Courses

Cairns Golf Club

Southern Access Road Woree
Cairns, QLD, 4870
Australia

Region: 9. Tropical North Queensland

Cairns Golf Club

Established in 1930, Cairns Golf Club's 18 hole layout was redesigned by Ross Watson in 1992. Set amid spectacular mountain scenery, the course features generous fairways and large greens making it player-friendly for members & social players. One of the standout holes is the par three 11th. This hole presents golfers with a 151m carry over a large lake to a green backdropped by the course's signature pandanus palms.

Established in 1930, Cairns Golf Club's 18 hole layout was redesigned by Ross Watson in 1992. Set amid spectacular mountain scenery, the course features generous fairways and large greens making it player-friendly for members & social players. However for all major events the course proves a more challenging test. With the tees back and the pins tricky suddenly friendly becomes mean and the course proves that it can bite back.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 71
Length (m): 6152
Architect: Ross Watson
Design Year: Redesigned in 1992

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Half Moon Bay Golf Club

101-103 Wattle Street
Yorkeys Knob, QLD, 4878
Australia

Region: 9. Tropical North Queensland

Half Moon Bay Golf Club

A tight par 70 all-weather-course overlooking the Coral Sea, Half Moon Bay Golf Club features sweeping views looking west to the rainforest clad mountain ranges behind Cairns. Supporting a myriad of birdlife, the course features undulating fairways and beautiful greens that will test any level of golfer.

A tight par 70 all-weather-course overlooking the Coral Sea, Half Moon Bay Golf Club features sweeping views looking west to the rainforest clad mountain ranges behind Cairns. An easy 20 minute drive from the Cairns CBD to the south, or Palm Cove to the north, with a backdrop of the lush rainforest and fairways just 20 metres from the Coral Sea, this beautiful course is what golf in the tropical north is all about. Supporting a myriad of birdlife, the course features undulating fairways and beautiful greens that will test any level of golfer.

Course Information

Par: 70
ACR:
Length (m): 5129
Architect:
Design Year:

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Hamilton Island Golf Club

Dent Island
Hamilton Island, QLD, 4803
Australia

Region: 9. Tropical North Queensland

Hamilton Island Golf Club

Perfectly located at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, the Hamilton Island Golf Club has some of the most spectacular views and settings of any golf course in the world. Designed by champion golfer, Peter Thomson of Thomson Perrett, the Hamilton Island Golf Club on neighbouring Dent Island is the only championship island golf course in Australia.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR: 71
Length (m): 6120
Architect: Peter Thomson
Design Year: 2009
Top 100: 31

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 344m

The first hole is a medium length par 4 set at the foot of the highest peak on Dent Island. The stunning backdrop sets the scene for a journey that will be an unforgettable round of golf. The tee shot should be played short and left of the right-hand side fairway bunkers located 210m from the back tee. For the longer hitters, a carry of 230m over the left edge of the left-hand bunker should be the chosen line, as anything right will catch a steep swale off to the right rough. The approach shot is played to a large elevated green which slopes from back to front with two deep bunkers which should be avoided on the right.

2
Par 4, Length 332m

The first of many spectacular views are to be gained from the tees on this medium length downhill par 4. The elevated tee shot is played to a generous landing area from where only a short to medium iron is required to the green. The slightly elevated green sits in a saddle, making any shot played long over the back a certain lost ball. A relatively easy hole, a par here should get the round off to a good start.

3
Par 4, Length 285m

The shortest par 4 on the course, straight away this hole looks relatively benign off the tee. However any shot going right will find thick rough, so a tee shot played short and left will give the best line into this green. The green sits high above the fairway, making distance control a key factor in getting the shot close. Apart from the two bunkers front right of the green, there is little danger around this green so shots played slightly long may be the best course of action.

