Australians and golf go together like peas in a sun-kissed pod. It’s a hugely popular sport here Down Under, with well over a million of us partaking in a few rounds on the regular. Naturally, golf is great for your health and fitness, as it keeps you active, promotes strength (how else are you going to whack your balls several hundred yards) and even helps to keep your brain in check.
Indeed, the social nature of golf not only lends itself to helping you spark up new friendships (or rivalries, as the case may be) but in doing so, your mental health will benefit too. We can’t speak for the stress-induced if you miss that birdie putt on the 9th, though.
Luckily for those halfway up Australia’s east coast in Brisbane, the city is home to a huge number of golf courses. As it to be expected from the world of golf, some require you to have a membership before you even think about stepping foot on the fairway, while others are open to the public at all times, all you need to do is book yourself an allotted tee-off time.
And, with Brisbane being so close to the coast, several of the clubs we consider to be the best in town, offer up some incredible views, which you can savour even just by heading to clubs with a driving range bolted on to the side.
So, start limbering up your swinging arm as we take you through the very best golf courses to be found in Brisbane, and if you need some fresh balls, a new glove or some clubs, Brisbane’s best golf shops will hold you in good stead.
Brisbane Golf Courses FAQ
How many golf courses in Brisbane?
There are over 20 golf courses in Brisbane, covering the CBD and the surrounding suburbs, so finding a course close to home should be simple. Two of those courses: St Lucia Golf Links and Victoria Park Golf Complex, are owned by Brisbane City Council, the rest are privately owned.
Which golf course is closest to Brisbane Airport?
There are two golf courses close to Brisbane Airport: the Royal Queensland Golf Club and Nudgee Golf Club.
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The members-only club has had its a number of high-profile architects put their mark on the 18-holes, and is the only one in Australia to use Champion Utradwarf Bemurda grass.
Address: 70 Tennyson Memorial Avenue, Yeerongpilly, 4105
Phone: 07 3848 1008
It's proximity to the coast, Moreton Bay in particular, can introduce the inevitable coastal breezes that, while may help to keep you cool on a hot day, can also wreak havoc with ball flight. Your skills will certainly be tested, and with two 18-hole courses to play on, there's plenty of time to hone them.
Address: 1207 Nudgee Road, Nudgee, 4014
Phone: 07 3267 7744
It's regarded as one of the top 25 courses in Australia but to become a member you'll need to pay up just over $10,000 as an entrance fee (which you can pay over four years) and a subsequent annual payment of $4,000. But in return you'll obtain voting rights and full, unlimited access to the clubhouse and all of its facilities.
A full round of 18 will set you back up to $40 depending on whether you play during the week or at the weekend, or you can head to Victoria Park on a Tuesday to take advantage of their fixed rate of $17.
Address: 309 Herston Road, Herston, 4006
Phone: 07 3252 0666
The course itself is only 9 holes, but you're able to play them all twice for the same price. If you fancy getting a little less serious with a round, you can opt in for a round of night golf, which sees you using glow in the dark balls.
Address: 105 Quay Street, Bulimba, 4171
Phone: 07 3399 6524
The West Course configuration is ranked among Australia's 100 best, although any of the courses will certainly put your skills to the test.
The holes are set within acres of parkland that borders the Brisbane River, making for one of the most scenic rounds you'll play in the city. While membership is available (and the perks it brings) visitors are welcome six days a week.
Address: Meiers Road, Indooroopilly, 4068
Phone: 07 3721 2122
St Lucia Golf Links is a public golf course that is favoured by a vast majority of Brisbane locals. There's no membership fee to pay and visitors can expect a course that is very user-friendly– although, don't expect an easy route the whole way round – and tranquil, due to many of the holes following the banks of the Brisbane River, which bring with them a delightful breeze.
Address: Carawa Street, St Lucia, 4067
Phone: 07 3870 3433
Just 15 minutes from Brisbane CBD and only 10 minutes from the airport, Pacific Golf Club is ideally situated for golfers of all abilities.
Membership is available for players who wish to return on several repeat visits, but occasional players are welcomed too, with a full 18-hole round costing up to $45.
Address: 61 Gertrude McLeod Crescent, Mount Ommaney, 4074
Phone: 07 3376 3666
Both its own members and members of reciprocal clubs are welcome to play on the course for a small fee of as little as $25. A full list of reciprocal clubs from around Australia can be found on Wynnum's website.
Play works on a pay and play basis, no booking or membership required, with green fees costing up to $25 for weekend play, making it possibly the best value golf in Brisbane.
Address: 100A Creek Road, Birkdale, 4159
Phone: 07 3207 2452