The Coffs Harbour Golf Club Festival of Golf
The festival tees off on Saturday October 18, running through until the 26th. The festival has boasted around 1000 competitors and some famous faces in the past and this year's event promises to be action packed, with something to suit everyone. You can download the program and entry forms from the Coffs Harbour Golf Club website.
This year the club has had entries from as far afield as Alice Springs, and although spots are filling up fast, late entries are still accepted.
There's more to the festival than just golf though, there are also several social events on the calendar including a BBQ, fashion show and live entertainment. These events are also listed on the program.
How to get to Coffs Harbour:
View Larger MapCoffs Harbour is a town of around 65,000 people, set on the mid-northern coast of New South Wales. It is around half-way between Brisbane and Sydney. Your choices for getting to Coffs Harbour include driving, flying, catching a train or taking a bus.
If you're driving, it's a pretty simple trip. Regardless of where you are coming from, just get yourself onto the Pacific Highway and head in the relevant direction. The Pacific Highway will take you right into the heart of Coffs Harbour. To get to the golf club, turn off the highway into Harbour Drive (that's a right if you are north bound, left if you are south bound) and then take the second right in to Earl Street. The Golf Club is at the end of Earl Street.
If you want to fly to Coffs Harbour, you can choose between Qantas, Virgin Blue and Brindabella Airlines. From the airport you can catch a taxi or hire a car through Coffs Harbour Rent-a-Car, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz or Thrifty. Busways also runs some buses from the airport in to Coffs Harbour. Contact the company on (07) 6652 2744 to find out if they have a bus that runs near your hotel.
CountryLink runs three daily train service between Brisbane and Sydney with a stop at Coffs Harbour. Two of these services involve a bus between Brisbane and Casino which adds two hours to the total trip time. Adult tickets start from around $72 for an economy ticket from Brisbane to Coffs Harbour and around $80 from Sydney. You can check train times and book your tickets through the CountryLink website, or by calling 132 232.
Greyhound and Premier Coaches run bus services to Coffs Harbour. You can check their timetables through their websites or call Greyhound on 1300 473 946 and Premier Coaches on 13 34 10.
Where to stay:
The Coffs Harbour Golf Club is offering special deals with Best Western Torrington Apartments and BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort. To take advantage of these special deals, contact the Coffs Harbour Golf Club on (02) 6652 3244.
If neither of the above options take your fancy, there is plenty of other accomodation to be found around the Coffs Harbour area. You could try:
- Pacific Marina Luxury Apartments which are within walking distance from the train station and jetty. They are also near a whole array of shops and cafes.
- Aqua Villa Resort is just a few minutes walk from the beach. It is also conveniently located near restaurants and shops.
- Quality Inn City Centre is just minutes from the golf course. Wireless broadband is available in all rooms and there is a restaurant on site.
While you're there:
Coffs Harbour has plenty to offer on the tourism front, so why not check out some of the popular local attractions such as:
- The Kegel Barn, Australia's only nine-pin bowling centre.
- Pet Porpoise Pool, swim with dolphins or seals.
- The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour's most famous icon.
Although the weather has warmed up a lot now, Coffs Harbour is a coastal town and as such it can get cool unexpectedly. Take along a few warmer things just in case.