Designed by Peter Thomson, the course at Twin Waters Golf Club is a fairly flat, resort style layout with splashes of water and sand bunkers dotted in and around the wide fairways. After several years of decline, the purchase of the course by Dr Tsutomu Yamaji in 2005 led to a dramatic improvement in its overall presentation.
The 18 holes are routed over natural, gently rolling terrain and even though the course can challenge the best of players, it isn’t overly penal so most golfers can expect to putt out on the last green playing the ball they first teed off with.
The opening hole at Twin Waters is the longest on the card and a relatively tough way to start the round. Holes 2 and 7 are picturesque short holes that catch the eye and they precede the signature hole at the 8th. Here, the green was designed in homage to the “Road Hole” at St Andrews, complete with protective pot bunker.
On the back nine, the 12th is a fine short par four where no fewer than ten bunkers protect par. The par three at the 17th is the most difficult short hole on the course and it’s followed by a par five final hole that just might yield a closing birdie with some aggressive play.In conjunction with Club Pelican, Pacific Harbour and Noosa Springs, Twin Waters offer a discounted green fee rate for those who hold a Sunshine Coast Golf Pass – an excellent investment if ever there was one for visiting golfers.
A resort course that is not home to championships or large ad budgets, but has a level of longevity on the Sunshine Coast. It also had better conditions than its higher rated neighbours with the way that it coped with plenty of rain. True to the resort course ideal the hazards are present but not always in the line of play and allow the golfer to enjoy themselves; the downside is some of the holes are filler but I'd love to go back and try them again.
I'm really surprised that Twin Waters rating is so low on this list, to me it remains the best course on the Sunshine Coast by a long way (especially now that Pelican has closed down). Unlike some of its comparative courses on the Gold Coast, Twin Waters is always in good condition, including during a cyclonic downpour as I experienced in December 21.
The course has a tough layout and there never seems to be much run even though the fairways are always well manicured. You earn every success at Twin Waters! It is fairly typical for the Thomson/Wolveridge/Perrett designs and as described by Tyson (above review), the bunkering always presents where you least want it.
My favourite holes are the 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th, 13th and 16th. The front nine 'trilogy' is a short par 4 around a lake demanding an accurate drive and approach, a mid-range par 3 to an elevated green, and the 8th which is a long par 4 modelled on the Road Hole at St Andrews, but with lake to contend with rather than a hotel.
The 12th requires a long straight drive or a lay up off the tee to be short of the bunkers. The 13th/16th are the best holes on the course. The 13th being a typical risk/reward dog leg around a lake and negotiating a pot bunker on the corner, then the approach is to an elevated green. The 16th reverses that, with bunkers on the right throwing your drive further left than you would wish, to another slightly elevated green.
Twin Waters is well worth a trip just to play there, for a long while it was in Australia's top 25 courses and is still fabulous, it is definitely the pick of Sunshine Coast courses. Close by is a new course Maroochy Waters, an open and windy course but a great design and probably second best on the coast.
Hello Sunshine Coast Golf! Plenty of natural Australian bushland and animals line the fairways and beyond at Twin Waters GC.
It's a challenging links style layout with wide generous rolling fairways with man made mounds and typical of it's designer Peter Thompson - pot bunkering.
It's a relatively flat course with not as much water as it's name suggests, the routing is fairly north south running which means it's wind patterns are fairly well the same all the time, this is the only downside to what is otherwise a great little course.
Had a beautiful morning at Twin Waters, with a big thanks going out to Dom and his crew, ground staff were excellent as were all members I bumped into along the way!
Hitting par on the first and birdie on the last helped to net a great round.