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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 137
Lush forests of greenery wind their way from the clubhouse at the top of the hill down to the course’s hallmarks – its beachside holes that lie just metres from the South Pacific Ocean. It’s a vista you’ll never forget, and one that golf lovers can experience in full tournament mode as players at the first ever Golf Getaway Axe tournament from April 29 to May 4. Designed to mimic the Fiji International, and with plans for it to be held immediately after the world class event in future years, the Axe promises a full tournament experience with all the trimmings. There’s three days of tournament play, luxury accommodation at the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa, a gala dinner and the week kicks off with two-day ‘golf university’ with OneAsia star Andre Stolz. Golf Getaway presenter and the man behind the Axe, Andrew McCombe, has basked in the Natadola Bay experience and said it was unforgettable in every way. “My recent trip to Fiji was one of the highlights of my personal and professional life,” McCombe said. “The golf at Natadola Bay was spectacular, the trip to the islands to swim with Manta Rays was surreal and the people were the friendliest on earth.” “In a coconut shell, I became passionate about Fiji, and the Golf Getaway Axe tournament is my way of sharing that experience with other passionate golfing tourists." Tourism Fiji's Regional Director Carlah Walton said the opportunity to promote Fiji’s abundant natural wealth through a tropical family holiday with a couple of rounds of golf thrown in, was just too good to pass up. “The Axe is the perfect introduction to golf in Fiji, and a wonderful precursor for social golfers to return to watch the Fiji International each year,” Ms Walton said. Tying it in with the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Fiji International — which boasts a broadcast reach to more than 400 million people across 40 countries — is likely to ensure the ongoing success of the Golf Getaway Axe. "Tourism Fiji's plan with the Golf Getaway Axe tournament is to look at running it straight after the Fiji International each year, so that the social golfers will be able to watch the professionals on the last two days of the professional tournament,” Ms Walton said. Of course, it’d be lunacy to fly all the way to Fiji and only see fairways. The little island nation has endless ways to spend your days, whether you’re a family of six or a couple seeking a break that can be as relaxing or as adrenaline- filled as you like. A full day sailing expedition will set you back as little as AU$100, which often includes snorkeling among Fiji’s stunning coral reefs, a couple of hours at a private island, a traditional ceremony, the chance to sample kava – Fiji’s homemade drink – and as much food and alcohol as you can stomach. You’ll be stomaching more than your fill, too; the
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