Not just famous for its beaches, the Gold Coast has 24 registered golf clubs, several of which were designed by Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Peter Thomson and Arnold Palmer, making South East Queensland home to the greatest collection of resort courses in Australia.
Our pick is The Glades. It’s only a 5 minute drive from the retreat and is arguably Greg Norman’s finest course, with challenging layouts and many bunkers; 98 in total. His sensitive design also allowed for the surrounding wetland to be maintained, creating a sanctuary within the course.
Royal Pines is where the Australian PGA Championships are held, as well as the Australian Ladies Masters. It’s another great course, and the RACV resort attached has an impressive restaurant on the 21st floor – ideal for taking in the panoramic views after your game.
If a very casual, social hit is more what you’re after then the Tallai Country Golf Club is just 2 minutes away and offers a welcoming 9 hole course. Watch out for the kangaroos on the fairways here which is possibly why its motto is ‘The toughest 9 holes on the Gold Coast’!