Norman in talks for new North Queensland course

He’s a Queensland boy to the core so it is hardly surprising for our former world No. 1 Greg Norman to be keen to put his design “stamp” on another first-class layout in the Sunshine State.

The man we all refer to as the Great White Shark has his eye on a project in Far North Queensland which will include a golf course as part of proposed $650m eco-resort vision at Myola, which is on the banks of the Barron River near Kuranda in the far north.

Greg Norman Greg Norman (Credit: Asian Tour)

Norman arrived from the US in his private jet to inspect the site last week and reports say he came away impressed by the location and convinced he could create something special for golfers there.

Norman was a guest of KUR-World to inspect Macau developer Ken Lee’s proposed development.

KUR-World business development strategist Alex Blake told the Cairns Post that six weeks ago Norman’s company made contact with them to discuss future partnership opportunities involving the development of the golf course and expressed an interest in inspecting the Myola site.

Norman and his team were there for about four hours inspecting the site in Barnwell Rd before adjourning to a Cairns restaurant for some serious talking.

“That was our first meeting, so we are still in the early stages,” Blake told the local newspaper.

“We are assessing the potential to have them involved in course design, as well as ongoing golf course management services, after they recently moved into this area.”

“We still do not know how they found out about us. They have a good business development team.”

“He [Norman] was genuinely impressed by the Barnwell Farm property and he and his team were excited to potentially be involved in the development.”

“He said the site had the potential to be a truly unique course, particularly with our intention to be as eco-friendly as possible.”

“He seemed particularly interested in this aspect.”

Blake said it Norman was not looking to invest in the project, only the design and management of the course.