Perth has won the right to host the prestigious international women’s golf event, the Lexus Cup, in 2007 which is expected to attract many of the world’s leading female golfers. The event is to be played at the magnificent Novotel Vines Resort and Country Club in the Swan Valley. The Resort has also hosted the Johnnie Walker Classic in 2006, and was home to the Heineken Classic from 1993 - 2001.
To be held at The Novotel Vines Resort and Country Club in December 2007, WA has also secured the first option to host it again in 2010 and 2013.
“Three days of live television broadcast will showcase this beautiful wine growing and tourist region of WA to some of our key tourism markets in Japan, China, and Korea,” according to the Tourism Minister WA, Sheila McHale. “It will also be televised in the UK, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.”
The new event would follow a team match format, similar to the Ryder Cup, fostering the development of top-level women’s golf.
The inaugural Lexus Cup was held in December 2005 in Singapore and attracted players such as world number one Annika Sorenstam from Sweden, and Grace Park from Korea - and because the Lexus Cup will be hosted at The Vines, a public golf course - visitors and local golfers will be able to play the same course as their golfing heroes.
The Lexus Cup is a prestigious LPGA Tour-sanctioned ladies team event pitting 12 international players against 12 leading players from Asia. Team members are selected based on their rankings and season earnings, including two captain’s picks and two sponsor’s exemptions.
The Novotel Vines Resort offers Resort accommodation, condominiums and Accor Premiere Vacation Club opens a newly developed timeshare apartment complex in 2007. Along with all Resort style facilities or pools, spas, tennis, gym, sauna and of course, the famous golf courses. It is located in the picturesque Swan Valley, 35 minutes drive from Perth CBD, surrounded by wineries, boutique food producers and myriad tourist attractions.