INTERSTATE travel doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Take Brisbane for example: with more than a dozen courses all a short drive from the city’s domestic terminal, an embarrassment of riches awaits golfers wanting to mix business with pleasure. Regardless of whether you’re on a tight schedule or budget – perhaps both – we’ve handpicked some of the most convenient courses accessible to Joe Public in the Queensland capital.
Gailes Golf Club – 35km
Gailes Golf Club boasts serious star power in Brisbane, having hosted a number of prestigious tournaments – notably the 1955 Australian Open won by South African great Bobby Locke. Only 35 kilometres from Brisbane airport, the golf course has enjoyed stellar turf conditioning since the introduction of 328 grass on the greens 20 years ago. A must-visit in Brisbane.
299 Wilruna Street, Wacol, QLD
(07) 3271 1045
Indooroopilly – 23km
Golfers at Indooroopilly are spoilt with variety – four separate nines capable of being configured into six different layouts, all in a beautiful setting on the bend of the river. In the late 1990s, the four nines were identified by colour: Red, Gold, Blue and Green. These are now configured to play as the West Course (Red and Gold), East (Blue and Green), Presidents (Red and Blue), Captains (Gold and Green), River (Blue and Gold) and Long Pocket (Green and Red).
Indooroopilly is blessed with four separate nines capable of being configured into six different layouts.
While the West Course is ranked in the Australian Golf Digest Top 100, the picturesque combination of Blue and Gold nines along the banks of the Brisbane River is the most popular configuration among members. The club dates back to 1926 and maintains the traditions of golf in a casual and friendly atmosphere, welcome to members and visitors.
Meiers Road, Indooroopilly, QLD
(07) 3721 2121
Oxley Golf Complex – 29km
Only 29km from the runway, Oxley Golf Complex features two venues: Oxley Golf Range and Corinda Golf Course & Pitch ‘n’ Putt. The unique offering of driving range, nine-hole course, 18-Hole pitch ‘n’ putt and family fun zone has golfers from all walks enjoying the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Bookings are essential for weekend and public holidays to secure a tee time. The facility is fully licensed, allowing golfers to enjoy a cold, post-round beverage in the courtyard. Social club memberships are also available.
1020 Oxley Road, Oxley, QLD
(07) 3379 2078
Victoria Park Golf Complex – 13km
The folks at Victoria Park Golf Complex were excited to announce the re-opening of the Victoria Park Golf Learning Centre, an innovative golf coaching facility complete with industry leading technology, equipment and golf instructors. This learning centre is an absolute must-visit for every travelling golfer.
Located just 2km from Brisbane’s CBD and 13km from the airport, this industry-leading studio features seven coaching bays armed with the latest technology including high speed cameras, Trackman, Force Plates, Golf Swing Analysis Software for Golf Professionals (GASP), SAM Putt Lab, K-Vest and a golf fitness area.
“Following extensive research and design, the Golf Learning Centre has undergone large-scale renovations in the past six months to continue to be at the forefront of golf coaching in Australia,” says Sean Dwyer, director of coaching at Victoria Park.
“The team at Victoria Park are always striving to be market leaders and the new Golf Learning Centre will be one of the best coaching facilities in the country.
“We’ve been working hard to grow the game of golf in Brisbane during the past 15 years and the redevelopment of the golf learning centre provides a great opportunity to expand on this.”
Victoria Park boasts a formidable coaching staff, with six full-time PGA, ALPG and US LPGA golf coaches – as well as three part-time instructors.
On the entertainment front, Victoria Park also offers a children’s playground constructed from re-purposed materials and the expansion of the Victoria Park Bar & Bistro.
309 Herston Road, Brisbane City QLD 4006
(07) 3252 9891
Keperra Country Golf Club – 18km
There’s plenty of variety at Keperra Country Golf Club, with a 27-hole championship course 15 minutes from the CBD and 18km from the airport. As the junior club of professional golfers John Senden, Peter Senior and Jeff Woodland, Keperra offers a friendly environment for members, corporate and social golfers alike.
Tucked away at the base of the Taylor Range, a relaxed yet challenging course complements a picturesque clubhouse and function facilities ideal for weddings, conferences and corporate golf days. Keperra is currently open to membership across all categories.
Duggan Street, Keperra Qld 4054
(07) 3355 7744