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Australia’s Premier Golf Event, the Australian Open, Returns to Victoria – Ministry of Sport

Australia’s Premier Golf Event, the Australian Open, Returns to Victoria – Ministry of Sport

The Australian Open, one of the most significant golf tournaments in Australasia, will return to Melbourne later this year. Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport, and Major Events, Ros Spence, announced that the event will be held at Kingston Heath and Victoria Golf Clubs from November 28 to December 1, 2024.

The Australian Open has a notable history and has been won by prominent golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Karrie Webb, Laura Davies, and Nelly Korda. The 2024 tournament will feature a unique format, including competitions for elite men, women, and all-abilities golfers, played across two courses.

Last year’s tournament reached over 520 million viewers worldwide, highlighting Melbourne’s Sandbelt region. The 2024 event aims to further promote Victoria as a prime location for major events and golf tourism.

Victoria’s major events calendar contributed a record $39.3 billion to the local economy as of March 2024. The Australian Open will join other major events in Victoria, such as the Australian Open tennis, Formula 1 Grand Prix, MotoGP, AFL Grand Final, Spring Racing Carnival, and the Boxing Day Test.

Ros Spence commented, “We’re proud to bring some of the world’s best golfing talent and fans back to Melbourne for the 2024 Australian Open – boosting businesses, jobs, and our state’s economy.”

Nick Staikos, Member for Bentleigh, said, “We’re excited to welcome this event and thousands of fans to the Sandbelt – showcasing our beautiful region and supporting our local businesses and jobs.”

Visit Victoria CEO, Brendan McClements, emphasized the impact of golf on tourism: “Golf drives significant activity in our sector, attracting visitors year-round. We look forward to the 2024 Australian Open contributing to our visitor economy.”

Golf Australia CEO, James Sutherland, added, “The Victorian Government has been a tremendous supporter of golf. After working with us to bring the inaugural men’s and women’s Australian Open to Melbourne, we can’t wait for the event to return to Melbourne’s Sandbelt.”

For more information about the 2024 Australian Open, click here.