Golf Courses

Venues for the 2020 SGA Championships

Sanctuary Cove (The Palms and The Pines)

The Palms golf course at Sanctuary Cove has undergone an $8.8 million reconstruction in recent years and was redesigned by renowned golf course architect Ross Watson. After its reopening in April 2011, The Palms is considered a championship course rivalling some of the best golf courses in Australia, now ranked in Australian Golf Digest’s Top 50 golf courses. It has a total length of 5904 metres off the championship tees, and has numerous water features and hazards. Tee placements have been designed to suit a variety of playing conditions and a diverse range of players.

Nestled within century old Cabbage Palms, The Palms golf course is a return to the traditions of the game, with distinctive holes, deep greenside bunkers and boldly contoured greens requiring creative shot making. The Palms is designed to challenge players of all abilities. In the Australian Golf Digest’s Top 100 Australian Golf Course rankings, The Palms golf course came in at number 48.

“The Palms is unique because of its rustic bunker style and unique layout. The Palms is deliberately shorter and requires the player to think more about where the pin is and where they need to be aiming – It’s the thinking man’s course.” Ross Watson – Course Architect

As Australia’s only Arnold Palmer signature course, The Pines golf course is recognised as one of Australia’s best and most challenging courses. Ranked as one of Australian Golf Digest’s Top golf courses, The Pines is carved through 101 hectares of established pine forest, the course features corridor approaches to several holes, with lakes guarding others. Fourteen of the holes are contoured around six man-made lakes. An abundance of wildlife features on The Pines including rare bird life and scores of native Australian kangaroos.

With a course rating of 74 off the black tees and 72 off the blue tees the course offers a very special golfing experience.

In the Australian Golf Digest’s recent Top 100 Australian Golf Course rankings, The Pines golf course came in at number 45.


Brookwater Golf and Country Club

Designed by Greg Norman, Brookwater Golf and Country Club is a par 72 that measures 6,505 metres and has been voted as Queensland’s number one golf course in Golf Australia magazine’s best 50 courses. Brookwater hosted the 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open and the 2015 Emirates Golf Challenge. The course features undulating greens, natural water features, and long, narrow fairways. The strategic design makes it the perfect environment for golfers of any skill to enjoy a day of premium golf.

Located only 30 minutes from Brisbane's CBD, Brookwater Golf & Country Club is rated as the most spectacular golf facility in Queensland. Brookwater features a collection of magnificent golf holes meander its way through naturally undulating Australian bushland, with each fairway lined with towering eucalypts on either side. The layout uses Greg's signature bunkering, elevated tees and natural water carries to provide a golfing experience that is unique to the Australian golfing landscape.

Brookwater Golf & Country Club is undeniably the most spectacular golf facility in Queensland set to challenge and delight golf enthusiasts of all levels. The club's award winning clubhouse is open and welcoming in true Australian character whilst making the most of the sun, breezes and views .The Clubhouse is home to Drift Restaurant, a 120 seat restaurant and Piano Lounge with a casual 50 seat terrace overlooking the 18th green of Queensland’s premier golf course.


Lakelands Golf Club

Since opening in February 1997, the wonderful Lakelands golf course has forged a deserved reputation as one of Australia's very best golf courses. Situated in the heart of the Gold Coast adjacent to the luxurious Radisson Resort and next door to Palm Meadows, Lakelands was the first signature designed course in Australia by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus. Lakelands is often described as a thinking player's course with a unique Nicklaus flavour to the design.

The brief for Nicklaus was to create a golf course that could accommodate all standards of golfers. It features generous landing areas and a number of options on every green for tournament pin positions. This means strategic hole locations can alter the degree of difficulty and the course can be set up to test even the very best golfers. The course has hosted Australian Open qualifying rounds and has even been touted as a possible future venue for the national championship.

Nicklaus has used bunkering extensively in his strategic design and water features on many of the holes. Typical of many Nicklaus designs, much of the intrigue and strategy required is in the approaches to the greens. This mean the design requires thoughtful positioning from the tee as some of the more difficult pin positions can only be accessed from the right positions on the fairway.

The par 72 layout is an international standard championship golf course with five tee positions ranging from 6492m to 4685m. The par threes offer great variety, from the 133 meter 14th through to the demanding 210 metre 17th. The 14th is one of the prettiest holes in the region and although it is only a short iron from the forward tees, it still requires precise execution to avoid the water guarding the front and left of the angled green.

Of the par fives, the 495 metre 16th is regarded as one of the best. A centrally located bunker about 80 metres short of the green demands a decision when playing the second shot about where to position the ball for the approach and avoid a very awkward long bunker shot.

In addition to the strategic challenges, Lakelands is a picturesque course brought to life by the creative use of native vegetation. It is a perfectly manicured, undulating course and the combination of Windsor Green fairways and Greenlees Park roughs, both Australian varieties of Bermuda, allows for a smooth transition in playing surfaces. The fairways are always beautifully maintained and the hardy Bermuda-strain tifdwarf greens are firm and true and are renovated annually to ensure a wonderful golfing experience all year round.

