Situated on the banks of the Brisbane River, the Royal Queensland Golf Club
is the premier golf club in Queensland and one of the finest in the country.
The Club boasts a proud reputation for providing outstanding golf and quality
|About the Club
The (Royal) Queensland Golf Club was established in 1920 at Hamilton and
was granted its Royal Charter in 1921 by King George V. In 1926 the famous
Scots course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie contributed his renowned design
wisdom to a number of holes, as well as the greens and bunkering of the
course generally. At a farewell function for MacKenzie, the great man 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.
A distinctive feature of Royal Queensland is the striking profile of the
Gateway Bridge which soars high over the course and the adjacent Brisbane
River. In 2005, the Queensland Government decided to erect a second
identical structure to cope with increased traffic flow on the Gateway
Arterial. The scope of this huge project meant that the Club would lose
seven holes, and it therefore had no alternative but to undertake a
reconfiguration of the historic layout.
Accordingly, new designs were considered from a number of high profile
Australian and overseas golf course architects before a unanimous Board
decision to accept Michael Claytons outstanding concept. The result is a
unique opportunity to play a strategic links style course that provides a
truly memorable experience for golfers of all abilities.
Royal Queensland has hosted three Australian Open Championships, two
Australian PGA Championships and four Australian Amateur Championships, as
well as a multitude of other significant professional and amateur events.
It has welcomed many world golfing greats, from Walter Hagen and Gene
Sarazen in the 1930s to later masters of the game including Arnold Palmer,
Gary Player and Peter Thomson. The Club has also been home to many
outstanding Australian golfing personalities, including Charlie Earp Club
Professional for 45 years until 2003 and his one-time trainee, Greg
At Royal Queensland, the acclaimed golf course, expansive practice
facilities, and five star food and beverage offerings provide the ideal
environment to satisfy the joys of the great game of golf.
Michael Clayton describes the new layout and the philosophy of the design
Royal Queensland is a course that was designed to place an emphasis on
strategic golf. The width and space afforded the golfers from the tee gives
them every opportunity to decide for themselves where best to play.
There are very few shots on the course where the architecture dictates
where the golfer must play. At most of the two and three shot holes the
test from the tee is of accurate driving to position as opposed to simple
The majority of the greens are arranged so the player is presented with a
preferred line of play into the flag and those playing from the non-
preferred side are likely to face a quite different shot and one that is
The most highly rated courses in the world are based on strategy and
providing choices for golfers, rather than dictating that there is only one
way to play a hole. The Old Course at St Andrews is still perhaps the best
course in the game. Certainly it is the most interesting and consequently
the most fun to play. No shot there is dictated to the player and there are
multitudes of options for all players, no matter their handicap, to
17TH, PAR 3, 120 METRES
Although only a short Par 3 at 120 metres, the 17th is a little beauty a
challenging hole that has played a significant role in deciding a number of
Players are required to judge their 17th tee shot perfectly to carry the
wastelands from the tee to the elevated green. For golfers who manage to
harness the wind and find themselves placed on the green, they face two
distinct tiers on green which will provide some fun putting challenges. One
of those great Par 3s that can make your knees tremble on the tee, the 17th
at Royal Queensland is proof that a hole does not need to be long to be
challenging and memorable.
Photography by Gary Lisbon
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