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Atherton Golf Course boasts 18 holes of challenging golf. The par for men is 70 (5588m) and for women par 72 (4983m)
Atherton is a parkland course which has a variety of large and small elevated greens, with fairways that thread through tall gum trees. Located at about 700m above sea level, you’ll find that your shots fly that little bit extra in distance; most visitors find they are hitting one club less with their approach shots. The altitude also makes the course much cooler to play at any time of the year, rather than the courses on the tropical coast at sea level. The best months to visit the scenic Atherton Tablelands are April to September. Generally the golf course is open every day all year round, but check with the club for up-to-the-minute information. (Even greens-keepers can’t stop tropical rain!).
The course is easily walked, though motorised buggies are available for hire, and while it is not long it comprises many holes where good course management and well played irons are rewarded. A few longer holes reward the big hitters, but all golfers will find Atherton a good test of golf. Bring your tree iron!
The course is located between the wet tropical rain-forest to the east and the drier eucalypt country to the west. Golfers, as they thread their way around the many trees and cunningly located bunkers, are accompanied by numerous types of animal and birdlife, particularly curlews, if you can locate their well camouflaged shapes.
You’ll hit a few more irons off the tee than you perhaps would on some other courses, as there are some near right angle dog-leg holes, but this only adds to the challenge. And when you sink your last putt on the last green, the Nineteenth Hole is ready and waiting…
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