With its immaculate fairways and stunning views of the hinterlands, Lakelands is renowned for its superbly maintained playing surfaces. Not only has it been rated as the Number 1 Public Access Course in Queensland, Lakelands has also been honoured as Queensland's Number 1 conditioned course for eight consecutive years. In their 2009 rankings of Australia's Best Public Access golf courses, Hacker Golf Magazine ranked Lakelands at # 21 in the country and the highly-regarded publication The Australian Golf Course Guide has nominated the course as the best-conditioned Australian public access course in four of the last five years.


RACV Royal Pines Resort

As the home to the ANZ Ladies Masters, Australian PGA Championship and many other prestigious golf tournaments, RACV Royal Pines Resort has been recognised as a premier golf destination for over a decade. With undulating terrain, magnificent greens and tight fairways that demand respect, RACV Royal Pines is a great golf experience for players of all standards. With 27 Championship holes of golf, the facility features three distinct course combinations and three unique golfing experiences. RACV Royal Pines Resort have committed to strengthening the 27-hole golf course with a complex refurbishment, designed by Graham Marsh. The Eastern 18 holes was originally designed by Tomojiro Maruyama, a Japanese golf course architect and the 9 hole course on the western side of the Resort designed by Graham Marsh which opened in 2004.


Previous SGA Championship Venues

The SGA Championships was originally developed by Palm Meadows Golf Course as the Australian Social Golf Club Championships (ASGCC) as a five-day (practice round & 72-holes) stand-alone event for players representing their social golf clubs. The event has been supported by Golf Australia since its inception and was first held in 2005. In 2006, the event became a 54-hole tournament and in 2008 the event expanded to be played over three courses for the first time with Sanctuary Cove and Royal Pines added to the roster. As the foundation course, Palm Meadows remained as the host for the final round of the Championships. In 2009, two new courses were added to the roster: the highly-rated Lakelands and Robina Woods.

In the first five years, on the first day (Sunday), players played a practice round. In 2010, the first Sunday featured a fun stand-alone competition with teams in the championships playing four-ball ambrose together. In July 2010, Hungat Worldwide announced the closure of Palm Meadows on August 1 which forced a rescheduling of the courses for the 2010 event and The Colonial and Royal Pines were included to replace the rounds at Palm Meadows. In 2011, the event returned again to our foundation course with Palm Meadows featuring as the bookends of the tournament with the fun ambrose warm up round on day one and the final round of the tournament on day four.

In 2013, The Glades was included and the event returned to a 72-hole tournament with a rest day introduced between the 2nd and 3rd rounds. In 2015, Royal Pines returned to the tournament roster, in 2016 Robina Woods (now as Palmer Gold Coast) returned after a four-year hiatus. In 2017 the Royal Pines Championship 18 and The Palms Course at Sanctuary Cove came back into the tournament. In 2018, we added two new courses with Links Hope Island hosting the first round of the tournament and Brookwater has been introduced as the optional extra round on the Wednesday rest day.

Palm Meadows Golf Course

Palm Meadows was the first golf resort course on the Gold Coast. It opened in a blaze of glitz and ceremony in the mid-80s and pioneered the Australian resort golfing boom. The course has packed a lot into its short history and in the late 1980s and early '90s the club hosted one of Australia's richest tournaments - The Palm Meadows Cup. Some of the world's best golfers made the annual pilgrimage to play in the event including Greg Norman (who was the touring pro for Palm Meadows for several years), Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Curtis Strange, Nick Faldo and many more.

The challenging 350-hectare par 72 course was designed by renowned course-designer Graham Marsh. It measures 6319 metres off the championship tees and the opening and closing holes are rated among the greatest in Australian golf. Water comes into play on 14 holes and there are 82 sand bunkers around the course. 

Palm Meadows was the original home of the Australian Ladies Masters and founded the Australian Social Golf Club Championships in 2005. These days Palm Meadows annually hosts a number of top amateur events and around 40,000 rounds of golf are played on the course each year. The layout blends rolling fairways with groves of palm trees (hence the name) and features an extensive lake system that ensures golfers must take great care with their club selection on many of their shots.

The 1st is recognised as one of the world's most challenging opening holes. The 353 metre par four has water on the left running the entire length of the hole and a towering clump of enormous bamboo on the right side of the fairway waiting to catch any pushed or sliced drives. This remarkable feature confronting the opening drive is now world-famous and was nicknamed The Bamboo Curtain by Greg Norman.

The course boasts some wonderful and memorable holes and the par five 18th is rated as one of the greatest finishing holes in Australia and is Palm Meadows' signature hole. The hole shapes in a slight dogleg to the right and measures 525 metres from the championship tees. The drive is over water to a fairway set diagonally to the tee, so golfers are required to make a big decision from the first shot.

