It appears that the Australian PGA will tee off Thursday as planned after a dispute between the officials and the owner of Palmer Coolum Resort, billionaire Clive Palmer, have been “resolved amicably” according to a statement released over the weekend. It’s surprising that this was ended “amicably” because Palmer reportedly locked PGA officials out of the resort over the weekend. The dispute is thought to result from Palmer’s plan to build 150 replica dinosaurs all around the resort. Local council member Russell Green said the plans were tacky and that Palmer was in danger of turning the prestigious resort into a “version of Looney Tunes”. Palmer has also recently placed signs around the resort advertising his Titanic II project, no doubt to the chagrin of the PGA.
However, last night Palmer released a statement saying “issues” had been resolved between the parties, but did not elaborate on what those issues were.
“We had some issues with the PGA of Australia which have now been resolved amicably,” he said. “The Australian PGA championship has been held at Coolum since 2002 and last year’s event saw more than 36,000 spectators come to Palmer Coolum Resort with at least a similar number expected this time around…We are very much looking forward to this year’s tournament.”
Here at RBG, we’re divided. We are excited that the Australian PGA will proceed as scheduled. But, wouldn’t all the giant dinosaurs be kinda cool? Think of all the Jurassic Park references you could make.