Golf is the theme of the week because variety is the spice of life (or something). If you’ve never whacked balls just for the hell of it first of all, why not and second of all neither have we so not to worry.
Because we feel like golf is a thing many people enjoy, we decided to look into why and turns out golf courses are really beautiful and whacking balls is super therapeutic.
Here’s a list of 10 stunning Gold Coast golf courses from north to south.
Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club
Simply stunning the Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club. With 18 perfectly manicured holes, a sleek country club and right on the water, it’s safe to say you’ll enjoy yourself out on the course here. If you’re not a member, The Country Club is where you’ll spend time but no worries because it has a fully operational gymnasium, swimming pool, tennis courts, a wide array of fitness classes, luxurious locker rooms with spa and sauna facilities.
Where: The Parkway, Hope Island
Links Hope Island
Another course with the most stunning of backdrops, Links can be found right on the water up north. Set within a 360 ha residential resort community, it’s a world renowned golf course and we would highly recommend getting involved in twilight golf because sunsets over the water are absolutely next-level. Links Restaurant boasts eats from 6am every day so you can grab yourself a snack on the go or settle in for a hearty feast.
Where: Hope Island Rd, Hope Island
Southport Golf Course
Tucked away just behind Southport is the Southport Golf Course; a stunning, spacious, easy walk course filled with tree-lined fairways and plenty of ponds. We hear it’s quite tranquil wandering through the course so if the golfing isn’t going that well, at least you can have a relaxing stroll to make up for it. There’s food of course. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are on offer and can be enjoyed out on the terrace overlooking the Gold Coast skyline. A good time to be had indeed.
Where: Slatyer Ave, Southport
Surfers Paradise Golf Club
The 18-hole championship course is located in the heart of the Gold Coast and there are many friendly faces to be seen there. The club has been around since 1967 so no doubt there are few originals there willing to give you a tip or two. The clubhouse has a fully licensed bar overlooking the greens and plenty of comfy seating to rest your weary bones.
Where: 1 Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters
The Glades Golf Club
Apparently this one’s a challenging one (we’re pretty sure they’re all challenging but okay). Surrounded by beautiful waterways, boardwalks and gardens, The Glades is a premiere course and also the perfect spot for a garden wedding as it turns out. Viva Café and Bar overlook the course and offer a sweet selections of tasty goodies to reward yourself with. Or drown your sorrows, we won’t judge.
Where: Glades Drive, Robina
RACV Royal Pines
Right in the heart of it all is RACV Royal Pines, an immaculate, world-renowned course with 27 holes that can be configured into three, 18-hole courses. There are five tennis courts, a well-equipped gym, a heated pool and, for the children, a splash-happy water park and a playground to burn off excess energy. There are plenty of bars and restaurants for the big kids including Videre, way up high on the 21st floor with 180 degree views of the Coast.
Where: Ross Street, Benowa
Emerald Lakes Golf Club
Found in the heart of the Gold Coast, Emerald Lakes are much-loved for their state-of-the-art golf course and beautiful restaurant overlooking said state-of-the-art golf course. The 18-hole course boasts pristine lakes and a championship style setup (which may just make you seem better than you thought you were). After a hard days ball whacking, head to the restaurant for dinner under the stars and a celebratory beer or two.
Where: Alabaster Drive, Carrara
Palm Meadows Golf Course
Pretty as a picture is Palm Meadows Golf Course, also in Carrara. It’s the Coast’s original course and it really is a beauty. There are huge waterways, views of the city and so many trees, which makes for a good time if you ask us. Lakeview Bar and Bistro serve bistro-style licensed restaurant serves snacks, light meals and lunch daily. You can also get married there if that’s a thing you’re planning to do sometime soon.
Where: Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara
Lakelands Golf Club
One of the world’s finest golfers, Jack Nicklaus, has designed over 300 golf courses across the world. One of which, is Lakelands, his first in Australia. The course is tree-lined and the grass is immaculate and you might find yourself getting lost in the sheer beauty of it. After your 18 holes, head to Signatures Bar and Restaurant for breakfast or lunch.
Where: 100 Lakelands Drive (off Gooding Drive), Merrimac
Burleigh Golf Club
You’ll find Burleigh Golf Club right in the midst of Miami with 18 holes and whole lotta love. Naturally manicured greens and tree-lined fairways make for a diverse and challenging golf experience. The China Garden Restaurant is awaiting your completion of the course with an array of authentic, modern Chinese dishes yours for the taking. Always a good time at Burleigh Golf Club.
Where: 114 Albion Avenue, Miami
Words by Kirra Smith