Friday, August 26, 2011

JGCC Member Beats Age With Jagorawi New Course Record 63

Jagorawi Golf & Country Club member Mr. Dukki Kim, Director at SAMSUNG Electronics Indonesia, shot an amazing course record of 63 on the New Course on Saturday, August 6th, 2011.

Hereunder follows a hole-by-hole description of the round, played from the White Tees, in the words of Mr. Dukki Kim:

On the Front Nine I shot 32 with 1 “Eagle”, 4 “Birdies” and 2 “Bogeys”.

Hole 1, I made an “Eagle” after my second shot landed at the greens edge, I managed to hole out my third 8 iron.
Hole 2, I made a “Birdie” after sinking 10 putt.
Hole 3, I made an atrocious “Bogey” when I duffed my 125 meter approach shot into the water hazard, after taking a penalty, I managed to knock my 4th shot to 3 feet and sank the putt.
Hole 4, was a comfortable “Par” after a 2 putt from 20 feet.
Hole 5, was another silly “Bogey” when I duffed my 54 degree pitching wedge from the green edge and had 2 putts.
Hole 6, finally saw some form come back with a solid “Birdie” after rolling in an 8 footer.
Hole 7, “Birdie” after sinking a 20 foot snake of a putt.
Hole 8, “Birdie” time has arrived! Knocked my approach dead and sank the 4 foot putt.
Hole 9: let a 15 foot putt slip past to make a “Par”.

On the Back Nine I shot 31 with 5 “Birdies”.

Hole 10, this “Birdie” came easy with a great 3rd shot approach and rolled in a 5 foot putt.
Hole 11, nerves are starting to twitch and I had to pinch myself to check that this wasn’t a dream with another “Birdie” sinking a 10 footer.
Hole 12, I made an easy “Par” with 2 putts from 20 feet.
Hole 13, I made another smooth “Par” after leaving my second shot short, I hit my 60 degree wedge from 10 yards out to 6 feet from the pin and sank the putt.
Hole 14, two solid shots coming up the hill, sinking a simple 6 footer for “Birdie”.
Hole 15, everyone knows this hole can be “make-or break” so a “Par” with 2 putts from 20 feet was a relief.
Hole 16, Closing hole jitters? No way! I played this tough hole with 3 solid shots and sank a 5 foot putt for “Birdie”.
Hole 17, Clubhouse in sight, I knew I couldn’t let myself down, I was happy to 2 putt from 15 feet for “Par”.
Hole 18, This is a tough closing hole, I managed to make “Birdie” after pushing my approach 5 yards right of the green and then chipping in with a cool flop shot from my 60 degree wedge.

I ended the round with a 63 which comprised of 1 “Eagle”, 9 “Birdies”, 6 “Pars and 2 “Bogeys”. I suppose that I will never play this good again, but mostly I am happy to say this broke my life best score from 67 which I made 28 years ago and tied just 3 weeks ago, I had a personal most birdies in one round, and most of all became an “age shooter” at 64 (my target was 73).

Congratulations go to Mr. Dukki Kim on such a magnificent round of golf and reaching a true golfers lifetime goal of becoming an "age shooter". The great Sam Snead holds the PGA Tour record, and he was already 67 before becoming one, so this is truly a great achievement.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ramadhan Package At Bali Golf And Country Club

Until 4 September 2011 Indonesian/KITAS holder golfers can enjoy the Ramadhan Package at Bali Golf And Country Club for tee off starting at 12.30pm daily.
For Rp. 650,000 per person you will get:
  • Green Fee
  • Golf Cart
  • Caddie Fee
  • Complimentary Mineral Water
  • Complimentary Driving Range Ball
  • Menu Buka Puasa (Tajil)
  • Incl. taxes
Also all golfers have a chance of winning return airline ticket as Hole in One prize, sponsored by Garuda Indonesia.
For golfers Garuda Indonesia allows up to 15kg extra baggage for your golf bags.
This offer is valid until 4 September 2011.

For reservations and further information please contact reservation department at:
Bali Golf and Country Club
Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua, 80363 Bali
Tel (62)(0361) 771 791 Fax (62)(0361) 771 797

KODAM IX/Udayana Cup On 24 September 2011

You are all invited to join : “KODAM IX/UDAYANA CUP” scheduled to be held at New Kuta Golf on Saturday, 24 September 2011 with shotgun starts at 7am and 1pm.

