Think of Augusta National and everyone immediately thinks of golf, for that is the permanent home of the world’s most famous tournament, the U.S. Masters, played there each April amid an abundance of greenery and endless banks of glorious magnolias.
Think of Bonville International near Coffs Harbour on the North Coast of NSW and everyone thinks of Augusta National, for the similarity between the two golfing destinations is striking. Wander the fairways carved out of the flooded gums and native rainforest and one could well imagine Tiger Woods and friends appearing around the very next bend.
The breathtaking setting at Bonville has seen it described by Peter McWhinney, a respected and much travelled Australian Professional Golfer, as “the most beautiful golf course in Australia, if not the world”.
Voted, “the most beautiful golf course in Australia” and “the number one public access golf course in NSW” for a fourth successive year by the 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005 Golf Course Guide, the resort is rated as one of the best Resort courses in the country. The Par 72 championship course rises and dips through elegant strands of rainforest, each fairway isolated ad private from the next. Its great appeal lies in the fact it will stimulate and challenge golfers of every standard.
The only disturbance as you meander along in the whisper-quiet electric carts might be wildlife scuttling into the bushes or birds singing in the treetops. Look closely into those same treetops and you might spy a family of koalas munching on the leaves of the Blackbutt, Ironbark and Tallowwood trees.
Indeed Bonville is a natural sanctuary for a wide range of native species including the large black cockatoos, parakeets, water dragons and magnificent goannas. In the evening swamp wallabies and small kangaroos graze on the light rough.
And after the day’s golf, visitors can enjoy a game of tennis on one of the three all-weather courts, swim in the billabong swimming pool or enjoy a rainforest walk. And if that is too much, languish whilst enjoying a massage from the in house beauty therapists.
At night, dine in the charming federation style clubhouse where you can enjoy the pick of Australian wines and fine dining in the Flooded Gums Restaurant, Winner of Best Restaurant in a Resort, as voted by the Northern Region Restaurant & Catering Associations Awards for Excellence 2003, 204, 2005 & 2006, while gazing over the flood lit fairways and reliving the memories of the day’s golfing adventure, before retiring to the accommodation suites.
The friendly, relaxed atmosphere of Bonville makes it particularly attractive for those guests who enjoy group activities and the company of friends. They are housed in thirty resort suites overlooking the first fairway. Some suites have spa baths and others balconies from which guests can enjoy the bushland setting. Group bookings also attract generous discount prices.
For those travelling light, or who just wish to indulge themselves, the Pro Shop offers a comprehensive range of golfing accessories and stylish resort wear, with the team at the Pro Shop are always in attendance for advice and for formal golf lesson bookings.
Bonville International is a place where the visitor returns over and over again. It is within a 15 minute drive from the airport and it has a magnificent sub-tropical climate and has close access to stimulating activities ranging from shopping at nearby Sawtell, deep sea fishing, diving, white water rafting, horse riding and bush walking through rain forests. All this is in addition to white sandy beaches and the blue and white waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The beauty and tranquillity of Bonville makes it a favourite location for weddings, family gatherings and conferences where the combination of clubhouse facilities, the surrounding bush and contrasting golf course setting, the very friendly and professional staff all serve to provide for a memorable occasion.