An innovative new, multi-location golf event for Outback Queensland, including a million-dollar hole-in-one challenge will become one of the centre pieces for Queensland Tourisms Outback push in 2019.
The Outback Queensland Masters, a concept created by Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with Golf Australia, will tee off in 2019, taking place across six regional locations from June to August.
The inaugural event is part of the Government’s declaration that 2019 is The Year of Outback Tourism.
The Outback Queensland Masters has been specifically designed to make it easy for participants to compete at multiple events and is planned to start in Roma and visit Charleville, Longreach, Winton and Boulia before concluding in Mount Isa.
Each event will take the form of two nine-hole rounds, played over two consecutive days, including a novelty hole at each location that connects to a local tourism experience.
The final event will feature a ‘Million Dollar Hole-in-One Challenge’, which golfers can qualify for by competing in at least two other events in the series.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones says the event will connect people with Outback Queensland’s tourism experiences and the proximity to other events like the Birdsville Big Red Bash, Vison Splendid Outback Film Festival, Boulia Camel Races, Glencore Great Western Games and the Half Way There – Charleville Shindig.
The event is tipped to contribute 7,000 visitor nights to the regions, resulting in a direct and incremental spend of $1.7 million.
Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt says the innovative approach was what made the concept so exciting.
“Whether they’re on sand or grass greens, the courses the Outback Queensland Masters field will play are unique and a great representation of golf being a welcoming cornerstone of communities around Australia.”
“I’m sure the rounds, courses and club experiences in each centre will be something participants will remember fondly for years.”