SWING­ING IN NOOSA

There is enough golf­ing va­ri­ety here to have other des­ti­na­tions green with envy. Why not re­lax and let your swing re­ally un­wind.

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SOME of the most con­tented vis­i­tors to Noosa never set foot on the sand, un­less they hap­pen to be trapped by one of the bunkers at this UNESCO Bio­sphere Re­serve’s su­perbly playable golf cour­ses. And even that set­back never seems to be a has­sle in sur­round­ings that can only ever make play­ers a lit­tle more laid-back, re­laxed and com­fort­able. Noosa by na­ture is a slice of fair­way heaven where the pas­sion­ate golfer is spoilt for choice on course lay outs that are green and invit­ing wildlife refuges where look­ing for a way­ward ball may have you up close and per­sonal with a lo­cal ’roo, koala and all man­ner of na­tive bird life. All are main­tained with a lush, green lus­tre. Cooroy Golf Club: The mem­bers have been work­ing with Noosa Landcare to plants up the creeks of this pic­turesque play­ing lay outs with sedges to help keep the course en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly. Nes­tled on the south­ern en­trance to the Noosa hin­ter­land’s pre­mier hin­ter­land town, this well thought out course of­fers a re­laxed feel with enough chal­lenges for golfers of all lev­els. Plenty of so­cial life here as well. Call 5447 6258. Noosa Golf Club: Down the road form Cooroy at Tewantin, this is a thriv­ing so­cial hub on Cooroy Noosa Rd de­scribes it­self as the only na­ture re­serve with a cham­pi­onship golf course at­tached. This course is home to an an­nual pro-am that at­tracts some of Aus­tralia’s great names such as Ian Baker-Finch where they en­joy the abun­dant hos­pi­tal­ity and tasty cater­ing of the club­house. Call the pro shop on 5447 1910 for a hit. Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Re­sort: This clas­sic course of­fers one of the real golf­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in Noosa thanks to Gra­ham Pap­worth-de­signed course that at­tracts se­ri­ous golfers as well as the se­ri­ously so­cial birdie chasers. There are 69 bunkers with wa­ter in play on 12 holes to test the sharpest of skills. Play­ing in this green oa­sis is a walk on the won­der­fully wild side. Call Noosa Springs on 5440 3333. Noosa Par 3: This 27-hole pub­lic golf course of­fers a wide range of play­ing times seven days a week in­clud­ing so­cial golf. This lay­out con­sid­ered by some to be the best short course in Aus­tralia with small greens and wind-ex­posed fair­ways at this al­lur­ing Hol­let Rd set­ting. Has full club fa­cil­i­ties – 5449 1666. Noosa Val­ley Coun­try Club: De­scribed by Aus­tralian Golf­ing Digest Mag­a­zine as “a golf­ing gem”, this was the first golf course to be ac­cepted into the Open gar­den pro­gram. This course just off Eumundi Noose Rd does not have com­pe­ti­tion golf, but the chal­lenge of con­quer­ing this spec­tac­u­lar lay­out of­fers plenty of re­ward in it­self. Golf shop/Restau­rant: 5449 1411. Peregian Golf Course: The club has been mak­ing ev­ery post a win­ner since re­open­ing in the heart of Noosa Springs where the mem­bers ap­pre­ci­ate how lucky they are to call this es­tate show­case their golf­ing home. Plenty of chal­lenges pro­vided here through its tree-lined fair­ways. Lo­cated in Peregian Springs Dr, the li­censed club­house is a real so­cial hub. Call 5471 5400 for a round.

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WHAT A HIT: Noosa Golf Club is one in a string of lo­cal play­ing gems.

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