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Palmer Resort Coolum - Information


As the home of the Australian PGA Championship, Palmer Resort, Coolum offers the best ranked resort golf course in the country.

COURSE SNAPSHOT

Designers:

Robert Trent Jones Jr

Address:

Warran Road, Coolum Beach 4573 QLD

Closest City:

Maroochydore, 16km

Founded:

1988

Facilities:

Onsite accommodation, practise driving range, practise short game facilities, restaurant/dining facility, bar.

Hire:

Carts and clubs

Courses:

1

Length:

6137m

Par:

72

ABOUT THE CLUB

Created by renowned course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr, the course offers 6137m of challenging fairways set between Mount Coolum and the white sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Home of the Australian PGA Championship, the course has been graced by some of the game's best including recent US Masters winner Bubba Watson, British Open winners Greg Norman and Darren Clarke, USA's Ricky Fowler, Aussie favoritres Adam Scott, Jason Day, Geoff Ogilvy and Robert Allenby, Y E Yang and K T Kim from South Korea, and Liang Wen Chong from China.

What's more, it is a major drawcard for corporate groups, social clubs and event organisers, taking advantage of the luxury accommodation and meeting facilities of one of Australia's leading integrated resorts.

The course is supported by Australia's leading golf education centre, offering undercover tuition and the very latest technology to help refine swing and technique. The centre offers oneonone coaching sessions with its team of PGA professionals as well as complimentary group clinics each weekday covering everything from putting to psychology.

Other golf facilities at Palmer Resort Coolum include a 260m floodlit driving range, practice putting and chipping greens and a wellequipped proshop that offers a fivestar club service, allowing players to order custom clubs perfectly balanced in length, weight and grip.

Palmer Resort Coolum offers a range of golf packages for pairs, couples or groups, combining luxury accommodation with unlimited golf and extras such as breakfast and spa access.

DESIGN FEATURES

First opened in 1988, Palmer Resort Coolum recently enhanced its course with six new holes around the Vine Forrest, replacing existing holes to create a new front nine.

Again designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, the new holes blend with the natural landscape and create a subtle drama in the length and orientation of the fairways.

Throughout all 18 holes, the course makes the most of the local subtropical environment, weaving around coastal bushland, native forest and landscaped grounds and lakes. It has a true championship layout with generous fairways, plenty of bunkers and lots of water particularly on the back nine.

COURSE HIGHLIGHT

18th, PAR 4, 385 Metres

A classic finishing hole and well worthy of its Index #1, the 18th is hailed as the course's 'hardest hole'.

The ideal line is to play the tee shot towards the fairway bunkers on the right with a touch of draw any tee shot landing left of centre will naturally kick down towards the water running parallel with the entire length of the hole. Careful club selection is required so as not to go too far and end up in the bunkers.

If the sensible option of a 3 wood from the tee is used, you should be in an ideal position in the middle of the fairway in or around the two fairway bunkers leaving you with 180m (from 1st fairway bunker to the green). This is what sets the hole apart from any other - the player has to decide whether to go for it or lay up.

If you go for it, the ball needs to be carried all the way to the green as anything landing short, like with the tee shot, will naturally kick left towards the water. If you decide to lay up, play down the right side and land short of the greenside bunker. This will allow you a chip onto the green. Then, depending on where the flag is, you still need to approach with caution.


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