Palmer Coolum Resort

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Palmer Coolum Resort Est. 1988

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Palmer Coolum Resort: This Stay & Play venue, located on the scenic Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane, boasts one of Australia's finest and usually best maintained resort golf courses. Robert Trent Jones Jr's wonderful layout has plenty to keep you thoroughly tested and absorbed, from the dangerously water-protected opening par-5 1st to the equally challenging and also watery par-4 18th.

The layout combines a mix of flattish and more undulating holes, playing out-and-back from the clubhouse in two nine-hole loops. Bordered by natural bushland, tropical rain forest and on rare occasions a small amount of housing, some of the toughest challenges come where ponds and small lakes tightly flank the generally good-width fairways.

With more elevation change on the back-nine, several vantage points give views onto Mount Coolum, a large pudding-bowl hill just beyond the southern end of the course. Seemingly within touching distance, Mount Coolum is nicely mimicked by a pudding-bowl green at the short par-4 16th, to which the Mount provides a wonderful backdrop.

The Palmer Coolum Resort offers one of Australia's best-quality Stay&Play golf experiences. Although the Pacific Ocean shoreline is at times just 500 metres away, the resort's excellent quality golf course doesn't quite get you high enough to offer any sea views. However, it does offer many fabulous and testing golf holes, laid out in a predominantly natural environment that plays home to a wonderful assortment of wildlife (kangaroos included).

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Making Contact

Palmer Coolum Resort
1 Warran Rd,
Coolum Beach, Yaroomba, Queensland 4573
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Office   +61 (0)1 800 266 586 (toll free)
Pro Shop   +61 (0)7 5446 1234

  +61 (0)7 5446 2957

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Golf Pro
Paul Crangle (Director of Golf)
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Coolum Resort Golf Education Centre.
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Relatively flat terrain - no effort to walk.
Surroundings: Woodland and residential.
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 6137 5768 5263
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 73 70 72
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How2Get There?

115 km N of Brisbane.
10 minutes drive north of Sunshine Coast Airport along David Low Way (Hwy 6). In Yaroomba turn west into Warran Rd. After o.5 km turn left into Coolum Resort.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee for 18-holes: A$140 (all days). [Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities
Excellent (incl a 260-metre floodlit driving range).
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Did you know?

Coolum Resort was the home of the Australian PGA Championship from 2002 until 2012. The tournament is one of three Australian "major" championships, and was first played in 1905. (See our Tournaments section >by Venue >Coolum Resort).

From 2007, five new holes (numbers 1 through 5 in the current layout) replaced an original five holes that were played as holes 4 though 8 in the old layout. These former holes were located in woodland closer to the ocean, on the other side of Highway 6 (David Low Way).

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Published Ranking
2016 Australian Golf Digest rating: 70th best course of the 1,500 courses in Australia.
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Latitude: (-26.552356)
Longitude: (153.091924)
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Palmer Coolum Resort 
Warran Rd, Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland 4573.
+61 (0)7 5446 1234

Palmer Coolum Resort is located along Queensland's Sunshine Coast, fronting onto the Pacific Ocean with 2 km of pristine beach. Set at the base of Mount Coolum, close to the coastal suburb of Coolum Beach, the resort covers 150 hectares of natural bushland. Guests can immerse themselves in a diverse array of outdoor activities including: an Australian PGA Championship golf course, beach club and privately patrolled beach, large day spa, tennis centre, arts centre and kids camp. The resort also organizes archery, canoeing, beach fishing and many other activities. The hotel features 324 hotel rooms, suites and villas organized in low-rise clusters amid a natural environment of gardens, lakes and woodlands. There are many dining & entertainment options.

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