The course at Noosa Springs Golf Club lies a couple of miles inland from the Pacific coastline, between the Noosa National Park and Lake Wayba.
With some fairways cut through tracts of tropical rainforest and others routed round a number of spring-fed pools, the course is intended to “challenge the experienced player, inspire the novice and provide enjoyment for all”.
A typical resort layout designed by Graham Papworth – who left the Ross Watson/Graham Marsh design company after eight years in 1993 to set up his own business – the Noosa Springs course was one of the first to bear his architectural stamp.
The front nine are tight and long with plenty of water to take into consideration – though a nice touch on tee boxes are signs indicating the yardage to carry these hazards – but golfers who are not prepared to trade distance for accuracy may find some big numbers appearing on their scorecard.
A program of establishing apartments close to some of the fairways is underway and it’s hoped this residential development will not unduly interfere with proceedings on the course.
Graham Papworth course architect writes:
Noosa Springs was created in the mid 1990s and carved out of marginal land adjoining Lake Weyba, behind the township of Noosa on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. It now forms the centrepiece of a very sought after residential estate which includes a superb clubhouse, resort and day spa.
The 6,189-metre par 72 layout is a very strategic design with some heroic carry options whilst providing alternative lines of play for the less adventurous. It challenges all standards of player to put a good score together yet remains fun to play when taking the safer route to the flag and the playing surfaces are always very well presented.
There are several good holes on both nines and no two holes are alike, on the outward nine the pocket of land which is home to the 5th, 6th and 7th holes is isolated from any surrounding development and has attained its own “Amen Corner” reputation. The 329-metre 5th is drivable across water and while there are many other playing options the least risky tee shot results in the most challenging second shot bringing water beyond the green into play.
The 6th is a straightforward 356-metre par four however the tee shot needs to be placed on the right side of the fairway near a trap in order to play an approach down the length of the green which drops away steeply on the sides and rear.
At 415 metres and often into a wind, the 7th has the number 1 index and to anyone but the scratch golfer it makes sense to play it as a short par five so as to reduce the risk of finding the water that stretches down the right side and the full length of the hole.
Coming home, the 14th is only a 329-metre par four but uphill to a blind putting surface and a number of traps to negotiate makes it the fourth most difficult hole on the course. After which you turn downhill to play the 524-metre par five with great incentive to try and carry the creek crossing the fairway at a good drive length and thus be in position to place your second short and just left of the green for the ideal pitch approach.
American opulence, gated communities and gross wealth make me grumpy. Noosa Springs gave me a view of this in Australia. While it displayed a growing part of our society I strongly dislike the golf was fun, strategic and well presented. I suspect the course rates where it does because the resort does not court wider recognition.
The memorable moments at Noosa are the heroic holes that tempt carry over water. These are numerous, but spattered throughout the round. The thing about these holes is that the reward is not worth the risk. The smart play is being boring. But the course slowly temps you into making a mistake and taking on the unneeded risk.
Aside from these holes there are a bunch of well designed strategic holes with the 3rd and the 17th being highlights . Overall, the land is flat bar a small hill that is used to great effect on the back nine. Water is generally in play, but the architecture is by no means penal. The bunkering, while aesthetic, lacks teeth. The surrounds are a mix between lovely scrub and mansions bordering canals.
Overall, I enjoyed Noosa Springs. It’s a proper golf course.
Plenty of lakes and bunkers test out golfers of all abilities, the course has a championship parkland type feel to it, but is still playable for the higher handicapper. 2 nine hole loops are on display at Noosa Springs,
with both nines fairly similar, but more water on the front nine to test your game early.
Beautiful natural Australian bushland surrounds the course with plenty of fauna and flora evident, the course has some man made water features and natural ones that are easy on the eye, as well the local kangaroos! Fairway and green side bunkering was excellent both is design and playability, as well as the condition of them
I enjoyed my round here, enough space off the tee, generous green complexes with enough roll occurring on the undulating greens to make for low and high scoring. Course was in great condition and the ambiance of the place was there for all to see whilst playing the course.