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“Ghost Town Whitsundays”

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Turtle Point Golf Course
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“Ghost Town Whitsundays”
Reviewed May 24, 2005

Laguna boasts an excellent golf course but little else. Overall it is a literny of broken promises.

The "resort" - if you can call it that - has about 120 villas and apartments, a nice swimming pool and an expensive restaurant but no people. If you're a keen golfer you'll enjoy about a day here. Book for a three day stay and you'd better take a good book with you.

A few years ago the developer made a series of promises aout massive upgrades to the facilities but in fact the opposite has happened.

A new marina apartment development has never materialised. The promised completion of an international airport seems to be at least two years behind schedule and a number of resort improvements, international hotel etc seem stranded on the drawing board.

Instead the resort's only hotel, the Lodge, has been closed for almost three years. So too are the restaurants it housed. The "Stables" horse riding centre has been closed and the "Kids Club" is no longer operational. The Beach Club Cafe and shop are also boarded up, perhaps awaiting better times.

The nearest shopping is at Proserpine about half an our away and the nearest interesting destination is Airlie Beach, about an hour away.

In fact anyone considering Laguna would be better off staying at Airlie Beach for their stay in the Whitsundays and driving down to Laguna for a game of golf when the notion overtook them.

Laguna seems that it was once once a good idea that fell victim to its isolation. Its ghost town status of the past few years now seems entrenched for the foreseeable future.

Pay it a day visit by all means, especially if you're keen on golf - but otherwise give it a miss and stay in Airlie Beach.

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English first
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“Strange Place”
Reviewed November 19, 2004

This is a very strange place!. The golf course is teriffic, a great challenge and very well maintained but the resort is dead. Aside from the fact that it is 20 miles from the nearest town (Proserpine) with no public transport, there are no guests. The main hotel (the Lodge) closed about two years ago with accomodation now being provided in the serviced units, which are comfortable and well kept. All facilities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided at the swimming pool bar and restaurant.

The staff are professional, pleasant and are doing a great job in what must be a demoralising ghost town environment.

There are huge plans for Laguan Quays (including 2 new golf course and an international airport) but at the moment it is a deserted backwater. If you want a very quiet golf holiday this is the place for you.

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