4
Par 3, Length 161m

The first of the par 3?s, this monster plays across a valley to a large angled green. In windy conditions one of the most treacherous on the course. The green itself sits on a ridge with spectacular views of Long Island and the mainland in the background. Don?t be short and left on this one, as the ball will be gone forever. For a bail-out try hitting to the rocky outcrop to the right of the green and let the contours take the ball towards the putting surface. If you get your three here, be thankful and run to the next.

5
Par 5, Length 425m

After battling the previous, there is some respite here with a short par 5. For the bigger hitters an eagle opportunity presents itself with the possibility of hitting a medium to long iron into this green. Avoid the bunkers right of the fairway off the tee, and a decision to either lay up or have a go will be on. If laying up is the decision, the best line into the green is gained by finishing short of the second set of bunkers which anchor the left side of the fairway. A slightly longer lay up to the right will give a shorter shot in, but a more difficult line over the greenside bunker to the pin. A definite birdie chance here

6
Par 5, Length 487m

Another par 5 back to back with the 5th, this one is a little more difficult. The golfer can open their shoulders and have a whack on this one, as the bunkers are placed well down the fairway at 275m and will be out of reach for most. The second shot requires a little more finesse, as the landing area narrows significantly at the second turn point. The second set of carry bunkers lay 70m from the centre of the green, so a shot just short of these will give a relatively easy shot in. A brash three wood for the second shot going right will almost certainly be lost, so a controlled rescue or long iron may be the better choice of shot here. Set at the head of a large valley, this green sits slightly angled from front left to back right with a deep bunker protecting the right half of the green. A five here is a good score

7
Par 3, Length 132m

The second of the par 3?s, this little gem is set amongst the trees and a little more sheltered, making it quite unique from rest of the holes on Dent Island. Played from elevated tees across a valley to an elevated green, the right club off the tee is required here. A deep bunker right protects the championship pin cut on the front right of this green, while a remnant boulder to the left of the green adds to the complexity and interest of the hole, and gives an indication of the site's origins.

8
Par 4, Length 300m

Hole 8 Par 4 Hoop Pine Pandanus Grass Tree 332m 300m 252m A relatively short par 4, the 8th offers the golfer another chance at birdie. The tee shot is played to a wide open fairway narrowing significantly at the 275m mark from the back tee. The best way to play the hole is hit a tee shot which gives the player a full wedge or nine iron into the green. The large green is slightly elevated from the approach shot and is quite deep making distance difficult to judge. A small swale left and a steeper one to the right are the only real hazards around this green.

9
Par 4, Length 335m

The longest par 4 on the front nine, this tee shot requires accuracy and distance off the tee if the green is to be reached in two. The best shot into the green is achieved from the ridge which lies some 260m from the back tee. From here only a short iron is required to the green, albeit over trees. A tee shot falling short of the ridge, will require a medium to long iron into the green across the lake and two greenside bunkers, making this a formidable shot. Perhaps a more prudent second shot is to lay up down the fairway leaving a short iron to the corner of the dog leg. From here only a short pitch of 75m is required to find the putting surface. A steep bank long and left of this green makes any shot hit long, almost impossible to find. Keep the ball dry, and find the middle of the green is the way to play this hole.

10
Par 4, Length 304m

A hole of deceptive length, the 10th will play much longer than it measures. Located 260m from the Hoop Pine tee and 220m from the Pandanus tee, the bunkers down the left side of the fairway on this hole shouldn?t be cause for concern. Although short in length, this hole packs a punch with the second shot. Rising almost 20m from the landing area to the green, club selection here is critical as the elevated green demands an approach which is not left short. Balls falling short of the putting surface will almost always run some distance back and away from the green. At least one club more will be required and may be as many as four if the wind is up. The large green slopes from back left to front right, with shallow swales at the back make for an easy bail out if hit long

11
Par 5, Length 513m

The first of the par 5?s on the back nine, this hole plays along the ridge heading due south. A large bunker on the left of the fairway is located only 216m from the Hoop Pine tee and so shouldn?t be a concern for the bigger hitters?unless the wind is up. Like the sixth hole, care needs to be taken when playing the second shot, as two fairway bunkers await any misguided or badly judged shot. The first fairway bunker on the right lies 135m from the green while the second bunker in the middle of the fairway is located 50m from the centre of the green. Any shot finding these, will test even the most experienced golfer. The green is angled from the front left to the back right with two large deep bunkers protecting the green on the right.

