Attractions of South West WA await interstate golfers

By Mike Elliott
2014 AVGU National Championships Tournament Director

ARE you over 55? Do you fancy a golfing holiday to somewhere different yet still in Australia? Then the AVGU Regis National Championships could be the answer.

Following some recent publicity the numbers for this year’s event have risen to over 330. The Championships are being held from the 9th to the 14th of November and are being played at four of the best courses in the Bunbury/Busselton region of South Western Australia. There is still room for another 100 players.

The event is a championship for men but also features a separate Ladies Stableford event for partners. Ladies will this year play at the same venue as their partners making travel arrangements more convenient.

There is a flurry of activity at the Bunbury, Capel, Sanctuary and Busselton clubs to make sure that all is in readiness to receive so many interstate visitors.

The host association is the Country Veteran’s Golf Assoc. of WA. The management committee of 12 includes several members who have played in the National Championships each year for the last 7 or 8. They will be incorporating all the best features of other state’s events to make 2014 the best ever.

Good accommodation is plentiful. A range of Hotels, Motels, Caravan Parks, Farm Stays, Resorts, B & B’s and self-catering options are available.

Bunberry residents await the tourist onslaught
Bunberry residents await the tourist onslaught

Aquatic tourism attractions within easy reach include the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre and the Busselton Jetty Underwater World. There are pristine white beaches and rocky coves, limestone caves, harbour and river cruises, wineries, cheese factories and olive farms are all waiting to be explored. Just inland from Bunbury are the attractive hills and dales of the Ferguson Valley with “Gnomesville “ and specialist breweries. Not to be missed are the fruit growing regions of Donnybrook and Harvey.

Within an hour and a half of the golf venues are picturesque undulating historic farming areas around Bridgetown, Balingup, and Boyup. Art & craft studios abound. Margaret River boasts surfing beaches and well-known wineries. Stand on the cliffs at the point where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. Tell your friends how you played at Augusta!

Further afield in the South West there are the Stirling Ranges National Park, the
Manjimup Forests, the Walpole Tree Top Walk and a host of tourist attractions around Albany.

The Country Veteran’s Golf Association has 20 member clubs within the region, all of whom are anxious to look after our visitors. A list of special offers and discounts will be distributed to participants in the Championships.

Further information can be obtained from CVGA web site www.vetsgolf.com.au
or from the Tournament Director Mike Elliott’s e-mail pianthe@iinet.net.au

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