Live Auction Items

2018 Live Auction Items will be detailed as they are confirmed.

To “wet the appetite” we have detailed this year’s items

2017 Live Auction Items ::…

Golf at Ellerston Golf Course for 4 persons, incl. breakfast and lunch

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‘At Ellerston we were able to create a course that a golfer of my calibre would love to play everyday for the rest of his life.’ Greg Norman

Locked away in the secluded high country of the New South Wales Upper Hunter Valley lies the beautiful Ellerston estate. The decision to add golf to this amazingly beautiful property came during 1999, when the late Kerry Packer propositioned Greg Norman Golf Design and instructed them to build him Australia’s toughest and most spectacular golf course.

With budget unlikely to be a problem, the critical issue for designers Norman and Bob Harrison became selecting the best site. The team was given carte blanche to use any part of Packer’s 70,000-acre sanctuary for their course. Following several days scouring the vast area, the fast-flowing Pages Creek was discovered and instantly recognized as the perfect location to build the dramatic course that Mr Packer desired.

The creek is the central feature of the layout and incorporated into no less than nine holes, with most of the remaining holes built in the higher country leading away from the hazard. Fanatical about the difficulty level, the client’s determination to provide the ultimate challenge to the world’s best players enabled the designers to take more risks than usual. They created shots and sequences that simply would not be possible on a more accessible course and built a number of severe green sites pressed hard against the edge of the rapidly running creek.

Aside from experiencing its exclusivity, the highlight of Ellerston is the demanding longer holes, which are a relentless driving examination, each requiring a long bomb positioned in the premium part of the fairway to ensure an unimpeded line into the greens. Eight of the par fours measure between 430 and 460 yards, yet as a set they are remarkably diverse thanks to the use of contrasting hazards and the constant elevation change.

Throughout the round the variety and beauty of the green settings, whether dramatically pushed up against the hazard or set in natural gullies or atop small ridges, is quite striking. Most are framed visually by the impressive Norman/Harrison bunker shapes, although bunkerless targets like the 5th, 10th and 16th are among Ellerston’s most attractive. The actual Pennlinks bentgrass putting surfaces, which were designed for great speeds, are immense and without blemish. Likewise the fairway presentation is impossible to fault, the Buffalo short roughs providing a contrasting colour and texture to the pure couch playing corridors.

Much more than just great grass however, Ellerston has some wonderful holes and is actually one of the most fascinating golf courses built since the Great Depression. A passionate golfer and tournament-broadcasting pioneer, Mr. Packer left an indelible mark on the Australian sporting landscape during his reign as head of its most powerful media empire. Ellerston is an appropriately striking tribute to his imposing presence and despite its privacy and inaccessibility to the golfing public, cataloguing the planet’s premier layouts without its inclusion would leave the directory incomplete.

 


THE ULTIMATE FISHING ADVENTURE WITH KIMBERLEY PEARL CHARTERS

For two people, an unbelievable ten (10) day fishing trip of a lifetime through the Kimberley… on board the luxurious Dalumba Bay (a 74′ renovated Pearl Vessel). Fly into Broome, and you will be flown to Cygnet Bay, and depart the Dampier Peninsula for the remote Prince Regent River, explore the Horizontal Falls, Silica Beach, Montgomery Reef, Walcott Inlet, Ruby Falls, Kings Cascade and many other breathtaking locations.

And not to mention the fishing, with 3 custom designed 5-metre tender boats to chase that massive barra or trophy fish of your dreams.

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