12
Par 4, Length 304m

The short uphill twelfth will be a sleeper among the holes on Dent. Play for position is the key to this little hole as anything left will be blocked out by the trees and bunkers. The second shot is played over a valley to an elevated green protected by a large deep bunker on the left. Club selection will be difficult into the prevailing wind from the south, as short irons thrown up into the wind inevitably fall short of the green. One extra club for the approach is a prudent play on this hole.

13
Par 4, Length 359m

Playing longer than its length suggests, this tough par 4 only reveals itself upon reaching the southern summit of Dent Island. The tee shot is played uphill to a generous landing area, with shots played slightly to the left of centre rewarded with easier lines into the green. Possibly the most spectacular 360-degree view from of any of the holes, the second shot is played from the ?top of the world? downhill to a large two-tiered green with a large deep bunker front right of the green. If the wind is up, and it usually is, a low runner into the front of the green may be the best choice of shot here.

14
Par 3, Length 143m

Courage and instinct will be what?s required on this signature hole. Take particular notice of the breeze, as it will be more influential on club selection than just the distance. Played to an elevated target, with bunkers surrounding the green on three of the four sides, this shot needs to be perfect shot to find the putting surface. The bail out, if there is one, is to the left of the green where a relatively easy pitch and putt will follow. Anything short or right off the tee will need to be reloaded, as chances of playing from the trees will be nil. Take three and proudly go to the next.

15
Par 4, Length 347m

The real teeth of this course having begun at the twelfth, doesn?t let up here. This long downhill par 4 playing into the prevailing wind will reward those who can hit a low ball. Although a generous landing area, the tee shot is played from an elevated tee and falls some 20m.A bunker located 230m on the right-hand side of the fairway will be the last salvation for any ball catching the wind and heading west. Once the tee shot is negotiated, the second calls for a long accurate shot under the wind to a large green protected by two bunkers on the right. If a lay up is executed for the second, careful reading of the wind will be required for the shot into the green. A wind shadow exists over the green, which may cause balls to fly further than expected. A four here any time is a great effort.

16
Par 3, Length 149m

Turning for home with Hamilton Island to the right and clubhouse in the distance, there is no respite from the tough holes here. Despite the stunning scenery, this par 3 has been created out of nothing. With just a couple of majestic rock relics poking out of the surface to the right of the green, this hole has evolved as one of the most spectacular on the course. The elevated tee shot plays over a steep escarpment to a plateau green with a small pot bunker on the front right. Wind will play a pivotal role in the choice of club here, with only shots ending up on the green or short remaining in play.

17
Par 4, Length 361m

The penultimate hole has some of the more confronting landform on the course. Played from an elevated tee to an uphill fairway, the shot calls for as much length as the golfer can muster. The bunkers to the left of the fairway start at 260m and so shouldn?t worry the bigger hitters, but act as a perfect target for which to aim. From the top of the hill, the second shot is played down to the large green with only a short to medium iron. However, shots falling short of the ridge will require a long iron or fairway wood to reach the green, which uniquely sits in a hollow dell allowing for balls to be run on to the putting surface.

18
Par 4, Length 397m

Home at last, the back nine on Dent ends with a punch. With the clubhouse in view, and Hamilton Island and Whitsunday Island behind, the tee shot here will fly forever. With an elevation drop of some 40m from the Hoop Pine tee to the landing area below, there is a lot that can happen in that time. Read the wind and hope for a long straight hit, as the ball will fly and run considerably on this downhill monster. The longest par 4 on the course, the two fairway bunkers at 230 and 250m are well within range and may be flown given the right wind conditions. From here a medium to long iron is required with care taken to avoid the bunkers short right and left of the large ceremonial green. A short walk to the clubhouse for a drink and the inevitable post mortems will close out a thrilling day.

