Golf in Queensland
Get your hole in one in Queensland
The golf courses across Queensland are on par with the best of the world. From as far south as the Gold Coast, as northern as Port Douglas and into the Outback, golf enthusiasts will be surrounded by green fairways no matter where they stay. There are championship golfing tournaments held across the state so you know the courses are world-class. But don’t just take our word for it, we’re sure the Queensland home-grown champions, Adam Scott, Karrie Webb, Jason Day and Greg Norman, would all agree!
A golfer’s paradise on the Gold Coast
The hub of the region may be called Surfers Paradise, but the Gold Coast is just as much a golfer’s paradise with over 30 golf courses coastwide! The region has become a mecca for golf enthusiasts, which is no surprise considering the Gold Coast has one of the largest collections of golf courses in the whole of Australia. Each course is different to the next and some of the unique layouts were designed by golfing champions, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman. For the ultimate golfing holiday on the Gold Coast, book your My QLD Holiday at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. This resort village is home to the Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club. Just a short buggy ride from the accommodation is two of the most impressive golf courses on the Gold Coast, The Pines and The Palm. Recognised as one of Australia’s best and most challenging courses, The Pines is the only Arnold Palmer signature course in the country. Spread across 101 hectares of pine forest, the tree lined fairway is made up of 18-holes featuring corridor approaches to holes and manmade lakes. The pine forest setting is home to an abundance of wildlife, so you could take a swing with Skippy by your side. Practice your swing before a game at the practice facilities and pick up some golfing merchandise at the end of the day from the two Golf Shops, selling everything from golfer fashion, equipment and accessories.
Sunshine Coast golfing
The stunning environment of luscious greenery, pristine shorelines and, of course, the enteral sunshine is what makes the Sunshine Coast a go-to Queensland destination, but the golfing here is worth visiting for too. Although the Sunshine Coast isn’t full of championship courses or regular tournaments that isn’t to say that the courses here aren’t as enjoyable or challenging. The region is arguably one of the best places to tee off in Queensland. All the courses are set amidst picturesque surroundings, whether it be nestled in the valley of a mountain, fringed with trees of a national park or set on the hills of the hinterland. A fifteen minute drive from the My QLD Holiday resort, Monaco Caloundra, is one of the Sunshine Coasts favourite courses at Pelican Water Golf Club. The 18-hole course is the first ever Greg Norman designed golf course. With 6,289 metres to play with and a stunning backdrop of the Glasshouse Mountains, teeing off on this fairway is sure to be a memorable experience. Further north on the Sunshine Coast is a golfer’s dream in Twin Waters. The Twin Waters Golf Club is home to an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course. Designed by British Open champion Peter Thomson and partner Mike Wolveridge, the course proves to be more challenging that it appears. You can get a bit of practice before teeing off at one of the very few Aquatic Driving Ranges in Australia too.
An island purely for golf
If you’re an avid golfer, then the Whitsundays is the Queensland holiday destination for you. One of the 74 islands of the Whitsundays group is Dent Island – an island purely dedicated to golf – and it’s the only one of its kind in Australia. The island features nothing more than an 18-hole, par 71 championship golf course, a driving range, a clubhouse with a restaurant, bar, Pro Shop, locker rooms, bathroom facilities and a mini golf course, all surrounded by the sparkling Coral Sea. The challenging 18-hole course was designed by champion Australian golfer, Peter Thomson, with varied elevation, restricted landing areas, ever-present breezes and a natural, mountainous landscape to challenge even the best of golfers. From hole to hole you’ll be surrounded by 360° breathtaking views over Dent Passage, the Whitsunday Islands and secluded coves and beaches. One could easily spend a full day on Dent Island. Practice your swing at the aquatic driving range on Hamilton Island before heading over to Dent Island for your tee time. Play through your choice of either 9 or 18 holes and head to the Clubhouse when you’re done for a range of facilities and services like a well-stocked Golf Pro Shop. The Clubhouse is perched on a hill on the island, so you can enjoy an after-game meal in the calm sea breeze while overlooking the picture-perfect view. Dent Island is only a 10 minute ferry ride from Hamilton Island, so why not stay at the Reef View Hotel Hamilton Island for easy access to a day or two of golfing fun?
Tee off in Tropical North Queensland
You might have trouble keeping your eye on the ball when you play a round of golf in Tropical North Queensland thanks to the picturesque surroundings of the region. Play a round in Cairns with World Heritage listed sites on either side of you. The Cairns Golf Club is home to the oldest golf course in the city of Cairns. Although it was established in 1923, the 18-hole course of Cairns Golf Club is a championship quality course surrounded by manicured tropical landscapes. The course itself offers a challenging, yet rewarding, golfing experience for amateurs and experts alike. Perfect your aim at the driving range, or head to the Pro Shop to snatch up some golfing goodies before starting your game. Play a round and return to the Clubhouse where you can enjoy a range of refreshing beverages and a sumptuous meal while overlooking the course.
Imagine teeing off on a luscious fairway fringed with palm trees and overlooking golden sands of pristine beaches and the azure water of the Coral Sea. It’s possible when you head a little further north to the tropical township of Port Douglas. Stay at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort for an ultimate golfing getaway. The luxurious resort is home to Mirage Country Club that boasts the 18-hole international standard championship golf course designed by British Open legend Peter Thomson, along with Mike Wolveridge. The first 9 holes of the course weave through the grounds of the resort village, while the final 9 are surrounded by an impressive panoramic backdrop of the stunning mountains. Being a country club, you’ll find much more available when you arrive to the clubhouse. There is a well-stocked Pro Shop with everything from golfing apparel and equipment, to fresh sandwiches and beverages to take out on the green. The non-golfers of the family can even tag along as the club is also home to a well equipped gymnasium, a 25 metre lap pool, 3 open air tennis courts and a relaxing bar on the deck.
Tee off where the pros do and jump aboard a golf buggy at one of the many world-class championship golf courses across the state. Legendary golfers, like Adam Scott, Greg Norman and Karrie Webb, are Queensland-grown champions and still consider the courses they learnt how to play on amongst the best in the whole country, if not the world! You can practice your swing at one of the countries few aquatic driving ranges, play on an island totally devoted to golf and enjoy absolutely phenomenal views while you play. Queensland is an ultimate destination for golf enthusiasts and a My QLD Holiday package will ensure you get nothing but the best on your golfing getaway. Get in touch with Queensland Holiday Experts today to start organising your Queensland golf holiday!