Contested are:
  • PANGDAM IX/Udayana Challenge Cup
  • Best Gross Overall
  • Best Net Overall
  • Best Gross, Best Nett I, II, III (A, B, C)
  • Hole in One on every Par 3
  • Longest drive on designated hole
  • Nearest to the pin
  • Nearest to the line

Hole in One prizes: 1 Nissan Juke, 1 Harley Davidson, Rp. 100 million savings

Grand Prizes: 3 motor bikes

Door prizes: iPad, laptop, mountain bike, BlackBerry, cellphone, electric guitar, golf apparel and much more.

Joining fee:
NKG’s Members - IDR 1.000.000,- net/pax
Guests - IDR 1.250.000,- net/pax.
Joining fee includes green fee, t-shirt, ball bag, towel and goodie bag.

Please contact us at (0361) 8481333 for further information and registrations.

New Kuta Golf & Golf Link Resorts Indonesia
Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Kawasan Pecatu Indah Resort
Pecatu, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Badung 80361, Bali, Indonesia
Tel : +62 361 8481 333
Fax: +62 361 8481 400

PGA Golf Schools @ Cengkareng Golf Club

Is it time for you, your staff or clients to take up Golf?
Bring them out to learn & play Golf on Jakarta's Best Greens

Corporate PGA Golf Clinics
2 hours PGA Coaching , tips & drills
Rp. 2,200,000
Free balls for all players

Saturday Afternoon Golf School
1pm-2pm Tips , drills & PGA Coaching
2pm-6pm Play Golf (18 holes)
Rp. 1.200,000 (including Green fee,PGA Lesson and Driving Range balls)

Clinics & Play on the Course
Monday & Tuesdays (100 free balls per player)
1 Hour warm up, tips & drills from PGA Coach
Play 18 holes, plus get video swing review
Rp. 800,000 PLUS Caddy Fee & Tip
Over 10 players the fee goes to Rp. 700,000 per player

You must book in advance to reserve your place with Essi:
PGA Golf Schools, Cengkareng Golf Club
Soewarna Bussines Park Blok G Lot. 1-2
Soekarno - Hatta Internatioal Airport Jakarta 19110, Indonesia
PH : +62 21 559 10107 MB : +62 0856 9561 7989
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

27th Ibnu Sutowo Senior Amateur Open Golf Championship And Tournament 2011

The 27th IBNU SUTOWO SENIOR AMATEUR OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP AND TOURNAMENT 2011 will be held at Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club on September 23 & 24, 2011

Due to the event, the accommodation and golf course will be fully-booked with the following details:

- Accommodation : September 21 – 24, 2011
- Golf course : September 23 & 24, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Special Discount For Facebook Friends At Ria Bintan

From now until the end of November Ria Bintan's Facebook friends will have a special discount rate on 2 Days 1 Night Play & Stay Package from S$169 per person (Public S$179 per person)

This 2 Days 1 Night Package includes:
  • 1 night stay at Ria Golf Lodge in twin-share PAR room
  • 1 round of 18-hole golf (Ocean & Forest) w/ twin-share caddy & buggy
  • Return ferry ticket inclusive of S$22 ferry taxes and levies
  • Express immigration clearance upon arrival & return land transfers in Bintan
  • Complimentary range balls
  • 1-way evening scheduled transfer to Pasar Oleh-Oleh & Nirwana Gardens (daily departure @7pm)
  • S$30 off room rate for next visit
Terms & conditions:
  • Valid for check in on Monday to Thursday till 30th November 2011
  • Surcharge is applicable for upgrade to play full Ocean course and also additional round on the same day
  • Accommodation at Ria Golf Lodge excludes breakfast
  • Exclusive Weekend, Public Holidays in Singapore & Indonesia
For more details call +62 21 571 1137 or email Join Ria Bintan on

Bali Junior Golf Championship Cup

Mountains, Lakes, Kids & Golf

Bali August 19th 2011 - Before the Bali Junior Golf Community (BJGC) was first founded in late 2010, I asked why are there so few children playing golf in Bali? Depending on who I spoke to I would receive a different range of answers: not many kids like to play, too expensive, too hot for the children ; so after loitering at the some of the courses here in Bali ( which I would most likely be arrested for doing this in a developed country) I began to approach some adult golfers whom I knew had children, the coaches, the kids themselves and found that there in fact there were some children who played.
I think I totaled about 12 names after the first week. Having two children myself I know what a great social network and grapevine they have so I asked my husband Agoes for his support and started to think if we could put some well run tournaments/programs together the kids would find us and the word would spread.

