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  • 3 nights’ accommodation at Noosa Springs Resort, or similar
  • 1 game of golf at Twin Waters Golf Club
  • 1 game of golf at Maroochy River Golf Club
  • 1 game of golf at Noosa Springs Golf Resort
  • 1 game of golf at Peregian Golf Course
  • Motorised carts included
  • Self-drive rental vehicle (option available for private transfers with driver)

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  • 2 nights’ accommodation at Peppers Noosa, or similar
  • 1 game of golf at Twin Waters Golf Club
  • 1 game of golf at Noosa Springs Golf Resort
  • 1 game of golf at Palmer Coolum Resort
  • Motorised carts included
  • Self-drive rental vehicle (option available for private transfers with driver)

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  • 1 nights’ accommodation at Sebel Pelican Waters, or similar
  • 1 game of golf at Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club
  • 1 game of golf at Pelican Waters Golf Club
  • Motorised carts included
  • Self-drive rental vehicle (option available for private transfers with driver)

From A$378.00 per person twin share

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  • 1 nights’ accommodation at Noosa Springs Resort, or similar
  • 1 game of golf at Noosa Springs Golf Resort
  • 1 game of golf at Peregian Golf Course
  • Motorised carts included
  • Self-drive rental vehicle (option available for private transfers with driver)

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  • 3 nights’ accommodation at 13th Beach Golf Lodges, or similar
  • Breakfast included each morning
  • 1 game of golf at Barwon Heads Golf Club
  • 1 game of golf at 13th Beach (Beach Course)
  • 1 game of golf at 13th Beach (Creek Course)
  • 1 game of golf at Sands Torquay
  • Self-drive rental vehicle (option available for private transfers with driver)

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  • 1 nights’ accommodation at Barwon Heads Golf Club, or similar
  • Breakfast included each morning
  • 1 game of golf at Barwon Heads Golf Club
  • 1 game of golf at 13th Beach (Beach Course)
  • Self-drive rental vehicle (option available for private transfers with driver)

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  • 2 nights’ accommodation at 13th Beach Golf Lodges, or similar
  • Breakfast included each morning
  • 1 game of golf at Barwon Heads Golf Club
  • 1 game of golf at 13th Beach (Beach Course)
  • 1 game of golf at 13th Beach (Creek Course)
  • Self-drive rental vehicle (option available for private transfers with driver)

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Mount Compass Golf Course

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The highway between Adelaide and Victor Harbour is one of the most travelled roads in South Australia. It feeds the McLaren Vale wine region, the popular Fleurieu Peninsula and tourist spots along the south coast and just off this highway lies Mount Compass Golf Course – about 45 minutes’ drive south of the Adelaide CBD.

The 6,116-metre, Neil Crafter-designed par 72 course is a delight to play, and whilst Mount Compass is not widely known, it has progressed steadily upward in each of the last 4 bi-annual Golf Digest rankings. It is maintained by a relatively small green staff, but despite this, the course is in excellent condition. Most courses have two or three times the staff numbers with less striking results.

The layout is well considered and flows with the terrain beautifully, providing that ‘natural’ feel to the holes. There is an excellent mix of green sizes and complexity allowing for a variety of pin positions which, depending on the wind, provides for a lot of competitive options when setting up the course.

As you might imagine, an incredible sand base prevailing gave Crafter ‘carte blanche’ when it came to designing bunkers at Mount Compass. Of the 89 bunkers scattered throughout the course, some have the rough, natural edge associated with some of the great links courses of Scotland that are often copied without success. That isn’t the case here. Some of the large, natural bunkering – like that found down the right of the 1st fairway and behind the 6th green – are superb examples.

Other sand traps are of the smaller pot-bunker style. They are, in most cases, deep with a seemingly endless supply of fresh sand beneath your feet. Each of these sandy hazards is very well placed to catch the overzealous or misdirected drive and errant approach shot.

The pick of the holes are the short par 4 6th, a classic risk/reward hole with a solid carry over wasteland; and the 10th – a dogleg par 5 reachable in 2, but can be played a myriad of different ways. But the 173-metre, par 3 12th is probably the signature hole. For the low marker, the tee shot is due north across a dam all the way to a generous green. Alternatively, you can lay up to the left

The Sands, Torquay Golf Course

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The Sands Torquay is a residential golf resort set slightly north of the popular Victorian seaside village of Torquay. Perched on the headland, nestled against the dunes and at the start of the world-famous Great Ocean Road, The Sands Torquay is a sleek and modern premium golf resort destination.

