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Dec102012

Who Woulda Thunk: Billionaire Who Placed Replica Dinosaurs All Over His Course In Dispute With Tourney

You may recall an earlier post on Palmer Coolum resort's billionaire owner Clive Palmer and his desire to place replica dinosaurs all over his property, which also hosts this week's Australian PGA (Golf Channel listings suggest we'll get to study the pre-historic life starting Wednesday night at 9 ET).

Birdie Jabour reports that Palmer insists a dispute was resolved "amicably" even after he reportedly locked PGA officials out of his resort over the weekend.

Mr Palmer also placed signs around the Palmer Coolum Resort advertising his project Titanic II in the past few days, much to the chagrin of the organisers of the PGA golf tournament.

Last night he released a statement saying "issues" had been resolved, but he did not specify what the issues were.

"We had some issues with the PGA of Australia which have now been resolved amicably," he said.

Maybe they wanted to paint giant white GUR circle around the T-Rex? Or heaven forbid, declare it an immovable obstruction?

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Reader Comments (16)

They should move this tournament to Barnbougle. Palmer is a national embarrassment.
12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatthewM
Classy place, does it also have waterfalls?
12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKG
An idea to boost green fees at TOC? After all, isn't that a pre-historic monument too?
12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
He is a Queenslander. What do you expect?
12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLongy
Coolum has been a very popular place to play (Resort on the beach, not for the course quality). Sadly this will be the last time because Clive Palmer is a disgrace.

Taken on soccer, the state government and now the PGA. Nut case.
12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterUnderTheChin
Aside from five years at Royal Melbourne - 1978-1983 - the PGA has always sold itself out for convenience and money.
Exceptions - Lakes in 87, Yarra Yarra in 77 and Victoria in 99.
12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Clayton
I had a video game in the 90s where you could put up dinosaurs in the course editor. Maybe he enjoyed it so much he wanted to try it in real life
12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
I think a lot of courses I see in the middle of the PGA tour schedule would be made much more interesting with a few fiberglass dinosaurs. It may be the most cost-effective way to add strategic decision making and visual interest to a modern course!
12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim S
I just don't know what to say about this.

I guess I like my golf and my dinosaurs separate.
12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob
That T-Rex looks like he'd have to anchor his putter due to short arms. Ban.
12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCOB
Looks like a Rees design.
12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKRoper
So is that white stripe around the Rex' tail and leg a fashion deal, like the 3 bars on Adidas stuff, etc? If so, the whole dinosaur thing's panache is just lost.

Sad- he real was showing us something here- and I think we all know what it was/is....
12.10.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Maybe his art is to designed to highlight that the people running the game of golf are dinosaurs?
12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMitch Cumstein
Hey Aussies, I think there has been a Gruen Transfer/Planet season that featured "Queensland Billionaire Clive Palmer" in a recurring feature called "What Would Palmer Do?" - so did this ever come up? I want to see that clip!
12.10.2012 | Unregistered Commenterfreshfrankie
In Texas, we just plant Cadillacs and watch 'em grow.
12.10.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I have had the unfortunate experience of meeting Palmer. I can confirm that he is a dead-set idiot.
12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIanB

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