The first of Clive Palmer’s dinosaurs looms over his Coolum resort.Billionaire Clive Palmer reportedly locked PGA officials out of his resort over the weekend but has released a statement, saying issues with the golf tournament have been “resolved amicably”.
The PGA is due to tee off at the resort on Thursday, a week after it was revealed the golfing body was looking for a new home for next year’s event because negotiations to host it at the resort had reached a stalemate.
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.
“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.”
Mr Palmer said his resort – which was the Hyatt Regency before he bought it in February – had a “premier” golf course.
The Sunshine Coast Daily reported Mr Palmer locked PGA organisers out of his Coolum resort and told them they could not hold their tournament on his course after a dispute over signage.
Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia, confirmed the organisation had “signage concerns” with the resort however he did not address allegations Mr Palmer wanted to display Titanic II signs during the event.
“I’m pleased to say that the issues have been resolved this afternoon and the tournament will remain unaffected,” Mr Thorburn said in a statement yesterday.
Since buying and rebranding the resort Mr Palmer has faced a range of issues, including criticism of his plans to erect 150 replica dinosaurs at the resort.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.