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Mirage Country Club

Port Douglas Road
Port Douglas, QLD, 4871
Australia

Region: 9. Tropical North Queensland

Mirage Country Club

Mirage Country Club Port Douglas is rated as one of the region's best courses. The golf course was designed by renowned golf architect Peter Thomson, and contains the usual combination of 6 par 3, 6 par 4 and 6 par 5 holes all within two quite different 9's with the bordering Coral Sea and the panoramic mountain backdrop providing the only distractions to a memorable round.

Mirage Country Club Port Douglas is rated as one of the region's best courses.

The golf course was designed by renowned golf architect Peter Thomson, and contains the usual combination of 6 par 3, 6 par 4 and 6 par 5 holes all within two quite different 9's with the bordering Coral Sea and the panoramic mountain backdrop providing the only distractions to a memorable round.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 73
Length (m): 5822
Architect:
Design Year:

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Mossman Golf Club

Newell Beach Road
Mossman, QLD, 4873
Australia

Region: 9. Tropical North Queensland

Mossman Golf Club

Mossman Golf Club is a public course three kilometres north of Mossman on the Daintree / Cape Tribulation Road. Offering a 5815 metre, 18 hole course suited to both the serious and the casual golfer it is the perfect spot to enjoy the game while relaxing in our unique tropics. Located under the towering tropical jungle of the of the Wet Tropic mountains Mossman is just a scenic hour's drive north of Cairns in North Queensland in Australia.

Mossman Golf Club is a public course three kilometres north of Mossman on the Daintree / Cape Tribulation Road. Visitors are most welcome on all days of the week.

Offering a 5815 metre, 18 hole course suited to both the serious and the casual golfer it is the perfect spot to enjoy the game while relaxing in our unique tropics. Located under the towering tropical jungle of the of the Wet Tropic mountains Mossman is just a scenic hour's drive north of Cairns in North Queensland in Australia.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 71
Length (m): 5815
Architect:
Design Year:

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Palmer Sea Reef Golf Club

Old Port Road
Port Douglas, QLD, 4877
Australia

Region: 9. Tropical North Queensland

Palmer Sea Reef Golf Club

Located in beautiful Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland, Sea Temple Golf & Country Club offers a links-style course with water hazards and undulating greens and fairways, not to mention the wonderful contrast of the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest.

Located in beautiful Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland, Sea Temple Golf & Country Club offers a links-style course with water hazards and undulating greens and fairways, not to mention the wonderful contrast of the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest.

The combination of other top quality golf courses in the Cairns region (approximately one hour from Port Douglas) makes Cairns an excellent 7-day golf and relaxation getaway. GOLFSelect can help you organise a memorable golf trip to Tropical North Queensland as well as many other great golf regions within Australia and around the world.

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Course Information

Par: 71
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6125
Architect: Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett
Design Year: 2000

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Paradise Palms Resort and Country Club

Paradise Palms Drive
Kewarra Beach, QLD, 4879
Australia

Region: 9. Tropical North Queensland

Paradise Palms Resort and Country Club

Paradise Palms Resort and Country Club is one of the true jewels of Tropical North Queensland. The holes are varied and interesting. There are no shared fairways and each hole has its own individual setting or backdrop, be it water, forest, rolling fairway or clubhouse. From every tee, the golfer is presented with a new challenge.

Paradise Palms is the premier course in Tropical North Queensland and boasts a collection of 18 holes which wind their way through well established trees, across water hazards with all shots played off their well conditioned fairways.

