Central Queensland
Rowes Bay Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 72
6151 M


Rowes Bay Golf Club is located only 10 minutes from the Townsville CBD and consists of 27 holes. 

Its 18-hole championship course measures 6155 meters from the tournament tees while the club also has a 9-hole Par 3 course.

10 Reviews
Played in the Wednesday comp with a couple of locals and found the layout to be very interesting. There is one poor hole (3rd) where there is water in play, but it can't be seen totally from the tee. If you do play here only hit your tee shot on this hole to where you can see. The conditioning was a little variable, most fairways were excellent, but a few had salt issues and so had large sandy bare patches. A local rule allowed relief, but it still doesn't look right. Quite a few hazards on the course. The greens had been scarified and sanded only two weeks prior so they were a little bumpy and slow. If you have an official handicap you can play in the Wednesday Comp for just $10, so great value. If you only have time for one game in Townsville I think that The Willows should be the choice.
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Haven't playe the bay in at least two years and the return was well worth it. The course is in exceptional shape. The greens were getting remodelled just before my last round and the greens keepers have not only made them umblemished but also challenging. They now have alot more movement and shape compared to there former self. Not a huge amount of bunkers(I think 9 in total?My track has 26 on the first 9) and a very playable course for the 'hacker' and seasoned player. Seems like skippy still comes to say hello too. My only negative was the sanded fairways on 13th which on closer inspection seem to be due to a drainage system being installed. A improvement that will only benefit future players. A very enjoyable round.Highly recommend.
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Played this course this week and I like playng it. It is long, but not overly hard if you can stay away from the water (not a lot) and trees (not a huge amount either). There are not a lot of bunkers, but the greens are generally placed in spots that benefits golfers who put their tee shots in the right spot. The cost is relatively cheap, and the staff are friendly. The course is in reasonable shape, but not pristine, but what do you expect for the cost. I will definitely play again!
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I played Rowes Bay last week and like it as a course. It is quite a long course, and is a great atmosphere to play. I played Townsville and The Willows and prefer the the Willows, but see Rowes Bay as the next best. It is quite unique from other courses and I like playing par 5's and this course has many forms of Par 5's.

The course is quite cheap to play, and it was easy to get a tee time. The staff were friendly. The only downdide is the course condition is not quite up the the standard of the Willows or Townsville with the fairways having many bare patches and the greens also having some bare patches.

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This is the best overall package in Townsville when it comes to golf. The course is in great condition and is always on the improve with a good team on the grounds. The experienced staff in the pro shop make you feel like one of the family. During the round the staff are always around selling you a beverage or two and are one of the assets Rowes Bay has. The atmosphere after the game is comfortable at this club unlike any other course in Townsville. I will recommend this course to anyone wishing to play.

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I played this course last week (Sun 1 Jul 07) and got on after the comp just after lunch. No problems with getting the tee time after calling the pro shop beforehand. $21 for the round and a couple of dollars for a pull-buggy. The course is located out of Townsville proper, but not very far when you drive there (less than 10 mins from The Strand, toward Pallarenda), which makes it convenient for visitors. It’s an 18 hole, par 73 course of 6145m, that really is a classic example of a standard members course found in most towns in Australia. It’s not a resort and it’s not links style, which probably makes it ‘parkland’ but I’m not convinced of that either. Very flat, and on some holes very open fairways, but these contrast with a number of holes bordered by water hazards that put a premium on driving accuracy. In all honesty, it’s nothing flash, just good basic golf, with mostly well grassed fairways and consistent, true greens. There’s no extraneous flower beds, multiple cuts of rough or concrete cart paths running everywhere. The front nine is the weaker of the two with nothing much interesting until consecutive par 5’s at 6 and 7. Six is not long at 467m and a decent birdie chance. Interestingly, the front nine has three par 3’s and three par 5’s. The back nine has only a single par 3 hence it’s par of 37. On the front, just pull out driver on the tee and have a go as it’s generally wide open and there’s not much trouble to be found. The 9th is a par 3 over a lake but unless you seriously underclub it’s only there for decoration. The back nine is much more interesting as it requires thought both off the tee and when approaching the greens. The 10th shows the change right from the start with water left and right off the tee. The 11th is a short par 5 (440m) but, rather strangely, has as one of it’s defences some large eucalypts in the middle of the fairway. OK, now the 12th… If I was a member or had played this course a couple of times I’d probably know what to do here, but as a visitor it is just bizarre! The hole is only just over 300m long (par 4) but you can’t see it properly from the tee. The tree line on the right of the fairway sort of indicates a dog-leg right, but because the fairway gently slopes up from the tee for the first 100m you can’t actually see a landing area. Adding further confusion is the fact that straight ahead from the tee, at a distance where you would expect drivers to land appears to be the rough with some small sparse trees. There is also a matter of a creek running through the fairway somewhere up ahead. I hit 4-iron as a speculator, as the group in front of me looked like they were 150 to 200 metres away when they were on the right of the fairway. It turned out to be a wise chioce as I ended up in the rough about five metres short of the water and that was hitting pretty straight off the tee. To cut this chapter of ‘War and Peace’ short, off the tee the creek is about 170m ahead and it’s a 200m carry to get over it. Plus there is a slight bend to the right so if intending to carry the creek off the tee aim down the right hand tree line (and accept the risk you might hit a branch!). 15 is another interesting short par 4 with lay-up required before hitting over a lake in front of the green. The last interesting hole is indeed the last, a 466m par 5. It is short enough to encourage going for the green in two (for most average golfers, providing you get away from the tee with a decent drive) but there’s plenty of water around the green to penalise foolish bravado. Driver, long iron and wedge seemed the smart route and that was how I made par anyway. Rowes Bay is really no better or worse than the other two courses in Townsville (TVL GC and Willows) so go play all of them and enjoy the game and the tropical north’s weather!

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Golf Course Details
Cape Pallarenda Road, Belgian Gardens
Central Queensland, QLD 4810, Australia
Proshop: 0747741288
General: 0747741188