The Links Golf Club, Port Douglas
Where: Old Port Road, Port Douglas Queensland Australia
Length: 6125 meters
Contact: (07) 4087 2222
The Links Golf Club at Port Douglas Queensland is the world's first tropical links and a fascinating example of traditional design within the hostile Queensland tropics. Located close to Port Douglas' Four Mile beach, the 73-hectare sandy stretch adjacent to the Coral Sea was a former cane farm and features gorgeous mountain vistas and a stunning rain forest backdrop. Though the site was far from the ideal base from which to replicate the British Links, designer Michael Wolveridge persisted. He explains, "We found consistent evidence of ancient coral reef life which encouraged me to create an authentic links, restoring the farmed land to small sand dunes and an open landscape more akin to Scotland than the tropics. Cooled by an ever present sea breeze, seasonal winds brought traditional links challenge with their weighty might".
A number of classic links elements have been incorporated into the design including double green, blind targets, hidden pot bunkers and even a small burn crossing the sixth green.
Links Golf Club, Port Douglas, enforces a "No Metal Spike" policy throughout the golf course and clubhouse areas. All players have the option to wear sandshoes or soft cleat fitted golf shoes.
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