The former home course of world No.1 Jason Day & Adam Scott – Queensland’s most challenging course.
The 18-hole championship golf course at Kooralbyn Valley opened for play in October 1979 and in two years was chosen to host the 1981 Queensland Open – a fitting tribute to its superb layout. The first golf resort built in Australia with Greg Norman as its tour professional at the time. It is now the golfing holiday destination for tens of thousands of keen golfers every year from Australia and overseas to thoroughly enjoy the challenge of the course like no others.
Renowned Scottish designer, Desmond Muirhead, said the landsite was one of the best he had worked with in all of the 80 courses he has designed around the world. Kooralbyn is Muirhead at his best. It is a masterpiece of design that has no conflict with nature. Muirhead’s design of the 220-metre par-3 fifth, that drops some 100 feet, featured in Robert Muir Graves and Geoffrey S. Cornish’s book, ‘Classic Golf Hole Design’, and was one of a handful of show-stoppers during a round.
Now after eight years in the wilderness during the global financial crisis, Peter Huang, founder of the Yong Real Estate group, purchased and re-opened the golf course and the resort in 2016. Course Superintendent Jeremy Parry, Designer Marcus Lane (Atlas Golf) and Golf Course Shaper Lindsey Richter set about the redesign and rebuild of all greens. The bunkers have been reshaped and refurbished with pure white sand and a new irrigation system has been installed. After the multi-million dollar makeover, the course is set to impress the golfing world once again.
Kooralbyn is the Aboriginal name of ‘copperhead’. Famous for its Copperhead Challenge, the inland championship course with contrasting nines is just a short drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The front nine winds through natural valleys and watercourses, whilst the back nine flirts with 10 hectares of lakes in the valley basin. The wildlife is abundant, with hundreds of kangaroos feeding on a daily basis.
Share in its renaissance: spend time on the driving range where the great Norman Von Nida and Col Swatton watched over the swings of golfers of all ages. Now the mission is carried on by two long-term Kooralbyn Valley local residents: Randall Vines – multiple Australian PGA champions and John Tolhurst – Multiple state PGA champions. Test yourself on the course that honed the games of major champions Jason Day and Adam Scott, Adam Crawford, Steven Bowditch etc.
Casual Golf Fees
MON-FRI: $50 per person – includes golf cart, twin share
SAT, SUN & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: $70 per person – includes golf cart, twin share
Single players – $18 surcharge for single cart hire use
Casual ‘Free B&B Unlimited Two Day Golf Package’ (includes accommodation, breakfast and two days unlimited golf, twin share)
MON-THUR: $149 pp
FRI: $179 pp
SAT: $199 pp
SUN & the day before a public holiday: $169 pp
Group Discounts (16+ players)
1) Pure Golf
MON-FRI: $45 pp
SAT, SUN & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: $60 pp
(Each group will also be given a holiday and unlimited golf voucher worth up to $500 + two $100 holiday vouchers + five $10 golf vouchers for prizes)
2) ‘Free B&B Unlimited Golf Package’ for two days one night ‘stay & play’ packages with shot gun start if required.* Includes accommodation, buffet dinner, breakfast, two salmon wraps for lunch and two days unlimited golf. (Each group will also be given two holiday vouchers and an unlimited golf voucher worth up to $500 + four $100 holiday vouchers + ten $10 golf voucher for prizes. For twin queen rooms only.)
MON-THUR: $150 pp (country buffet dinner)
SUN & the day before a public holiday: $170 (country buffet dinner)
FRI: $180 pp (country buffet dinner)
SAT: $220 pp (surf & turf buffet dinner)
*Subject to availability. Other rooms will be charged extra, shot gun start needs two groups of four players each per hole to start, with last few holes in the morning and first few holes in the afternoon.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES (including district affiliation, handicapping and administration fees)
Full Membership $880
Intermediate Membership $480 (12-18 years of age)
Junior Membership $80 (up to 12 years)
– Over 75km $480
– Over 150km $280
Cart fee $36 ($18 each player twin share)
Weekly competition: Every Thursday and public holidays
Annual competition date: First Saturday and Sunday of February (Attended by all previous years’ weekly winners and annual winners)
Competition fee: $20
WINNER PRIZES (for both nett & gross champions)
A) Weekly winners:
- Trophy, shirt, holiday and unlimited golf vouchers worth up to $500 each for both nett and gross weekly champion.
- 2-5 nett and gross winners will get $100 holiday voucher + extra $50, $40, $30, and $20 golf voucher each.
- $100 holiday voucher and $10 golf voucher if you break handicap, win the longest drive (16th hole) or nearest the pins (all par 3 holes).
- $10 golf voucher guaranteed for each player if you did not win any of above.
B) Annual winners (for both nett and gross champions):
- A holiday and unlimited golf gift vouchers worth up to $500.
- Permanently free for all future Copperhead Challenges as long as you bring a paid player each time.