The Hobart Golf Experience
Your trip starts as you land on the tarmac at Hobart International Airport. You don’t think much of the airport, there is one terminal, one baggage carousel and a few too many signs telling you to dispose of fresh fruits and vegetables. It feels like Australia but the air feels crisper and the locals refer to you in a friendly manner as a “mainlander”. In more ways than one, it feels like you have travelled to a new country. You collect your bags from the carousel and transfer to the iconic Wrest Point Hotel & Casino – your home for the next week.
HOBART WATERFRONT HUB
There is no question that you have arrived at the right hotel, there are golf clubs lining the reception hallway. The reception staff already know why you’re here. The hotel with its iconic tower and waterfront location has been the base for the Wrest Point International Masters for the last 16 years. They welcome you warmly and wish a fabulous time.
THE WELCOME DINNER
As the sunset pours into the hotel foyer, new friends meet and old faces catch up over some fine local vintages. You shake hands with golfers from all over Australia and international visitors from as far afield as Scotland. The doors open and the stage is set – you’re in for a great night. It’s only the beginning; for every day is a celebration.
Round 1 is here. Everyone piles onto the coach from Wrest Point. A few people get onto the wrong bus and the organisers make a joke of it. As the bus pulls into the golf courses, staff stand outside to make everyone feel welcome. There is a buzz and excitement in the air. Player announcements are made and the tournament is underway.
You’ll play two rounds at both Royal Hobart and Tasmania golf clubs, Hobart’s two top golf courses. The Royal Hobart Golf Club has views over the magnificent Seven Mile Beach. The course as it is today was designed by the acclaimed course architect, Vern Morcom and is considered one of the finest in the country. Royal Hobart has hosted a number of major Championship events including the Qantas Australian Open in 1971 won by the legendary Jack Nicklaus.
THE 19th HOLE
After golf, it’s time to let your hair down. The happy hour justifies you drinking a little more than usual. The golf presentations aren’t as formal as you thought. The MC tells you more about what happened out there today, one golfer had his golf ball stolen by a crow, and there is now a warrant for the crow’s arrest, everyone laughs.
IT’S ONLY A GOODBYE
Time flies, you have laughed and cried – for some this happens all after one round of golf. Over 50 people are called on stage for the award ceremony. There is cheering, jeering and it’s a whole lot of fun. It all ends with a dance band that plays all your favourite songs.
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Hobart World Masters
13-18 January, 2019