Aust PGA rolls out beach-themed party hole

The Australian PGA Championship will introduce its own version of a party hole, complete with a beach, on the par three 16th.

18-Oct-2018 By Murray Wenzel, Australian Associated Press
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The Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast will have its very own party hole this year, complete with a beach in a nod to the city's famous coastline.

The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale - during the PGA Tour's Phoenix Open - is regarded as the loudest hole in golf and Royal Pines will deliver its own take on the phenomenon by transforming its 16th hole when players tee off on November 29.

It adds further intrigue to the signature par three, that also carries a $500,000 prize for the first player to ace it during the tournament.

Scottsdale's stadium hole can house 16,000 fans, many of who dress up and enjoy a new level of engagement with the players.

Brisbane's Big Bash and AFL clubs have successfully incorporated the Pool Deck and Verandah respectively in recent seasons at the Gabba and now golf is following suit with the Oakley Gold Coast Beach Club.

Spectators, who will have to win their way into the fan zone, have been encouraged to "sun bake and cool off in the water" as drawcards Marc Leishman, Andrew 'Beef' Johnston and defending champion Cameron Smith do business.

Organisers will be hoping for some assistance from mother nature though, after last year's event was complicated by constant, heavy rain.

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