JEFF the T-Rex is casting an almighty pall over the $1.25 million Australian PGA Championship in Coolum. The life-size dinosaur replica, installed by mining magnate Clive Palmer, has been dubbed ''tacky''.
The billionaire wants to build 150 robotic dinosaurs across the Palmer Coolum Resort, the venue for the championship on December 13. Jeff the T-Rex is only the beginning.
Sunshine Coast councillor Russell Green said the dinosaurs would turn the resort into a ''version of Looney Tunes''.
''It has an international reputation. The Australian PGA is staged there of which council is a very big supporter and the resort itself is a very big supporter as well,'' he said.
''It's almost turning into a scene out of Happy Gilmore where you putt down the fairway, you bounce the ball off T-Rex's left leg and get it into the 18th hole - it's quite bizarre.''
Cr Green said if Mr Palmer pushed on with his plan to build 149 more dinosaurs he would have to seek council approval.
In a statement, Mr Palmer said the tournament would put Queensland in the tourism shop window of the world. ''We now have 'Jeff', our huge T-Rex, as an added attraction and I'm sure he will enjoy the attention from both golfers and spectators.''
More than 36,000 spectators are expected at the event. More than 415 million homes in 40 countries will get the broadcast.
Already confirmed in the 156-man field are defending champion Greg Chalmers, 2011 British Open winner Darren Clarke, 2006 US Open winner Geoff Ogilvy, six-time US PGA Tour winner Rory Sabbatini and Marc Leishman, who is the only Australian to win on the PGA Tour this year.