The Grand Golf Club

Australia, Queensland, Gold Coast
6.3 (44)
Course Opened: 1997

The Grand Golf Club is a private members club. Visitors from Interstate or Overseas are welcome during certain periods of the week. Such visitors will need to be members of a recognised golf club, with a current membership identification card or a letter of introduction from the home club. Contact Planet Golf for assistance with tee times.

Queensland’s private Grand Golf Club was the first designed by Greg Norman and his Australian partner Bob Harrison, who actually had the layout routed and ready for play in 1990 when their client abandoned the $30 million investment before a single divot could be taken. The course was then left dormant and overgrown for six years until a consortium of frustrated local golfers bought the land, looking to establish an exclusive members-only retreat free from the Gold Coast resort crowds. They chose an ideal site, as the Grand’s greatest appeal is the peace and isolation of its secluded hinterland setting.

With the undergrowth cleared, several landing areas reshaped and all of the greens and bunkers remodeled, the golf holes were rediscovered and the ‘new’ course ready for play within 18 months. Although not overly long, the Grand is certainly no pushover with its short par fours and reachable par fives among the trickiest holes on the course and the clever greenside contouring providing a stern examination of approach play and your powers of recovery. After a couple of relatively soft opening holes, the 3rd which plays across a pond for those driving too safely, is the first stern challenge and from here the test gets progressively more difficult the further you travel. The best section on the course starts with the par three 6th, includes a number of slippery back-to-front tilted greens, and runs through to the 12th and 13th holes which, along with the 17th, are notorious for the large gum trees that stand in the middle of each fairway and particularly irk the professionals.

A controversial tournament venue, The Grand is a superb members club that offers keen students of design the most challenging and well-presented test in Queensland.

 

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