Updated: Oct 14, 2020
I would have played upwards of 75 rounds at the beautiful Pacific Harbour Golf Club on Bribie Island, around an hour north of Brisbane.
My most recent post-COVID round was in early June and it is fair to say the course is in stunning condition. There’s plenty of development happening right around the golf course with most holes lined by houses or at least with blocks of dirt awaiting a build. sadly my playing partner found the roof of one of those homes, no one was injured, at least we think not.
Pacific Harbour is a great test of golf, if you’re just slightly wayward off the tee, you’re likely finding some form of water or other hazard that makes your second unplayable. Find the fairway however, and like most courses, you can post a reasonable number. I am your typical social golfer, not enough time to play consistently to iron out all the kinks in my game, but good enough to shoot in the 80’s at most courses. However if you can put your ball in good position and hit it reasonably straight, the course does offer some good scoring opportunities, the Par 4’s are for the most part, not too long and favour a golfer that can hit a controlled fade, with a number of them tending to dogleg slightly left to right. The Par 5’s are gettable for longer hitters so long as you can avoid the bunkers that line the fairways.
The course is and always has been in immaculate condition. The greens are among the best I've ever played, you could almost throw down a pillow sleep on them, they're that soft. Over these 75 trips or so to Pacific Harbour, I would have donated upwards of 300 balls (yes, that's 4 a round) to the water traps that are in play on most holes. In fact, not to scare anyone off, but there is water realistically in play on 12 of the 18 holes, as I said, you need to be pretty straight! If you’re not that, you’d want to either getting some form of golf ball sponsorship or using ones that float.
17th Hole @ Pacific Harbour (on the right) before turning around and heading back to the clubhouse on the last. Picture credit: Golf Australia Magazine
The signature hole as per other reviews I’ve read is the long Par 3 17th, lined by bunkers, water on the right and a narrow two-tier green. It is very tough, if you’re walking away from 17 with anything less than a 4 (and sometimes a 5 depending on how many beers you’ve had), you’re doing well. An earlier Par 3, the shorter but equally as difficult 7th Hole is visual delight with a tee shot straight over the water to another two-tiered green. Of those 300 balls I’ve deposited into the surrounding waters of Pacific Harbour, 200 would be laying around the 7th Hole.
18 holes at Pacific Harbour is a great test of golf with water, sand and tricky greens the order of the day. Almost without exception, every time I have been there to play, the Pro Shop & Clubhouse staff have been outstanding, the food is good after a round and the beers are cold. Get up there on a Sunday afternoon and you can come in watch the footy on the big screen and sort out the scorecards and settle the bets from the round in the bar. With ample parking and driving range facilities for those inclined prior to the round, Pacific Harbour is a great golfing experience and comparably priced to other courses of its quality, around the $70-$80 for a round including cart (I never walk!), it is good value!