Golf Courses on the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is a golfers paradise with more golf clubs and courses per square kilometre than just about any other region in the world - in fact there are more Gold Coast golf courses per head of population here than anywhere on the planet!
Whether you are looking for a world-class championship course designed by one of the world's best players, or a driving range to whack a few balls, you'll find exactly what you're after - most courses are for members only, but a dozen or so are open to the public, and nine are ranked in the top 100 in Australia.
Courses are well priced and the Club Houses are great for a meal and a cold drink after your game. If you left your clubs at home don't worry as many public golf courses offers hire sets.
Not so difficult that it deters high-handicappers but the exacting layout makes for a challenging day out for experienced golfers. The course is surrounded by 230 hectares of bushland and encompasses a fauna and flora sanctuary which is home to dozens of Eastern Grey Kangaroos.
Address: Yawalpa Rd, Pimpama
Phone: 07 5546 6003
Links Hope Island Golf Club
Ranked 15th in Australia, the course consists of two loops of nine holes — the front nine starts off to the southeast in an anticlockwise direction. The back nine heads off in a southwesterly direction, finishing with an interesting challenging two holes bounded by the non-tidal lake.
Address: Hope Island Rd, Hope Island
Phone: 07 5530 9030
Lakelands Country Club
The first Jack-Nicklaus signature course in Australia - 18 hole (par 72) international standard championship golf course. Ranked 20th in Australia.
Address: Gooding Drv, Merrimac
Phone: 07 5579 8700
Palm Meadows Golf Course
Par 72 measuring 6319 metres off the championship tees with water coming into play on 14 of the 18 holes, along with 82 challenging sand bunkers.
Address: Gooding Drv, Carrara
Phone: 07 5594 2450
Parkwood International Golf Course
18-hole par 72 championship course; covers 6043 metres
Address: Napper Rd, Parkwood
Phone: 07 5594 6388
Palmer Gold Coast (formerly Robina Woods)
Consistently ranked in the top 30 resort courses in the country, Robina Woods is a 65 hectare, 18 hole, Par 71 championship golf course.
Address: Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina. Ranked 86 in Australia
Phone: 07 5593 1766
Royal Pines Resort
Three superb courses located around the banks of the Nerang River. Royal Pines continues to set the benchmark in Australia's golfing industry and host some of the nation's most prestigious tournaments.
The Resort's courses have and will continue to inspire, motivate and challenge the very best in golfers. Ranked 97 in Australia.
Address: Ross St, Ashmore
Phone: 07 5597 1111
Sanctuary Cove - The Palms
Designed around century-old groves of cabbage palms. Considered one of the best all-weather courses in Queensland, The 5833 metre course has a par of 71 and a rating of 70. Their carts have a global positioning system (GPS) to show you exactly where you are on the course, and where you have to hit the ball.
Address: Casey Rd, Hope Island
Phone: 07 5577 6151
Par 72, 6420 metre championship course spanning 65 hectares of land. The course layout was designed by Greg Norman and is typical of his trademark aggressive layouts. Ranked 17th in Australia.
Address: Glades Drv, Robina
Phone: 07 5569 1900
Arundel Hills Country Club
Australian champion Norman Von Nida once described Arundel Hills as the best course in Australia, describing it as "perfect... perfect tees, perfect fairways, greens shaped and manicured to perfection". Only club members and their guests can play the course.
Address: Arundel Drive, Arundel
Phone: 07 5573 9400
Beaudesert Golf Club
Address: Kerry Road, Beaudesert (45min drive from the coast)
Phone: 07 5541 2291
Burleigh West Golf Driving Range
Address: 150 Tallebudgera Creek Rd, West Burleigh
Phone: 07 5534 9900
Burleigh Palms Golf Club
Semi-private course, but there are opportunities for non-members to play
Address: 234 Tallebudgera Creek Rd, Tallebudgera
Phone: 07 5533 9121
Canungra Area Golf Club
Part of the Canungra army base, semi-private club
Address: Alloah Rd, Canungra
Phone: 07 5543 4620
Carrara Gardens Golf Club
Address: Broadbeach-Nerang Rd, Carrara
Phone: 07 5596 0404
Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Course
Two separate 18-hole courses located on the banks of the Tweed River
Address: Soorley St, Tweed Heads South
Phone: 07 5524 4544
Emerald Lakes Golf Club
Graham Marsh designed par 72 championship resort golf course; home of the Queensland PGA Championships. Has 'golf under lights' facility and is open to 9.30pm, seven days a week.
Address: 3 Alabaster Drv, Cararra
Phone: 07 5594 4400
Burleigh Golf Club
In its 60th anniversary year, Burleigh Golf Club is a private member golf club offering first class golfing and clubhouse facilities whilst catering for golfers of all standards.
Address: Cnr Albion & Bardon Avenue, Miami
Phone: 07 5572 8266
Meadow Park Golf Course
Address: Cnr Connection Rd & Valley Drv Tallebudgera
Phone: 07 5534 8444
Sanctuary Cove - The Pines
The 6681 metre course is exclusive to Sanctuary Cove Country Club members and Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove hotel guests. The Pines is the only Arnold Palmer signature course in Australia and is rated by the Australian Golf Union as one of the nation's most challenging courses. Ranked 39 in Australia.
Address: Casey Rd, Hope Island
Phone: 07 5577 6151
Southport Golf Club
Exclusive private course with tree-lined fairways and strategically placed water catchment areas.
Address: Slatyer Ave, Bundall
Phone: 07 5571 1444
Surfers Paradise Golf Club
With a par of 71 and an ACR of 72, the course provides a good mix and variety of golfing conditions.
Address: 1 Fairway Drv, Clear Island Waters
Phone: 07 5572 6088
Tallai Country Club
Address: Cnr Worongary Rd & The Panaroma Tallai
Phone: 07 5530 2335
Tallebudgera Golf course
The par 67 layout borders Tallebudgera Creek and covers a distance of 4442 metres for Men and 4346 for the Ladies. USGA rating 62 for men, and USGA rating 66 for women.
Address: Cnr Guineas Creek & Connection Rds Tallebudgera
Phone: 07 5534 8484
Tamborine Mountain Golf Club
Address: Golf Course Rd, Mt Tamborine
Phone: 07 5545 1397
Terranora Golf Course
Address: Marana St, Bilambil Heights
Phone: 07 5590 4486
The 6,424 meter, par 72, championship resort layout, meanders its way through 39 hectares of towering eucalyptus, picturesque lakes and serene waterways.
Address: Paradise Springs Ave, Robina
Phone: 07 5593 2777
Woodlands Lakeside Junior Golf Club
Golf Course for children only
Address: 399 Piggabeen Rd Tweed Heads
Phone: 07 5590 7194
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