About BrisbaneBrisbane, capital of Queensland, is a large city on the Brisbane River. Clustered in its South Bank cultural precinct are the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, with noted interactive exhibitions. Another South Bank cultural institution is Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, among Australia's major contemporary art museums. Looming over the city is Mt. Coot-tha, site of Brisbane Botanic Gardens.
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Finally, there's golf in the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland along Australia's Great Barrier Reef. After 20 years of planning, the Oatley family, well known Australian wine moguls, teamed with former five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson to make this dream a reality on the otherwise-deserted Dent Island. Hamilton Island Golf Club opened in 2009, offering natural splendor, blind tee shots and hidden hazards amid an island-getaway setting that worth's a look, Brandon Tucker writes.
The Australian PGA Championship will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coolum Golf Club from Dec. 9-12, and Hyatt's Village will be jumping with many of the pros celebrating the end of the season. But guests at the Hyatt Regency Coolum have plenty of their own space, and Coolum's slower, less developed coast makes for a more down-tempo beach holiday, Brandon Tucker writes.
It's a 14-hour flight from Los Angeles to Sydney. The journey to Australia's popular vacation state of Queensland affords you the opportunity to taste new foods, hear new sounds and get close to strange new animals. Brandon Tucker recently spent a week playing golf Down Under, and he has 10 new experiences to prove it.
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Ewan Porter travels down under to visit some of the best golfing destinations in Australia. Porter visits Moonah Links to play a round with 2018 Australian Senior Amateur Champion Sue Wooster. Along the way, Porter spends time meeting koala bears at the Moonlit Sanctuary and diving alongside sharks in a Melbourne aquarium. A visit to King Island leads to a tour of Cape Wickham and an Australian cheese tasting. The round trip ends with an excursion to Tanzania that includes golfing at Barnbougle and mountain biking in Derby. (2019).
Matt Ginella travels to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to visit the “seaside golf capital of the world.” During a visit to Pine Lakes Country Club, Ginella spends time with Brandon Canesi, the founder of the Hole High Foundation. Along the way, he tees it up with junior golfer Jackson Cole and hits the water at Shark Wake Park with Greg Norman Jr. Between rounds, Ginella goes fishing at Paradise Reef and enjoys some delicious tacos from Bubba’s Love Shak. The round trip ends with a visit to Pawley’s Plantation Golf and Country Club to talk music and golf with Mark Bryan. (Original air date 2018)
Matt Ginella ventures across the pond to explore the culture of golf in Ireland. After discussing the updated Adare Manor Golf Club with Andy McMahon, Ginella heads to town to listen to some traditional Irish music at Aunty Lena’s. The tour of Ireland continues with a visit to Waterville Golf Links and Ardglass Golf Club. Amidst teeing it up along the coast, Ginella makes time to try Bushmills Whiskey and visit Lahinch Golf Club, home of the 2019 Irish Open. The round trip ends with a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland to play a round with John Bamber. (Originally aired 2018)