20 December 2013

Golf entertainment facility sets new benchmark

Brisbane now has a world-class golf entertainment facility to call its own after the opening of Golf Central
BNE this week at Brisbane Airport.
The $6 million project adds another significant facility to the Skygate precinct at Brisbane Airport alongside
the DFO, the Novotel Brisbane Airport and Queensland’s first 24 hour Woolworths.
The 17 hectare site in the heart of the thriving Brisbane Airport has been transformed into a golf entertainment
precinct that includes an 18 hole mini golf course, 50 bay driving range, TaylorMade Performance Lab (only
the second in the Southern Hemisphere), golf excellence centre, short game zone and a fully licensed bar
and café.
“Our vision was to create a resort like environment in the heart of Brisbane, minutes from the CBD and I think
the results speak for themselves,” said James Cooper, Director of Golf Central.
The 18 Hole mini golf course is already a hit with families and is a world of fun, literally.

Golf entertainment facility sets new benchmark
Each hole is named
after a country and the theming around each of these countries will continue to grow over time. The course
is beautiful landscaped with native plants, waterways, an amazing Bose sound system and is fully flood lit.
“We had the course designed by Castle Golf who are industry leading mini golf designers out of Scottsdale in
the United States of America,” he said. “We wanted to ensure that we created a world-class course that would
entertain children, families and corporates alike.”
The Christmas parties have been really successful in the last week, with plenty more scheduled between
now and the 25th. “We have a number of packages that include mini golf and a gourmet selection of food and
beverage offerings,” Mr Cooper said.
The golf driving range opened yesterday, and will provide an amazing facility for juniors, beginners, and
ladies through to elite players. “As a PGA professional who has travelled the world with a
set of golf clubs, it was very evident that Brisbane has previously pulled up short in its offering of high quality
driving range facilities,” he said. “Cities such as Melbourne have four or five great facilities and we are well short of that
number, despite being home to some of the world’s top golfers.”
The driving range is an absolute picture: the 300 metre range will be presented in a fashion that is more in
tune with some of the best resort golf courses in the country and not a driving range. The rolling undulations,
eleven targets and the spilt fairway after the 150 metre mark are not only unique, they are extremely inviting
and very realistic.
The 29 undercover bays are complimented by 20 grass tees, two putting and chipping greens and a
coaching centre. “The entire facility is fully flood lit and will be an amazing place to spend the summer
afternoons and evenings,” Mr Cooper said. Golf Central BNE will operate from 7.00am until late 7 days a week,
and will be open the entire December and January holiday period, closing only on Christmas Day.
Australian based golf facility operator Avid Sports Management has developed the facility and will operate
Golf Central BNE long term.