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Barcaldine Golf Club sits on the northern side of town next to the racecourse and showgrounds. The sand green course is 18 holes measuring 5994m with an unusual par of 73. Known as the “Garden City of the West”, Barcaldine’s sandy soil and access to the Artesian Basin gives the golf course a chance to irrigate regularly which attracts plenty of local kangaroos and keeps the tee boxes and surrounds very presentable. This is the real feature out here and is a great attribute in this part of Queensland. Like most courses in the Central West, fairways are fairly dry and covered in parts by only patchy grass. They are quite generous in sections but with easily the most trees for a course out in the Central West, accuracy is a premium on most tee shots. There are a few greenside water hazards the size of small ponds dotted around the course and numerous dirt mounds that can often block your view of the pin and force you to play an aerial approach rather than the bump and run option often used out this way. You could almost call them reversed bunkers and are a common feature of bush courses which add to the challenge of outback golf. Highlights on the front nine include the 313m par 4 4th with a slight right bending fairway and a sloped green tucked behind a clump of small trees with OOB looming just metres from the putting surface and the short par 3 5th named Gidyea’s Alley. This unique par 3 measures just 118m and plays through a clearing in the trees with the green sitting beyond the dense scrub. The back nine features the longest par 3 on the course at 200m with the only elevated green and the final two holes play over and around a couple of dams. The 17th tee sits on one side of the dam with a large tree to clear as well and the 18th is a 446m par 5 which plays beside the racetrack with water that looms about 250m from the tee box. Further trees in the middle of the fairway, water hazards and a dirt mound around the green add to the challenge on this final hole. Barcaldine Golf Club hosted the 2015 Queensland Men’s Sand Green Championships and is a good chance for travelers visiting the outback to have a hit at one of the top courses in the Central West. $10 for 18 holes.
For a bush course, very good. An excellent front 9. fades away
with a few weak holes (13-17) but otherwise an interesting,
enjoyable round of golf. many par 5s that are reachable. hit the
right par of the 'fairway' and your ball may scoot 50
metres plus, hit the wrong part and it wont move a centimetre. a
little thought has been put into this course, which is great.
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