TEE OFF AT THESE AWARD-WINNING GREENS ON THE GOLD COAST

ย From the shores of Surfers Paradise to the serene lush rainforest that is the hinterland, the Gold Coast is home to some of the best vacation spots in Australia and on the planet. For golfers looking to experience the best courses the Gold Coast has to offer, let this guide introduce you to some of the best golfing greens and views from the tee box, for your next swinging adventure.

Not a pro? No problem. Like many other coastal regions of the world, the Gold Coast is also very flat meaning mostly even level shots give scoring opportunities for a fun day out.

So pack your bag and don your best golf attire; here are the top 5 golfing greens to visit on the Gold Coast.

Royal Resort and Pristine Golf

The jewel of the Gold Coast, RACV Royal Pines Resort Golf Courseย is a championship style course with 27 holes that can be transformed into three different 18 hole adventures. This world-class redeveloped championship course by Graham March is also a 5-star resort with over 300 luxury rooms that overlook the pristine greens as well as the beautiful vistas of the hinterland and iconic Surfers Paradise skyline.

To every golfer’s and sporting lover’s delight, RACV is also home to the Australian PGA Championships on the Gold Coast, set to return this 19-22 December. This combination of world-class accommodation and multiple course offering makes it hard to avoid booking a trip to.

Australian PGA RACV Royal Pines
Australian PGA Championships at RACV Royal Pines.ย Image credit: PGA Australia

Flat Level Shorter Course

An incredibly fun course for any skill level of golfer, Links Hope Island Golf Course is home to an 18 hole championship course designed by five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson and associates. Three different tee boxes also change the course from 6300 yards and under.

Many of the holes introduce water to create wonderful views and the flat easy course makes for a great green for both golfing hobbyists and professionals alike. With four par fives on the course, Links Hope Island also teases golfers with the possibility of eagle opportunities. As one of the more flat courses in the area, it lets you focus on your next shot instead of aligning your plane. You may even catch a glimpse of a kangaroo or two.

Kangaroos on The Links Golf Course
Kangaroos on The Links Golf Course, Hope Island. Image credit: @mel.k.campbell

Affordable, Fun, Golfing

Only a short 25 minute car ride from the Gold Coast airport, Emerald Lakes 72 par Golf Club is renowned for its multitude of pristine lakes and premier design. Wider course and training facilities include a large driving range, dedicated areas for instruction and a pro shop. Better still, the club is only the only 36 par golf course on the Gold Coast to offer lights at night so you can play until 9:30pm, 7 days a week.

Another bonus of the course is the ultimate affordability. Travelling with a young family isnโ€™t a problem either; Emerald Lakes has an 18 hole mini golf course suitable for all family members of the young and young at heart to enjoy. It’s open from 6am to 9pm every day and just $5 per person.

Putting green at Emerald Lakes Golf Club
Emerald Lakes Golf Club. Image credit: @seqgolfcoursephotos

World-Class Golf Challenge

Situated on the Northern end of the Gold Coast, Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club offers two championship-style golf courses with significantly different views, playing styles and member and non-member course offerings.

A members-only Arnold Palmer designed course, The Pines Golf Course features 18 holes that cut through acres of natural pine forests. A combination of chute green approach circuits and lake hazards creates fun and challenging playing conditions for all golf enthusiasts.

Open to all, the popular non-members, The Palms Golf Course has recently undergone an almost $9 million facelift by renowned course architect Ross Watson. Off the championship tee, the course measures just under 6,500 yards – a reachable distance for highly skilled golfers. A more open course plan translates to less skilled golfers that struggle off the tee. More challenging golf greens and surrounding bunkers make approach shots much more interesting and fun.

BIrdseye view of The Palms Golf Course Sanctuary Cove
BIrdseye view of Hole 8 at The Palms Golf Course. Image credit: @sanctuarycovegolf

Regardless of the challenge golfers seek, Sanctuary Cove offers a quality golfing experience and wider village offering for any group of friends or family looking to enjoy a round and a break on the Gold Coast.

The Shark Strikes on Land

Designed by Australian golfing icon Greg Norman, The Glades Golf Club winds through a unique layout of ponds and lakes forcing golfers to keep their shots in the fairway. A longer than normal drive to each hole lets golfers soak in the natural beauty of the 7200 metre course that spans 65 hectares of land. Norman designed courses just like this one also bring additional professional challenges like elite bunker placement and tricky sloping greens for you to try on for size.

Golf fairway at the Glades Golf Club
Stunning greens at The Glades, Robina. Image Credit: The Glades Golf Club

No matter if you are travelling in style, on a budget, with or without children, the Gold Coast has plenty of golfing locations to please all. The low-lying coast region also makes it ideal for golfers who like to walk and enjoy an oasis of stunning surrounds, topped off with year-round exquisite weather.

Simply put, it’s some of the best golfing in the country.

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