Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Actor, comedian and true golf ‘tragic’ Jack Lemmon once said if you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.

Keen golfers will have plenty of opportunities to play the right ball and meet new people and old friends by signing up for the 15th annual Ace of Clubs Classic on the NSW Sapphire Coast next month.

From June 19-24 inclusive, four courses across the region (far south coast of NSW) will host around 400 players from across Australia, playing for daily prizes and the chance to be crowned King – and Queen – of Clubs, based on cumulative scores.

There are different events every day, for men, women and mixed groups, with the challenge of contesting those events at the top four courses on the far south coast: Tura Beach, Eden, Bega and Pambula-Merimbula. Two of the four – Tura and Pambula Merimbula – made the top 100 list of Australia’s public access courses (approximately 1100 public courses in Australia) in Golf Australia magazine in February this year.

“It’s the sort of tournament that suits a team of friends or couples who want a week away to challenge themselves in a team environment and have fun,†says Noel Robertson, general manager of the Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club.

“This area is one of the great undiscovered golf havens of Australia. The tournament is played on four great courses, but they’re all different and they offer different challenges.â€

The Ace of Clubs Classic is not the only top-notch tournament hosted by the area – the Week of Golf (October 15-23 inclusive) is now in its 30th year.

“It attracts 700 entrants from Australia and overseas and is a different style of event to the Ace of Clubs,†Mr Robertson says.

“It’s played in its entirety at this course and while the golf is still the focal point, it is extremely social – there’s a real carnival atmosphere.â€

Mr Robertson says both events are open to all amateurs who are members of a recognised golf club affiliated with a State or international association, who have a current verifiable AGU (limit 36) or WGA (limit 45) handicap. Players must show their Golflink card or provide proof of handicap prior to the first event played.

“But competitors don’t have to feel they need to play all day, every day, though. We encourage them to take a day off to explore the area, because it is such a beautiful place to be.

“Obviously during the October tournament, the whales are visiting the coast on their southern migration so they are a wonderful drawcard and well worth seeing, but there are so many other things to do and see during both events, so we hope people will take advantage of being here for the tournaments to have a look around.â€

The Sapphire Coast is only three hours’ drive from Canberra via Cooma or a six/seven-hour drive from either Melbourne or Sydney. If the drive from Melbourne or Sydney isn’t your thing, the Sapphire Coast is easily accessible by plane, with daily flights via REX Airlines into Merimbula. There are also regular bus services to the area.

Registration for both events is available through the website: More information is available by calling the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club on (02) 6495 6154 or via email, [email protected]

Accommodation can be arranged through Sapphire Coast Tourism (website: ; email [email protected] or toll-free, 1800 150 457) or through the organisers.

More media information (and photos) is available through Liz Swanton, Media Liaison, Sapphire Coast Tourism, 0417 232 643 or [email protected]

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Liz Swanton, Media Liaison, Sapphire Coast Tourism

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