70. Palmer Resort Coolum   23
Highest ranking – 27 (2000)

The biggest loser across the 2016 ranking, the Palmer Coolum Resort might be considered lucky to remain on the list given its problems with course closures and a lack of direct investment into the golfing facility. Judges noted poor conditions throughout the ranking cycle, and disputes with surrounding homeowners that led to the golf course being closed for a period leading into summer. The name change (from Hyatt Regency) and inclusion of dinosaurs around the golf course have failed to impress our panel, and we only hope the slide can be reversed over the next two years to prevent Coolum disappearing altogether like Laguna Whitsundays.

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