The PGA of Australia today confirmed the Australian PGA Championship would be played at
RACV Royal Pines Resort for the next five years.
Sue Blake, Executive General Manager, RACV Club and Resorts, said RACV is delighted to
partner with the PGA of Australia to host and sponsor this world-class event.
"RACV and PGA are both member-based organisations, each with more than 100 years of
history of providing benefits to our respective members. We look forward to working closely with
the PGA of Australia and the other event sponsors to enhance this tournament and further our
mutual goal to advance the growth of golf in Australia."
"RACV has more than two million members and, together with our sister auto clubs in Australia
and New Zealand; we have a combined membership of more than seven million. This broad
membership base provides significant opportunities for both RACV and the PGA to deliver
benefits to our respective members".
Over the life of the agreement with the PGA of Australian, RACV will invest $5m to increase the
challenge of the course for professional golfers and we will work closely with both the PGA and
the ALPGA to ensure RACV Royal Pines becomes the "˜Home of Championship Golf" in
"RACV is committed to continuing to host and sponsor the Australian Ladies Masters
Tournament at RACV Royal Pines", said Ms Blake.
"The improvements to the course will benefit both the men's and women's championship
tournaments, as well as our many members, guests and corporate groups who enjoy playing at
RACV Royal Pines.
"This is a significant and exciting day in the history of the Australian PGA Championship," said the CEO of the PGA of Australia BrianThorburn.
"The Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola holds great importance to the entire PGA Membership, and the relocation to RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast now provides us with the required assets to grow the tournament."
"With a significant population base and its natural 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 Australian PGA Championship has a reputation for being a fun, relaxed tournament and we think we have the opportunity to not only recreate, but enhance that at RACV Royal Pines. Additionally, the opportunity to work alongside RACV is a significant one, and we're looking forward to developing a multifaceted partnership over the next five years."
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