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Published September 6th 2012
Get into the swing of things
Recently I played my first ever round of golf, and what an incredible place to start. Boomerang Farm Golf Course is the perfect setting for getting away from it all, without actually having to go that far. It is a course full of charm, with bags of character, and some of the most spectacular scenic views I have seen.
It is located in Queensland's beautiful Gold Coast hinterland, in the quaint village of Mudgeeraba, which is about 20 minutes from the coast. This iconic course is perfect for beginners or seasoned professionals – it is surrounded by tropical rainforest and bush, which is home to some of Australia's much loved wildlife.
We started at the putting green to get into the swing of things. I had only ever played at a driving range before, so was only intending to have a few practice shots whilst my brother played, but in amongst the relaxed stunning setting, I found myself inspired and ended up playing the whole 9 holes. Plus, much to the equal delight and annoyance of my brother, I was actually pretty good for a newbie, and now I can't wait to go back and play again, and would go back to this course in a heartbeat.
Certainly a course like this was perfect for me (and other beginners) – I have in the past felt put off from trying the large corporate courses, which perhaps lack some personality and character. This absolutely was the ideal friendly setting I needed, that allowed me to learn and take it at my own pace.
It is a 9-hole course which has been crafted beautifully over almost 20 hectares – it has 18 different tees which are mostly par 3's and 4's with the longest being a 500 metre par 5. There are some streams, dams and trees throughout the course to make it that much more interesting and challenging.
Before being developed into a golf course in 1994, the course started out as a dairy farm, it was then transformed into a rural tourist attraction where visitors could experience such delights as boomerang throwing.
The regulars cannot speak more highly of the place - one guy I was speaking to said "you will not play on a better course, the views, the character and the location are just the best you can get anywhere on the Gold Coast". I have limited experience of golf courses, but my brother, who has played all over the world, was very impressed and said that the views from the high tees are some of the best he has ever seen. I have to agree.
One of the highlights is the "rustic" clubhouse, which was originally built in 1902. It is a wonderful log cabin style building with furnishings that wouldn't be out of place in a western. It is the perfect setting for a few beers after a game and has plenty of seating on the decking or inside at the bar. It is fully licensed and serves a large variety of alcohol as well as snacks.
For 9 holes it is $20 per person, for 18 holes it is $30 per person - 9 holes took us about 2.5 hours to complete. We had a motorised buggy, which I would absolutely recommend, mainly because it is fun, but also because it is quite a walk with some steep hills and drops. A buggy is $24 for 9 holes and $35 for 18 holes. For club hire it is $10 and for a pull trolley it is $3.
I managed to get an amazing deal from livingsocial for 9 holes for two with motorised buggy and two free drinks, all for $29. It's totally worth looking out for such deals, plus check out the Boomerang Farm website for special deals and offers, such as 50% off on Sundays.
They have lots of competitions for all levels and events too, so check out their website for updates and details.