Royal Queensland Club
Since its inception in the 1920’s Royal Queensland has been known as one of Australia’s top-line courses, hosting three Australian Open Championships as well as many Australian and Queensland championship events at many levels, both amateur and professional.
Most recently Royal Queensland was the venue for the Australian Players’ Championship in 1997, 1998 and 1999, and the Australian PGA Championship in 2000 and 2001. It has seen many world golfing greats, from Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen, (each two-time visitors in the early and mid-1930s and both defeated in challenge matches by young local Norman von Vida ), to later masters of the game including Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Peter Thomson. The Club has also been home to many outstanding Australian golfing personalities, a couple of standouts being Charlie Earp – Club Professional for 45 years until 2003 – and his one-time trainee Greg Norman.
A distinctive feature of Royal Queensland is the striking profile of the Gateway Bridge which soars high over the course and the adjacent Brisbane River. In 2005, twenty years after its construction, the Queensland Government decided to erect a second identical structure to cope with increased traffic flow on the Gateway Arterial, with a completion date of 2011.
The scope of this huge project meant that the Club would lose seven holes. It therefore had no alternative but to undertake a reconfiguration of the historic layout. Accordingly, new designs were considered from a number of high profile Australian and overseas golf course architects before a unanimous Board decision to accept Victorian Michael Clayton’s outstanding concept. Interestingly, Michael was himself the winner of the Australian Amateur Championship when it was held at Royal Queensland in 1978.
There is no doubt that the Clayton-designed Championship course has ushered in a new era for Royal Queensland following its completion in December 2007, and will ensure that Royal Queensland maintains its top-level ranking among traditional Members’ Clubs in Australia.
Grand Golf Club
The Grand Golf Club is a very private golf club located in the rolling hills of the Queensland Gold Coast Hinterland surrounded by Australia’s unique bush land and teaming with iconic Australian wildlife. The setting could not be more conducive to testing your golfing skills and afterwards enjoying the comraderie in The Grand Clubhouse where the standard of service and quality are the benchmark for others to achieve. The Grand GC hosted the Australian Open in 2001.
From the time you drive through the front security gates and pass through the Grand Residential Enclave, descend down the drive, over the bridge and up to The Grand Golf Shop you sense you are in a special place. This is a private and exclusive haven where you can enjoy the fruits of your labours.
Awaiting you is a championship course good enough to host the Australian Open in 2001. The Grand Golf Club is located in the rolling hills of the Queensland Gold Coast Hinterland surrounded by Australia’s unique bush land and teaming with iconic Australian wildlife. The setting could not be more conducive to testing your golfing skills and afterwards enjoying the comraderie in The Grand Clubhouse where the standard of service and quality are the benchmark for others to achieve.
Sanctuary Cove Golf Club (The Pines)
The Pines is the only Arnold Palmer signature course in Australia and is rated by the Australian Golf Union as one of the nation’s most challenging courses.
With an AGU rating of 76, the course has been home to two SKINS tournaments, and offers a very special golfing experience. Carved through 101 hectares of established pine forest the course features corridor approaches to several holes with lakes guarding others.
Fourteen of the holes are contoured around six man-made lakes. The 6681 metre course is exclusive to Sanctuary Cove Country Club members and Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove hotel guests.
Leading golfers have played The Pines including Adam Scott, John Daly, Laura Davies, Tom Watson and Peter Senior.
An abundance of wildlife feature on The Pines including rare birdlife and scores of native Australian kangaroos.
Sanctuary Cove Golf Club (The Palms)
Sanctuary Cove, The Palms offers undulating fairways, challenging bunkers, water hazards and century-old Cabbage Palms, The Palms is a must for any avid golfer including Sanctuary Coves touring professional, Adam Scott. The 18-hole championship golf course is considered one of the best resort courses in Queensland, and includes an all-weather day/night driving range, Golf Centre, practice greens and Golf Academy. Award winning The Palms golf course is designed around century-old groves of cabbage palms. Considered one of the best courses in Queensland, the 5904 metre course has a par of 70 and a rating of 70.
