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By – Tony Webeck
The Victorian PGA Championship has found a new home for the next three years with Moonah Links Resort signing on as host and major support partner.
As was the format earlier this year, the Legends Course will host the first two rounds of the championship with the Peter Thomson-designed Open Course – host to the 2003 and 2005 Australian Opens – to determine the champion over the final two rounds.
“Moonah Links occupies an important place in tournament golf in this country and we’re thrilled that it will host an ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia event for at least the next three years,” said PGA of Australia Tournaments Director Australasia, Nick Dastey.
“During a difficult time for tournament golf Moonah Links stepped in and hosted back-to-back events earlier this year, giving our Tour Professionals a safe environment in which to showcase their skills.
“They are two outstanding golf courses, the facilities are world-class and the format of the tournament will ensure professionals and amateurs alike get to experience all Moonah Links has to offer.
“The Open Course has also hosted the Final Stage of our Qualifying School since 2017 so this further solidifies what is an already very strong relationship between the PGA of Australia and Moonah Links.”
The Victorian PGA Celebrity Amateur Classic will again take place in conjunction with the Vic PGA which will give amateur golfers the unique opportunity to participate in a fully-sanctioned PGA Tour of Australasia event on two championship golf courses.
The field will be made up of 92 professionals who will pair with 92 amateurs (including leading celebrities) with the top 25 amateurs to make the cut and the top eight getting to play all four rounds.
“Moonah Links will always have a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to get back and defend my title in November,” said 2020 champion Chris Wood.
“Playing across two very different but equally challenging golf courses is unique in itself and with the history associated with Moonah Links I feel very fortunate that it was the site of my maiden PGA Tour of Australasia title.”
Moonah Links is considered one of Australia’s most unique leisure resorts. Boasting two 18 hole championship golf courses, an a la carte restaurant and luxury accommodation. With panoramic views from raised tees, shared greens. With a host of other unique features this course will fast become a must play for all serious golfers.
Moonah Links is conveniently located on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula. With some of Victoria’s most popular award winning attractions. Including the Peninsula Hot Springs and neighboring Cups Estate Winery & St Andrews Beach Brewery. One does not need to venture far from the resort to experience the very best that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.
It gives us great pleasure to announce the opening of the new Moonah Links Gallery located in the Peter Thomson room in the clubhouse, featuring two of Australia’s finest. Landscape artist Terrence John Hadler and sculptor Nicole Allen.
There will also be artwork in different parts of the clubhouse as you will notice in the foyer and Pebbles Restaurant, and the hallway leading into Peter Thomson Room.
We are very privileged to have these two wonderful artists who are showing some of these pieces for the first time. There will be approximately 40 separate pieces of artwork with new pieces added at different times.
The gallery will be fully open on Friday 16th April from 8 am.
This will be a wonderful addition to Moonah Links resort and builds on the recent award from Golf digest international 2021 as voted one of the world’s best golf resorts by their editors and international team.
Due to the multipurpose Peter Thomson room, there will still be conferences in the room but the gallery will open at all other times.
General hours will be 7 am to 9 pm 7 days a week
“On behalf of the team of Liberal and Nationals MPs in the State Parliament and the Leader of the State Opposition, I want to thank you and your team for taking such good care of us. The conference ran very smoothly, your staff were very professional and friendly.”by - Michael O’Brien MP, Leader of The Liberal Party