TEE OFF AT OUR GREAT­EST COUR­SES

Noosa’s fair­ways are a haven for happy golfers and furry friends

Noosa Life and Style - - FRONT PAGE -

Some years back the In­side Golf guide rated the Sun­shine Coast as prob­a­bly the favourite des­ti­na­tion for win­ter Kiwi sight­ings as New Zealan­ders es­caped from the win­ter cold.

But it’s just not New Zealand golf fa­nat­ics who will be flock­ing to Noosa’s fab­u­lous fair­way of­fer­ings and, with good au­tumn rain, our lo­cal cour­ses are in tip-top shape.

Of­ten at our pre­mium cour­ses, a round of golf dou­bles as a na­ture tour as the hunt for birdies is matched by mar­vel­ling at lo­cal kan­ga­roos, koalas and all man­ner of bird life.

Here’s what Noosa has to of­fer in spades:

Cooroy Golf Club: Nes­tled on the south­ern en­trance to Noosa’s premier hin­ter­land town, this course of­fers a re­laxed feel for a hit of golf to com­plete a hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence or so­cial, cor­po­rate or char­ity golf day. The open-plan club­house looks out over the 1st fair­way and 18th green and is an ideal place to un­wind. Call 5447 6258.

Noosa Golf Club: En­joy the tran­quil­lity of the course’s nat­u­ral bush­land set­ting where friendly kan­ga­roos roam freely. One of the rea­sons this pic­turesque cham­pi­onship course is pop­u­lar with lo­cals and vis­i­tors is be­cause of its easy walk­ing and gen­er­ally for­giv­ing lay­out. Af­ter play­ing 18, the per­fect place for re­lax­ing with friends is in the com­fort­able club­house with its fine bistro and ad­join­ing deck with su­perb views. Call 5447 1910.

Noosa Par 3: This 27-hole pub­lic golf course of­fers a wide range of play­ing times seven days per week in­clud­ing so­cial golf

days in a pic­turesque set­ting. This is con­sid­ered by some to be the best short course in Aus­tralia, with small greens and un­du­lat­ing and wind-ex­posed fair­ways at the Hol­let Rd set­ting in Noosa. Has full club fa­cil­i­ties – call 5449 1666. Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Re­sort: This Gra­ham Pap­worth-de­signed golf course is rated one of the best in Aus­tralia and likes to pose a chal­lenge with 69 bunkers and wa­ter in play on 12 holes. And it has an abun­dance of wildlife for those who like to share the fair­ways with na­ture. The club­house fa­cil­i­ties are a Noosa show­piece.

Call Noosa Springs on 5440 3333.

Noosa Val­ley Coun­try Club: This spec­tac­u­lar course, de­scribed by Aus­tralian Golf Di­gest mag­a­zine as “a golf­ing gem”, is the first golf course in Aus­tralia to be ac­cepted into the ABC’s Open Gar­den Pro­gram.

Lo­cated just off the Eumundi Noosa Rd, the course does not of­fer com­pe­ti­tion play, how­ever con­quer­ing its holes holds its own re­wards. Golf shop/restaurant: 5449 1411.

Peregian Golf Course: This is a newly re­opened Peregian Golf Course with a driv­ing range in the heart of Peregian Springs. The course is set amid tree-lined fair­ways with holes fea­tur­ing lakes and wa­ter­ways pro­vid­ing golfers a pleas­ant but test­ing out­look.

Lo­cated at Peregian Springs Dr, the li­censed club­house is a lo­cal so­cial draw­card. To book a round, call 5471 5400.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Noosa Springs has ev­ery­thing to like about a golf course.

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