7 reasons to play the Outback Queensland Masters
From bog-snorkelling to camel races and everything in-between, Queensland’s Outback is the place to go for unique and memorable events.
Until this year, however, the Outback wasn’t the first place most would associate with golf.
The inaugural Outback Queensland Masters changed all that.
Held in six locations over six weeks in June and July, the one-of-a-kind golf tournament was the perfect way to experience the best of Queensland’s Outback with a golf club in hand.
And while the name might sound serious, the Outback Queensland Master was open to golfers of all abilities and ages. Stop by for nine rounds at one location or join in at all six locations – the choice was yours.
With the event returning in 2020, here are seven reasons why you should enter and play the Outback Queensland Masters.
1. THE GOLF
Playing a round of golf in the Outback is an experience.
The greens aren’t always green, water hazards are extremely rare and there’s often an abundance of kangaroos and emus to tip your akubra to.
And that’s the beauty of the Outback Queensland Masters – it’s a whole new challenge for serious and not-so-serious golfers.
You don’t need to be a pro to play. In fact, you could quite comfortably enter having never picked up a golf club before – so don’t worry if you have no idea what a Golf Australia handicap is, in true Outback spirit, the atmosphere at the event is incredibly welcoming and cheerful.
Each event is played over two 9-hole rounds (18-holes total), with 9-holes played on the first day of the event and 9-holes played on the second day.
For the competitive golfers, there are plenty of prizes up for grabs, including…
2. ONE MILLION DOLLARYDOOS
Unless you’re Adam Scott or Karrie Webb, your chances of winning significant prize money playing golf is relatively low.
That is until the Outback Queensland Masters came along.
Play in two locations and the finale in Longreach in 2020 and you’ll be eligible to swing for glory on the million-dollar hole.
Despite a few players going close on the million-dollar hole-in-one in 2019, nobody was able to claim the cash.
You’ll never need to worry about searching for lost golf balls again with one million dollars in your wallet.
3. THE NIGHT LIFE
When the golf finishes, the entertainment begins.
And being the Outback, it’s not just your standard either.
2019 saw the likes of Busby Marou, Melinda Schneider, The 7 Sopranos, The Bushwackers and Catherine Alcorn all perform on the outdoors stage – along with a few more eccentric and hilarious performers like hillbilly rockers The Pigs, modern-day ‘Banjo Patterson’ Marco Gliori and bush poet Gary Fogarty.
So even if you finished the round with 18 triple bogeys, you’ll be sure to have a smile on your dial (and hopefully a beer in hand).
4. THE TOWNS
And that’s only scratching the surface, we can easily rattle off 100 amazing experiences to try in Outback Queensland.
5. ROAD TRIP
If you’re already thinking about an Outback road trip, why not tie it in with the Outback Queensland Masters in 2020?
The event is planned so keen road-trippers can journey from town to town, experiencing the best of the Outback while having a swing at the six different locations – and there’s plenty of time between each event to experience the best of the Outback.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a souped-up 4WD to venture into the Outback. In fact, the majority of all the roads are sealed and suitable for all vehicles. (Psst: Here are six other Outback myths that aren’t true.)
If you haven’t headed west before, read up on how best to prepare for the trip.
6. THE FOOD (AND DRINK)
Hearty food made by locals and cold (and cheap) drinks. All enjoyed outside under a big blue sky or a dazzling night sky of stars with a bunch of new friends.
That’s what you can expect at each location.
There’s no going hungry out here: the famed Outback hospitality really comes to the fore here with the event fully catered by locals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
And let’s not forget the sweets. Each golf club had a delightful array of freshly baked cakes and other delights to tempt the sweet tooths.
Being winter, fire pits are stationed around the outside areas to keep things nice and cosy when the temperature drops at night.
Fact: fire pits have been statistically proven to remove any worries you have, including that botched shot on the seventh hole.
7. THE ORANGE JACKET
Having to chance to win a million dollars is great and all…but look at that orange jacket!
The winner with the highest 18-hole stableford score from each location will get to pull on the illustrious Outback Queensland Masters orange jacket.
Just imagine the respect you will receive rocking back up to your local golf club wearing this fine look.
Plus all the stories you will have from taking part in a truly special new event.