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October 23, 2017 Golf Tourism No Comments Email Email

As the world’s best professional golfers prepare for Australia’s most prestigious golf championship, the Emirates Australian Open, fans are being encouraged to take advantage of NSW’s outstanding golf resorts and book a relaxing golf getaway ahead of the tournament.


From 23-26 November 2017, the Australian Open will be held in Sydney at one of Australia’s most famous golf courses, The Australian Golf Club. Australia’s top-rated golfer and former world No. 1 Jason Day will play at this year’s tournament for the first time in four years. In addition, dual major winner and defending champion Jordan Spieth, and former Australian Open champion Adam Scott will be among the top names vying for the Stonehaven Cup.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said, “The Emirates Australian Open has built a home in Sydney and once again attracted a stellar field. Wherever you are, if you can get to the Australian Golf Club, you will be in for a fantastic four days of golfing action. For fans looking to extend their stay before or after The Emirates Australian Open, they will find some of the country’s best fairways and relaxing retreats in rural and regional NSW,” Mr Marshall said.

Ahead of the Australian Open, try one of these stay-and-play NSW golf courses for a holiday hole-in-one.

1.       Bonville Golf Resort, Coffs Harbour

Voted as one of the most beautiful golf courses in Australia, Bonville Golf Resort’s Par 72 championship course challenges and stimulates golfers of every standard. Rising and dipping through the beautiful landscape on the Coffs Harbour Coast, the course is a private haven for golfers and wildlife alike, with the area providing a natural sanctuary for a wide range of native Australian animals. After a day of golf, guests can take a refreshing dip in the billabong-style swimming pool or make their way to the breathtaking beaches of Sawtell, less than five minutes away. Combined with luxury accommodation and a fine-dining restaurant, the property is the ideal destination for a relaxing trip away with friends.

2.       Chateau Elan at The Vintage, Hunter Valley

Nestled among vineyards and an easy two-hour drive from Sydney, Chateau Elan is located in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine country and provides a desirable combination of fine wine, great golf, pampering spa treatments and luxury accommodation. One of Australia’s finest golf and spa resorts, Chateau Elan offers a selection of luxury spa suites and private villas overlooking the fairways of The Vintage championship golf course, the only Greg Norman-designed course accessible to the public in New South Wales.

3.       Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains

The Fairmont Resort, located on the edge of the Jamison Valley in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, offers 222 award-winning rooms and suites and adjoins the groomed fairways of the Leura Golf Club. The oldest course in the Blue Mountains, Leura Golf Club offers players a spectacular cliff-top setting in which to play 18 holes. Following a round of golf, guests can enjoy a meal at one of the five on-site dining locations, relax with a luxurious spa treatment or explore the extensive 9.5 hectares of tranquil grounds and gardens.

4.       Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral

A stunning rural property on the outskirts of Bowral, Peppers Craigieburn is a luxury estate with a private nine-hole vintage golf course. Retaining the style and elegance of the original homestead, built in 1887, Peppers Craigieburn is a relaxed country retreat set in an area renowned for its national parks, antique shopping and cool-climate wines. The property is home to the private Craigieburn Hickory Golf Course that is more than 100 years old and still features the original course layout.

5.       Pullman Magenta Shores Resort, Central Coast

Located just 90 minutes from Sydney and only 20 minutes north of Terrigal, Pullman Magenta Shores Resort is an exceptional golf and villa-style spa resort with a unique beachfront setting. Voted among the top 30 best golf courses in Australia, this championship 18-hole golf course designed by Ross Watson is nestled between the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean and Tuggerah Lake. 

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