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Bass Strait Masters To Return in 2017


After the huge success of the Inaugeral Bass Strait Masters we are proud to be returning for 2017. Spots are limited and tickets sold out in only 4 days last time so contact us ASAP to secure your spot.

Take a long weekend and escape with your friends on a private plane across the Bass Strait to King Island and Tasmania. Experience Cape Wickham, Ocean Dunes, Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm for the most incredible four days of golfing you'll ever experience.

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We learned a lot from hosting the first Bass Strait Masters and we are excited to bring back the Bass Strait Masters even bigger and better for 2017. Expect lavish food and wine sourced locally, world class golf, daily competitions and prizes. Not to mention the rediculously spectacular views on the ground and in the air. Ocean Dunes on King Island will also have its entire 18 holes open and established by April 2017.

Tickets are available for $3500pp all inclusive. 

To see all the photos from the 2016 event click here.

Bass Strait Masters Final Day - Lost Farm

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The Bass Strait Masters has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Months of preparation and build up went into ensuring the whole tournament ran as smoothly as possible and now after 4 days of action packed golfing it’s all over.

The final day of golf was played on the remarkable Lost Farm in Barnbougle. We were certainly blessed with a cracker day. Pristine weather and impeccable golfing conditions made for a beautiful finish to an amazing long weekend.

We would like to thank the all of the courses and sponsors involved in putting together the first ever Bass Strait Masters: Barnbougle Dunes, Lost Farm, Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes. After a weekend like this it is abundantly clear where the future of golf is headed in Tasmania and boy are we excited to be a part of it.

Special thanks to Pure South Dining for putting on an amazing selection of King Island’s finest local produce on the Saturday night. Thanks to Stanley Fish and the Craig Mostyn Group for donating the crayfish, thanks to King Island Beef for supplying the beef and to King Island Dairy for supplying the dessert and donating prizes. Thanks to Greg Blewett for MC’ing the entire event, it must have been his duties off course that distracted him bringing his A-game, don’t worry mate – there’s always next year.

Lastly Vortex Air would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the players and people involved for making the tournament a joy to put on. Everyone’s positivity, attitude and sportsmanship made the weekend one to remember.

Congratulations to the day’s winner, Kylie Tallak (Scored 40), the mens winner Roger Boxtel (Scored 41), and the days’ team winner was FAR-Q (Scored 139). A solid way to end the tournament indeed!

Now finally onto the big stuff, the overall winners of the first ever Bass Strait Masters…

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Bass Strait Master Overall Champion – Caryn Wallis (Scored 130)

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Mens Champion – Ray Driscoll (128)

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Team Champions – Mental Health Weak (Scored 462) which consisted of Daniel Hughes, Justin BurgoineMichael Polwarth and David Downing.

Congratulations to all our worthy champions for playing consistent, impressive golf in varied conditions all weekend.

Finally, congratulations to everyone for being a part of the first ever Bass Strait Masters and conquering some of the finest golf down under. We can’t wait to see you next year!

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Bass Strait Masters Day 3 - Barnbougle Dunes

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After the extreme winds yesterday the competitors were praying for an easier day on the fairways - and boy did Barnbougle deliver. Sunny skies and low winds made for an exceptional day of golf.

After some breakfast and viewing the final day of the US Masters the golfers eagerly tee’d off at the world renowned Barnbougle Dunes to redeem themselves after battling serious Bass Strait winds on King Island.

Stuart Flanigan (Scored 38) and Melody Clark (Scored 40) came out on top for the daily winners whilst team ‘Ha Ha Ha’ took top prize with a combined score of 133.

Tomorrow is the final day of the Bass Strait Masters where we will crown one overall winner. Currently leading the Mens division is Tom Acquroff (On 94) and Caryn Wallis & Melody Clark (on 93) are currently tied in the Womens Division. Team ‘Ha Ha Ha’ are leading out of the teams comp with ‘338’ although ‘Mental Health Weak’ are not far behind on 330.

