After moving to the sunny Gold Coast in 2015, the Australian Open has become a true festival of bowls, with 14 days of action played across the 15 host clubs on the Gold Coast. Over 2,000 bowlers from across Australia and indeed the world are expected to attend, with entry being completely open to any registered bowler!
Not only is the Australian Open the World’s Biggest Bowls Festival, it is also the richest bowls event in the world with a staggering total of $250,000 prize money across more than 540 prize money placings in the 20 disciplines.
Bowlers can enter any one of the open disciplines on offer (singles, pairs and fours) or enter age-specific Under 18, Over 60’s or Bowlers with a Disability events – for a full breakdown of the disciplines see our full discipline listing within our Australian Open Dummies Guide.
As an added bonus to Australian Open participants, members of The Bowls Clubhouse will receive a 20% discount on their Open Singles entry!
Simply register your interest The Bowls Clubhouse here and you will be emailed a unique discount code which you can use to enter the Australian Open Singles online within 5 business days. If you are an existing Clubhouse registrant, don’t worry – your unique code will be emailed to you within the next 5 days.
As an added bonus, The Bowls Clubhouse entrants can submit their favourite bowls television moment in 25 words or less to be a chance to win a stunning $5,000 cruise to New Zealand courtesy of Cruiseabout!
Make sure you get in quickly – both the Australian Open and Cruiseabout offers expire on February 7, 2017!
Entries for the 14-day event have now launched in time for Christmas and will be open until April 3, 2017 – click here to view the online entry forms!
Here are some Australian Open fast facts:
- A completely open-to-enter event with no qualifying;
- Sectional rounds played in each discipline initially, with qualifiers progressing through to knockouts;
- Completely random draw – no seedings in either sectional or knockout play;
- Up to 15 hosts clubs spread from Coolangatta in the south to Beenleigh in the north;
- 14 days of competition from June 10-23, 2016;
- 20 disciplines with a total prize pool of $250,000, including $1,500 prize for the Player of the Tournament (determined by Player Rankings Points);
- Over 540 prize money places across all disciplines;
- A true festival atmosphere, with live events and the newly-introduced “Mega Bowl” run throughout the tournament;
- Two days of finals filmed and broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports.