Wednesday 26 October 2011

Queensland Rail Ultimate Rail and Golf package


If you want to take on a couple of Queensland's best golf courses, and see how the pros do it, too, then you have just a few days left to book a seat on Queensland Rail Travel's Ultimate Rail and Golf Package for 2011.

This package is another example of Queensland Rail Travel designing themed events for customers, following on from its sold-out food and wine MasterClass journey.

The only driver passengers will need is the one you pull out of your golf bag on the first tee at Hamilton Island Golf Club, as Queensland Rail Travel looks after all transport needs, whether it be by train, plane, or boat.

The fly-train-drive-chip-putt package will take customers to three of Queensland's most prestigious golf courses, accommodate them at two stunning locations, before they get to rub shoulders with some of the biggest stars in Australian golf at the PGA Championship.

Queensland Rail Travel General Manager, Max Kruse, said the trip is an opportunity of a lifetime for golfers of all standards.

"Special packages like this don't come up very often, so if you want to put your game to the test on two of the best layouts in the country, then you had better get in quick," Mr Kruse said.

"After flying in to Proserpine and staying the night at Airlie Beach, we're going to whisk the group across to Hamilton Island.  It's then a short ferry ride over to the picturesque course on Dent Island, not much more than a five-iron across the water.

"This is the only championship island golf course in Australia, so it really is a unique experience.

From there, players and their partners can swap their spikes for something more sophisticated, with an overnight journey to the Sunshine Coast, travelling and dining in Queenslander Class on The Sunlander.

Mr Kruse said there will be even more time for customers to relax when they step off The Sunlander.

"Golfers don't normally like being in the sand, but we're going to put them up on the water's edge at Mantra Mooloolaba Beach for three nights.

"We've also managed to wedge in a day at the Australian PGA Championship at Hyatt Coolum.

"There's an amazing field lined up for the event.  Our tour group will get to see some big Australian names in action like Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Geoff Ogilvy, playing alongside visiting major-winners such as Y.E. Yang and Darren Clarke.

"I hope some of pros' skill rubs off on our players, as they finish the trip with 18 holes at the Greg Norman-designed Pelican Waters Golf Course.

After handing in their cards, passengers reach the 19th hole – Roma Street station – with a short trip home on the Tilt Train.

Seats are limited, and on sale until October 28, with a departure date of November 23.  The five-night package includes all travel, transfers, accommodation, green fees, and a ticket to the Australian PGA Championship for just $1719 per person twin share (ex-Brisbane/Gold Coast).

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