I recently wrote up a review of a round of golf I played on the Hamilton Island GOlf Club and posted it to tripadvisor and also iseekgolf. This is that review:
I played this course in August 2011. Surely it must be one of the world’s most spectacular golf courses. You access the course by a 10 minute ferry ride from Hamilton Island and the club house sits atop a hill which gives great views out over the Whitsunday Passage.
There are some tricky holes made even tougher by a stiff breeze which waits to push your ball off the fairway and into the coarse rough just off the fairway. I paid several penalties for lost balls, when tee shots hit the fairway and then rolled off the fairway into the rough.
The most memorable holes are definitely on the back nine. The par 3 14th, with fierce winds and a long carry over native bushland is as tricky an iron shot as you’ll find. The 15th is a great par four which runs downhill & into a stiff breeze, you’ll be best hitting something which keeps low here. Another distraction, when I played this hole, was the pod of humpback whales passing through the passage. The par 4 18th, hitting down the hill & with views forever is a great closing hole.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course, though it was one of the more challenging I have played.
This is the first of my #project365 photos with me in it!
This photo was taken on the 11th of January, I have just been a little bust and pre-occupied over the past couple of days with the current flooding here in Brisbane, as well as Central Queensland and through Queensland’s Outback.
So, this photo is Jackson and I playing the wii. The game is Rugby League 3 and Jackson LOVES it… He’s getting better at the game too but he HATES being beaten… and i REFUSE to let the Raiders get beaten, so games where I’m the Raiders are very difficult balancing game between me not wanting the Raiders to lose and Jackson’s frustration.
The game was Jackson and Kylie’s present to me for Christmas… It’s a great Christmas presie!
I am shocking with change…. I hate carrying around any change in my pocket and that normally means I dump all the change, at the end of everyday on the counter in the kitchen. From there it gets transferred to the piggy bank and then from there to the secret hiding spot and never seen again. Poor plan huh!
Andrew Sinclair introduced me to this beautiful machine. It’s a coin counter! You take all your loose change in, tip it into a tray and the machine starts sorting the change and counts it for you. After counting the change, you’re issued with a receipt that you take to the teller. The teller then can deposit the funds into your NAB account, or, cash you out and provide you with the funds in notes
OK, that’s the cool part. The not-so-cool part is that if you are not an NAB customer, the service charge to use this service is 10% of the value of the transaction.
I’m not aware of it in any other banks, but would be great to know if they’re out there.
This photo is taken looking towards the green on 13th hole. This hole is not kind to me… It’s a 308 metre par 4, with a water carry, the hole is indexed as the 4th hardest hole on the course. I average a 6.4 on this hole…. I normally put my tee shot over on the right hand side of the fairway and trees stop me from having a reasonable approach shot.
Today though, I managed a 5, which included a stinky 3 putt! boo! My birdie putt was hit way too soft and the second putt was pushed to the right… blah!
Today’s round was pretty good. I hit a 90 off the stick, which is my second best score on the course, behind an 89 I hit in April 2009…
Going to have to check the Sunday Mail tomorrow morning to see if I manage to get on the podium.
My nephew’s name is Harry and he’s three years old, turning four in April.
Harry’s got a great cranky face which he pulls nearly on command.
This photo was taken at Mum & Dad’s on Friday night, after Jackson and Harry had spent the day there. Apparently the highlights of the day were seeing the movie “Tangled”, swimming in the pool, watching tele at home and running around chasing each other.
The Brisbane International is a tennis tournament played annually in Brisbane. It’s an ATP World Tour event and brings some pretty big tennis names to Brisbane. In the mens draw Andy Roddick and Robin Soderling lead the way and in the womens side of the draw Nadia Petrova and Sam Stosser are the main drawcards.
The venue is fantastic, with the main court covered and close by to a train station. Further information on the Queensland Tennis Centre, which is where the tournament is, have a look at http://www.queenslandtenniscentre.com.au/
For more information on the Brisbane International have a look at http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/
Today’s photo is not one of me directly, but rather something about my beautiful State. Areas of Queensland are experiencing terrible flooding currently & I thought today I’d post a photo of the web page which has information about how to donate to the premier’s flood appeal.
So tonight Tourism Queenlsand launched “Passport to Shine” which is another part of the launch of Queensland, Where Australia Shines. The launch event was in London, whilst a lot of the action was in Brisbane around 930′ish PM when the site was sent live.
Passport to Shine gives facebook users the opportunity to win a cracking AU$100,000 Queensland holiday experience for themselves and nine mates. Epic.