The Glades was designed by Greg Norman & Bob Harrison, and opened for play in 2000.
The low lying site is a natural wetlands, and has been preserved as a wildlife sanctuary.
The course has been routed to start out through the wetlands, then move through some slightly higher rolling terrain, and back again into the wetlands to finish.
Off the back markers it is a championship course- long and challenging, as you would expect from designers Norman & Harrison.
The middle section of the course in the higher ground emphasises this with length and accuracy at a premium.
But for me the more interesting holes are those interacting with the wetlands.
The combination of the trademark Norman/Harrison bunker clusters with natural water hazards puts strategic play to the fore.
That suits me just fine!
Notable holes include:
- hole 1, a short par 4, with the elevated green a testing target to hit first up..
- hole 5, a mid length par 3 with bunkers dominating the line of vision from tee to green. Oh, and there is quite an expanse of water to carry as well!
- hole 6, an appealing par 5, with island tees to a well bunkered green
- hole 16, a short par 4 driveable by the long hitters, and tempting for the not so long. A lake dominates the view from the tee. How much do you take on?
- hole 17, a gorgeous longer par 3 over water to a green projecting out into the marshlands..
- hole 18, a strong par 4 to finish with water bordering the left side of the hole and a green well protected by an attractive cluster of bunkers.
The Glades is one of the most interesting courses on the Gold Coast.
It has a combination of long strong challenging holes and some exciting shorter par 4's and 3's.
Any golf trip to the Gold Coast should include The Glades.
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