The Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville 22nd - 25th February 2018
The inaugural Australian Ladies Classic has begun at Bonville Golf Resort, Coffs Harbour, NSW. The 144 professional golfers who are teeing off include Australians Hannah Green, Rebecca Artis, Sarah Kemp, Whitney Hillier and more. International players from around 30 countries are competing.
Bonville is becoming known as Australia's Augusta. The sheer beauty of the environment and the elegantly tall tree-lined course have drawn many expressions of comparison and appreciation.
Scottish golf professional Carly Booth, who attended the Masters at Augusta in 2007, has noted Bonville's likeness. "It is very similar. However, there seems to be more wildlife here. When I was practising on Monday, I saw a koala along the side of the fairway and I quickly tried to grab a photo. He was not being too camera kind, but it was great to see one on the back nine, around the 14th hole. I’m sure there are a few more around and about!”
There really is an abundance of wildlife at Bonville, including many species of birds. Some that you may see around the course are the Australian King Parrot, rainbow lorikeets, galahs and black cockatoos, doves, honeyeaters, wagtails and many more.
Two of the holes in particular, on the Bonville golf course, were modelled along the lines of specific holes at Augusta. The 17th is similar to Augusta's par-3 12th, while the 18th evokes Augusta's 15th.
The course is designed to be used primarily with golf carts, as some holes are up to a kilometre apart as well as sloping steeply, and all players at the Classic will be provided with a cart.
“If we had chosen to make the players walk this week, we would be looking at rounds of golf in excess of five and a half hours, which given the time of year we are playing and the daylight hours available is just not a feasible option." - CEO of the ALPG, Karen Lunn.
The Australian Ladies Classic, which is co-sanctioned by the ALPG and the LET Tours, will continue to be held here at Bonville for the next five years.