You can choose how much water to bite off with your driver - anything from 120 to 250 metres. If you take the risk of taking on a big piece of the water-carry and mange to find the fairway, there's a good chance you can try and get home in two. However, there is a second water carry to negotiate to make it safely onto the green. If you decide to play safe and lay up with your drive and/or your second shot just short of the water guarding the front of the green, you can set yourself up to finish your round with a satisfying par - or even a birdie.

It is a brilliant finishing hole and the ideal way to complete a National Championship. In 2002, American Golf Digest rated the 18th at Palm Meadows as one of the top 500 golf holes in the world. The winning teams at the first five ASGCC needed to make a good score here on the final hole to pass what Greg Norman described as "the ultimate test".


Links Hope Island

Located on the Gold Coast just 20 minutes from Surfers Paradise and 40 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Links Hope Island Golf Course is the centrepiece of Hope Island Resort. With its 5-Star facilities and consistent rankings as one of Australia’s top ten resort courses, Links Hope Island is the ultimate destination for corporate and social golf, functions and events. You may consider a practice session on the aquatic driving range as the round will involve some careful strategic thinking while you make your way around the Par 72 course, avoiding the natural and man-made hazards and the 128 challenging pot style bunkers.

The signature Par three 17th hole is a challenge for any golfer and is an experience in courage or folly. At 230m off the black tees and 180m off the whites, most players cannot reach the green due to the prevailing head wind. So one must consider playing this par four rather than a par three, but then again, you decide! The 18th provides visitors with a fantastic view and although it may be a long journey “home”, there is plenty to see and avoid. The final green is surrounded by bunkers and a hollow out front. A challenging end yet it is hoped you’ll not be disappointed.


The Glades Golf Club

The Glades is regarded by many as the finest golf course on the Gold Coast. Designed by Greg Norman, the layout opened in 1999 and features some superb golf holes and a great test of golf for players of all abilities. The 6420-metre par 72 Championship layout opened in 1999 and rapidly developed a reputation as the best golf course on the Gold Coast. The facility features superb playing surfaces with greens that are unique on the Gold Coast.

The greens are a type of “Creeping bent grass” that ensure a superior putting surface all year round. The Glades is on 65 hectares of land with a total of 98 bunkers. Norman not only had a vision to create a challenging golf course on the Gold Coast, but he also retained 9 hectares of wetland area to create a natural wildlife sanctuary within the course.

Palmer Gold Coast (formerely Robina Woods)

Palmer Gold Coast is one of the most visually stunning courses on the Gold Coast. Designed by Graham Marsh in partnership with Ross Watson, the layout winds through 65 hectares of native bushland with rolling fairways and natural waterways set amongst stately strands of towering eucalypts making it unlike any golf course in the region.

The 6078-metre par 71 Championship layout opened in January 1990 and rapidly developed a reputation as one of Queensland's most popular resort courses. The facility features a fleet of electric carts, a shaded driving range and practice facilities. Today, it consistently ranks in the top 25 resort courses in the country and in 2009 it jumped from number 42 up to 26 in Hacker Magazine's list of Australia's Best Public Access golf courses. The par five 18th is regarded as the signature hole; it is played from an elevated tee and features three water hazards to a well-protected green.

The undulating fairways of Robina Woods provides a great test of shot-making imagination as players are often required to calculate the differences in elevation when playing approaches. The course provides challenges for players of all standards and each hole has its own individual character.

Considering the technical demands of the layout, Robina Woods is extremely accessible for the mid-to-high handicapper from the forward tees, but keeping the ball in play is vital to prevent the tall timber and other hazards taking their toll.

Robina Woods is universally accepted as one of the most picturesque golf courses on the Gold Coast. The rolling fairways and manicured greens framed by soaring gums make for a strikingly beautiful vistas around the course. Landscaping of the course surrounds involved planting more than 60,000 native trees and shrubs. The natural water-course featuring lakes, ponds, creeks and the native wildlife in the area make a round at the course a truly memorable golfing experience.

Robina Woods hosted the Queensland PGA Championship from 1995 to 2002 and the 1996 Players Championship, the first jointly sanctioned Australasian and Asian PGA Tours event. In 2008, the course hosted the Queensland Shootout Championships and in 2009, it will make its debut on the roster of Australian Social Golf Club Championships courses when it hosts the second round.

Palmer Colonial

The Colonial Golf Course opened in 1992. Originally called Paradise Springs Golf Course, the facility was renamed The Colonial Golf Course in October 2003. Designed by Mitsuaki Kobayashi, the course boasts of beautifully groomed fairways and meticulously manicured greens and is widely regarded as being in the best condition on the Gold Coast. A farmland once home to cows, weeds and bush has been transformed into a visually stunning golf course with a reputation for always being presented in superb condition.

The 6,424 metre, par 72, championship course is a resort-style layout that meanders its way through 39 hectares of towering eucalyptus, picturesque lakes and serene waterways.  Flowering native and exotic trees and plants abound, while ornate bridges cross waterways throughout the course. One of the most striking and memorable elements of the facility is the stunning  colonial-Queenslander-style clubhouse. Designed by Alan Griffith Architects, it is a feature of the venue and was the inspiration for the new name and logo design.