The well appointed clubhouse provides a scenic backdrop to the course and the course itself is nestled at the base of a huge mountain, providing a further scene of beauty

The course is rated high in the Top 100 courses in the country and it is easy to see why. Paradise Palms provides an enjoyable golfing experience for all standards of golfers.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 76
Length (m): 6464
Architect: Graham Marsh and Ross Watson
Design Year: 1990
Top 100: 93

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 516m

There is more space to the right off the tee than you might think, so aim middle or right of middle off the tee. The second shot should then be played to the left side of the fairway. A player of average length cannot reach the fairway bunkers and will be left with a middle to short iron to the green.

2
Par 4, Length 368m

The tee shot needs to be played right of middle whilst avoiding the fairway bunkers on the right. The club chosen for the second shot will depend on the pin position on this long sloping green, and with green-side bunkers on the right, it is safer to hit to the left side of the green.

3
Par 4, Length 347m

The left side is preferable off the tee as it gives you a clear shot at the green for your second shot. Anything right will leave you with a blind second shot. A second shot played to the left side of the green gives you an easier chance to make par, due to the green-side bunkers on the right.

4
Par 3, Length 162m

This hole features a long green, so if the pin is to the back make sure you have enough club and take note of any wind. The right side is the easier pitch if you miss the green.

5
Par 4, Length 388m

Keep your tee shot down the left side unless you are a long hitter as this side of the fairway offers you a better chance of a clear second shot to the green. Steep slopes around the green call for an accurate approach.

6
Par 4, Length 394m

An extremely testing par 4. An accurately judged tee shot short of the creek allows a better chance of reaching the green in two. The safer option is to lay up short of the bunkers and rely on getting up and down for par.

7
Par 3, Length 182m

Our 'Signature Hole' and one of the prettiest, and most demanding par 3's anywhere. Although missing the green to the left is the safe option, the grassy hollows and sloping green call for an accurate pitch.

8
Par 5, Length 488m

Aim centre or right centre of the fairway off the tee to give you a clearer second shot down the fairway staying slightly right of the middle. This leaves you with a short iron into a long green.

9
Par 4, Length 383m

Position is important on this medium length par 4, and there is more room to the right off the tee than you might think. Make sure your second shot has enough distance to reach the various pin placements as this is a very long green.

10
Par 5, Length 506m

After driving short of the bunkers, be sure to hit far enough left with your second shot.The fairway slopes toward the lake, which guards the right hand side of the fairway all the way to the green.

11
Par 4, Length 387m

Unless you hit a good drive, it may be advisable to lay up with your second. If your tee shot is long enough to almost reach the bunker then you have an opportunity to play to the left side of the green. If not, a short iron will leave you a short pitch in.

12
Par 3, Length 173m

Take note of the pin position before selecting your club. If you leave yourself a long putt it is very difficult to judge the line, so make sure you have enough club for your tee shot.

13
Par 4, Length 411m

The longest par 4, which usually plays into a prevailing wind.The left side of the fairway is the most direct and shortest way to the green. The second shot is played uphill to an elevated green. If you feel you cannot carry the bunkers short of the green with your second, lay up and rely on a pitch and putt for par.

14
Par 4, Length 331m

You have two choices. Lay up with a mid iron leaving yourself with a mid to long iron second depending on the pin position, or risk the driver to a narrow fairway leaving yourself a short iron in to a green split by a deep hollow.

15
Par 4, Length 367m

It is best to drive the ball down the centre right of the fairway. Long hitters could attempt to carry the fairway bunker on the left. Green-side bunkers are on the left, so it is safer to approach the right side of the green.

16
Par 3, Length 149m

The most difficult pin placement here is to the middle back where a high approach is needed to avoid bunkers both in front and behind this very narrow section of the green.

17
Par 4, Length 368m

Off the tee, take a club that leaves you just short of the fairway bunkers on the left leaving you with a middle to short iron into the long green. Missing the green to the right leaves you with an easier pitch shot.

18
Par 5, Length 474m

A player of average length can safely play down the left hand side of the fairway, leaving a middle to long iron lay up short of the creek. Long hitters have the option of driving down the right side, taking on the carry, giving a chance to reach the green in two shots.

