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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 198
M ANY of the perceptions of a Hawaiian holiday are certainly true if you spend all your time at Waikiki, the tourist hub of Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital on the island of Oahu. But a 45-minute ‘island hopper’ flight south to the actual island of Hawaii, aka the Big Island, reveals another, less familiar, side to this sun-drenched paradise. The Big Island is a volcanic island with the world’s most active and continuously erupting volcano, Kilauea, spitting molten lava from its peak into the ocean on the southern and eastern side of the island. But 30 minutes’ drive north from the airport you will find the Kohala Coast – a coastal stretch on the western side of the Big Island. It is an area that has attracted some of the biggest names in golf course design and, as a result, the layouts are simply outstanding. The first thing that strikes you about a round here are the colours. Lush green fairways, pure white bunkers, jet-black and brown lava flows as well as beautiful blue Pacific Ocean waters. The Kohala Coast is home to seven championship-style resort courses and you can play four of them during the Qantas Golf Club’s Hawaii International Golf Week. The stableford tournament, to be played between August 20 and 27, will feature competition rounds on the classic Robert Trent Jones Snr-designed Mauna Kea, which is regarded as Hawaii’s best course, Hapuna Beach as well as the North and South courses of Mauna Lani. Not only are these course beautifully designed, but they are visually stunning as well. This is a tournament everyone can enjoy regardless of their golf ability. For the majority of players everyone has the opportunity to win a prize with different handicap divisions and for the low handicap players there will also be a true scratch competition. E ISLAND DREAMING PACKAGES to play in the Hawaii International Golf Week start from US$2,596 per person (twin share or double) and include: • Seven nights’ twin share accommodation in ocean view rooms at the five star Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel; • Daily full buffet breakfast plus nightly functions at Hapuna Beach Hotel; • One practice round on the Arnold Palmer- designed Hapuna Beach course plus free PGA professional coaching and clinics available all day; • Four tournament rounds of golf including cart at Mauna Kea, Hapuna Beach, Mauna Lani North and South courses; • Practice range balls daily; • Entry into the Hawaii Resort Course Championship tournament; • Welcome function at Hapuna Beach Hotel, including canapes, beer, wine & soft drinks; • Nightly drinks for one hour each night at the tournament bar during the tournament with beer, wine and soft drinks; • There’s also a player’s gift pack including tournament logo polo and cap, valued at over $130, and a range of other extras in the package. Hawaii, USA WORDS BY BRENDAN JAMES THE HAWAII INTERNATIONAL GOLF WEEK PACKAGE For more information or to book, call 1300 733 465, email email@example.com or visit qantasgolfclub.com
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