Inside Golf : Inside Golf September 2014
clubs 30 September 2014 | www.insidegolf.com.au Pacific Golf Club just gets better P ACIFIC Golf Club in Brisbane’s southeast is one of those feel-good stories. “ Things have been on the up-and-up ever since we put in place better processes,” said the club’s general manager Cameron Harvey. A new course superintendent, course improvements and renovations, a beautification program and changes to the catering department have given the popular club a new lease of life. “ We are back in the game,” Harvey enthused. “Our golf course is sensational, the clubhouse is warm and friendly and our membership is growing.” Harvey gives new course superintendent Shaun O’Leary much of the credit for the resurgence of Pacific. “Shaun was second in charge for the last couple of years and before that he spent 20 years at Bribie Island. He has taken the golf course to a new level. “Our renovation practices have been better in the last two years and the greens are the healthiest they have been for 15-20 years. The greens are back to a good quick speed. “Now we are concentrating on beautifying the golf course again. “Life member Tom Hogan is starting to do more work on the Augusta National-styled bridges around the golf course.” The gardens and native shrubbery around the fifth hole resemble Augusta’s gardens and the par-5 11th is strikingly similar to Augusta’s 13th hole. It seems Pacific is addressing all areas of the facility to make it even more special for members and visitors. Pacific Golf Club, home of the Gary Player Classic, is a traditional golf club with a difference. “We are a community club, but we have strong traditions for golf,” Harvey said. “ There are 3600 social members, many of whom enjoy our dining experience seven days a week as well as the gaming and entertainment. “Pacific is a family-friendly club with a kids’ club on Friday and Saturday nights, which allows parents to dine in comfort. “We have a professional team in the kitchen and the food is very good so a lot of families dine here.” The club has 1100 golfing members with more than 65,000 rounds played in a calendar year. Surprisingly, membership is open in most categories although that could change because there is a steady influx of new members arriving regularly. “Anyone who joins the club has the chance to win a new Yamaha golf cart and members who introduce a new member are also in the draw,” Harvey said. Pacific’s championship layout has always been a challenge, but it’s become even more of a challenge since the introduction of the Black Snake Challenge. The Blake Snake Challenge is open to members and visitors and is on the last Friday of every month. “It’s when we set up the golf course at its hardest. Two holes, the seventh and the 11th, have a back tee that haven’t been used for years so we’ve started using them again for Black Snake Challenge. “This is the course at its hardest, which is exactly what golfers want – a challenge. We are getting plenty of visitors coming along to take up the challenge. “The course is already a demanding test from the normal tee position, but if you really want a challenge come along and play in the Black Snake Challenge,” Harvey said. “You always have to think your way around Pacific, but on Black Snake days you really have to concentrate.” What adds to the test is Bulimba Creek, which meanders through the golf course. “It makes you think and you can’t just blaze away,” Harvey said. “ The course is extremely picturesque, but it will bite you if you keep gazing at the beauty of the place. “ We add to the natural beauty by making features out of the waterways and ponds and the wildlife love it.” The 403m, par-4 fifth hole is arguably the toughest hole on the course, but the 529m opening hole is a bit of a knee-knocker, according to Harvey. “It’s a cracker, especially if you haven’t warmed up properly,” he said. SHORT AND SWEET: The short par-4 12 th hole will reward a well-placed tee shot. CLUB OF THE MONTH > David Newber y email@example.com WATER FEATURE: The picturesque 16th hole is just one of the many challenges at Pacific Golf Club.
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