Mt Coolum (the course is at the base of the mountain) can be seen from quite some distance away, so as it edged closer the excitement built. Then I got my first glimpse of the course, the 15th par 5, meandering along the roadside. Entering the gates you are reminded that this is the home of the Australian PGA Championship (and will remain so for the immediate future).
This was to be my first game on the trip (also in Queensland) so I was really excited. I had rung the month before to ensure I could get a tee time, as I had originally planned to play Twin Waters the first day but a corporate event put an end to that. I was told it was no problem I could get on without any hassle. The course allows general public access outside of competition times.
Located only a couple of minutes up the road from where I was staying (although my impression was the hotel was almost a part of the course), I was looking forward to playing Twin Waters. I decided to get in an early morning round hitting of at 6.45am and avoid any slow play.