At the time PGI in Bali had no program or structure in place for the kids that I was aware of and it seemed like it was the same four or five juniors I would see at the course or at the driving range.
It was very difficult to get any information from PGI Headquaters Jakarta, whose website leaves a lot to be desired and who obviously are struggling with their own issues. Calls never returned, emails not answered so I knew I was on my own.
Luckily for me my husband had some good contacts as and so we launched the Bali Junior Golf Community Tournament 5 Series & Championship Cup with support from his old school friend Eddy Panca who also was on the PGI Bali Board and Yuda Putra.

Owning an IT company came in really handy so Agoes set up the website, Facebook site as well as the other online systems which we would require to help us run the membership database and tournaments.

As far as I knew about the junior golf in Bali really had no history and the 5 courses on the island had never worked together to grow and support the juniors as one. So I went knocking on the doors of the General Managers of all five courses- Was it easy? - no - Did I get their co-operation? - you bet! Did I ever feel like giving up? - you bet! Did I give up? - never! Did I have the support of the parents - you bet I did! I networked away calling on my clients, peers, friends and family and other parents who had kids who played golf - some who thought I had gone crazy - let you in on a little secret here I DONT PLAY GOLF!

BJGC's aim was to grow the number of children taking up golf in Bali and to promote sound honest play and good judgment based on international tournament standards for juniors. We wanted to provide a positive experience for all concerned and to allow our juniors to grow as a player and a person and of course to have a fun. Did we succeed – You make up your own mind up…..just read on.

Fast forward to August 2011 and Bali Junior Golf's 5th Series is to be held at Bali Handara Koisaido Country Club. We had our biggest field of players - 50 juniors that would be starting - now remember those early numbers of juniors just over a year ago 4, 5,12.
Many juniors and their parents drove up the hill from the south and stayed the weekend. Practice day there was a TaylorMade demo organized by the Energizer Bunny a.k.a. Mr Mark Isley the new General Manager of Bali Handara Kosiado Country Club (BHKCC).
One of the junior parents and recreational golfer Benny Raj who runs Bali Catering Company organized the amazing BBQ & Bonfire for Saturday night, where the junior golf community came together like never before – remember it’s all about the kids and supporting them. Mark and his great team ran the Putting and Chipping competition. Prizes were donated by Golf House, BHKCC and Ruci Golf. The guys that run Ruci Sport & Golf who are aged in their twenties are great ambassadors for junior golfers as well as good role models. Unfortunately - some of the better junior golfers who are on the national team were no-where to be seen!

Sunday morning - tournament day, juniors turned up collected their player badges just as the fog was rolling up the 18th fairway which was a stunning site, they were briefed by Mr Eddy Panca our Rules Official and off they went to face tee placements and pins positions which would prove a challenge during the day. Once again the field's pace of play was great and the juniors did not hold up any of the regular members and guests who were out there playing. Fifty juniors out there playing golf on a spectacular course showing good sportsmanship and discipline and most importantly having fun.

Another successful day - you bet! We now have 77 juniors on our database – so we hope PGI will now take note. These juniors do not expect goodie bags and lucky door prizes they just want to play golf and have fun in a safe and nurturing environment with a people who care.

The 2011 Championship Cup will be held back at New Kuta Golf on Sunday 25th September where we will crown our inaugural Boys Champion (A & B) , Girls Champion (A & B) and Mixed Champion (C & D) as well as player of the series.

Click here to see the winners and their scores.
Click here to see all the photos on Facebook

Bali Junior Golf Community |

writer is Melina Caruso - Bali Junior Golf Community

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Popular Annual Golf Tournament At CGC





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Monday, August 15, 2011

40 Of Indonesia's Best Foods

That Indonesia has some of the best golf in the world is a secret few outside this country know. That Indonesia has also (some of) the best cuisine in the world, may come as another surprise for those that have never visited Indonesia.
Visit CNNGo for a selection of some of Indonesia's best local dishes, many of which you can get for less than a dollar.

Friday, August 12, 2011

4th New Kuta Golf Anniversary Tournament 1&2 October

To celebrate New Kuta Golf's 4th anniversary there will be a tournament held on 1 and 2 October 2011.

