Date: February 09, 2016
Author: Martin Blake

Qantas Golf Club members set to cash in

Qantas Golf Club members are set to cash in on a unique playing opportunity at one of Australia's finest golf courses in championship mode, sampling the best of what South Australian golf has to offer.

Club members and their guests have been invited to compete in the Grange Challenge, to be played on the west course at Adelaide's Grange Golf Club, less than 24 hours after the world's best female golfers complete the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open at the venue.

The two-player teams event will be held on Monday, 22 February, with the course set-up still in place from the final, thrilling round of the Open the day before. To make this a truly remarkable experience however, the Qantas Golf Club will also be sending the winning team to New Zealand to compete the 2016 Qantas Golf Club Challenge where they will compete at Clearwater Golf  Resort for a share of 200,000 Qantas Points.

The Women's Australian Open is this country's premier female golf event and is co-sanctioned by the world's best tour, the LPGA of the United States,with  Qantas Golf Club as a key sponsor.

The defending champion is Lydia Ko, the teenaged New Zealander who has set the golf world abuzz with her feats, including the fact that she has climbed to a No. 1 world ranking.

Golf Australia has partnered with the South Australian government to hold the Open in Adelaide for the next three years, after a stint in the sandbelt courses of Melbourne.

GA is hopeful that the Open, to be played from 18-21 February on the west course at The Grange, will attract many golfers to South Australia's pristine golf facilities. Even within pitching wedge distance of the beautiful Grange, with its two world class courses, there are magnificent facilities at Royal Adelaide, Glenelg and Kooyonga.

All four courses in Adelaide's seaside western suburbs — Grange (west), Royal Adelaide, Glenelg and Kooyonga — were in the top 30 on Golf Australia magazine's most recent ranking of Australia's best golf courses.

These were featured recently in a 'Sunday Mail' listing of SA's 18 greatest golf holes, which named the par-four 17th hole, a brutish 415-metre par-four as the best hole on the west course. The hole is framed by beautiful pine trees and the camber of the ground adds to the ambience.

The 14th hole on Grange east, recently redesigned by Greg Norman's company, also was named in the top 18 holes in SA by the Mail's Ben Hook and Royal Adelaide professional Daniel Blackwell.

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