Updates to planned Endless Surf pool on the Gold Coast

After lodging a development application and receiving approval from the Gold Coast City Council earlier this year, the Parkwood project submitted more detailed plans this month. The proposal includes new design images and provides specific details about the surrounding buildings being planned.

The Club at Parkwood is already an established attraction on the Gold Coast offering a par 71 golf course, dining, sports bar, Topgolf Swing Suite bays as well as hosting weddings and Celebrations of Life (funerals). It’s also the official home of the Gold Coast Titans, a professional rugby league football club with a rabid following.

Just five kilometers inland of the Gold Coast’s famous turquoise water and just 20 minutes down the road from the famed rights of Burleigh Heads, the development group wants to expand offerings to include a 200+ bed hotel and residential apartments, and of course, an Endless Surf wave pool.

The project price has increased from $200million to $300 million while building height went from five to eight stories and hopes to include more units – up from 135 to 222. The cherry on top will be 12 grand surf villas that overlook the wave pool.

Architectural renderings show updates to the project including “surf pods” (on the right).

This upgrade to the Parkwood site is all within the existing location and zoning parameters but requires council approval for the increase in “the scale and intensity” of the facilities.

“The recent renovation to the existing Club included an upgraded kids zone, mini golf and Topgolf swing suites, so the proposed collection of food and beverage outlets will complement the existing Club offering,” said the developer at Parkwood Village Luke Altschwagger.

At the heart of the project is an Endless Surf wave pool.  Their design uses a unique heart-shaped pool with pneumatic wave drivers sequenced by sophisticated software to create surf. Wave programming can be done on a per-surfer basis, something totally new in the industry. The company has several pools in the planning, including Munich, Berlin, Vietnam, The Dominican Republic, Melbourne, Paris, England and elsewhere.

“Endless Surf represents the most cutting-edge surf technology today, offering an authentic vibe in an attractive and welcoming setting, while providing great, flexible waves for all types of surfers – which is why we’ve chosen Endless Surf,” added Altschwagger. “Plus it is a family-run company with an approach to business much like ours, driven by a sense of purpose to provide the very best experiences that enhance lives.”

wave pool on the gold coast with golf course
Surf and Turf: The new wave pool at Parkwood would be set within the golf course.

Developers feel the area is ripe for a wave pool. Last year Surf Lakes put forth news to build in nearby Robina and Urbnsurf has sights on another nearby Gold Coast location.

Endless Surf’s Paul Chutter said he’s excited about the partnership adding it’s a great fit for the two companies.

“There are those projects which epitomize what we are trying to do, with great clients who contribute to our collaborative approach – Luke and the Parkwood team are a perfect example of this. They share our passion for pushing technological boundaries, putting Endless Surf as the heart and soul of their development in order to build a vibrant community hub. The venue’s existing high-performance sports focus will lend itself to this world-class surf showcase and help develop the talents of a whole new generation of local surfers.”