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hand side of this par 4; players who hit a good drive have the option of playing to a small and highly guarded elevated green where a crescent-shaped creek guards the perimeter catching shots missed short, right and long. Alterna- tively, players can lay up to 100 yards in front of the green and give themselves a short pitch for a scoring opportunity. After the round, the club’s Fifty Nine


Restaurant & Bar serves up Smoked Crocodile Crostini or Crispy Crumbed Camembert for lunch, while the kids can busy themselves on the 18 hole mini-putt course next to the clubhouse. Plenty of time should be allowed to take in the sights for the fi nal leg of the journey. The 40-minute drive north from Cairns to Port Douglas is via a picturesque coastal road that hugs the undulating Coral Sea coastline. Once you reach the heart of the


town, wander down bohemian-surf chic Macrossan Street, with its array of restaurants, bars, art galleries and boutique shopping. “Port,” as it’s known to the locals, has everything from casual cafes to sophisticated Australasian fi ne dining. Beaches Café has the ultimate relaxed coast vibe, where bikini-clad vacationers wander to the curbside kiosk ordering ice creams, espressos and casual fare. A shade sail covers the dining area that spills out onto the footpath, while dogs snooze under the unpretentious plastic tables and chairs. Several upmarket dining options


fl ourish as well, including Salsa Bar & Grill whose competitive reservations list is evident from such eye-catching menu items as Wasabi Pea Dusted Barra- mundi and Licorice Root Caramel Pork Belly. Just around the corner, Nautilus Restaurant entices with its elegant out- door tropical rainforest setting. It’s no wonder the likes of former U.S. Presi- dent Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have dined here with Ballotine of Quail and Live Queensland Mud Crab on the menu. Port Douglas offers an overwhelm- ing selection of places to stay, from campgrounds to fi ve-star resorts. Sea Temple Resort & Spa is recommended for travelers seeking indulgence, nestled between palm-fringed Four-Mile Beach and the resort’s golf course. A 32,291-square-foot lagoon pool mean-


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1 Hamilton Passage Peak 2 Sea Temple Golf Course


All is not as it seems, as a hook or slice will end up as crocodile


chum in the lily ponds right and left of the fairway, while a large rippling green awaits players


approaching with a short iron.


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