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The Story Behind This Gold Coast Golf Tournament’s Success

The Story Behind This Gold Coast Golf Tournament’s Success

Few Gold Coast Golf Tournaments have stood the test of time like the Gold Coast World Masters Golf Championship on each October. We go behind the scenes to see what makes this tournament so popular and what’s in store for the 21st annual tournament this year.

This Gold Coast golf tournament for club golfers aged 35 years and over has attracted big numbers from all over Australia, New Zealand and around the world for more than 20 years. The event has a loyal following with 65% of players returning from one year to the next. More than 90 golfers have played 10 or more years and two players, Dennis Childlow and Glenn Dodds have played all 20 years. Newcomers and singles are made to feel welcome with a cocktail party style catch-up before the welcome dinner.

“With so many repeat players, we are always looking at ways to refresh and enhance the event experience. Marcia Hines, Little River Band and Jerry Lewis have performed at the event. In recent years Australia’s top comedy acts have been the feature entertainment on opening nights. We have had functions on the beach, Skydeck on the 71st floor and palatial ballrooms.”

Great fun from go to whoa

Lorraine Clark, New Zealand

A real treat to play The Pines at Sanctuary Cove.

Laurie Littman, Melbourne

So well organised.

Lanfen Hsieh, Phillipines

The Gold Coast Masters is the highlight of my golfing year.

Julie Pingram, Derby WA

Inspired by what golfers have most enjoyed over the past 20 years, Go Golfing has fine-tuned their star Gold Coast golf tournament program.


Most participants prefer to stay in Broadbeach. It makes sense. Broadbeach has accommodation to suit all budgets. It offers the ultimate coastal resort experience just metres from the Gold Coast best beaches, restaurants serving every cuisine, casino, bars and shopping with the all new Pacific Fair and Oasis shopping centres. It has accommodation to suit all budgets. Three years ago more than 300 golfers stayed at Meriton and gave it the thumbs up, so we have secured a great deal for golfers to stay there again. Another property secured is the beachfront property, Air on Broadbeach.


The private and exclusive The Pines at Sanctuary Cove was a host course for the first time last year. 71% ranked it as their favourite course so it is on the four course rotation this year.

Graham Marsh’s complete redesign of RACV Royal Pines Resort was finished in time for the PGA Championship in December and Ladies Masters participants have given the course a big thumbs up. While most will recognise the former layout, the new course features more risk and reward holes and massive undulating greens.

Palm Meadows is arguably the best layout on the GC. Under new management, course conditioning has returned to the glory days when it hosted Australia’s richest tournament – the Palm Meadows Cup. It has been 6 years since Palm Meadows hosted the World Masters, but with new bunkers, new carts and those fantastic greens, we welcome Palm Meadows return this year.

The Glades is always a favourite at the Masters. With the completion of new bunkering and upgrades to the practice facilities, it will again be a premier course at the Masters.

Hope Island and The Colonial will host optional events in conjunction with the World Masters.


In 2013 the welcome dinner was at Australian Outback Spectacular. 94% listed that night in the top 3 things they enjoyed at the tournament. 2016 participants will enjoy a 3 course dinner, drinks and their all new show – Legends of the High Country.


A classy venue in the heart of Broadbeach, East Restaurant and Bar ticks all the boxes with $6 beer, wine and basic spirits. Players will be able to order snacks or sit down to a gourmet meal. There are booths and lounges for those who prefer to sit. It’s perfect for the nightly get together and presentations!


The gala presentation dinner will be at the brand new Events Centre. Arrive on the red carpet, sip on champagne before enjoying a delectable 3-course menu prepared by award winning chefs and a dance band after the presentations. You will want to glam up for this event.


We are committed to making sure non golfing partners have a fantastic week on the Gold Coast. Some of the activities for non golfers include:

  • High Tea at The Old Tea House Gallery & Springbrook Day Tour
  • Personalised shopping tour to Harbour Town outlet stores
  • Gold Coast Cruise and Lunch


Top Prize this year will be a trip for 2 on Go Golfing’s award winning 17-day South African Golf Safari including return airfares. See the Big 5 on safari in Kruger National Park, Sun City – South Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure, 8 rounds including the #1 ranked Gary Player Course – host to the Nedbank Millions. Capetown, the Garden Route, wine regions of Franschoek and Stellenbosch and Knysna. More than 1,000 golfers have travelled on Go Golfing’s hosted tours to South Africa, making it the number one international destination. Total prize value $21,480.


Daily winners will receive a beautifully designed tournament winner’s shirt. This commemorative, limited edition shirt will feature ALL 4 golf course logos. An extensive range of gift vouchers will also be offered, providing a great choice for winners.


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