1st Start: Saturday, 1 October 2011 at 1pm
2nd Start: Sunday, 2 October 2011 at 7am
3rd Start: Sunday, 2 October 2011 at 1 pm

Tournament Fees
1st Start2nd Start3rd Start
Member of NKGRp. 600,000 net
Member GuestRp. 1,200,000 netRp. 1,350,000 net
VisitorRp. 1,650,000 net
JuniorRp. 600,000 net
Travel IndustryRp. 900,000 netRp. 1,100,000 net
Tournament fees include: green fee, cart fee. breakfast, lunch buffet, caddy fee, player's insurance, refreshments, Gala dinner, Hole in One and lucky draw prizes

Hole in One prizes:
2 Pajero Sport SUV
1 Daihatsu Terios

Grand lucky draw prizes:
1 Honda Tiger
3 Honda Vario

Gala Dinner
Sunday, 2 October 2011 at 6pm

Call +62 361 8481 333

Kawasan Pecatu Indah Resort, Jl Raya Uluwatu, Pecatu, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Badung 80361, Bali, Indonesia. T +62 361 8481 333 F +62 361 8481 400 E W

Ria Bintan Open 20XI Presented By NIKE Golf, 8-9 October 2011

Warmest Greetings from Ria Bintan Golf Club!

Continuing our success on this yearly event, Ria Bintan Open 20XI presented by NIKE Golf is back!! Event will be held on 8-9 October 2011.

Limited slots for 150golfers only.

So, don’t miss it.. SIGN UP NOW..

Event:Ria Bintan Open 20XI
Presented by NIKE Golf
Date8 & 9 October 2011
LocationRia Bintan, Ocean Course

Entry Fee: S$380 per pax
Fees include: return ferry, 2 days tournament golf with shared caddy, Tea Reception on 7 October, Prize Presentation buffet on 9 October, related land transfers in Bintan, NIKE Golf goodie bag.

Division & Handicap
Div A: 6 & below
Div B: 7-12
Div C: 13-20
Ladies: 28& below

Accomodation (Single/Twin Sharing basis)
Ria Lodges: S$140 per room with breakfast
Bintan Lagoon: S$175 per room with breakfast

Limited to 150 players only.
To register please download the Entry Form.

Local Rule: Use of Nike ball is compulsory in the tournament.

For enquiries please contact:
Ria Bintan Jakarta Sales Office, tel +62 21 571 1137 or email

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Jakarta’s Golf, Rowing Venues Remain Concerns

The Jakarta Post, 11 August 2011

With 22 sports to host at the 26th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in November, Jakarta is still struggling to find funding to renovate the Jagorawi golf course, as well as to complete work on the rowing venue at Cipule Lake in Karawang, West Java.

“We have proposed the renovation fund for the golf venue, which costs up to Rp 2 billion (US$234,000), to Youth and Sports Ministry, but we haven’t received it yet,” Indonesia SEA Games Organizing Commitee (INASOC) deputy for venues Djoko Pramono said Wednesday.

The renovation would cover maintenance of the golf course and toilet facilities, among other things, he added.

“As for rowing, the reconstruction of the lake has begun,” said Djoko, adding that the cost of the work on the lake had reached Rp 4.5 billion.

Organizers have also started repairing Rawamangun Velodrome, after repair work delays at the venue sparked concern from Indonesian national team, Djoko said. “As far as I know, the workers are currently fixing the broken track,” he added.

Asked about the renovation and construction projects of some venues in Jakarta, the city’s youth and sports office head Ratiyono said that the velodrome would be ready for use by the end of this month.

“As for Cipule Lake, the rowing venue will possibly be finished and ready for practice early next month,” he added.

Ratiyono said work on the golf venue had initially been delayed because it had not been budgeted.

“But I’ve sent a letter to the Youth and Sports Ministry, in the hopes that it will allocate some funds for the venue from the state budget,” said Ratiyono, adding that the renovations would be minor. There is great pressure on the Games organizers to finish the venues as soon as possible, as they will also be used for warm-up events before the Games, especially by local athletes.

Despite major delays afflicting construction work on some of the venues, especially in the other host city of Palembang in South Sumatera, Indonesia has so far organized warm-up events for 12 sports — including basketball at Britama Arena sports mall in North Jakarta, and volleyball at Sriwijaya sports hall in Palembang.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

N. Zealand, Singapore, Korea Qualify For World Cup Golf

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia (AFP) — New Zealand powered to a superb closing round of 67 on Saturday to qualify for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup, with Singapore and Korea also securing their place alongside the elite.

The Kiwi pairing of Michael Hendry and Gareth Paddison capped a perfect day by holing out from a greenside bunker to birdie the last at the Seri Selangor Golf Club to tie Singapore's 13-under-par total of 271.

Singapore's Lam Chih-Bing and Mardan Mamat shot 72 on the last day but they conceded to New Zealand without playing any extra holes as both had qualified for the event proper at Hainan Island in China between November 24-27.

