Word?s getting around about Murwillumbah?s hidden gem
YOU never who you might see on the links at Murwillumbah Golf Course.
Over the holiday break, the club played host to several sporting identities including former Test cricketer Greg Ritchie and leading Australian ladies professional golfer Rachel Hetherington.
"I always enjoy playing at Murwillumbah Golf Club as it reminds me of Royal Sydney, with a couple of tricky dogleg holes," Hetherington said.
"With the Australian Women's Open to be played in a few weeks at Royal Sydney it has been good practice."
Hetherington has been in Australia taking a well earned rest after the gruelling US LPGA tour and enjoyed a few quiet games away from the crowds at Murwillumbah.
While in Australia she will play the Australian Women's Open in Sydney early next month and then head to the Gold Coast for the ANZ Australian Masters at Robina also in February.
Another well-known identity who dropped in for a round was rugby league Footy Show co-host Paul 'Fatty' Vautin.
Vautin, on vacation on the Tweed Coast, heard some great reviews of the Murwillumbah Golf Course and decided to see for himself.
After his round, Vautin said he was extremely impressed with the course and described it as "a real hidden gem".
And the club could be helping to create another star, bestowing Tweed Special Olympian Craig Read with an honourary 12-month membership to help him on his way as part of the Australian team for the special Olympics in China later this year.
The club's board received a request for any assistance at all to help Read in his preparation for Beijing.
Club secretary manager Brett Holland said it was a unanimous decision to offer Read honourary membership as he is a regular on the course, honing his golfing skills under the direction of Tweed Heads' Kev Borger.
Holland said the club may also consider a fundraising activity to help the determined young athlete fulfil his dreams.