Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Ready for Tee Time? Play a Round on the Course Where Superstars Honed Their Skills

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Ready for Tee Time? Play a Round on the Course Where Superstars Honed Their Skills

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Byline: Lachlan McIvor

IF YOU GO:

Accommodation includes queen twin rooms, king suite, lower penthouse (which we stayed in), upper penthouse, family suite, presidential suite.

Activities include the Aussie bush dance, boomerang throwing, bushwalking, clay pigeon shooting, driving range, fish feeding, four-wheel drive, golf, horse trail riding, hot spring and hydro spa, lawn bowls, mini golf, mountain biking, multiple sports centre (tennis), sport fishing and the Aussie Muster Show (whip-cracking, sheep shearing).

THERE is nothing more unsettling than having someone watch you as you set up your golf ball to tee off. A set of eyes pinned on me as I adjusted my feet and focused on my swing sent a bead of sweat rolling from my brow to the ground.

Luckily for me, those eyes intensely focused on my shoddy technique belonged to a kangaroo and I remembered to ease up before sending a (mediocre) shot from the driving range.

Groups of kangaroos, wallabies and other wildlife call the golf course at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley, west of Beaudesert, home.

The historic 18-hole course, where Jason Day and Adam Scott honed their games as youngsters while they attended the local international school, was reopened last year alongside the hotel after both were closed in 2008.

Upon our arrival, a chance was given to tour the grounds on a golf buggy in order to see the picturesque landscape up close without having to pick up a club.

And luckily for people who are not avid golfers such as my girlfriend and myself there is plenty to see and do away from the green.

On a particularly hot weekend we checked out the many activities on offer during the morning before retiring to more relaxing pursuits in the afternoon as the sun really began to cook. After a walk through the beautiful adjoining bushland, we returned to the resort for a hit of golf at the driving range and had a dip in the pool, styled like a mini-beach, to cool off. …

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