Lakeland golf club.
The golf course.
David putts away.
Surfers Paradise is now golfers' paradise it is the golfing destination for all you would-be world champions.
Surfers Paradise is now Australia's Golfers' Paradise. It is the golfing destination of the country and the latest resort-style courses follow the American lead of extremely high levels of service, golf packages and world-class championship courses. They claim to have the courses of the future, and there are more than 40 to choose from. Champions such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Peter Thompson have been involved with the planning and design of some of them.
The Glades is Greg Norman's latest and greatest, managed by Troon Golf and owned by Ian Baker-Finch. The course is 6431m with nine hectares of wetlands and 98 bunkers.
The Troon Golf Experience means you are treated with kid gloves from the moment you arrive. Not only that, they shower you with golfers' gifts such as tees, towels, yardage book and balls. On your return to the clubhouse, you can re-play your game over a drink while your clubs are being cleaned.
Lakelands opened in 1997 and was the first Jack Nicklaus-designed course in Australia and recently came in 8th in Golf Australia's most recent course ranking. Australia's 1999 PGA Teacher of the Year, Mark Gibson, is head pro at this course, which has Nicklaus' typical innovative use of sand and making holes trickier than they look.
The service begins from the minute you arrive your clubs are taken from your car, your cart is set up, hot and cold towels depending on the weather are provided and there are divers to retrieve any wayward balls (or clubs!) from water hazards. When you've finished your round, your clubs will be cleaned and returned to your car. The clubhouse has locker rooms, restaurant and bar and there is a drive-through restaurant between the 9th and 10th holes!
Palm Meadows is set in the beautiful grounds of the Radisson Resort. It is for golfers of all standards and the setting of 39 hectares of towering gums, lakes and waterways gives the course a truly Australian flavour. It is treated with natural products such as molasses, seaweed and fish emulsion, replacing chemicals and conventional fertilisers.
The Radisson has 308 guest rooms with balconies or courtyards, four floodlit tennis courts, two pools and Chelos restaurant serving Mediterranean-Asian cuisine. There is a lit driving range, fitness centre and children's club.