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Maroochy River Eyes Big Tournament Return to Sunshine Coast

Maroochy River Golf Club says it could stage a major event like the Australian PGA Championship.
One of Australia’s newest layouts, Maroochy River Golf Club, has expressed its desire to bring a major professional event back to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Maroochy River, which moved from its former Horton Park site in Maroochydore to its current location in the Sunshine Coast suburb of Bli Bli in 2015, says it could stage an event the size of the Australian PGA Championship, which has been held continuously in Queensland since 2000.

“It’s certainly something that has been spoken about,” said club general manager Charlie McGill when asked if Maroochy River was hopeful of staging a pro tour event.

“We completed a two-day pro-am [in August] to rave reviews from all the professionals.”

Maroochy River is the newest course on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and its 18-hole championship course was designed by Graham Marsh, who was also responsible for the redesign of current Australian PGA Championship venue Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.

“I think in years to come it would be nice to have a professional event back on the Sunshine Coast,” Maroochy River’s club professional Sean Seymore said.

The Sunshine Coast played host to the Australian PGA from 2002 to 2012 at Coolum.

“It was a great event, I know the professionals enjoyed coming to the Sunshine Coast and bringing their families and I think, in years to come, our golf course is only going to get better and better.”

Seymour said Maroochy River is capable of hosting an event similar to the Australian PGA.

“For sure. Off our black tees, you’re looking at about 6,400 metres, so it’s got the length there and that element of the wind.

“Some of those holes are just really tough, so I think the pros would enjoy it because the holes change from day-to-day depending on the wind.”

SIGNATURE HOLES: 9TH AT PALMER COOLUM (QLD)

 

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