Valley golfers' Royal time

NOELINE Smith pushed down her tee, lined up her ball and looked down the long, lush, green fairways of the Royal Pines Resort golf course.

Smith thought to herself 'I'm in heaven', before starting her swing to send her ball towards the green.

“It was just beautiful ... we had a lovely time and it was a lovely course,” Smith said.

“We we're treated like royalty.”

Smith joined fellow Maclean member Kim Moore on a golf trip of a lifetime to compete at the Australian ANZ Ladies Masters Pro-am at the famed Gold Coast layout last week.

Smith, Moore and another female amateur linked up with professional Francis Bondad and together competed in a one-round, team competition.

“I got a birdie on the 17th so our team won the best score on that hole,” Smith said.

Smith and Moore's team could not keep up the under-par scores and were eventually beaten by another all-women's team.

“I'm glad it went to a ladies team ... but they must have birdied every hole,” Smith said.

Smith said playing a round with the highly-talented Bondad was a unique learning experience.

“She was very approachable ... her caddy was a local lad who knew a lot too,” she said.

“It was the experience of a life time.”

Smith and Moore will return to the fairways of Maclean, hoping their adventure will entice more golfers to join them on the tee.

“It's a very challenging course ... it has a bit of everything,” she said. “We always say 'if you can play at Maclean, you can play anywhere.”