The Glades Golf Club
The Glades Golf Club boasts the reputation as one of Australia’s most prestigious resort golf courses and is located right here on the Gold Coast. Designed by champion Australian golfing icon, Greg Norman, the course is typical of his trademark aggressive layouts offering golfers a challenging round of golf within visually stunning surrounds.
The Glades greens are unique to any other golf course on the Gold Coast and will ensure a superior putting surface all year round as they consist of a new type of “Creeping bent grass” that offers a true putting surface and is the preference of professionals and amateurs alike. The Glades is a par 72, 6420 metre championship course that spans 65 hectares of land. Greg Norman is renowned for his bunkering worldwide and the Glades does not disappoint with a total of 98 bunkers. Greg not only had a vision to create a challenging golf course on the Gold Coast, but he also retained 9 hectares of wetland area to create a natural wildlife sanctuary within the course.
Hope Island Golf Club
The golf course at Hope Island Resort is an 18 hole traditional “links” style championship course designed by five times British Open champion Peter Thomson and the team at Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett. The course has been given a course rating of 74 by the AGU.
The layout and design of the course is reminiscent of the great courses of Britain and Ireland in the “Links-style” tradition. Primarily the course consists of two loops of nine holes.
The front nine starts off to the southeast in an anticlockwise direction. The back nine heads off in a southwesterly direction, finishing with an interesting challenging two holes bounded by the non-tidal lake.
The front and back nines are separated by an extensive practice facility, consisting of putting greens, a driving range and chipping green with bunkers. The driving range is unique in that it takes the concept of a driving lake, complete with target greens with bunkers at various distances from the practice tee.
This area provides a spectacular view from the clubhouse. In various positions around the back nine holes of the golf course, chipping and putting courses are available for residents use.
Lakelands Golf Club
Located ten minutes west from the heart of Surfers Paradise, between the white sandy beaches of the Gold Coast and the Hinterland’s sub-tropical rainforests, is Australia’s first Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course — Lakelands Golf Club.
Ranked in the 2004 top 50 Australian courses by the Australian Golf Digest, Lakelands offers many great golf experiences for golfers travelling to the Gold Coast. It took twenty five years for Jack Nicklaus to find the perfect location for his first signature golf course in Australia.and the vision is now a reality.
Built by Leighton Contractors under the watchful eye of the Golden Bear Construction team, Lakelands is immaculately spruced. The Windsor Green couch fairways are neat and well groomed, while the hardy Bermuda-strain tifdwarf greens are firm and roll honestly.
There are five different tee markers on each hole, so golfers of all standards can test every part of their game. Extensive practice facility with five target greens and undercover hitting bays for inclement weather are also a key feature of the great facilities that Lakelands has to offer.
Brookwater Golf Club
Brookwater Golf & Country Club has again confirmed its position as Queensland’s premier golf course, ranking number one in the state following the release of Golf Australia magazine’s best 50 courses. For the sixth time running, the Greg Norman-designed course has ranked Queensland’s best in the biannual rankings, securing a place in the top 30 courses in Australia.
With an address on Tournament Drive, it’s obvious before you even swing a club that Brookwater’s magnificent golf course is up amongst Australia’s best. This spectacular Greg Norman-designed masterpiece presents itself as a feast for the eyes and the ultimate test of golf.
The centrepiece of the community, Brookwater is the first championship calibre golf course to be built in the Brisbane environs in nearly 30 years. The ambitious design weaves up and down rolling terrain encompassing two nine-hole loops and an overall distance of 6,505 metres. Its varied terrain, strategic design and landscaping makes it a course of outstanding character and the perfect environment for you to enjoy a day of premium golf.
Brookwater Golf & Country Club is managed by Troon Golf, worldwide leaders in golf course management. Golf at Brookwater is more than a game – it’s a unique experience, with Troon Golf’s five-star approach to superior service – a total commitment to excellence, from the fairways to the clubhouse.
Nestled in one of the most beautiful pockets of natural bushland in Queensland, Brookwater is a community in harmony with the environment. Imagine waking every morning to nothing more intrusive than the gentle sounds of nature. The warbling of native birds, the whisper of the breeze through trees that perfectly frame your view to a dew-covered emerald fairway sparkling in the sunlight.