The Pines Sanctuary Cove To Feature in Gold Coast Golf Championship
The support of new major sponsor Ladbrokes has paved the way for significant upgrades to the four host courses. For the first time ever, the private, members-only The Pines at Sanctuary Cove will be included in the four course rotation for the Gold Coast World Masters Golf Championship.
The only Arnold Palmer signature golf course in Australia, The Pines is where Norman, Palmer and Nicklaus played the richest Skins tournaments. Sanctuary Cove is where Adam Scott honed his skills and still calls home and says “When I think of great golf in Australia, I think of The Pines Sanctuary Cove, a true test of the game.”
Just short of 6,700 metres, the golf course meanders through 101 hectares of established pine forest and 6 large man-made lakes. Several risk and reward holes and striking corridor approaches to several holes are signature design features. There’s an abundance of wildlife with a gallery of kangaroos looking on.
The Pines Sanctuary Cove, joins Links Hope Island, The Glades and RACV Royal Pines to host this year’s tournament. With a AGU course rating of 74, the Links is an 18-hole traditional “links” style championship course designed by 5 times British Open champion Peter Thomson and the team at Thomson, Wolveridge and Partners.
Next, designed by Australian golfing icon, Greg Norman, the Glades displays Norman’s trademark aggressive layout with 98 bunkers amongst 9 hectares of wetland area that create a natural wildlife sanctuary within the course.
Finally the newly redesigned RACV Royal Pines championship golf course, which hosts the men’s and women’s PGA, offers 3 challenging 18 Hole combinations for a great golfing experience.
Playing in his 16th consecutive World Masters, Jerome Ballard from Sydney’s Twin Creeks is keen to be challenged on the Gold Coast’s top four courses. “The reviews of The Pines at Sanctuary Cove from the likes of Adam Scott has me excited to be playing there for the very first time. Links Hope Island is a great layout and immaculately conditioned. I always enjoy the bent greens at The Glades and I am keen to have a crack at the revamped Royal Pines.”
The Ladbrokes World Masters Golf Championship is open to all male and female golfers aged 35 plus with an official golf handicap. Competition is in 15 divisions based on age and handicap and playing with golfers your own age and standard is among the tournament’s popular traditions. All golfers compete in the 4-round stableford event with ‘A’ grade golfers also eligible for the best gross.
The World Masters always has outstanding prizes for the golf competition and the final night lucky draws are keenly anticipated. Eight cars, a trip to the US Masters, golf tours to international destinations have all been given away. There’s $30,000 in lucky prizes guaranteed to be won this year.