Brookwater keen to snatch Coolum’s PGA

KEEN: Brookwater Golf & Country Club General Manager Warren Seeto would like to see the PGA Championships move to Brookwater.
KEEN: Brookwater Golf & Country Club General Manager Warren Seeto would like to see the PGA Championships move to Brookwater. David Nielsen

IF COOLUM doesn't want the Australian PGA Championship, then Ipswich will gladly take it.

Brookwater Golf and Country Club has been in initial discussions with the Professional Golfers Association of Australia about hosting the PGA Championship, one of the country's most prestigious golf tournaments.

The Springfield course has been rated one of Queensland's best and would be at the doorstep of a state-of-the-art transport hub by the end of next year.

Brookwater will be the home of a PGA Tour of Australasia event from next year when the Queensland Open returns which course general manager Warren Seeto hopes will lead to the Springfield club hosting the championship.

"We have had initial discussions with the CEO of the PGA about the opportunity to host the championship," he said.

"We are open to hosting the event and aim to do so in three to five years when Brookwater and the Greater Springfield region is better equipped for such a large-scale event."

While the course has been ranked highly by Golf Australia is has been held back by the lack of transport and infrastructure nearby.

However, with Springfield growing at a rapid rate and the Springfield train station set to open close to the golf course by the end of 2013, barriers to the event being held at the State's top course will be removed.

Mr Seeto said the train station was a vital part of the golf courses plans to host bigger tournaments.

"The completion of the Springfield rail line in 2013 will better connect Brookwater with Brisbane's CBD, increasing our capability of hosting such an event. Transport to and from Brookwater will also be enhanced in 2014 when the Centenary Highway upgrade is complete."

The future of the championship, held last weekend in Coolum, is in the air after the PGA announced it would look for other venues following a number of commercial and contractual issues with Palmer Coolum Resort.

But resort owner Clive Palmer has remained adamant the tournament will remain on the Sunshine Coast.

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