Graham Marsh has participated in more than twenty Australian golf course projects and the 18-hole resort layout at Robina Woods Golf Club, now known as Palmer Gold Coast, was one of his first commissions as an architect, opening four years after he established his design business in 1986.
Laid out within a residential development, the course was carved through a 150-acre wooded site so many of the fairways are lined by eucalyptus trees with water, in the form of creeks and lakes, featuring at several of the holes.
The front nine is routed over an undulating landscape that allows for some pleasing changes in elevation then the return for home begins on a reclaimed floodplain before the closing holes head into more tumbling terrain as the round reaches a terrific climax.
The short par four 6th hole is one of the best on the front nine, sweeping left downhill from the tee to a green guarded by water to the front and right of the putting surface. The par five home hole is also protected by water, requiring golfers to negotiate three lakes between tee and green.Robina Woods hosted the Queensland PGA championship between 1995 and 2002.
The former Championship course is set in the natural Queensland bushland with towering eucalypts tunneling rolling fairways. An excellent routing greets the golfer here with two 9 hole loops.
A natural water-course featuring lakes, ponds, creeks and native wildlife completes a rare golf course environment that does have a residential estate beyond the bushland.
The course has plenty of bunkering throughout and can make for tough decisions to be made as the course has great elevation change and your ball could certainly roll forward or backward into one so club choice is crucial. Some holes are tight off the tee but once through the fairways are certainly wide enough.
The course has a Brookwater and Bonville feel to it in parts but these two other courses mentioned are certainly better conditioned than Palmer GC.
The 18th is the best hole on the course for it's elevated tee shot downhill to a large landing area has a great view, then to lay up, or take the water on that lurks around this green, risk vs reward is evident on this hole and more at Palmer GC.