Ready for tee time?

Play a round on the course where su­per­stars honed their skills

Central and North Burnett Times - - ESCAPE - BY Lach­lan McIvor The writer was a guest of the Ra­mada Re­sort Kooral­byn Val­ley.

THERE is noth­ing more un­set­tling than hav­ing some­one watch you as you set up your golf ball to tee off. A set of eyes pinned on me as I ad­justed my feet and fo­cused on my swing sent a bead of sweat rolling from my brow to the ground.

Luck­ily for me, those eyes in­tensely fo­cused on my shoddy tech­nique be­longed to a kan­ga­roo and I re­mem­bered to ease up be­fore send­ing a (medi­ocre) shot from the driv­ing range.

Groups of kan­ga­roos, wal­la­bies and other wildlife call the golf course at the Ra­mada Re­sort Kooral­byn Val­ley, west of Beaudesert, home.

The his­toric 18-hole course, where Ja­son Day and Adam Scott honed their games as young­sters while they at­tended the lo­cal in­ter­na­tional school, was re­opened last year along­side the ho­tel after both were closed in 2008.

Upon our ar­rival, a chance was given to tour the grounds on a golf buggy in or­der to see the pic­turesque land­scape up close with­out hav­ing to pick up a club.

And luck­ily for peo­ple who are not avid golfers such as my girl­friend and my­self there is plenty to see and do away from the green.

On a par­tic­u­larly hot week­end we checked out the many ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer dur­ing the morn­ing be­fore re­tir­ing to more re­lax­ing pur­suits in the af­ter­noon as the sun re­ally be­gan to cook. After a walk through the beau­ti­ful ad­join­ing bush­land, we re­turned to the re­sort for a hit of golf at the driv­ing range and had a dip in the pool, styled like a mini-beach, to cool off.

But there was so much we did not get a chance to ex­plore in­clud­ing kayak­ing, pad­dle boat­ing, fish­ing and plenty more, in­clud­ing the Aussie Muster Show, which will surely be a big hit with the many vis­i­tors ar­riv­ing from over­seas.

With the sun beat­ing down, we re­treated to the cool air of the health and well­ness cen­tre, where we were both treated to an hour-long mas­sage that seemed to pass in the blink of an eye, be­fore set­tling back down by the pool to take in the spec­tac­u­lar view of the sur­round­ing prop­erty in all its glory.

When it comes to eat­ing at a re­sort I’ve never had much plea­sure in the ma­jor­ity of places I’ve stayed in.

Kooral­byn of­fers two dis­tinct eat­ing op­tions which both ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions.

The restau­rant at the cen­tre of the ho­tel, Lil­lies, was a proper eat­ing es­tab­lish­ment wor­thy of its ti­tle, with the in­cred­i­ble chicken dish that was served be­ing gulped down a bit quicker than per­haps it should have.

Just a few min­utes’ walk from the main part of the re­sort is the Coun­try Club Pavilion Tav­ern, which of­fers a com­pletely dif­fer­ent at­mos­phere, some­thing akin to your lo­cal pub and which also put on a top-notch feed.

You can have a hit of mini-golf on its doorstep be­fore din­ner, en­joy your meal and then set­tle down for karaoke, hosted most Fri­days, with a few drinks.

Kooral­byn Val­ley em­braces the strengths of the area on which it sits and gives plenty of op­tions for peo­ple to get ac­tive.

At the end of last month, the ho­tel hosted a moun­tain bike com­pe­ti­tion, and more than 80 rid­ers tack­led the re­built moun­tain bike track for the first time.

We left feel­ing re­freshed and pam­pered but knew we had done enough ex­er­cise to have earned it.

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

The golf course at the Ra­mada Re­sort Kooral­byn Val­ley; above right, the Aussie Muster Show is pop­u­lar with in­ter­na­tional tourists and, be­low right, the pool styled like a mini beach.

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