Ed: Special Edition – Golf

Golfing aficionados will well understand the need to play every course possible, in as many corners of the globe as they can find, at least at par, but hopefully under. They’ll trundle their own clubs around with them, much like a woman totes her favourite handbag. Hole-in-ones and great scorecards are celebrated, bad rounds are forgotten and many a business deal is concluded at the 19th hole, often long into the night. Golfing widows can often be heard bemoaning the fact…often far later into the night!

That’s where a golfing holiday in sunny Queensland comes to the rescue. This unique corner of the globe is renowned to New Zealanders as a fabulous family holiday destination. It also offers a great range of golf courses, just under 300 in fact, as well as a host of entertainment options for spouses normally left feeling sidelined…health retreats, day spas, boutique shopping…you name it – it’s in Queensland.

From some spectacular links courses along the coast, to the more rugged terrains of those in the Hinterland, there are courses to suit all playing standards and preferences. Championship courses abound and Queensland itself can lay claim to its own share of Champions – Greg Norman, Wayne Grady and Ian Baker-Finch all hail from this part of the globe. The resort style courses, dotted around the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Port Douglas and the Whitsundays, offer the best of both worlds – great golf, great surroundings, great accommodation and a great time out.

Tee off on at a resort course beside the sea one day, in a tropical setting the next, head for the mountains for something totally different and perhaps end off with a round on an island.

Queensland offers a wide range of private membership golf clubs, public courses and resort courses. Most private clubs and resorts allow public play during specified times. In all cases, you should call ahead to confirm a tee-off time…just to be safe. Green fees can range from less than A$10 for nine holes at a public course, to well over A$100 for 18 holes at a resort course. As well as a great round of golf, most clubs offer a clubhouse with a bar, kiosk or restaurant (all prices quoted in this publication are in Australian Dollars).

We’ve put together a wide ranging selection of courses in a range of locations and settings to whet your appetite. With so much on offer, and some 300 days of sunshine in the average year, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more perfect place to enjoy a round.

Safe travels.

“No-one will ever have golf under his thumb. No round ever will be so good it could not have been better. Perhaps this is why golf is the greatest of games. You are not playing a human adversary; you are playing a game. You are playing old man par.” – Bobby Jones (1902 – 1971)

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