We hope you enjoy your time at Maroochy River Golf Club. Here are a few useful tips and course notes which should help you make the most of your round if you have never visited us before.
Distances shown are from the men’s black tees.
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Hole 1, 379 metres, par 4
The drive needs to be on the left side of the fairway to have a good approach to the green and avoid playing over the large bunker guarding the front-right of the green. Long hitters beware, anything more than a gentle draw from the tee will find the water left.
Hole 2, 346 metres, par 4
Best play is to lay up short of the bunker, leaving a shot of around 100m to the green. The green slopes from back to front. Anything past the flag will leave a speedy downhill putt.
Hole 3, 410 metres, par 4
Bunkers guard both sides of the fairway so you need to hit it straight and lay up short of a stretch of rough starting around 130m from the green.
The approach is into a raised green with a large hollow in the front left and steep drop-offs on the sides and back.
Hole 4, 130 metres, par 3
Normally plays into the wind. Club selection is vital on this hole. Anything short will nearly always find one of the front bunkers; anything left or long will more often than not end up in bogey.
Hole 5, 540 metres, par 5
Very intimidating from the tee as all you can see are bunkers, but once on the hole, you realise it is nowhere near as bad as first thought. A good drive will leave you within reach of the green but the second shot must be accurate, as the narrow raised green has deep bunkers either side.
Hole 6, 305 metres, par 4
Great chance of birdie. Long iron or rescue off the tee avoiding the fairway trap will leave a short shot in. Longer hitters will be able to get on or very close to the green. Two-tiered green with some subtle breaks can easily lead to a three-putt.
Hole 7, 515 metres, par 5
Great par 5 which, for the brave-hearted, can be reached in two. The drive needs to be straight to avoid the cross bunkers. The second shot can be laid up short of the bunker 80m from the green or a good smack can get there, but beware the water and rock wall on the left.
Hole 8, 200 metres, par 3
Depending on the wind, can play anywhere from a 7 iron to a 3 wood. From the tee the bunkers on the right-hand side look like they are greenside but are actually 20 metres short of the green. Best to hit one more club, anything short left will find the bunker or the water.
Hole 9, 380 metres, par 4
Strong hole to finish the front nine. Water left and bunkers right guard the fairway, while the big wide, narrow green makes it difficult to get close. Front bunker guards the green. Don’t go for the flag if it is behind the bunker.
Hole 10, 390 metres, par 4
The tee shot needs to avoid the bunkers on the right, while bunkers short left and a large trap on the right of the green will catch an off-line approach shot. The green slopes from back to front so anything past the pin will leave a quick downhill putt.
Hole 11, 508 metres, par 5
Avoid the bunkers down the middle and on the left. Most players will take three to reach the green, but long-hitters may get there with a long iron or rescue to the green. The green is raised with steep slopes off the left and behind as well as bunkers left and right guarding the green.
Hole 12, 136 metres, par 3
Long green surrounded with bunkers, the trick here is club selection. If the flag is front it’s easy to come up short and you are likely to run back down the slope into the water, so add one more club for a short pin.
Hole 13, 403 metres, par 4
Good par 4 with water all the way down the left. Fairway bunker on the right needs to be avoided to have a chance of reaching the green in two. Looks straight forward from the tee, but a loss of concentration here can lead to a double or worse.
Hole 14, 412 metres, par 4
Another strong par 4. No fairway bunkers but water runs the whole length of the fairway left. The green is small and well bunkered and anything left will leave a difficult up and down.
Hole 15, 292 metres, par 4
Drivable par 4, with a small pot bunker guarding the front of green. The green is banana-shaped which can lead to some fun if you end up on the wrong side of the flag.
Hole 16, 182 metres, par 3
The right front half of the green on this tough short hole is very well guarded by bunkers. The landing area is narrow and anything long will leave a difficult chip, so if you are going to miss, it’s better to be short.
Hole 17, 514 metres, par 5
Water runs the whole length of the right-hand side, making it difficult if the wind is blowing from the left. Best bet is to play this as a three-shotter and lay up between the two fairway bunkers on the right to leave a short iron into a two-tiered green.
Hole 18, 399 metres, par 4
Great finishing hole. Water all the way down the left, wide fairway and not a bunker in sight, but if you want to reach the green in two you better make sure you get it a long way down the fairway as a 20-metre wide creek runs across the fairway in front of the green. If in doubt, lay up!