Updated: Aug 4, 2020
You have to play at this joint!
Maybe it doesn’t look anything special from the road, but Keperra Golf Club, roughly 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD is a fantastic track. I played 1-18, but they have 27 holes and I am reliably informed that the additional 9 are just as good as the front 18.
I ventured out on a Sunday afternoon with a group of mates, a bit of light drizzle earlier in the morning had softened up the course and the rain had clearly also deterred some from playing, we basically had the course to ourselves.
Not only is the course in great condition, but it’s a great test of your game. Sadly I was hitting my driver terribly, finding only 2 fairways for the whole day. That made it tough. Almost on every hole I was obstructed by some form of tree trouble and was scrambling the whole day. What’s worse, the fairways are actually quite wide, they give you the chance to play your second shot off the short stuff, but it just wasn’t my day!
That aside, the greens roll beautifully and true, and the fairways are well manicured and just visually, there isn’t one hole that isn’t stunning.
Don’t get me wrong, it ain’t easy. We made the brave decision to play off the back markers and boy did they make us work! A number of Par 4’s above the 400m mark and a fair of bit of undulation with a number of elevated greens meaning your distance control on your approach shots is vital. Fortunately, I found just the one bunker but it was in immaculate condition, my playing partners weren’t so fortunate, but they all seemed to get out of trouble fairly easy, the pots were in good shape!
How much you ask to play at Keperra? Sunday afternoon, $50 with a cart. It’s good value! The 18th hole is a great finish, a long (from the back markers at least!), dogleg Par 4 with an approach shot up the hill to an elevated green that has plenty of tricks to it. I needed a bogey to win the money from my playing partners, I got the job done.
There’s a bit of water on the course, but not too much, and there’s some wonderful scoring opportunities. I don’t know if this is actually the case, but the front 9 seemed a lot shorter than the back, with a couple of Par 4’s that you can really get at with a short wedge in hand for your second shot. There are 3 Par 3’s, if that makes sense, on the front 9 alone, the short 8th hole is a narrow hole that will punish you if you’re remotely off target!
I was in love with the great slopes and undulations of the course, it was in super condition and the staff were fantastic. Maybe I have just been ignorant previously but this is a little hidden gem, highly recommend a game at Keperra!