Palmer Coolum Resort

1 Warran Rd,

Coolum Beach, Yaroomba, Queensland 4573

  • Office

    +61 (0)1 800 266 586 (toll free)
  • Pro shop

    +61 (0)7 5446 1234
  • Fax

    +61 (0)7 5446 2957
  • Golf pro

    Paul Crangle (Director of Golf)
  • Academy

    Coolum Resort Golf Education Centre.

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and residential.

  • Designer:

    Robert Trent Jones Jr

SSS or slope






How to get there:

115 km N of Brisbane.

Palmer Coolum Resort

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1988

Palmer Coolum Resort, 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.

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).

List of courses: Brisbane / Gold Coast


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Contact club for green fee details.

Other information

Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities

Excellent (incl a 260-metre floodlit driving range).

Did you know?

Once one of Australia's leading Stay&Play resorts, the onsite luxury accommodation facilities were shut down in 2015 by the resort's owner Clive Palmer. Although the accommodations have yet to reopen (as of early-2024), the golf course has remained open for play throughout.

In its heyday, the Coolum Resort was home to 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).

Published ranking

Australia's 96th best course (Australian Golf Digest, 2022/23).


  • Palmer Coolum Resort

    Warran Rd, Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland 4573.

    +61 (0)7 5446 1234

    Visit website

    AS OF EARLY-2024, the accommodation at Palmer Coolum Resort has yet to reopen following its closure in 2015 .

    [Original Where2Golf write-up]: The 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.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Coolum Resort

    • Golf within 10 km:


    • Golf within 30 km:

      Twin Waters; Noosa Springs.

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