Adam Scott’s Masters win this month has primed Australia to become a top golf vacation spot. Brian Krupa, a sales executive for Marriott Vacations Worldwide, adds that golf enthusiasts often use vacation time to indulge in their hobby. Australia, he says, is a great destination for a lot of reasons.
Scott won the tournament with a 12-foot putt into the second playoff hole at Augusta National. He is the first Australian to don the green jacket, though many others have come close. Two years ago, Scott tied for second with Jason Day, a fellow Australian. This year, Day joined Scott and Mark Leishman as three Australians in the top five on the leader board. Scott went on to win, to the delight of his countrymen.
The drama of Scott’s win virtually guarantees a rise in Australia’s golf tourism, according to several travel and golfing news sources. The country offers a variety of tourist attractions, one of which is golf. Most of the well-known courses are in the south, near Melbourne and New Wales.
One of these is the Royal Melbourne Golf Club. This 36-hole course is a regular feature on US Golf Digest’s list of the world’s top golf courses. It is the oldest continually-operated golf club in Australia, founded in 1891. According to rumor, Adam Scott will play there in November to defend the title he won at Kingston Heath, another one of Melbourne’s top golf clubs.
More recently, courses have cropped up on the island of Tasmania. These include the Barnbougle Dunes resort, which boasts 36 holes over 200 acres. Tasmania is also a destination for wine tasting and wildlife tours.
Brian Krupa says that while Queensland isn’t as popular for golfing purposes, it is a top vacation spot. Its attractions include lavish resorts, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Whitsunday Islands. One of the islands, Dent Island, turned an entire nearby island into the Hamilton Island Golf Club.
Golfing channel blogger Brandon Tucker calls the club “one of the country’s most dramatic settings for the game.” Peter Thompson, the famed British Open championship golfer, designed it. Hamilton Island is a par-71 course that offers a 360-degree view of Australia’s Coral Sea.
Brian Krupa recommends Queensland above the other golf destinations in Australia due to its diverse tourism opportunities. Many golfers travel with their families. Krupa says it’s important that a family vacation offers something for everyone. Queensland is a wonderful golfing destination with opportunities for boating, windsurfing, snorkeling, and more.
Brian Krupa serves a major hotel chain, as a sales executive. His hobbies include golf, boating, and tennis.