Palmer Sea, Paradise Palms in rankings
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.