nr Scone, New South Wales
18 holes. Open links-style. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb (and long green-to-tee walks).
Greg Norman Golf Course Design (lead designer Bob Harrison).
220 km NW of Newcastle.
Ellerston Golf Course: hidden away in the secluded high country of the Upper Hunter, the ultra exclusive Ellerston golf course remains the very private "playground" of one of Australia’s wealthiest families, the Packers.
Founder Kerry Packer's instructions to Australian golfing superstar and course designer Greg Norman were unequivocal. "Build me the toughest and most spectacular golf course in Australia". One imagines budgetary considerations took a back seat, as Norman set about designing a world-class course. In every respect, from the superb and challenging design, faultless day-to-day conditioning, and sheer golfing exhilaration, Ellerston is (they say) a world-beater. But who's to know, except an elite few who have played there.
The majority of holes are laid out along a dramatic and fast-running stream (Pages Creek). Others meander into and through the spectacular and undulating terrain of the upland country. Beyond the course, the pristine rolling hills of the Upper Hunter play their very scenic part in this fabulous but very private project.
Private course, reserved exclusively for the owners and their invited guests.
Ellerston was conceived by the late Kerry Packer (1937-2005) as an exclusive and world-class golf (and polo) facility for his family and invited guests. Kerry Packer, son of Australian media proprietor Sir Frank Packer, became one of Australia's most powerful media tycoons and, in his time, the richest man in Australia.
Beyond his media interests, Packer was best known for founding World Series Cricket, which helped transform and modernise the game, but at the time was considered an affront to the cricketing establishment and its controlling bodies.
World: 77th best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
Australia: 10th best course in Australia (Australian Golf Digest, 2020).
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Europe. From France to Spain to the Netherlands and Norway, the Golf World Top 100 panel reveals the places you have to play (published 20 October 2021).
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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