GemLife Rainbow Beach at Lake Cathie is proving popular with golf enthusiasts.
Contract holders Ross Turner and Neil Beecroft, who are both locals, could not be happier to be moving into the resort which, when complete will host a golf simulator and is also located a short distance from four major golf clubs.
“I am told we will be able to simulate playing golf on professional courses like Augusta. That is something I definitely want to try,” said Ross.
Golf as a sporting interest has a big following throughout the area with strong memberships at many local clubs including Port Macquarie Golf Club, Wauchope Golf Club, Emerald Downs Golf Course and Kew Country Club.
Neil said the Port Macquarie Golf Club, of which he and Ross are members, is considered one of the better member courses in NSW, if not Australia, and hosts several major tournaments each year including the Pro Am and The Seaside Classic.
Both Neil and Ross, together with their wives Maree and Sandra, have played golf most of their lives and say it has become more than just an opportunity to exercise and experience the great outdoors.
“I have been golfing since I was 12 years old and was down to a handicap of eight at one time and even shot a hole-in-one back in 1974 but my handicap now is 13. These days we play more for the social side of the sport,” said Ross.
“Sandra has a handicap of 31 and plays at the Kew Country Club twice a week. She loves getting out with the girls and recently had a great time on a three-day golfing trip to Forster.”
Neil agrees the social benefits have become an important aspect, adding it is a sport that can be played 12 months of the year in areas like Lake Cathie and Port Macquarie because of the great weather.
“The social aspect of golf is a big thing. You can just get out there and play with people you know while enjoying the company, the great outdoors, and the game. You may even get a little fitter in the process,” he quipped.
Ross said golfing was also good for the health and would remain a regular three-day a week activity once he moves into GemLife Rainbow Beach.
“The resort is only ten minutes away from the golf club and two minutes from the beach and, when complete, we will have many great facilities at our doorstep including a swimming pool and gym.
“In addition, we were also surprised and delighted with the quality of the homes, the colour schemes and excellent size of the living spaces. We really can’t wait to move in,” he said.
The golf simulator has been given the thumbs up by both golfers who believe it will provide a swinging good time.
In the meantime, Neil has some advice for anyone interested in taking up golf.
“Even if you feel you have limited capabilities, most people can learn to play. Getting lessons from a professional is a great start because you will get a good basic grounding without developing bad habits that you may find hard to lose later.”