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