It was established in 1839 and some claim that it is the oldest course in the Southern Hemisphere. Formed in 1882, the Australian Golf Club in Sydney is the oldest golf club in Australia, however it was not used from 1888-