The Australian PGA Championship will be staged in December, returning to its traditional season-ending slot.

The Australian PGA Championship is to return to its traditional season-ending calendar slot.

After kicking off Masters champion Adam Scott’s big Australian summer of golf early last November, the tournament will wrap up the PGA Tour of Australasia this year when it’s staged from December 11-14 at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Goast.

PGA of Australia chief executive Brian Thorburn believed players would welcome the new dates.

The tournament used to provide a relaxing wind down to the year for players and their families at its former venue in Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast before being switched to Royal Pines last year.

“Famous for fun, the Gold Coast will be the perfect location to close out the PGA Tour of Australasia season, providing players and their families an array of opportunities to celebrate a successful year,” said Thorburn.

The Championship’s return to its traditional end of season position will also provide additional time for Graham Marsh to complete the first stage of the $10 million upgrade to the Royal Pines course.

“While the 14-under par winning total last year demonstrated the course was more than capable of standing up to the Professionals the re-development will provide new challenges with green sizes being reduced by about 40 per cent,” said Thorburn.

The Australian PGA Championship will be played at RACV Royal Pines Resort from Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th December.