Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts gears up for 36th annual Jack Newton Celebrity Classic

11 Dec 2014

World-class golf, music, entertainment, fundraising and more golf: that’s what’s on the menu at Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts next week as more than 200 of Australia’s most famous faces descend on New South Wales’ picturesque Hunter Valley for the 36th annual Jack Newton Celebrity Classic, running from Monday 15 December until Wednesday 17 December.

One of the most coveted events on Australia’s sporting calendar, ‘The Jack’ – as it’s affectionately dubbed by devotees of the long-standing event – brings together celebrities from political, sporting, TV, film and social circuits as well as a selection of golfing pros for three days of spectacular action both on and off the championship 18-hole golf course.

Consistently ranked among Australia’s top resort courses, Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts boasts a scenic 6,487 metre, par 72 course, with each tee and green offering stunning views over the Hunter’s renowned vineyards and Brockenback Mountain Range. The course has recently enjoyed significant upgrades to its course infrastructure and welcomed a new club car fleet complete with GPS systems, further adding to its appeal and ready to be tried and tested by the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic crew.

As the chosen event venue for the second year since the property was acquired by Oaks Hotels & Resorts in mid-2013, Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts (part of the hotelier’s 48 strong property portfolio) will showcase its deluxe villa accommodation and premier event, conferencing and leisure facilities to celebrity guests, event organisers, volunteers and media, providing a convenient and comfortable ‘home away from home’ set against an exquisite Hunter Valley backdrop.

The impressive line up of players includes familiar names like Wally and Lincoln Lewis, Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton, and former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, plus some new faces like Spiderbait’s Kram, Something for Kate’s Clint Hyndman and Swimming Olympic Gold Medallist Matthew Targett, all of whom are banding together to raise indispensable funds for two important causes – diabetes education and Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation.

Approximately a two-hour drive from Sydney, Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts comprises 126 luxury one, two, three and four bedroom villas, featuring kitchen and laundry facilities, separate lounge and dining areas, modern conveniences and private balconies – some with views over the manicured golf course. It also features a range of onsite leisure facilities, including three swimming pools (one heated), tennis courts, fully equipped gymnasium, sauna and spa, plus a dedicated conferencing and events precinct – delivering on its reputation as one of the Hunter’s premier resort properties.

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Oaks Hotels & Resorts is one of Australia’s largest self-contained, accommodation providers, currently incorporating a portfolio of 48 properties spanning Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South and Western Australia as well as New Zealand, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

Minor Hotel Group (MHG) is a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of more than 100 hotels and suites in operation under the Anantara, AVANI, Per AQUUM, Oaks, Elewana, Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis and Minor International brands in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Cambodia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, the UAE, Australia and New Zealand.