Australian PGA Championship moves to Gold Coast

Holidays to Australia may be spent in Queensland and this already prosperous tourism hub is set for a sporting boost after it was announced that the Australian Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Championship would be moving to Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.

The PGA Championship, which represents Australia’s oldest golfing competition, is hosted by Coca-Cola and will be held in the Gold Coast region for the next five years after agreements were signed with a host of authorities including Tourism and Events Queensland, Gold Coast City Council, Gold Coast Tourism as well as support deriving from the Queensland government itself.

According to the Gold Coast’s official city council website, tourism is the centripetal driver of economic growth and contributes one dollar out of every five generated within the district.

Furthermore, the official tourism board representing the Gold Coast outlines that the area enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year while comprising 70 kilometres of pristine coastline making for an environment in which golfing enthusiasts can enjoy a luxury holiday alongside attending the sporting spectacle itself.

Speaking about the relocation to Royal Pines and the benefit to the region the move will yield, CEO of PGA Australia Brian Thorburn explained “With a significant population base and its national tourism appeal, we now have a wonderful opportunity to attract increased interstate and international visitors to the region and contribute considerably to targets set by Tourism Australia as part of their 2020 vision.”

The PGA Championship was previously contested for 11 years in Coolum – a beachside town also in Queensland lying on the Sunshine Coast instead, but fellow Gold Coast hubs Surfers Paradise and Burleigh Heads have also previously represented selected venues.