Sad news coming from Far North Queensland with confirmation that Paradise Palms golf course to close.
You have until June to play your last round of golf at Paradise Palms with confirmation that the course will close with plans to redevelop the site with housing, school, retirement village and tourist park.
Paradise Palms golf course, located 25-minutes drive north of Cairns was originally owned by Daikyo, the giant Japanese real-estate company.
Opening in 1990 the Graham Marsh and Ross Watson design was known for its huge greens, lush tropical surroundings, massive clubhouse and regularly rated high in lists of Australia’s best golf courses.
The news of the impending closure pf the golf course at Paradise Palms was confirmed in The Cairns Post and republished on the Paradise Palms website indicating the clubhouse will stay as part of the new resort.
“Golf will no longer be available at Paradise Palms from mid-June as resort managing director Darren Halpin prepares to lodge a development application with Cairns Regional Council to transform the Kewarra Beach 18-hole course into a new housing estate. The resort and clubhouse facility will remain open.”
“The clubhouse, which will be repurposed, is to be the only remnant of the property’s 30-year golfing history.
Mr Halpin, who was reluctant to put a total cost on the redevelopment, said he was trying to ensure better community use of the northern beaches asset.
“At the moment, only golfers use it, and there’s 150 members here, and maybe some visitors,” he said.
The news comes as no surprise to many locals who knew for some time that the closure was on the cards but it remains to be seen when, or if the new development will eventually go ahead.