Inside Golf Travel : Inside Golf Travel June 2015
4 INSIDE GOLF TRAVEL | June 2015 PERHAPS it was fitting Mother Nature was first to examine Maroochy River Golf Club’s Graham Marsh-designed championship golf course at Bli Bli located near the Sunshine Coast Airport. In February, Cyclone Marcia had a crack at the course built on former cane land, but the course was virtually unscathed save for some wear and tear on the 14th hole. By David Newbery Last month’s weather event dumped 480mm on the golf course and again the drainage was able to cope beautifully. The club’s general manager Charlie McGill, with a grin wider than Jordan Spieth’s after his Masters win, said: “The drainage is fantastic and the course held up very well.” The heavy rain only enhanced the fairways and greens. Creating the golf course was no small engineering feat as the course was built on a “no fill in or out” agreement. Lakes and waterways were created and the metre or two of soil capped the fairways and greens. The result is a carefully crafted and well- designed golf course with a links feel and look. So, what can golfers expect? Well, the first thing golfers need to know is the golf course won’t beat you up, but you must check the wind before teeing off. If the breezes are up you might want to consider playing from the white tees. There are five tee positions – black, blue, white, red and yellow – allowing golfers to choose their own medicine. From the “whites” the course measures 5648m, from the “blues” 5918m and from Maroochy River Golf Club welcome A warm WHAT does it conjure up when someone says “the Sunshine Coast”? For a start, it means warm weather, exciting and challenging golf courses, walks on the beach, surf dancing, food, shopping, fine dining, cooking classes, forest walks, magical sunsets and sundowners and more. Yes, the Sunshine Coast’s endless warm sunshine is a magnet for southerners seeking warmth and a slice of heaven. There has always been a buzz about visiting the Sunshine Coast to play golf, but when resort courses like Noosa Springs, Twin Waters, Peregian Springs and Pacific Harbour opened to rave reviews a decade or two ago the buzz became a din. Now there is another brand-new championship course to excite golfers. Word has it the latest addition to the Sunshine Coast, the recently opened Graham Marsh-designed Maroochy River Golf Club, is a “must-play” course. Of course, you will have to contemplate, for instance, whether to play golf pre- or post-lunch. You could while away the hours on a beach or sit on the balcony overlooking an ocean or golf course and consider the merits of an afternoon glass of wine versus a cold beer versus a lemon squash. A massage may take you or your travelling companion’s fancy. The goal here is to relax and enjoy the charm of this wonderful destination just an hour north of Brisbane. Between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner, one can swim, play golf, hike Mount Coolum or the Glass House Mountains, visit Australia Zoo or swim with the sharks at Mooloolaba’s Underwater World. If you’re not into thrill seeking, take a leisurely stroll around the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Eumundi Markets or cycle the shoreline along the Caloundra Coastal Path from Golden Beach to Port Cartwright. You could also browse the chic boutiques, restaurants and cafes along Noosa’s Hastings Street, or take a stroll through the Noosa National Park to view the stunning five surfing points, which has seen Noosa being named the latest National Surfing Reserve. Enjoy the Noosa Country Drive and experience hinterland villages including Cooroy, Pomona and Kin Kin. For something unique, take a river cruise from Noosa to the Noosa Everglades, one of only two Everglades systems in the world. For further information on Noosa, visit www.visitnoosa.com.au. Other popular pastimes include browsing Mooloolaba’s Esplanade (famous for Ocean King Prawns), shopping for crafts in Montville’s charming Main Street or wandering through the creek-side shopping centre of Maroochydore’s Sunshine Plaza. At night dance under the stars or enjoy a romantic meal on one of the many quality restaurants scattered up and down the coast. The golf resorts and clubs, too, offer top-quality dining facilities and welcome visitors. One of the nice things about the Sunshine Coast is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a wonderful family holiday. There is plenty of affordable accommodation and there are restaurants galore that cater for children. So, when you plan your next golf holiday and you decide you want to play courses the equal of any on the eastern seaboard of Australia, make plans to visit the Sunshine Coast.
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