ATLANTA, GA (March 15, 2006) â€“ Their names are becoming more and more familiar as they creep up the â€œmust-playâ€ lists of golfâ€™s most adventurous globetrotters: Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, Barnbougle Dunes, Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers. Once distant objects of desire, these world-renowned golf courses â€“ and the spectacular Australian and New Zealand scenery in which they are set â€“ are now within reach for travelers on PerryGolfâ€™s first Down Under tour.
PerryGolf, the leader in deluxe international golf travel for more than two decades, is now taking reservations for its first tour to Australia and New Zealand since the company last year announced its expanded destination portfolio. Based on the reputation and caliber of courses guests will play during the Jan. 26-Feb. 5, 2007 trip, itâ€™s easy to see why organizers dubbed it â€œThe Greatest Golf in the South Pacific Tour.â€
â€œThe opportunity to play this collection of golf courses amidst the stunning scenery of Australia and New Zealand makes me think this may be the most spectacular combination of golf and landscape in the world,â€ said Gordon Dalgleish, president of PerryGolf.
After arrival in Melbourne, the tour begins with play at Moonah Links, a magnificent links course on the Morington Peninsula. Proving timing is everything, the next day (Jan. 29) puts guests in Melbourne on the only day of the year when visitors are allowed on the exclusive Royal Melbourne Composite Course, which has long held a spot in many expertsâ€™ top 10 world rankings.
Other highlights include Kingston Heath, a Dr. Alister MacKenzie and Dan Soutar design that has stood the test of time since 1925. A short hop from the mainland to Tasmania brings golfers face to face with the devilish Barnbougle Dunes, one of the worldâ€™s most natural golf courses. After spending the night in the luxurious Kauri Cliffs Lodge, the challenge and beauty of Kauri Cliffs, with 15 holes set against the Pacific Ocean, awaits. Cape Kidnappers, Tom Doakâ€™s seaside masterpiece set high above Hawke Bay, offers the tourâ€™s breathtaking finale.
Per person price for the tour is $8,290 for golfers and includes lodging, greens fees and ground transportation; the price for non-golfers is 5,755.00. For reservations call 1-800-344-5257 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1984, Atlanta-based PerryGolf offers the industryâ€™s most prestigious and diverse selection of deluxe golf travel experiences to the British Isles, Portugal, France, Spain, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. For more information on PerryGolf, please visit www.perrygolf.com, which features the Plan Your Own Tourâ„¢ calculator and links to the Web sites of the golf courses and hotels that are part of the companyâ€™s tours, or call 800-344-5257.
For more on New Zealand at ITKT