The course is a unique links style championship golf course, that has been moulded into the sand dunes in the beautiful setting of Victoria’s Surf Coast. Designed by Australia’s very own world ranked professional golfer, Stuart Appleby, who once closed with a score of 59 to win an event on the PGA Tour, this course offers a championship challenge for the low handicapper and a playable, realistic challenge for the weekend golfer.

With up to five tee positions on every hole and over 100 strategically positioned bunkers, it certainly lives up to its name and is a testament to the architectural commitment and passion of Stuart Appleby. Being a Victorian lad and having cut his teeth in his early professional years on the European Tour, these early experiences have certainly been replicated in his design work.

There are some who will enjoy the open, windswept feel of this course, and others who like the bold, sprawling Sandbelt style bunkering. The standout holes on each nine are as follows:

The 2nd hole, a short risk-reward par 4 of 318 metres, presents a heavily bunkered vision to the golfer who could well be a bit intimidated by the view. In fact, there are at least 3 good options for the tee shot on the shortest par 4 on the course, but the stage for the round has been set. Golfers will see plenty of sand during this adventure, and they will have to use their heads constantly in order to avoid being trapped. The green here is relatively small and tightly bunkered, so precision is key at the 2nd.

Immediately following at the long 3rd (stretching 540 metres) golfers are asked to add power to their tee shots and there is plenty of room to let one fly. That said, avoiding the massive bunker on the left of the landing area, which is the start of diagonal bunkering that runs the length of the hole, is paramount.  The green is slightly raised, helping to make this hole a true 3-shot par 5 for all but the long ball bombers willing to take the risk.

The long 11th hole embodies all the natural elements of the Torquay site – sand dunes, tall grass, Moonah trees and even some rock outcrops. At 435 metres, on this par 4 you will be thankful prevailing breezes should be at your back, so a well hit tee shot will clear the small cluster of Moonah trees occupying the left centre of the fairway. The fairway splits around a natural slope with 4 embedded bunkers and rises to a well-protected green, gently tucked into the dunes landscape.

As the round draws to a close you need to successfully navigate the longest short hole on the course –  the 17th. A brute of a par 3 at 210 metres from the back tee often played against a prevailing breeze. The hole sets up for a slight fade shot and is just open enough to allow a run-up approach, but surprise surprise – there are plenty of bunkers to catch errant shots!

13th Beach (Creek Course)

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The second course at 13th Beach Golf Links, the Creek Course, was designed by Tony Cashmore in conjunction with 6 time major championship winner Sir Nick Faldo, and is a worthy and wonderful compliment to the Beach Course. It was opened for play in 2004.

The Creek Course has gently undulating couch fairways, and deep bunkers filled with yellow sand. It has firm greens surrounded by interesting bumps, swales and hollows, all closely mown to stimulate your creativity with short game. There are plenty of examples of greenside bunkering that cuts into, and helps mould, the slopes of the putting surfaces. This mirrors the best traditions of Melbourne’s Sandbelt – much admired by Faldo and a cornerstone of his design philosophy.

The native couch fairways are over sewn with fescue grass. This provides both an excellent, green playing surface year-round, and a quick transition back to couch dominance once the warmth of spring is apparent. Beyond the fairways there is generally a wide zone of maintained short rough prior to either long pasture grasses or the residential areas which thankfully do not encroach adversely. There are some quirky elements too, like the ‘square cut’ tees, the creek itself and the creative use of a few remaining pines in hole strategy.

Despite this course lacking the natural drama of its sibling’s stunning coastal dunes, a series of creeks, more formal lakes and small ponds gives it a point of difference and the bunkering, greens contouring and general ebb and flow of the routing here is very sound. The par 5s and mid-length par 4s are probably the strength of the course. Always destined to live in the shadow of its glamorous big brother, the Creek Course is nonetheless an excellent track and a pleasant addition for those contemplating playing all 36-holes at 13th Beach.