Restricted travel in 2020 doesn't have to compromise your next golf trip. You'll find a diverse range of sand belt and hinterland courses, including some of Queensland’s finest public access courses, are waiting just north of Brisbane to challenge you and your mates.
We’ve done all the hard work and armed you with an itinerary below, designed to show you what a “putt-tastic” four-day golf weekend for you and the boys, could look like.
Best of all, every course is just a short drive from the Brisbane CBD.
With top ranked public access courses, fast-draining soils, undulating dune fairways and world-class accommodation - welcome to golfing in the Moreton Bay Region.
Course overview: 18 hole, Par 71, 6099 metres, Slope rating 123
To tee off the ultimate golfing holiday, you’ll jump in your car and point your steering wheel towards Redcliffe Golf Club, about 30 minutes north of Brisbane CBD.
The course sits between coastal and rivers views and respects this position by honouring the sand belt design.
Redcliffe Golf Club has played host to a range of amateur championships and pre-qualifying events for the Australian PGA, so golfers of all levels are going to find something here.
The club has a full stocked Pro Shop, and buggies and carts available for hire. Wrap up your first round with a bite to eat from JC’s on the Green, located in the clubhouse.
After the round, it’s a short drive to the Redcliffe Seaside Village for a night of luxury accommodation with plenty of restaurant and bar options to help reset and prepare for day two.
Visit the official website to check out the course flyer over here.
If you and the boys all want to chip in and make your dollar stretch, your best bet would be to “chip” in and get yourself a three-bedroom apartment.
For more accommodation options in Redcliffe click here
Course overview: 18 hole, par 72, 5922 metres, Slope rating 120
You’ll have to get up early to make the most of your day, but we promise it’ll be worth it.
Day two starts with a 50-minute road trip north to Woodford Golf Club.
This scenic but challenging hinterland course will sort out any weak links in the group. Woodford Golf Club prides itself on offering a great round and atmosphere for social players, but there is nothing social about some of the pin positions.
Top hint: chat to the pro in the Pro Shop before teeing off.
What is great about Woodford is the range of deals they offer.
Visitors can currently take advantage of $23 unlimited golf on Sundays after 12.30pm (T&Cs apply) and 18 hole with shared cart for $79 (*conditions apply).
View the full course with hole by hole layout here.
After the round, sit back and relax while you enjoy a meal in the air-conditioned clubhouse with bar and restaurant.
Or head into town and grab a meal at The Woodford Hotel – we strongly recommend one of their grain-fed steaks.
For some authentic rural accommodation close by check out Woodford Gardens Accommodation known for its old-fashioned hospitality.
For more accommodation options in Woodford click here.
Course overview: Par 72, 6,339 metres, Black slope rating 138
Today it’s time to swap the rustic hinterland for an island escape – we’re heading to Bribie Island, dubbed as Queensland’s Sandbelt Golfing Mecca.
One look at Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club and any aching muscles form the previous two rounds will be forgotten.
Designed by Ross Watson, one of Asia-Pacific’s most well-known golf course architects, Pacific Harbour is ranked #7 in Queensland and #51 in Australia best public access course.
Based on traditional Scottish links courses, this must-play course utilises the natural landscape and flora with several island greens to create a visually stunning and extremely playable course.
As the longest playing course in the region, walking is okay but hiring a cart is recommended.
Finish the round in style at The Deck Bistro for a light snack or delicious meal.
HOT TIP: Pacific Harbour generally offers group golf deals that include cart hire and food.
Get a feel for what to expect by checking out the course tour and clips of the club pro playing some holes here.
Bribie Island is home to Fairways Golf & Beach Retreat, the perfect accommodation for a golf trip.
With Bribie Island Golf Club (you’ll be there tomorrow!) directly next door, and Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club just a short 10 minute drive away, it’s the perfect spot for any golf enthusiasts.
The Retreat has a range of fully self-contained accommodation, from one-bed studios to spacious 4-bed penthouse apartments with private rooftop deck.
There’s also a range of Golf Stay & Play Packages.
For more Bribie Island accommodation click here.
Course Overview: Par 72, 6,203 metres, Slope rating 130
Today draws to a close an epic four-day golfing adventure in Moreton Bay Region.
And, what better way to finish off the holiday than at the Bribie Island Golf Course – the epitome of sand-belt beauty, taking maximum advantage of the sand to produce lush fairways with great drainage.
Speaking of fairways, prepare for undulation. The course was designed to follow the contours of the natural sand dunes that makes for easy walking (although cart hire is available from the pro shop) that offers plenty of challenging shots along the way.
Wrap up the golf trip with a meal and drink at Fusion Restaurant located in the Clubhouse.
Top hint: The outdoor deck overlooks the 18th ‘signature hole’.
View the course tour with hole breakdown here.
It’s now time to pack away the clubs in the boot and say your goodbyes until next time.
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