Founded in 1896, Brisbane Golf Club started out with a 9-hole course at its original location in nearby Chelmer. Eight years later, the club moved to its present site where Scots-born Sydney professional and three-time Australian Open Champion Carnegie Clark set out the new course.
Today, the layout extends to 6,676 yards, playing to a par of 72. Of interest to those who follow developments in agronomy, Brisbane became the first club in Australia to reconstruct its greens with Champion Ultradwarf Bermuda grass and this three-year conversion exercise was completed in 2015.
Feature holes include the 433-yard 5th, rated stroke index 1, with water running the length of the fairway on the left side of the hole, and the 376-yard 8th, where the Moolabin Creek crosses the fairways as it dips down towards the green.
On the back nine, the 217-yard 11th (which was on the short 9-hole West course until it was redeveloped in 1999) plays to a long, narrow three-tiered green that slopes from front to back, whilst the 334-yard 15th demands pin point accuracy due to a very narrow playing corridor.
In 2007 Ross Watson was appointed to oversee renovations intended to bring Brisbane GC into the modern era. Watson was directed by the club to preserve the original layout, but has radically improved the look and playability of the course.
Sandbelt style bunkering is again a feature, and with water playing a part in a number of holes a game at Brisbane is full of interest. The greens have also been converted to a USA strain of Champion Ultra Dwarf, so the club has wonderful putting surfaces.
Over the years Brisbane GC has hosted 19 Queensland Opens, with more to come in the next few years.
The changes implemented by Watson have added interest and strategy to a round at Brisbane. The classic look of the bunkering is also a feature.
Brisbane is a joy to play, and should be on the itinerary for any golfing exploits in Brisbane.
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Brisbane Golf Club was the first club to be built in Brisbane back in 1896. The Championship course is rolling parkland type with many water carries, dogleg holes with blind tee shots, and bunkers on every hole making for a tough challenge.
BGC put on a magnificent day with the course looking very sharp, with their fairways looking and playing in great condition, the new greens running true, superb staff and great insight from the members regarding course management.
Good elevation and directional change meets the golfer here, some of the vistas need to be opened up a bit to allow full appreciation of the course and to enhance it's quality. Bunkering could use revamp, just to enhance the course.