The owner of the Palmer Coolum Resort, site of the Australian PGA Championship, has put up a 26-foot mechanical T-Rex between the ninth green and 10th tee — one reason this is the last year the tournament will be played on that course.
PGA of Australia doesn’t like
T-Rex near tee box on course
Golfers at the Australian PGA Championship might feel they are going back in time.
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Way back in time.
The new owner of the Palmer Coolum Resort has put up a 26-foot mechanical T-Rex between the ninth green and 10th tee. The tyrannosaurus rex flips its tail and opens its mouth for a menacing roar when anyone approaches. The owner, billionaire Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer, has agreed to turn off the dinosaur during the tournament.
But the T-Rex is one reason the tournament will be leaving Coolum after 11 years.
“I’ve heard it sounds like we are going to Jurassic Park, so this will be interesting,” player Robert Allenby said.
Palmer wants to import more molded dinosaurs and turn the resort into a theme park or casino.
Brian Thorburn, chief executive officer of the PGA of Australia, said Tuesday this will be the last year the tournament will be at Coolum.
Golfers playing social rounds recently have taken “dinosaur mulligans” when the roar occurs during a backswing on the 10th tee.
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