Tee off on the best Gold Coast golf courses
The Gold Coast is a golfer’s paradise, featuring two of Australia’s leading golf tournaments and courses designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Peter Thomson, Greg Norman and Arnold Palmer.
So, while you’re on the GC watching golfing royalty at the Australian PGA Championship, why not pick up a sand wedge yourself and have a swing at these four championship Gold Coast golf courses.
RACV Royal Pines Resort
RACV Royal Pines Resort is home to 27 holes of golfing goodness and is your chance to play the same track that is home to two of Australia’s leading golf tournaments – the Australian PGA Championship and the RACV Australian Ladies Masters.
The Graham Marsh re-designed combination of the Green and Gold nines features challenging, undulating greens and fairway bunkering that just teases you to take them on.
My favourite hole? For a bit of fun, find the fairway marker on the 12th hole where Adam Scott nailed 4-iron from 220 metres to within a metre to extinguish Ricky Fowlers 2013 PGA Championship challenge.
Sadly, my four iron approach ended up around 40 metres short of the green and my hybrid mulligan ended up right and in the drink.
The Links at Hope Island
Designed by British Open master Peter Thomson, The Links at Hope Island challenges you to think your way around the traditional Links-style course, which has an AGU course rating of 74.
After your round, count the birdies and bogeys on your scorecard while you relax on the terrace, which overlooks the course’s unique aquatic driving range.
My favourite hole? The par 3 17th hole, which plays 230 metres from the championship tees and 180 metres from the whites.
It’s an all water carry with the front of the green protected by three bunkers waiting to snaffle any balls hit just long enough to clear the water, but not quite long enough to make the green.
Speaking volumes for the golfing experience you will enjoy at Sanctuary Cove is the fact that Adam Scott is the club’s touring professional and Arnold Palmer designed The Pines.
The Pines is a private course, though tour companies such as Premier Golf Adventures can get you past the velvet rope.
The Palms is a public course, which recently benefited from a significant reconstruction and water coming into play on all but only a few holes – a challenge well worth accepting.
My favourite hole? The par 4 15th is a great par four, which kicks off with an intimidating tee shot that sees you hitting to a fairway with water all the way down the right-hand side.
Hit your tee shot too far left to avoid the water, and you will be left with a long second shot.
Palm Meadows Golf Course
Graham Marsh designed the Palm Meadows Golf Course, which is only a five-minute drive from Broadbeach. Palm Meadows was one of the first championship quality golf courses on the Gold Coast and plays as par 72, 6,319 metres from the championship tees.
Holding true to the sand theme of most Gold Coast holidays, Palm Meadows has 82 sand bunkers. Hope you know how to use that sand wedge!
The 18th hole was once rated by American Golf Digest as one of the world’s Top 500 golf holes and is a par 5 that plays 523 metres from the championship tees. The secret to success is apparently being well aware of your capabilities, rather than your aspirations!
My favourite hole? It’s a toss-up between the first and last holes here. The par 4 first hole features water on the left and a ‘Bamboo Curtain’ on the right. Just hit it straight and you’ll be fine.
Need to spend some time off the fairway with the family?
Why not visit one of the many putt putt courses on the Gold Coast, with theming varied from jungles to waterways to ancient Egypt and nearly everything in between!
- King Tutts Putt Putt is located in the heart of Surfers Paradise and offers both indoor and outdoor courses.
- Putt Putt Mermaid Beach is a fun option on the southern end of the Gold Coast.