Palmer Sea, Par­adise Palms in rank­ings

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Ja­cob Grams

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL vis­i­tors will be putting Par­adise Palms Golf Club on their to-play list af­ter mov­ing up 13 places on the Golf Aus­tralia Pub­lic Ac­cess rank­ings.

The course is in 63rd po­si­tion, up from 76th, in the bi­en­ni­ally pub­lished list, shar­ing a place in the top 100 with Palmer Sea Reef at Port Dou­glas, which placed 60th in the list, down from 39th.

Cape Wick­ham Golf Links on King Is­land in the Bass Strait was named No. 1 on both the Golf Aus­tralia and Golf Di­gest list.

Par­tic­u­lar note was made of the new own­er­ship and man­age­ment at Par­adise Palms to im­prove the golf ex­pe­ri­ence at the re­sort course.

The club joined forces with for­mer Open Cham­pi­onship win­ner Ian Baker-Finch in 2016 as a con­sul­tant to a course re­design, which could put Par­adise Palms fur­ther up the list at the next time of ask­ing.

Par­adise Palms Golf Club gen­eral man­ager De­clan McCol­lam said it was an honour to be recog­nised on the list and ex­pected it to boost golf tourism to the Ke­warra Beach course.

“It just means ob­vi­ously we’re get­ting recog­nised in the wider golf com­mu­nity and we’re im­prov­ing and specif­i­cally it men­tioned the change of man­age­ment as a rea­son for us mov­ing up,” he said.

“Part of that would be en­gag­ing Ian Baker-Finch to do some course re­design work on top of the re­ju­ve­na­tion work we’ve al­ready done.

“It shows we’re do­ing the right things and mak­ing the right de­ci­sions.

“It prob­a­bly won’t have a huge do­mes­tic im­pact, but from an in­ter­na­tional stand­point it will have an im­pact.”

Golf Di­gest has Par­adise Palms placed 47th on their 2017 Golf Course Guide Top 100 list, down 10 spots from 37th in 2016, but in front of Palmer Sea Reef in 61st, up two places from 2016.

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