Kerry Packer dies

Many of you won’t immediately recognize the connection between Australian billionaire Kerry Packer and golf. But Packer, kind of a version of Rupert Murdoch that wasn’t as well known outside Australia, owned and operated Ellerston, one of the most exclusive golf courses in the world. He died yesterday at the age of 68.
Ellerston, created by Bob Harrison and Greg Norman, averages about six rounds per week, making it one of the most exclusive golf courses in the world. Harrison said Ellerton was also among the most difficult courses in the world:

Harrison said it was designed for golfers with handicaps of 12 or better and would not work as a public course.”It was done specifically for the Packer family and they can hit the ball.”

Hard to say what will happen to Ellerston given Packer’s demise. The likelihood is it will remain the family’s exclusive haunt.

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