Hendry and Paddison were both dressed in black, New Zealand's national colours, and beamed with pride at the prospect of joining the world's top golfers at the 28-nation biennial event.

"We worked really hard on our games... It is great to represent our country in the World Cup and hopefully go on to make the country proud," said Hendry.

Paddison, a left-hander, who sank the bunker shot at the 18th, was delighted to win the qualifying after a final round of five birdies, one eagle and three bogeys.

"We combined very well. It has been a great week and we came here with the goal to qualify and it is a fantastic feeling. Somehow being left handed with a right handed partner worked for us on this course," said Paddison.

Lam and Mardan, who have teamed up together in four previous World Cups, said they were delighted at the prospect of doing so again.

"We came here with the goal of finishing in the top three and we did just that," said Lam, who also played in the British Open this year.

"It didn't matter if we finished in first, second or third, just as long as we qualified for the World Cup. That's why we conceded in the play-off," he added.

Korea's Kim Hyung-Sung and Park Sung-Joon claimed the third and final ticket for the finals after closest rivals Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri of India scored a disastrous eight on the par four 18th for a final round of 80.

The Indonesian pair of Burhan Bora and Hardjito finished 27 strokes behind the leaders at 11th place, closing with a disappointing 82 in the final round.

Final totals, after play on Saturday. Par 71

271 - New Zealand (Michael Hendry, Gareth Paddison) 65-75-64-67, Singapore (Lam Chih-Bing, Mardan Mamat) 63-70-66-72 (New Zealand won after Singapore conceded in a play-off)

275 - Korea (Kim Hyung-Sung, Park Sung-Joon) 70-69-67-69

278 - Philippines (Mars Pucay, Antonio Lascuna) 70-73-63-72, Malaysia (Iain Steel, Shaaban Hussin) 64-77-63-74 280 - India (Gaganjeet Bhullar, Anirban Lahiri) 67-69-64-80

283 - Myanmar (Zaw Moe, Nay Bala Win Myint) 66-84-65-68, Pakistan (Muhammad Munir, Mohd Shabbir Iqbal) 68-76-66-73

284 - Sri Lanka (Anura Rohana, Mithun Perera) 70-70-70-74

292 - Taiwan (Tseng Hua Yen, Lin Kuan Po) 68-79-69-76

298 - Indonesia (Burhan Bora, Hardjito) 73-75-68-82

299 - Hong Kong (Wong Woon-Man, William Fung) 73-78-69-79

301 - Ghana (Stephen Kwame Klah, Godwin Sai) 77-76-69-79

302 - Vietnam (Michael Tran, Nguyen Thai Duong) 76-78-68-80

317 - Senegal (Gueye Diadji, Niang Samba) 74-83-69-91

Friday, August 5, 2011

Batam Golf, Spa & Travel Fair 2011


Batam Golf, Spa and Travel Fair 2011

The Batam Golf, Spa and Travel Fair is dedicated to deliver a world-class 3-day exhibition with domestic fares, bringing together the greatest quality & quantity of buyers and suppliers from the professional Golf, Spa & Travel industry in Indonesia .

NOVEMBER 25 – 27th 2011

Visit the biggest event in Batam and win a grand prize:
- BlackBerry
- Tour to Singapore 3D2N
- and many more..

During the event there will be a special band performance from Jakarta


Government, Importers, Retailers, Distributors, Wholesalers, Spa Hotels and Resorts, Spa Products, Spa Franchises, Spa Operators, Beauticians & Make up artists, Beauty Salon Companies, Fitness Companies, Golf Clubs, Golf Courses, Pro shops, Golf products, Travel Bureau/Travel Agents, Airlines


Government, Investors, Banking, Insurance Company, Media, Indonesia Spa Association (ASPI), Indonesia Golf Association (PGI), ASITA, ASPERAPI, Spa Owners and Directors, Golf Course Owners and Directors, Travel Agents Owners and Directors, Golfers of all ages, Potential Buyers from Singapore, Tourists from Singapore and Malaysia (Johor Bahru)

GET DISCOUNT 40% OFF for Golf, Spa & Travel Association Members.

