Course 31 for 2023 – Cunnamulla GC, Qld
Looking back down the 117m 10th, Warrego River in the background
Nomadic_golfer : August 2023 – Cunnamulla Golf Club, Queensland, review
Par 70, 5385m slope 100 $10
4 par3s 89-157m, 12 par4s 273-380m, 2 par5s 445-462m
This 18 hole course in South Central Queensland, is at the home of the Cunnamulla fella. It sits adjacent to the Warrego River, which was holding a decent volume of water on our late-August visit, yet you only get a couple of glimpses of the water. A tributary plays a part in holes 1 & 2 (right-side hazards) and a couple of other holes along the way (4,8,18).
The outback make-up here is 18 black scrapes (quite firm) and small, hard-dirt tees with brown-dirt fairways of varying consistency and the odd bed of prickles. Those dry river-beds, a number of small-medium trees and some taller, whispy rough are the main hazards with a mixture of really wide-open fairways and tighter, tree lined examples.
The property does have some nice undulations, a highlight being the use of a gully on the 327m, par4 3rd. The fairway starts off quite generous of width and bordered left by some beautiful ghost gums, but is met at ~200m by narrowing trees and then the gully, before climbing back up to a small, elevated scrape. It is quite unique, provides many options off the tee and was my favourite on the course.
The par3s are a real highlight, with the aesthetics of a couple of them benefiting form the undulations too, while the 149m 5th requires a tee shot to negotiate an upside down bunker short left and a small slither of a water hazard short-right – take an extra club here!
Overall, this course that hosted the 2nd leg of this year’s Outback Qld Masters is dusty and fun – the combination of sandy surrounds and thick scrapes makes it trickier to get up & down than you would think and adds a degree of difficulty.