While the Professionals are in Perth to contest the ISPS HANDA Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club they have also been doing some sightseeing.
With lots of European players in town, many of which for this first time, as well as plenty of Aussie hopefuls the talk around the course has been what to do in Perth.
Not short of options some of the most popular things the Pros have done in their spare time include:
• Enjoying the local food and wine in some of Perth’s laneway bars including Howard Lane, Wolfe Lane and Queens Street
• Even after spending the day out on course where the Pros can walk more than 6km the stunning views of Swan River and the city skyline draw them to Kings Park, one of the largest inner city parks in the world.
• Those who like the cosmopolitan lifestyle have headed into check out Perth’s inner city precincts; the high streets of Leederville, Mount Lawley, Subiaco, Mount Hawthorn, South Perth and Victoria Park all have their own unique flavour of restaurant, bars and shopping precincts. There is something to please each of the 14 different nationalities competing in the ISPS HANDA Perth International.
• Everybody loves gold and golf pros are no different. Some of them have been to check out the Perth Mint. The World’s oldest gold mint is still operating from its original premises and is home to the World’s greatest collection of investment gold bars and Australia’s largest gold nugget collection.
• For the culture vultures on Tour, Perth’s Cultural Centre has kept them entertained away from the course. This cultural feast located in Northbridge includes the Art Gallery of WA, the WA Museum, State Library, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and the State Theatre,
• Charl Schwartzel likes to live the high life and took in a birds-eye-view of Perth from a scenic flight in a helicopter. Taking in the spectacular Perth surrounds including the Swan River and white coastline was a highlight of his visit to Australia.
• Schwartzel and World Number 10 Jason Dufner also got up close and cuddly with some Koala’s who paid Lake Karrinyup Country Club a visit from their home at Caversham Wildlife Park. Whilst on course the Pros are also coming into close contact with the Kangaroos that live down on the 6th and 7th holes.
• While the players have been on course their wives and girlfriends have been taking in the local shopping and excellent selection of international designer labels. The fashionistas on Tour have flocked to King Street while those with eclectic taste have headed to Northbridge where it’s all about vintage finds.
• Taking life at a slower pace some of the Pros have relaxed whilst sailing down the Swan River. Named after the black Swans that call it home, the Swan River is truly the heart of Perth, and meets the Indian Ocean just a few kilometres west. A ferry from Barrack Street Jetty is one of the best ways to enjoy the Swan River as well as see some of Perth’s best real estate.