The Outback Queensland Masters is a golfing adventure like no other, putting a new swing on the game of golf.
Tee off at the award-winning Outback Queensland Masters presented by Golf Australia, Australia’s richest amateur golfing event. Staged over six remote locations in Outback Queensland, this one-of-a-kind event runs from 17 June to 23 July 2023, and spans over 2,000 kilometres (more than the entire length of New Zealand or the UK)!
Beginning in St George, the gateway to the outback, the event continues through to the rich red soils of Cunnamulla and Quilpie, before venturing north to Richmond and Karumba and onto Mount Isa.
The first five locations are two-day weekend events, which include a designated $10,000 hole-in-one, open to all players. The tournament culminates in Mount Isa for a three-day event, ending with the Million-Dollar Hole-In-One. Breakfast and lunch are included each day, as well as a dinner under the stars with live entertainment.
For diehard golf lovers, what could be better?
“Golf and meals organised every weekend for six weeks and five days in between to wind your way to the next venue? Would highly recommend this tour,” says past player Robbie Fitzgerald.
For those new to the outback, the course can sometimes be a bit dustier than typical suburban greens.
“Yeah, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, with some city folk frustrated at times by the outback sand greens, but it is what it is,” says Bruce Paulsen, President of the Quilpie Golf Club, with a cheeky grin. “With a million-dollar hole-in-one and five $10,000 hole-in-ones up for grabs, it’s worth changing your game for what is potentially a life-changing moment.”
Throughout the event, free advice and tips are provided from PGA Professional Darren Weatherall on how to improve your game and hit a hole-in-one.
“If you are contemplating joining the Outback Queensland Masters – do it!” urges past player Liz Cockram of Warwick, Queensland. “It is one of the most memorable experiences my husband and I have had. The friends you make along the way are amazing, the golf an experience you won’t get on the greens. It’s so, so much fun from start to finish – have a go, you won’t regret it.”
Make sure to get in quick! According to Luke Bates, the QLD/NT Manager of Golf Australia, word-of-mouth recommendations meant that the 2021 and 2022 events sold out months ahead.
St George: 17-18 June
Cunnamulla: 24-25 June
Quilpie: 1-2 July
Richmond: 8-9 July
Karumba: 15-16 July
Mount Isa: 21-23 July
Player passes cover all green fees (18 holes at each location, 9 holes each day), breakfast and lunch each day, and a dinner under the stars of the Milky Way with live entertainment. Player pass options include an all-inclusive pass for 6 locations, million dollar pass for three locations and an outback play pass for single locations from $370, with spectator passes from $270.
For more to do in the Outback, check out our top 6 adventures in Outback Queensland in winter.