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Coasting : Coastal Life 17th Dec 2009
central coast tourism Summer 2010 COASTAL LIFE 13 AIRMAN: Len Birger. Q&A: Craig Parry, professional golfer and co-designer of the Kooindah Wa ters layout Q: Weekend golfers could be excused for sometimes thinking that golf course designers are cruel people with no senses of humour. Did you feel a mean streak surging through your veins when you worked on designing Kooindah? A: [Laughs] If you’re sensible with your game and play within your limitations you can have a very good day out here. However, if you think that your game is a lot better than it actually is, then you’ll come undone. Q: Any general tips on how weekend golfers should approach a round at Kooindah? A: Play away from the fairway bunkers. They are there to keep you away from that area. And you can always run the ball up onto the greens. Yo u don’t need to fly every shot onto the greens. That’s one of the keys to playing the course. Q: Do you have a favourite hole at Kooindah? A: Probably No 14. It’s a driveable par-4 if there is an easterly wind blowing. It’s a real risk and reward hole. The sensible way to play it is to hit a 4- or 5-iron off the tee and then a pitching wedge onto the green. Q: The dogleg at No 3 is a talking point among a lot of golfers. Can you explain once and for all how to play it? A: Ta ke a long iron off the tee and keep the ball short of the bunker and the water hazard. Then hit a long iron or wood into the green. That’s the way the hole was always meant to be played. Ta king driver off the tee is not the way to go. No 3 is one of those under-rated holes. Q: If God could grant the weekend golfer complete mastery of one club during a round at Kooindah, what club would be of most use here? A: I’d say pitching wedge, because there are a lot of times when you would hit the ball into the wedge range, and if you are a good wedge player, you could make a lot of birdies. Holes No 1 and No 10 instantly come to mind. Q: Yo u’ve played a lot of golf courses around the world, how does Kooindah rate? A: I think Kooindah is a fantastic golf course. What I like about it is that it tests all abilities. We’ve given the golfer the opportunity to decide what shot they want to play, and their ability should determine what shot they go with. There are a lot of birdie chances out there, and eagle chances on the par-5s. It’s risk and reward, and it’s something that Kooindah does very well. Q: Any tips for golfers who are visiting with non-golfing partners? A: Sure. My wife [Jenny] and daughter [April] are booked in at the Endota Day Spa tomorrow and [son] Brendan and I are booked in to play golf. Perfect! Q: Finally, any tips on how to play the tempting 19th hole at Kooindah? A: [Laughs] Ye s, make sure that you book in at the resort so that you can have a few drinks. Golfand day spas Soak up the sun, admire the beach and blue water views or just get down to some serious relaxation at El Lago Waters Resor t. Wrapped around the resor t’s pool on the edge of Tu ggerah lake, El Lago Waters Resor ts offers 4 styles of modern luxurious accommodation, all recently renovated, that open onto a balcony overlooking the pool and Lakeviews. Only minutes walk to the town centre, Restaurants and surf beaches El Lago is a true resor t, in every sense of the word, so guests can take advantage of all the resor t’s facilities – the pool, sauna, massage/beauty centre or a game of tennis on our floodlit cour t. El Lago Waters Resort THE ENTRANCE 41 The Entrance Road 02 4332 3955 www.ellago.com.au The nearby Tu ggerah Lakes Golf Club (4332 3400) at Shelly Beach is one of the region’s premier public courses. Also a links-style layout, Tu ggerah Lakes features some spectacular ocean views. The other public-access courses to add to your golfing holiday itinerary are Wyong Golf Club (4352 1361), a popular tree- lined layout featuring long, wide and lush fairways; To ukley Golf Club (4396 5811), a challenging course with water features and two distinctly different nines; Gosford Golf Club (4325 0361), a par-71 course close to the CBD; Te rrigal Memorial Country Club (4384 2661), a picturesque nine-hole course with a par of 33; Everglades Country Club (4341 1866), a testing par-68 layout at Woy Woy; Green Hill Golf and Country Club (4373 1522), a long par-72 course set high in the bush at Peats Ridge and featuring water springs on the fairways; and Mangrove Mountain Memorial Club (4373 1129) an attractive 10-hole course featuring undulating fairways and an abundance of resident wildlife. Local professional golfer Scott Bennett of Golf Xtra (4344 1136) can take the guess work out of your golfing adventures on the Central Coast. Scott organises golf tours, clinics and corporate packages for golfers of all standards. Check out the website www.golfxtra.com.au to see how Scott can improve your game and your holiday. Other day spas to check out include Jhalu Day Spa and Fitness (4341 3370) at Mantra Ettalong Beach Resort (not far from Everglades Country Club); Ambience Urban Spa (4396 5438) at To ukley (not far from To ukley or Wyong golf courses); Avoca Bouddi Health Spa (4382 6181) at Avoca Beach (not far from Te rrigal Memorial Country Club) and Five Star Day Spa (4365 1168) at Erina (not far from Gosford Golf Club). SEASIDE LINKS: The Magenta Shores golf course boasts stunning ocean views. DUSK DRIVE: Negotiating the pine trees at Tu ggerah Lakes golf course. Picture by Ryan Osland. Picture by Richard Gosling.
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