The Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club was formed in 1927 and was originally located on what is now the site of the Coolangatta airport.
In 1936 the club relocated to it's current site by the Tweed River, and set up what has become an impressive sporting club.
By 1932 the members had designed and overseen construction of a 9 hole course, which was expanded to 18 holes by 1981.
A further 9 holes was added in 1974, becoming 36 holes in 1981
The two 18 holes courses are known as The River Course and The West Course, and have been built largely by the membership
Geoff & Ted Parslow were however employed to develop a Master Plan in 1980, and Richard Chamberlain was employed as a consultant in 2015
The club has hosted many championships over the years, including the Queensland Open
The River Course
Given that all 36 holes are squeezed into 101 hectares both courses are necessarily compact.
The River Course occupies a relatively flat, heavily treed site by The Tweed River.
Mature trees frame the fairways, testing driving accuracy- on some holes the fairways are so narrow you feel you need to walk single file!
Dogleg holes abound, and with the size of the trees you need to position your ball accurately to allow a clear approach. It can be a bit 'samey' at times, but it is good quality golf nevertheless
With two courses wedged into such a small piece of land there have to be some compromises.
For me it was the walks between tee and green for holes 2 and 9.
You do get your only view of the Tweed River, but 400 metres is too far to walk to a tee..(let alone twice)
Notable holes include:
- hole 1, a great opening hole. It's a short par 5 with water in front of the green, but it also challenges that first tee shot with bunkers and trees that need to be avoided to allow a second shot to position.
- hole 3, a delightful well bunkered short par 3
- hole 8, a strong dogleg par 4 with a nice green complex
- hole 10, a challenging par 3 from an elevated tee over water to a well protected green
- hole 12, a short sharp dogleg par 4
- hole 17, a long par 3 to a difficult green
- hole 18, a well bunkered closing hole which will require accurate strokeplay
The River Course at Coolangatta & Tweed Heads is a nice course in a wonderful location- right on the river, just over the border from The Gold Coast and near Byron Bay and the beautiful northern beaches of NSW.
The course demands accuracy rather than length and will test any golfer.
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