The Sunshine Coast Turf Club (SCTC) conducted its first race meeting in July 1985. Situated 10 minutes from the heart of Caloundra and only 50 minutes from Brisbane, the SCTC operates in one of the fastest growing areas of Australia, and in one of Australia's favourite tourist destinations. The racecourse is known as Courbould Park.
  In racing industry terms, the SCTC is a young club and despite its short operating life has now developed into a first class racing and training facility.


The SCTC grass racetrack is regarded as one of the best in Australia. In addition to the grass track, the club now also has a synthetic racetrack (Cushion Track). This $6 million investment, approved and funded by Queensland Racing, is an example of the importance of the SCTC to the larger picture of racing in Queensland. The Cushion Track provides an all-weather racing surface, and is the first of its kind in Australia. It has provided a major boost to the Club's capacity to provide high quality training and racing facilities despite the fairly high local rainfall. In early 2009 lighting of both the grass and cushion tracks was completed and the first night race meeting was held on 21st February 2009. Courbould Park is the most raced venue in Queensland, being allocated 71 meetings in the 2008/09 racing season.
  SCTC hosts a number of feature race days throughout the year but their biggest racing event is the Caloundra Cup Carnival at the end of June. In 2009, over $1 million will be on offer over the 2 day carnival. The feature race, the Caloundra Cup, is a Listed 2400 metre Handicap worth $200,000. In 2008 the Russell Cameron trained Fast Future travelled up from Victoria to win the Caloundra Cup. The field always attracts runners from across Australia and New Zealand who travel to Queensland for the winter racing carnival.

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