Kooralbyn Valley Golf Course ranked high for good looks

KOORALBYN: The golf course came second in Queensland for aesthetics. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
KOORALBYN: The golf course came second in Queensland for aesthetics. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

The Kooralbyn Valley Golf Course is looking great and the news has gone global, since the 2018 Golf Course Guide to the top 100 courses in Australia was released, naming the Kooralbyn course as number 28 nationwide.

The course was pipped at the post by Hamilton Island Golf Course to be ranked number two in Queensland for aesthetics.

The guide cited the natural beauty of the region and acknowledged its history as the first integrated golf resort in Australia when it opened in 1973.

A spokesperson for the resort said coming in at number 28 in Australia was a win, especially given that there were 1500 courses across the country and Kooralbyn came in well ahead of Royal Pines at number 42 and Palmer Coolum at number 71.

She said the golf course once boasted Greg Norman as its tour professional but had been in disrepair after eight years of neglect before reopening in 2016.

“In more recent times, it is well known for being the  home course of Adam Scott and former world golf champion Jason Day,” she said.

“Gloriously green from a bit of rain, the newly restored course is gaining nationwide attention as a real test of golf.

“Kooralbyn’s October Pro-Am tournament attracted the likes of Peter Senior, Wayne Grady, Terry Price, Ian Ferguson and Kooralbyn golfing great Randall Vines.”

 The golf course is looking good, ranking number two for aesthetics and prompting the return of golfing greats like Peter Senior.

The golf course is looking good, ranking number two for aesthetics and prompting the return of golfing greats like Peter Senior.

A separate poll conducted by the magazine Golf Australia saw Kooralbyn Valley Golf Course recently included in the favourite 50 courses in Australia.

Kooralbyn course superintendent Jeremy Parry, said a lot of hard work had gone into restoring the course to its award-winning state.

“I was primarily responsible for the restoration of this famous Queensland layout, from design phase through to construction completion,” he said.

“It has been a privilege and very humbling experience to be an integral part of the development of this facility.”

Mr Parry said some of the major projects completed before the June 2016 opening incuded designing and rebuilding greens and installing a new automated irrigation system. 

“All bunkers were reshaped and refurbished with premium bunker sand and restored back to the original Muirhead design of  holes 1 and 18,” he said.

“Driven by a love for the game of golf, and having an intimate understanding of what sets apart good from great, my team and I have put an immense amount of energy and perseverance into achieving each goal we set out to attain.

“The recognition provides us with the motivation to improve all aspects of the golf course.

“We have a number of projects we are undertaking in the future, including the rebuilding and resurfacing of several tees, refurbishment of native flora areas and a number of drainage projects to improve what is already a premier golfing destination.”