July 3rd, 2018
Golf in winter in Australia is a tough dilemma. As a golf lover, you want to get out every weekend and feel the strike of club on ball. See that 15 foot putt roll into the hole for birdie. But if you are a golfer living in the southern parts of Australia, the winter weather can make even the most extreme of golf nuts stay in bed and wait for a better day. One option to escape the cold and get some golfing love is taking a plane up to sunny Q land. We have come up with some quality public golf courses to play for a great winter escape to the sunny coast.
Royal Queensland Golf Club, Eagle Farm.
Often regarded as the best golf course in the state of Queensland, Royal Queensland does not disappoint. Founded in 1920, it fronts the Brisbane River in an area known as Parker Island.
Home to 3 Australian Golf Championships, Royal Queensland offers a beautiful yet challenging course to play.
Dr Alister MacKenzie, world renowned golf architect, contributed his renowned design wisdom to a number of holes. He said; “Royal Queensland already compares favourably with some of the British Championship courses. It should have a very great future, and will be an excellent test of golf.”
Although you will look to play upwards of $200AUD to play at this prestigious course, it is well worth the money.
Address: Curtin Avenue, Eagle Farm
Brisbane, QLD 4009, Australia
Bookings: Call 0732683134 for pro shop
Green fees: $230 for 18 holes.
Royal Queensland is for the keen golfer but worth the money.
Indooroopilly Golf Club
75 years young, Indooroopilly Golf Club upholds a rich history of traditional golfing and superb landscape. Located on a bend of the Brisbane River, this unique complex is far removed from the daily grind of the city business district and yet is just 10 minutes from the heart of Brisbane. Perfect for a quick golf trip or golf round while on business.
The golf course entails 36 holes, featuring 6 varying combinations. Players can loosen up before their round at the putting greens and driving range adjacent to the clubhouse. Look to pay about $75AUD for a round of 18 holes.
Visitors are welcome to play Sunday to Friday on the 36 hole championship rated Golf Course. So if you are looking for a quick golf getaway or just want to escape that long, draining business meeting in the CBD, pop on over to this famous, yet refreshing course.
Address: Meiers Road, Brisbane
Brisbane, QLD 4068, Australia
Bookings: Call 0737212173 or book online here
Green fees: $75 for 18 holes.
Indooroopilly Golf Club is only 10 minutes from the Brisbane CBD
Brookwater Golf and Country Club, Brookwater.
Designed by Australia’s own Greg Norman and Bob Harrison, Brookwater sits as one of the top 100 golf courses in Australia. It has quickly gained a reputation as one of the tougher courses Australia, let alone Queensland, has to offer. With some optimists calling it Australia’s equivalent to Augusta National, the eucalyptus does not quite match the azalea of Augusta, however it is a unique setting to say the least.
Strategic course design changes in 2017 have left this course in fantastic condition and will challenge the most astute of golfers on their day.
A 15km drive south of Brisbane to the golf course will give you plenty of thinking time to work out exactly how you will keep your balls on the fairway!
Address: 1 Tournament Drive, Springfield
Brisbane, QLD 4300, Australia
Bookings: Call 0738145500 or book online here
Green fees: $80-100 for 18 holes.
Good luck keeping your scores low at Brookwater Golf Club.
Links Hope Island, Hope Island.
The golf course at Hope Island Resort is an 18 holes traditional “links” style championship course designed by five times British Open champion Peter Thomson. If you take the time to soak in the surrounds of the course, you may feel a sense of British or Irish style links landscape before you.
Peter Thomson described the course as “characterised by features borrowed from the traditional vernacular including ‘pot’ style bunkering, hidden ground, closely mown and undulating aprons and generally small gently sloping greens which require a variety of approach shots.”
Open to the public 365 days of the year, you will be pleased with what you get with this beauty. While not the hardest course going around, there are plenty of water hazards and bunkers to get you into trouble.
Links Hope Island is a must for any golf trip, business getaway or any other excuse you can think of.
Address: Hope Island Road, Hope Island
Gold Coast, QLD 4212, Australia
Bookings: Call (07) 5530 9033
Green fees: $80-100 for 18 holes.
The views may make you forget you’re playing golf at Hope Island.
Glades Golf Club, Robina
Another picturesque course from the great Greg Norman, Glades Golf Club was once named Queensland’s best golf course back in 2012. Not only offering some sensational championship golf, you can also delve into the pleasures of the resort and spa located at Glades Golf Club.
Another Gold Coast favourite, Glades will be easy on the eye but not so much off the stick. Challenging holes characterised by manicured fairways and elevated slick Bent grass greens adjacent to classic bunkering.
If you are planning a golf trip to the Gold Coast, Robina should not be left off your list of choices.
Address: Glades Drive, Robina QLD 4226
Bookings: Call (07) 5569 1900 or book online here.
Green fees: $110 for 18 holes.
If someone on your golf trip is not the golfing type,
there is a spa at Glades GC to keep them busy
Taking a quick trip to Queensland to sneak in some golf during the winter months is a great way to escape not only the cold, but enjoy a nice mental break on some fantastic golf layouts. The Queensland golf courses we have mentioned in this article offer some challenging yet beautiful layouts which make for a great golf trip, regardless whether it is for 1 day or a week. The fact that they are all public too makes it much easier for you to organise a tee time and enjoy championship golf at it’s finest. And a cold beer after.
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