Recent fairway and green oversowing practices and ongoing infrastructure work are paying dividends at Brisbane’s Keperra Country Golf Club.
Golfers who have not played at Keperra for a few years will notice a range of improvements and upgrades. Holes two, five, nine and 11 have benefited from fairway contour changes, plus the rebuilding and re-positioning of several bunkers. Improvements to hole 22 include a new cart pathway, an upgrade to the main irrigation line, installation of additional drainage and extensive turf works.
An important feature of holes 16 and 21 is the new dam, the largest on the course. Brisbane’s summer and autumn rainfall saw the dam at its full capacity of 165 megalitres – enough water to fill 66 Olympic swimming pools. This additional water storage has increased course irrigation capacity and will be an important asset during drier months.
The dam has also added an extra layer of complexity to challenge even the most experienced players, making the final holes a water-hazard trifecta. Sitting to the left on the par-4 16th, the dam is an intimidating sight from the tee, spanning 75 percent of the hole. The 17th hole, Keperra’s signature par 3, presents a 150-metre water carry from the back tee to the heavily bunkered green. The 18th is a difficult par 4 that doglegs left, is guarded by water and plays to a two-tiered, elevated and also well-bunkered green.
The ongoing works at Keperra seeks to enhance the course’s reputation as a breeding ground for talent within the professional ranks. Among the club’s honour roll are Peter Senior, John Senden and most recently the 2019 and 2020 Keperra Bowl Gents Champion, Elvis Smylie, who was runner-up at this year’s New South Wales Open in just his third start as a pro.
Keperra Country Golf Club
Where: Duggan St, Keperra QLD 4054
Phone: (07) 3355 7744