The Tanawha Valley Golf and Tennis Club offers a challenging par-three course.
The Tanawha Valley Golf and Tennis Club offers a challenging par-three course. Che Chapman

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It's a statement that has rang true for Tanawha Valley Golf and Tennis owners Sue and John Schoots for the past 12 years.

In what is just one of two affordable par 3 courses remaining at the southern end of the Coast, Tanawha is certainly unique.

IN THE FAMILY: Sue and John Schoots have owned and operated Tanawha Valley Golf and Tennis for more than a decade.
IN THE FAMILY: Sue and John Schoots have owned and operated Tanawha Valley Golf and Tennis for more than a decade. Contributed

Its hilly landscape surrounded by the Maroochy Botanical Gardens is a sight to behold for golfers of all abilities.

But even a job you love in a serene environment can take its toll and the Schoots' are ready to move onto the next stage of their lives.

For $2.5 million you could enjoy your life just as much as John and Sue have for more than a decade.

"I remember the first week we were here I walked out onto one of the fairways and screamed 'this is the best job in the world'," Sue said.

"Now someone else can come and fulfil their own dreams."

It's well known golf isn't a cheap sport.

While Tanawha mightn't offer the more experienced golfer the lushest greens, room to blast the driver or world class bunkers, it has plenty to offer for those starting out in the game and intermediates.

But if you want lush greens and 500m fairways, plus balls, tees, a motorised cart and a drink, at many Sunshine Coast clubs you'd be preparing to fork-out more than $100 for the privilege.

At Tanawha you'll pay $25 for a round of 18 on the weekend and just $17 (Mon-Fri).

"It was considered a bit of a goat track 20 years ago, and people who haven't been here for that long still say it," Sue said.

"But its transformed into a pristine golf course in a tropical setting."

She said the course mostly attracted overseas and interstate visitors who were holidaying on the Coast and couldn't afford to play on resort courses.

For locals there is also the opportunity to get involved with Tanawha's social golf competition, held on Saturday mornings.

Players are given a course handicap based on the same ratings system utlised by Golf Australia.

Sue, 64, made special mention of the people involved in the club.

But she and John, 68, have some special people of their own they're looking forward to spending more time with.

"One daughter lives in North Lakes and the other in Sydney," she said.

"We'd like to be interactive with the grandchildren and would like to have a little more freedom ... we'll do the grey nomad thing."



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