Competitors will hit the fairways tomorrow at Barnbougle Lost Farm for the final day of the Bass Strait Masters. The forecast looks great and the golfers couldn’t be more excited. Who will be crowned the inaugural Bass Strait Master? Only time will tell.

Good luck to everyone playing tomorrow!

Bass Strait Masters Day 2 - Ocean Dunes


After a superb night of wining and dining by the team at Pure South there were a few sleepy faces at the 8am tee off for Ocean Dunes. Thanks are in order for Ocean Dunes, Pure South and King Island Dairy for donating prizes for the first two days of golf. There was some stiff competition on day 1 and everyone was fired up to take home a win on day 2.

After receiving beautiful weather on Saturday, it seemed the gods couldn’t let 80 golfers leave without experiencing some real King Island weather. True to form the wind was absolutely howling on Sunday making for some challenging golf conditions. However even gale force winds and drizzle couldn’t take away from the quality of the course or detract from the spectacular shots over Bass Strait.

Playing 15 out of 18 holes really solidified the excitement that is building for the finished product of Ocean Dunes that will be open later in the year.

Thanks to a 65 knot tail wind everyone arrived ahead of schedule in Barnbougle with plenty of time to relax before the evening function and awards.

Congratulations for today’s individual winners, Gordon Mather & Caryn Wallis. Also congratulations to the King Island locals who took out the team prize.

With no flights scheduled for tomorrow everyone can enjoy a much deserved sleep in as preparation for taking on the world famous Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm.

So get some rest and we will see you on the greens tomorrow!

Bass Strait Masters Day 1 - Cape Wickham

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The sun still hadn’t poked its head over the horizon when the first passengers for the Bass Strait Masters began to arrive at Moorabbin Airport. Even a 5:30am start didn’t stop the buzz and excitement for the weekend of golf ahead. An entire year’s hard work by the Vortex team was finally coming to fruition.

Coffee, bacon and egg muffins and the US Masters on TV kept everyone happy as Vortex staff managed to check in 80 passengers and load 14 aircraft full of golf bags and luggage.

With the entire Vortex fleet, ready and loaded we were on our way, first stop, King Island.

After a beautiful flight over the clouds in the sun King Island was in sight. Fortunately we received beautiful king island weather featuring sunshine and rainbows - perfect golfing weather.

King Island’s brand new multi-million dollar airport terminal was earning its keep as the influx of golfers arrived in search of coffee and a place to stretch their legs. The population of King Island just grew by 5%.

After an hour long bus ride to the northern tip of the island Cape Wickham was ready and waiting for the competition ahead, and our 80 golfers were more than willing to oblige.

Aussie sports personality and avid golfer Greg Blewett kicked off proceedings giving a rundown of the tournament and with a mountain of prizes to give away everyone was in with a shot.

After a solid round on the 3rd best course in the Australia and a quick stop at King Island Dairy to stock up on some premium cheese straight from the source everyone was more than ready for the evenings function ahead and the announcement of winners of the first day’s golf.

Pure South Dining from Melbourne served up some exquisite food including King Island’s fresh rock lobster, and eye fillet steak. Congratulations are in order to Lost in space for conquering Wickham with an impressive score of 121.

Next on the agenda is the 15 holes of the soon to open Ocean Dunes, we will let you judge for yourself but early reports are tipping that Ocean Dunes will be right up alongside Cape Wickham in the top 25 courses of the world.

So get some shut eye and we will see you bright and early tomorrow morning for an 8am Tee off at Ocean Dunes!

The Long Wait Is 'Almost' Over

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The wait for the inaugural 2016 Bass Strait Masters is almost over! On Saturday morning, 80 of the keenest golfers from all over Australia will embark on this brand new golfing tour, which will take them to four of the country’s most remote, rugged and pristine golf courses to crown the official Bass Strait Master.

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