THE 2013 Australian PGA Championship will have a new, most probably dinosaur-free home with confirmation organisers are bidding a fond farewell to the Palmer Coolum Resort.
The tournament has had a popular home at the Sunshine Coast resort for the last 11 years but the PGA of Australia has announced the tournament will definitely head to a new home this year.
The 2012 event almost did not go ahead with conflict over non-sponsor signage littering the course and bemusement over golfers sharing the stage with “Jurassic Park” style adornments.
A new home for the event will be announced in coming weeks.
In a statement this week, Brian Thorburn, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA, confirmed the imminent move.
“Since May last year the PGA has received a number of offers from Palmer Coolum Resort to continue to host the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola in 2013 and beyond,” Thorburn said.
“For various reasons, including a lack of flexibility of dates for the tournament and signage matters, none of those offers have been acceptable to the PGA and, in the interest of our Members and stakeholders, late last year we decided to look at alternative venues outside the Sunshine Coast to host the event. The PGA has today formally advised Palmer Coolum Resort of its decision that the Championship will not be returning to Coolum in 2013.
“The PGA has received strong interest and impressive offers and submissions from several venues and regions throughout Queensland and although negotiations are ongoing, we remain confident of announcing a new host venue shortly.”
“The Sunshine Coast has been a great home to the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola since 2002, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the local community who has tirelessly supported the tournament and embraced our players over the years.”
Thorburn reiterated that the tournament – one of the big three on the Australian tour – will remain in Queensland, host state since 2000.