PGA flees Jeff the T-Rex for Royal Pines

Jeff the dinosaur oversees proceedings at the PGA Championship at Coolum.
Jeff the dinosaur oversees proceedings at the PGA Championship at Coolum.

Royal Pines golf course will host the Australian PGA Championship for the next five years, ending the event's 11-year residence at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.

The venue for the November event was revealed on Wednesday at Surfer's Paradise after the messy departure from Clive Palmer's Coolum resort.

The former Hyatt course was hugely popular with players and locals, but the PGA decided to move on after a public fallout with Palmer, who purchased the sprawling beachside property.

Palmer moved a giant dinosaur named Jeff behind the ninth tee and spray-painted signage all over the fairways, including one hole bizarrely dedicated to JFK. A lack of flexibility with dates was another sticking point between the parties.

It was all too much for the PGA, which ended its relationship with Palmer Coolum Resort earlier this month.

A number of courses in Brisbane and around the state campaigned hard for the marquee event, which regularly draws many of the world's top players and has been heavily supported by headline Australians Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott and Jason Day.

Hope Island and Royal Pines Resort, home of the Ladies Masters, were two of the leading candidates to hold the event.

Sanctuary Cove was also in the running but withdrew its bid.

Speaking during last year's PGA, Palmer couldn't rule out hosting a rival event and said players like Rory McIlroy wouldn't make the trip unless the event was at Coolum.

“If you rang him now, he would probably tell you unless it's at Palmer Coolum Resort, I won't come.

"We can be sure he won't come if it goes somewhere else. If it stays here, there is a chance he might come here.

Palmer also made golf headlines around the world by calling Tiger Woods an "emotional wreck" who was a poor example for children.

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