WILD GAME ON GREEN

Noosa’s nat­u­rally won­der­ful golf cour­ses are full of na­tive dis­trac­tions

Noosa Life and Style - - THINGS TO DO - PETER GAR­DINER

ONE of the won­der­ful “traps” when play­ing a round in the birdie heaven that is Noosa’s golf­ing greens and fairways is en­tirely nat­u­ral.

Graz­ing ’roos, and even the oc­ca­sional koala or wa­ter­fowl can of­fer enough dis­trac­tion to chal­lenge even the most sin­gle-minded fo­cus.

Wel­come to this UNESCO Bio­sphere Re­serve’s su­perbly main­tained golf cour­ses where stay­ing on course is mostly pure plea­sure even with the oc­ca­sional rough patch.

In­trepid golfers here are spoilt for choice from the green coastal fringes right through to the al­lur­ing hin­ter­land and the club­houses all pride them­selves on their 19th hole hos­pi­tal­ity.

Cooroy Golf Club: Has been work­ing with Noosa Land­care to plant 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 from Cooroy at Te­wantin, this thriv­ing so­cial hub on Cooroy Noosa Rd de­scribes it­self as the only na­ture re­serve with a cham­pi­onship golf course at­tached. 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 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 is 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 Noosa 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.

PHOTO: NOOSA SPRINGS

NICE AND NAT­U­RAL: Noosa Springs is full of birdies tak­ing baths.

PHOTO: COOROY GOLF CLUB

Cooroy Golf Club is pretty as a pic­ture

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