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Australian-first resort to ‘hug’ top golf course

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Australian-first resort to ‘hug’ top golf course

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Australian-first resort to ‘hug’ prestigious Coast golf course in stunning $70m redevelopment

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The “biggest and most opulent” resort project of its kind in Australia is swinging into action on the Sunshine Coast.

A first in over-50s living, the $70 million Pelican Waters development will hug a “reconfigured” version of the area’s famous Greg Norman-designed golf course.

Palm Lake Resort Pelican Waters is ready to start its next phase of construction, with preliminary civic and earthworks wrapping up.

The first sod was turned in August 2021, but initial works have taken longer than expected due to the recent deluge.

Palm Lake Resort Sales Manager Alysia Nechvoglod confirmed to Sunshine Coast News that building can now start and the resort would have a revised opening date.


She said that once completed it would be the group’s most “iconic” and “game-changing” address.

Residents at Palm Lake Resort Pelican Waters will be close to a first-class golf course.

Major renovations are also taking place at the Pelican Waters Golf Club, including a reconfiguration of the existing golf course, which was considered one of the finest in the nation, to accommodate the new development.

“Up to this point, it’s been all about earthworks and civils,” Ms Nechvoglod said.

“The first homes and facilities will be next with a new opening date anticipated early in 2023.

“Of course, that is contingent on the weather conditions.”

About 320 custom-designed homes will make up the resort, enjoying water frontage or direct golf course access. An impressive lakefront community hub will offer social, sporting and wellness facilities.


From a design perspective, Palm Lake Resort Pelican Waters will take its inspiration from Palm Springs-style mid-century modernism and will give a “holiday everyday” feel.

About 320 custom-designed homes will make up the resort.

“There are four main precincts within Palm Lake Resort Pelican Waters’ Country Club: a social/dining precinct, a sporting precinct, a health and wellness precinct as well as an arts and leisure precinct,” Ms Nechvoglod said.

“Eldorado is the sports precinct – and what a precinct it will be, both for those who like to stay active and healthy, and those who simply like fun, social competition.

“There’s a two-lane tenpin bowling alley, golf simulator rooms, a dedicated table tennis room, tennis courts and pickleball courts.

“The jewel in this sporting precinct’s crown is the eight-rink undercover lawn bowls green.”

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Ms Nechvoglod said the health and wellness precinct would offer a dedicated yoga room, sauna, a Milon gymnasium, Pilates studio, salt therapy room and indoor pool.

The golf clubhouse has undergone major renovation works.

As well as the over-50s resort and upgrades to the existing golf course, the Pelican Waters Golf Club clubhouse has also undergone a “dramatic” upgrade for use by the wider community.

This includes a new stand-alone pro shop, training academy, mini golf, pitch and putt and driving range.

Palm Lake Resort told SCN an announcement on the reopening of the golf course was expected soon, but it could not reveal a date at this time.

Pelican Waters Golf Club was established in February 2001 with an impressive 6289m championship course.

It placed 25th in public access golf courses in Australia in 2019 and has been ranked best golf course on the Sunshine Coast.


The Palm Lake Resort Pelican Waters sales information centre is now open on-site. Visit Palm Lake Resort.