The World’s Richest Tournament for Amateur Club Golfers

25 August 2023

Now in its 28th year, The Gold Coast Masters has become the World’s biggest and richest tournament for amateur club golfers.

Over 500 competitors aged over 35yrs from around the world will play and compete with golfers of a similar age and golf handicap.

The four-round tournament this year will be played from 15th-21st October on Queensland’s Gold Coast teeing off at Links Hope Island (Johnnie Walker Classic), Royal Pines (Australian PGA Championship), Palm Meadows (Daikyo Classic) and Palmer Gold Coast.

Go Golfing’s CEO and organizer Peter McCarthy said, “This event was my first ever tournament 28 years ago and we have run it every year since. In fact, this event has stood the test of time and we have now successfully expanded the event format in South-East Asia with the Centara World Masters (Thailand’s Hua Hin) and Vietnam World Masters (Danang).

Golfer vacationers are now seeking more from their vacations with many taking trips to exotic destinations including Morocco, South Africa, India, Canada, Alaska and Las Vegas.

However, this trend for friendly competition at golf events has become a great way for golf clubs and destinations to attract a large number of global golf vacationers.

McCarthy added, “ All our tournaments are run just like professional events, similar to a PGA or LPGA tour event.”

“Therefore we also have caddies wearing the player's name and country, we have rules officials, we have sponsors with advertising hoardings, and this year at the Golf Coast Masters we will also award over USD$100,000 in prizes for tournament winners and a final night lucky prize draw.”

In fact, over the past 28 years, they have given away over USD$2,000,000 in prizes at the Gold Coast Masters.

Perhaps the other main difference is their nightly 19th hole parties and the final night gala, a high-class awards dinner at Star Casino.

If you fancy a trip to Australia’s beautiful Gold Coast, there are a few slots still available in October and even their tournaments in SE Asia next year are filling up too. Check out details at

They may not win millions, however, all these golf vacationers come together for a great value week of golf, friendship and entertainment.


Mike Bridge