Royal Pines Golf Resort – Binowee & Wangara Course
Coast, Queensland, Australia|
yards Par 72|
Maruyama, Graham Mash|
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|Fairways Conditions ||
|Landscaping & Views ||
|The course is set on a flat
terrain with total 27 holes, comprising of 3-nine holes courses. They are named
Aroona, Binnowee & Wangara Course. The Aroona & Binnowee Course hosted
The Austrian Ladies Masters. These two 9 hole courses were designed by Tomojiro
Maruyama. They have wide fairways and are relatively easy despite being long with
total yardage of 7185 yards. |
Wangara Course which was designed by Graham
Marsh was added in 2005. This 9 hole is relatively short with 3221 yards, par
36. The fairways are squeezed and the greens have fair undulations. Along with
well-positioned bunkers, accuracy is the key to success. This time, I did not
play the Ladies Open Course but the Binnowee & Wangara Course which was recommended
by the caddy master. As recommended, Wangara was an absolute delight to play.
| A straight long par 5. Since trees
and a lake protect the right side of the fairway, a left to right players need
to pay an attention. A big green is guarded by a bunker on the right and a lake
on the left. |
|A straight hole. Lakes on both
sides of the fairway and a bunker 240 yards from the tee are in play off the tee.
Since this hole is long, distance off the tee is important. The lakes of both
sides of the fairway are connected by a creek wich crosses the fairway 50 yards
in front of the green. The green is wide and gives you ample room to target. |
A beautiful hole over a lake.
The contrast among the lake, the green and bunkers is fantastic.
dogleg to the left. The left corner bunker is 225 yards off the tee. You need
to be careful because there is a blind lake on the left hand side of the bunker.
A big bunker is waiting around 90 yards in front of the green. Good course management
to avoid this bunker is required to get by with a low score.|
dogleg to the left. The left side bunker is 220 yards off the tee, and a right
side bunker 240 yards. These bunkers squeeze the fairway as they limit the landing
area of tee shot. The narrow and deep green is slightly elevated.
|It takes 1 hour from Brisbane Airport
and 20 minutes from Suffers Paradise by car. This golf course is located in a
resort complex. A big tennis tournament was going on at the resort's tennis courts
the day I played. Anyone can play from the longest tees. Yardage sticks are measured
in meters. A GPS golf cart is very convenient to show distance and your exact
position with respect to greens, bunkers and water hazards. |
The course was
ranked 97th in Australia by Golf Digest 2004. Tomojiro Maruyama designed courses
in Japan are Kobe Royal Pines GC and Myoukou Pain Valley CC. Another designer,
Graham Mash, has designed about 50 golf courses mainly in Australia and Asia.
As far as Asia is concerned, Penang GR, Tropicana G&CC, Penang GR and Staffield
CR and Stera Harbour
G&CC are his designs in Malaysia. Fairways & Bluewater RG&C and
Royal Northwoods G&CC are in Philippine. Gading Raya Pading GC is in Indonesia.
Silk River CC is in Korea, BFA International
Convention Center (博鰲論壇亞州国際会議中心)GC is in China. Mission
Valley GC, Kagoshima Gaden GC and Karuizawa 900 C are in Japan and Robina
Woods GC is in Australia.