Royal Queensland :: Before & After Hole #2
This before & after is one from the archives. Back in 2005 we rebuilt the Royal Queensland Golf Club after the government decided to duplicate the Gateway Bridge. Many of the existing fairway corridors were utilised but with the need to have all 18 holes on the western side of the bridge, several new holes needed to be built on land previously unused for golf.
The 2nd hole is a short par 4 of 314m and was constructed on land which had previously been filled with material pumped from the Brisbane River. The combination of marine mud, river sand and building waste and a relatively uninspiring landscape made for a challenging construction.
Like many holes at Royal Queensland the fairway is wide, but depending on the pin of the day the ideal line from the tee may vary by as much as 50 metres. Any flag on the left of the Y shaped green will bring the fairway bunkers and sandy waste along right into play, while for a right flag the ideal line is reversed.
The left side of the fairway is further complicated by the large hollow around 220 metres from the tee. Cautious players might decide to layup short of the hollow, given that from its base only the top of the flag is visible..
A small bunker was added after the course opened in the middle of the fairway to add further interest from the tee, especially to challenge those who elected to take a driver straight at the green.
The large sand hazard dividing this fairway from the next was constructed to replicate a large sand washout as opposed to a bunker, with random islands of grass and indigenous plants filling the floor. Several Sheoak trees were also scattered amongst the islands to give a more established feel to the waste.
:: Ashley Mead