Sanctuary Cove unveils new-look Palms

If the Sanctuary Cove of old was a golfing heaven, it’s now reached even loftier heights.

Mulpha Sanctuary Cove and the Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club last month unveiled the resort’s second private golf course after an $8.8 million overhaul.

More than 2500 corporate bookings were taken by the golf club before its scheduled opening in April.

 Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club Palms Course Sanctuary Cove unveils the new-look $8.8m Palms Course

“We’ve been overwhelmed with the number of golfers wanting to play on the reconfigured Palms,” said Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club general manager Stephen Turner.

“But the numbers will be restricted to corporate golfers and those staying at the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove as the golf course is owned by members and will be predominantly for their use.”

“The facilities and golfing options now available for members of the Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club are up there with the best in Australasia so there is certainly a sense of excitement from members about the options now available to them.”

The opening of the Palms was part of the ongoing transformation of Sanctuary Cove infrastructure and follows the completion of the $12 million golf club last year.

Sanctuary Cove’s Executive General Manager Alison Quinn said the completed works on The Palms formed a vital part of Sanctuary Cove’s golfing facilities.

“More than $20 million has been spent on enhancing Sanctuary Cove’s golfing amenity over the last two years and this latest completion will help attract more visitors and further enhance the resort amenities for residents,” said Quinn.

The Palms has been entirely re-designed by renowned Australian golf course architect Ross Watson and includes two new holes fronting Sunland’s luxury home and duplex residential product.

Watson has designed several famous courses both across Australia and internationally, including The Royal Sydney Golf Course and Magnolia Golf Club in Japan, but said The Palms is one of his most outstanding creations.

“Living at Hope Island means I almost lived on the job when I was re-designing The Palms; I visited this job 10 times more than I would any of my previous sites,” he said.

Watson said the course is unique because of its rustic bunker style and strategic layout.

“The neighbouring Pines course is known for its length, but The Palms is deliberately shorter and requires the player to think more about where the pin is and where they need to be aiming – it’s the ‘thinking man’s’ course,” he said.

“It will be interesting to see which of the two courses members favour.”

The Palms golf course is now officially open to members.

The Country Club overlooking The Palms is also undergoing a substantial upgrade, with the improved amenities including a fully equipped gymnasium, new tennis courts, a 25 metre heated pool, Cove kids program and child minding facilities, group fitness classes including yoga and pilates and massage therapies.