New golf tournament will welcome hundreds of amateur golfers to Outback Queensland.
New golf tournament will welcome hundreds of amateur golfers to Outback Queensland. Callum Dick

One million reasons to play outback golf

GOLFERS from all over the country, and beyond, are sure to embark on our rural courses after a million dollar announcement last week.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones has today launched an innovative new, multi-location golf event for Outback Queensland, including a million-dollar hole-in-one challenge.

The Outback Queensland Masters, a concept created by Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with Golf Australia, will tee off in 2019, taking place across six regional locations from June to August.

The inaugural event coincides with Queensland Government's declaration that 2019 is The Year of Outback Tourism.

Ms Jones said the new event was designed to showcase Queensland's world-class outback experiences and drive visitors to the region.

"This event is a hole-in-one for Queensland,” she said.

"We'll be welcoming hundreds of amateur golfers to Outback Queensland and encouraging them to extend their stay beyond the days spent on the golf course.

"What a great way to experience Outback Queensland, by travelling to each event and exploring that region's unique tourism offerings.”

The 2019 Outback Queensland Masters is planned to start in Roma and visit Charleville, Longreach, Winton and Boulia before concluding in Mount Isa.

Each event will take the form of two nine-hole rounds, played over two consecutive days, including a novelty hole at each location that connects to a local tourism experience.

The final event will feature a million dollar hole-in-one challenge, which golfers can qualify for by competing in at least two other events in the series.

"From rugged national parks and stunning gorges, to World Heritage-listed fossil fields, historic towns and iconic pubs, we want people to get out and experience Outback Queensland,” Ms Jones said.

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