I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Golfs Big Bash
My wife, bless her, is not a golfer. She'll have no interest at all in the upcoming World Cup Of Golf 2016. Her idea of a good time over the period 23rd to 27th November would be time out with the kids & grand kids, perhaps some shopping or me getting on top of the garden.
Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott will tee up at Kingstyon Heath to defend their 2013 win. Photo: Gualbarto107 / freedigitalphotos.net
I on the other hand plan to be at Kingston Heath Golf Club to watch 28 countries represented by some of the world's great golfers, including 'Team Australia' Jason Day and Adam Scott, battle out one of sport's great events, the 58th World Cup of Golf.
In 2013 Australia defended the Cup on home soil with Day and Scott combining to finish 17 under par to take the team event, with Jason Day becoming only the third Australian to win the individual event with a fabulous 10 under par for the 72 hole event.
It was also the first time since 1996 that the event had been won by the host country.
The World Cup of Golf pits 28 of the world's top golfing nations aginst one another in this 72 hole team event. Photo: pat138241 / freedigitalphotos.net
Played under the motto "International Goodwill Through Golf" the tournament comprises 4-rounds or 72 holes of Stroke play with each team made up of two players.
The first and third rounds are played as a Foursomes match with each team playing one ball and hitting alternately.
The second and fourth rounds are a 'four-ball, best-ball' competition.
The World Cup of Golf is played on some of the world's finest lay-outs and this year is no exception, coming to Kingston Heath, one of Melbourne's renowned 'sand-belt' courses. Photo: Worakit Sirijinda / freedigitalphotos.net
The event is one of golf's biggest and fittingly the trophy, the World Cup of Golf, is one of the largest of any sport, a Sterling silver and gold-plated monster weighing in at just under 41 Kilograms (90 lbs).
Whether you're a low handicapper or a hacker like me you can't help but be impressed watching the pro's play some big-hitting, precision golf on one of Melbourne's renowned 'sand-belt' courses.
There'll be plenty of obstacles to negotiate enroute to claiming the 2016 World Cup of Golf. Photo: Stuart Miles / freedigitalphotos.net
Now all I have to do is organise a 'leave-pass'.
The 2016 World Cup of Gold will be played at Kingston Heath from Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th November.
General Admission tickets are available on-line and cost:-
A Weekend Ticket covering both Saturday and Sunday will cost Adults $105 and Concession $95.
A Season Pass providing access to the course and Tournament Village over all 5 days costs $180.
The MacKenzie Club, located in the Tournament Village, offers a sports bar-clubhouse atmosphere includes a daily entry ticket, a choice of menus for purchase, a cash bar, big screens and scoring terminals at a cost of $320 with limited places available.
Children under 16 years are admitted free of charge but must collect a free ticket on arrival at the course.
Cost:General Admission entry costs $35 for Wednesday's practise round (Concession $30), $65 for Thursday, Friday & Saturday (Concession $55) and $70 on Sunday (Concession $60). See the website for details of package deals.