· Jakarta Office :
Jl. Senen Raya No. 135, Kompleks Segitiga Senen Blok E/4 Jakarta
T : 021-351 0928/351 0850 / F: 021-351 0850

· Batam Office :
Sumatera Convention Center
Jl Engku Putri Kav 1 Batam Center
T : 0778-470016

For information please call :
· Deby 0812 6331 2848
· Christina Besinga 0816 149 6292

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bali Weakend Warriors On 6th August 2011

You are all invited to join in the

Bali Weakend Warriors

at New Kuta Golf
on Saturday, 6th August 2011
at 1pm Shotgun Start

Joining fee includes:
Welcome drink, Dinner & Lucky draw prizes....

For information & registration, please call:

+62 361 8481 333

New Kuta Golf & Golf Link Resorts Indonesia
Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Kawasan Pecatu Indah Resort
Pecatu, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Badung 80361, Bali, Indonesia

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Nirwana Bali Golf Members & Guests Golf Tournament

Sunday, August 21st 2011
Members & Guests Golf Tournament at Nirwana Bali Golf Club.
Shotgun start at 13.00hrs.

The tournament will be in 36 Handicap System.

IDR 350,000 net for NBGC members
IDR 850,000 net for Member's Guest.
IDR 1,100,000 net for Guest.
Dress Code: Hawaiian.

Hole in one prizes are 1 unit Ford Fiesta, Off the road
Return air ticket DPS-SIN-DPS sponsored by Garuda Indonesia

and many other prizes to be won.

For more information please contact:
Nirwana Bali Golf Club, tel +62 361 815900 fax +62 361 812151

Monday, August 1, 2011

Tiger Confirmed For 2011 Aussie Open

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell today announced Tiger Woods as the latest big name heading to Sydney in November to play the Australian Open to begin one of the greatest years ever for Australian golf.

Woods will join defending champion Geoff Ogilvy, Presidents Cup captains Greg Norman and Fred Couples, world number 13 Bubba Watson and world number 7 Dustin Johnson to contest the time-honoured Stonehaven Cup.

The Open will take place from 10-13 November at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney, immediately preceding the President’s Cup.

Mr O’Farrell said Sydney is synonymous with the Australian Open, hosting the inaugural championship in 1904, on 35 occasions overall and continuously since 2006.

“The Open’s tradition, heritage and history is reflected in its honour roll of some of world golf’s greatest players and all Australia’s leading golfers regard winning the Stonehaven Cup as a career highlight.

“Tiger Woods’ participation is great news for the Open and comes as a result of a lot of hard work to secure the coveted lead-in dates to the President’s Cup.”

Mr O’Farrell said strengthening major events like the Australian Open forms a key part of the NSW Government’s strategy to rebuild the NSW economy.

“We are focused on having the strongest and most compelling events calendar in the country and sport obviously plays a key role in that calendar.

“We have created Destination NSW as a new statutory authority to market and promote NSW as a tourism and major events destination.

“With Tiger in town the eyes of the world will again be on Australia’s global events city.

“We caught the Shark and now we have snared the Tiger to give him the chance to join the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen, Greg Norman, Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer and Peter Thomson on the Open’s honour roll,” he said.

Tiger Woods today confirmed he was very much looking forward to playing in the Australian Open in Sydney.

“I’m very excited to be competing in the Australian Open,” said Tiger Woods. “I haven’t played in the tournament since 1996, and I’m anxious to return. I have a great affinity for playing golf in Australia and I’m looking forward to competing against an outstanding field at The Lakes in Sydney.”

Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said this announcement is another important part of the strategy to build the Open as a pre-eminent event on the burgeoning OneAsia tour.

“OneAsia continues to grow each year with the 2011 schedule involving tournaments in China, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia – including the Australian Open.

“OneAsia is an extremely important development for Australian golf and additionally it helps our strategic partnership with Destination NSW to grow the Australian Open and it aligns particularly well with NSW’s key trade and tourism markets,” Mr Pitt said.

Golf Australia is delighted with the progression of the Australian Open during its partnership with the NSW Government and is very excited about how the 2011 Australian Open is shaping up.

“There is no doubt whatsoever, it will be one of the best fields ever assembled for an Australian Open Championship and there are still major player announcements to be made over the coming weeks,” Mr Pitt said.

CEO of the PGA of Australia and the PGA Tour of Australasia, Brian Thorburn, is looking forward to the biggest year in Australian golf and is sure that Tiger Woods will add to the excitement and anticipation already held by Australian sports fans.

“This year is set to be the biggest for Australian golf in recent times; we have stellar fields for the Australian Open and the PGA Championship and the world’s best playing the Presidents Cup. It’s wonderful to be able to welcome Tiger to play in the Australian Open, he is always a crowd pleaser and is sure to bring thousands of golf lovers out to The Lakes in early November.”