CAL­I­FOR­NIA DREAM­ING

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It doesn’t take long to re­alise why Cal­i­for­nia at­tracts so many vis­i­tors …

The cliff-lined beaches, the beauty of Yosemite Na­tional Park, the magic of Hol­ly­wood, the wine re­gion of Napa Val­ley and the won­ders of Dis­ney­land in­stantly spring to mind.

But let’s put on our golf­ing hats for a minute and re­mem­ber it’s also home to world-class cour­ses like Peb­ble Beach, which will be host­ing the United States Open in 2019.

The Golf Tour­ing Com­pany – which de­scribes it­self as “The num­ber one be­spoke golf tour op­er­a­tor in Aus­tralia” – has de­vel­oped its “US Open, Golf and Wine Tour” to al­low guests to ex­pe­ri­ence all that the Golden State has to of­fer, on and off the golf course.

This once-in-a-life-time trip is fully es­corted by PGA Pro­fes­sional Richard Mercer and An­drew Mercer of Tyrell’s Wines, and in­cludes four rounds of cham­pi­onship golf and gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets (Fri­day & Sun­day) to the US Open.

The nine-night tour, stay­ing in lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion, in­cludes games at Sonoma Mis­sion Inn, Half Moon Bay (Ocean Course and Old Course) and Pasatiempo Golf Course.

Mean­while, away from the fair­ways, guests will be able to in­dulge in ex­ten­sive Napa Val­ley and Sonoma wine tours, wel­come and farewell din­ners, daily break­fast and a wine mas­ter­class pre­sented by An­drew Mercer.

Pack­ages start at $7,995 per per­son, twin share and the tour de­parts on June 8, 2019.

For more in­for­ma­tion and the full itin­er­ary, visit www.the­golf­tour­ing­com­pany.com.au or call (02) 8484 2059.

ONE FOR THE LADIES

Here’s some­thing truly unique … Golf & Tours – which of­fers ex­clu­sive golf tours de­signed for women, by women – has put to­gether a fully-es­corted ladies’ golf tour to Italy in 2019. And it’s not to be missed.

You’ll en­joy five rounds (in mo­torised carts) at Villa d’Este Golf Club, Golf Club Tol­ci­nasco (pic­tured right), Arzaga Golf Club (pic­tured above), Gardagolf Coun­try Club and Golf Club Mon­ti­cello with a fun, friendly and in­clu­sive group of women.

The tour is not just about golf, though … It also in­cludes 10 nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion in four- and five-star ho­tels, guided tours of Mi­lan and Verona, shop­ping at FoxTown Fac­tory Stores, wine tast­ings, a pri­vate boat tour of Lake Como and Bel­la­gio, wel­come gifts, daily break­fast and ground trans­fers.

Pack­ages start at €4,825 and the tour de­parts on April 2, 2019.

For more in­for­ma­tion, the full itin­er­ary and to book, visit www.gol­fand­tours.com or call (02) 9956 3866.

Peb­ble Beach’s 7th hole will of­fer plenty of US Open drama.

The view from the 17th on the Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay.

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