Situated a comfortable 18 kilometre west of the world renowned Gold Coast beaches, The Grand Golf Club is an unexpected sanctuary at the foot of the hinterland – known as The Green behind the Gold.
Regularly, players are joined by kangaroos for their round, majestically bounding along the fairway alongside the golfers, making a pleasant surprise and true piece of Australiana for international guests.
At the height of his international career, Greg Norman designed a $30 million course on the Gold Coast for a group of Japanese owners. The new club, in the foothills of the Gold Coast Hinterland, opened in 1990 – but was short-lived. With no funds available for the day-to-day operation of the course, it closed in dramatic circumstances after just one day.
It stayed untouched for five years and became unkempt and overgrown before a consortium of Australian businessmen had a shared vision of establishing a club and golf course unparalleled in the Australian market. The course would be owned by its members, where only members and their guests could play.
From there, The Grand Golf Club was born. Acquiring the site in February 1996 for much less than the $58 million price tag placed upon it in 1992, the new owners immediately engaged Norman to restore what had potential to be one of his great legacies to Australian golf.
The fairways were manicured, new bunkers installed and in a reference to the historical usage of the land, grapevines were planted to produce the course’s own wine.
After just 18 months of intensive work, Norman was awarded Membership number 1 and given the honour of launching The Grand Golf Club.
The course’s crowning glory came in 2001 when it hosted The Australian Open, which was won by Stuart Appleby.
Combining The Grand’s position as one of Australia’s most prestigious private courses and its position adjacent to 70 kilometres of pristine beaches, the 287 days annually of sunshine and everything else the Gold Coast has to offer ensures the ultimate golfing experience.
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