The Gold Coast is a golfer’s paradise and is home to many fine golf courses. Recent statistic reviled that it has more clubs and courses per square kilometer than just about anywhere in the world. In fact, there are more golf courses per head of population here on the coast than anywhere on the planet.
Whether you are looking for a world class championship course to challenge the most skilled golfer or a local driving range to simply hit a bucket of balls with mates, there is a multitude of courses to suit beginners, serious players and professionals alike.
The Gold Coast’s golf courses range from painless but quaint nine-hole layouts to traditional member clubs and luxurious private golf resorts. With so many great courses to tackle on the coast, here is a list of our top 10 for you to add to your bucket list and improve your A-Game.
Links Hope Island
Weaving its way through Hope Island Resort, Links Hope Island Golf Club is an 18-hole traditional “links” style championship course designed by five times British Open champion Peter Thompson. Reminiscent of the great courses of Britain and Ireland, it has consistently been named as one of Australia’s top ten resort courses and has a course rating of 74 by the Australian Golf Union.The course presents a challenge to the best of golfers and consists of two loops of nine holes. Try to avoid the natural and man-made hazards and the 128 challenging pot style bunkers before heading to the club house for a well-deserved drink.
The Pines Sanctuary Cove
The Pines at Sanctuary Cove is the only Arnold Palmer signature course in Australia and is rated by the AGU as one of the nation’s most challenging golf courses. Carved through 101 hectares of established pine forest the course features corridor approaches to several holes, while lakes guarding many of the other holes. In fact, 14 of the holes contoured around six man-made lakes. Golfers will play alongside an abundance of wildlife, such as rare bird sand an army of grazing kangaroos.
The Palms Sanctuary Cove
Designed by renowned golf course architect Ross Watson, Sanctuary Cove’s The Palms is considered a championship course that rivals some of the best in Australia.The Palms has been designed to challenge players of all abilities. With a par of 70 and a total length of 5904 meters off the championship tees, the course has a mixture of long and shorter holes and numerous water features and hazards.
Arundel Hills Golf Course
Described by Australian golfing great Norman von Nida as “perfect”, Arundel Hills Country Club is home to an 18-hole championship golf course renowned for its picturesque and superior design.The signature hole is the 16th. From the elevated tree lined tee the 426m par 4-hole requires an accurate drive with a testing second shot over water to a well bunkered green. According to members at the club, the challenging 16th is one of the great par 4s in golf.
Parkwood Golf Course
A naturally undulating course designed through native bush land and a series of waterways, Park wood International Golf Course offers the complete golfing experience. The 18-hole, 6043-meter par 71 championship layout provides a challenge for all levels of golfers – from beginners to the experienced. To complete your golfing experience, Park wood International also boasts the Boulders and Badlands Mini-Golf course sand the latest in golf simulator technology, X-Golf. Wind down after your round of golf, and enjoy the lighter side of the game.
Southport Golf Course
Founded in 1924, the South port Golf Club is one of Queensland’s premium private member’s clubs. Its status is reflected with the hosting of several major state and national tournaments, including the Gold Coast Open, Queensland Amateur Match play Championships and Queensland Amateur Men’s and Women’s Championship.The South port Golf Club is an easy walking course. It starts with a reasonable par-5 and most golfers meander through the first nine holes comfortably. The back nine is usually where games are won or lost with “amen” corner commencing with the par-3 14th hole.
Royal Pines Golf Club
Set along the banks of the Nerang River and within one of RACQ’s stunning Queensland resorts, the Royal Pines Golf Course continues to set the benchmark for golf in Australia.With the recent addition of nine new holes, Royal Pines is the Gold Coast’s only 27-hole championship course. With tight fairways, undulating greens and strategically placed bunkers, each 18-hole combination has its own distinctive challenges, requiring a unique skill set in order to have a successful round.With world class practice facilities, the redesigned Graham Marsh Championship Course hosts the Australian PGA Championship and the RACV Australian Ladies Masters.
Surfers Paradise Golf Course
The Surfers Paradise Golf Course is located in the heart of the Gold Coast and provides golfers with well-manicured fairways and greens. The tree lined fairways and strategically placed water hazards make it a true test of golf. With a par of 71, the course provides a good mix and variety of golfing conditions.
Helensvale Golf Course
Built in 1974, The Helensvale Golf Club encourages all levels of golfer to accept the challenge of the well-designed 18-hole 70-par golf course. The course can be challenging because fairways are narrow and the doglegs force you to think about your shot before you take it. Helensvale Golf Club offers a great layout with some fantastic holes, especially the first which is a terrific Par-5 and is not for the faint-hearted.
Lakeside Country Club
Lakeside Country Club is a picturesque and challenging 9-hole course, bordered by Lake Coombabah and nature reserves. This picture-perfect setting allows golfers to enjoy a round without being affected by annoying traffic The course layout consists of eight par-3 holes and one par-4, catering for a range of players.