Updated: Aug 4, 2020
Gainsborough Greens Golf Club is situated mid-way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. I’ve played this track about 10 times over the past 5 years and my most recent experience at Gainsborough is by far and away the best I’ve had. The course is in seriously good shape and the layout has been changed after their fantastic new clubhouse has been made open.
I played as the second group off in the morning, the sun was just rising, it was a fantastic setting and better yet, it was a Monday morning, what better way to start your week. The 1st hole now makes you a little nervous, not only did we have very poor light, but the lake on the right makes anyone shit their pants, particularly a bloke that normally plays a controlled fade.
For the most part, the course is green and thriving. The greens are rolling well and if you’re smart, you can shoot a pretty low score here I feel. Better yet, Gainsborough isn’t too long, the typical social golfer can get at the Par 5’s without too much trouble and the course generally is quite forgiving. The fairways are a decent width but if you’re not hitting that straight, you’re still able to find your ball and get a club on your next shot. One thing I did find, and sadly I found plenty of them, the bunkers at Gainsborough Greens are quite firm, some are okay, but there’s a number of bunkers you feel like you’re basically hitting off a cart path.
Gainsborough can be quietly tricky, some short Par 4’s that you think you can dominate will catch you out, the 9th and 10th holes are obviously back-to-back and you stand on these respective tees thinking you’re making birdie, I doubled bogeyed both despite my drive on 10 being 25m from the whole. Does anyone else have that conversation with themselves after something like that? ‘I’ve just hit my drive 250m, I’m 25m from the whole and I walk away with a 6?’ That does my head in.
Gainsborough Greens is a great course for the social golfer. Photo credit: Golf Advisor
Sometimes my swing goes to shit, I am sure many of you can associate with that empty feeling, that happened on the back 9 at Gainsborough, a couple of holes that suit a golfer capable of hitting a nice draw meant I was trying to be someone I am not. This led to the number of golf balls in my bag dwindling and my playing partner rallying back at the end of the round. The signature hole, Par 5 17th asks you to make a decision to lay up or if you succumb to peer pressure like me, you’ll try and take it over the creek that lies in front of the green and if you’re like me, you’ll then drop your 3rd and play 4 from in front of that creek!
All-in-all, this is a good course for the social golfer as it is generally quite forgiving. I’ve played a couple of corporate days at Gainsborough and the staff there have always been wonderful. Now, with their new clubhouse and other upgraded facilities, Gainsborough Greens is worth the commute and is reasonably priced around the $70-$80 including cart. The cafe inside the clubhouse doesn’t do a bad bacon and egg sandwich if you’re that way inclined prior to the round either!