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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

‘Brookwater Golf and Country Club has again confirmed its position as Queensland's premier golf course, ranking number one in the state following the release of Golf Australia magazine's best 50 courses. For the sixth time running, the Greg Norman-designed course has ranked Queensland's best in the biannual rankings, securing a place in the top 30 courses in Australia.’ - From the Brookwater web site

Having recently returned from playing several of the best that the Gold Coast has to offer; OK I know that strictly speaking, Brookwater is not on the Gold Coast. I have to say the above is not a bit of Aussie BS about Brookwater. It's an unforgettable golfing experience.

There was a flat sameness about many of the resort golf courses we played and that’s another reason why Brookwater stands out. Apart from Brookwater my camera rarely had the cover off.  For sure the other courses were in marvellous condition with very challenging holes but it’s hard to recall many visually striking holes.

The 17th at Hope Island was a memorable exception and in more ways than one. It is the first time in my long golfing life time I’ve chosen not to go for the green on a Par 3.

Golf Club Atlas describes it thus.

‘Seventeenth hole, 210 yards; This par three is the only approach shot that must directly carry water on the course. Thus, its effect can be unsettling at this late stage in the round. Appropriately enough, there is a fairway bail-out area to the right of the green that gives golfers of all levels a chance for a pitch and putt par.’

And yours truly had to alas use the ‘bail-out area’ and bringing to mind a horrible thought.

For years I’ve dreamed of playing the 16th at Cypress Point which has been described as “The greatest hole in the world”. And dammit if my dream comes true I’ll most likely have to bail out as at Hope Island

The other golf course which readily comes to mind although yet again not quite on the Gold Coast is Arundel Hills. But alas their website photographs don’t convey the hilliness of the course however I suggest you click on the link below and keep it in mind as a must play course

Here’s the links to Brookwater. The Golf Club Atlas review of Hope Island and Arundel Hills.  

Quote of the Day

“Most people don’t get to play a course this good in their lifetimes. My favourite of all time.

Only seen Augusta on TV but you will think about it as you walk these fairways.

A very special place.” - Anonymous reviewer at top100golfcourse referring to the fact that Brookwater is frequently referred to as Queensland's answer to Augusta.

“…but you will think about it as you walk these fairways” Exactly as I thought and felt as I, in spite of my very indifferent golf, as I strode the hilly, Eucalyptus-lined fairways and fast greens



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