Then, in August 2010, a closed sign was strung across the car park entrance.
Today, nearly 14 years on and still under the management that rescued the seemingly doomed layout, Palm Meadows is flourishing to be one of the Gold Coast’s most popular courses.
In issue No.4 of Golf Australia magazine, the late, great Tom Ramsey, who was then consulting editor, wrote about “an exciting new creation on the Gold Coast.”
He and photographer John Knight had visited the Palm Meadows layout in March 1987, as construction was nearing completion on the first Australian course to be created by the design team, Graham Marsh and Ross Watson. More than $30 million had been spent by the Japanese company, Daikyo Kanko Co., in creating the course and luxurious clubhouse.
Ramsey wrote: “More courses like Palm Meadows are sorely needed on the Gold Coast, which…