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About the Destination

Queensland Location Map

Tropical North Queensland is truly one of Australia's most amazing golfing and holiday regions. Cairns is the heart of the Tropical North and is an ideal base for combining golf, as well as having front door access to the magnificent World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Rainforest and Outback.

There is a vast array of wonderful golf courses in the area and, needless to say, they are all tropically landscaped in accordance to the environment in which they are located. The tropical conditions means the playing surfaces are always lush and green. The greens in this region are also considered to be among the most beautiful in the world.

A true jewel of Cairns and Tropical North Queensland awaits at Paradise Palms Golf Course . Paradise Palms is continually ranked among Australia's best and most challenging courses since opening in 1990. From the moment you stand on the first tee a panorama of golfing perfection unfolds. Sweeping fairways wedged between World Heritage tropical rainforest and the Coral Sea, jealously guarded by 91 bunkers and 6 lakes the experience is total. Set on the site of a former sugar cane plantation, the 64 hectare course was further enhanced by the planting of over 14,000 trees including Royal Palms, Mango, Lychee, Poinciana, Poinsettia, Frangipani, Sapoti and more.

Cairns Golf Club, located south of Cairns , was redesigned by Ross Watson in 1992. This golf course is a par 72-championship course. One of the standout holes is the par three 11th. This hole presents golfers with a 151m carry over a large lake to a green backdropped by our course's signature pandanus palms. Like all of the courses in the region, palm trees and other tropical plants line the greens, making the scenery beautiful.

Half Moon Bay Golf Club is located at Yorkeys Knob on the northern beaches of Cairns, which is 20 minutes north of Cairns CBD, 15 minutes north of Cairns international and domestic airports, and 15 minutes south of Palm Cove. A tight par 70 all-weather-course overlooking the Coral Sea, Half Moon Bay Golf Club features sweeping views looking west to the rainforest clad mountain ranges behind Cairns. The course features undulating fairways, beautiful greens and a myriad of birdlife can be seen throughout your golfing experience.

Just an hour north of Cairns, in Port Douglas, lies the World class Sheraton Mirage Golf Course (Mirage Country Club) . It is one of the premier courses in Port Douglas, and has been host to famous golfers such as Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, and ex-US president Bill Clinton. Rated as one of the world's best resort courses, the 18 hole international standard championship golf course was designed by renowned golf architect Peter Thomson, and contains two quite different 9's with the bordering Coral Sea and the panoramic mountain backdrop providing the only distractions to a memorable round.

The other "must play" golf in Port Douglas, is the Palmer Sea Reef . Situated at Peppers Links Resort, the golf course was crafted by the internationally acclaimed Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett. This championship "links" course provides a special challenge for golfers of all levels. A central rainforest wetland, rich undulating fairways and spectacular mountain views combine to offer a golfing experience like no other. 

Useful Facts and Figures

Below are some useful facts and figures for the Tropical North Queensland Region. Use these to work out the best time to visit this region.

Month

Min Temp (C/F)

Max Temp (C/F)

Sunrise

Sunset

Avg Rainfall (mm)

Jan

25/77

34/92

5.55am

7.00pm

410

Feb

25/77

34/92

6.10am

6.50pm

430

Mar

24/75

33/90

6.20am

6.30pm

440

Apr

24/75

31/88

6.25am

6.10pm

190

May

22/72

29/84

6.30am

5.50pm

90

Jun

20/68

28/82

6.45am

5.50pm

50

Jul

20/68

27/81

6.50am

6.00pm

30

Aug

19/67

29/84

6.35am

6.10pm

25

Sep

21/70

29/84

6.10am

6.10pm

35

Oct

23/73

31/88

5.50am

6.20pm

35

Nov

24/75

32/90

5.30am

6.30pm

90

Dec

25/77

33/90

5.40am

6.45pm

170