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Fraser Lakes Golf Course is one of the most challenging 18 hole courses in the Wide Bay District.  If you can play down the middle off the Blue markers you will have played 5910 metres, on a par 72 course with a slope rating of 114.  If you happen to stray from the short stuff, the scenery is quite diverse, with plenty of mature native gum trees and lots of water meandering through the complex.


The First Nine
The opening hole is a 340 metre Par 4 with water crossing the fairway.  You will need a strong Tee shot carrying 200 metres or more to set up a short iron or wedge approach to a rather large friendly putting surface.  The other option is a mid to long iron to the right to take the trees out of play, and the same shot again to the green.
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Hole 2 at 375 metre is indexed as number 1 on the card.  A slight dogleg from left to right across the same creek that meanders through the course, then a blind shot uphill to another decent sized green.
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The 3rd hole is the first of the par 5’s and a well placed drive is of prime importance if you are looking for par or better.  From the tee you have water to the left so straight is the go.  Big hitters could also run into trouble with water on the right a long way down. As the fairway veers left beware of the hazard in front of you and also along the last 200 metres on the left.  Mature trees on the right can also capture anything wayward here.  If you have played sensibly you should only have a short iron or wedge to the elevated green.
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Number 4 is a very interesting and could well become our signature hole.  From the tee it can look quite daunting with large native trees along the right and water along the left and crossing the fairway at around the 180 to 220 metre mark.  If you can place your drive in the middle at around the 195 metre mark, you will find yourself, as the local stalwarts say, “in the mayor’s office” looking through the window at a gently sloping green about 130 metres away.
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The 5th is a nice straight forward 135 metre over the creek par 3, but don’t be complacent as there are several trees waiting to deflect anything that is not well struck and straight.  The green is rather longish and uphill so it can be a long putt if you are short off the tee.
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Hole 6 is another shortish 450 metre par 5 where big hitters can go for eagle, but can be a bit tight off the tee with a very big tree obscuring the left side of the fairway. Beware of the water channel about 60 metres from the green.  As with the entire course, we have many large native trees on both sides of the fairway.
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Number 7 is a rather long almost straight par 4 at 370 metres and no water to contend with.  Play it straight and the trees will not come into play.
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At 170 metres, number 8 is a longish par 3 and no real problem unless you venture too far left.  The green is slightly elevated and not too wide.
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And now for the closing hole of the front 9, at 285 metres with a sharp dogleg to the left, it is possible for long hitters to drive the green.  Most would prefer to lay up to the 100 metre mark, this is a good chance for par or better.  The green slopes upward from the front and if you go off the back, wow!
Now is a good time to visit Kathy at the 19th hole for some refreshments before you Tee it up to tackle the back 9.

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The Second Nine
Number 10, here we go again.  As with the previous hole, this is quite driveable for strong hitters at 285 metres dogleg to the left and trouble with a capital “T”.  Water to the left, water across the front, and the opening to the landing is area framed by some beautiful mature eucalypts.  Only a short iron or wedge to the sloping green, but beware, another hazard at the back or worse still, out of bounds.
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Hole 11 is indexed as the 2nd most difficult on the card.  A slight uphill 360 metre par 4, with a hazard and out of bounds along the entire left side of the fairway.  Stray to the right off the tee and you may encounter a splash or get caught up in the trees.  The green is generous in size and slopes to the front.
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Number 12 is similar to the previous hole with the hazard and boundary along the left of fairway.  At 345 meters slightly uphill all the way, it plays longer than it measures.  If you can play a nice fading tee shot (Right Handed), you can avoid the huge trees staring at you on the right side of the fairway. The green is also sloping towards you and is slightly elevated but good in size.
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At 140 metres, Hole 13 should be quite an easy task as its index of 18 might suggest, but beware.  This par 3 has a green which not only slopes from the back to front but also slopes left to right.  Land it on the right and it could easily run off towards the 14th tee.
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Hole 14 is another par 5 measuring at 460 metres with a double dogleg and is slightly downhill off the tee.  Once again the large trees with their ever-growing foliage, offer the most problems to be encountered on this one.
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Number 15 is a 170 metre par 3 without any real trouble unless you over strike your tee shot with water at the back of the green.
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The 16th hole is a par 4 uphill measuring 360 metres and looks quite straight forward from the tee.  It can be difficult to reach in regulation if you miss the fairway, as the tree line comes into play both left and right.  The green slopes uphill also but once again there is water behind if you hit too firm.
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Number 17 is at 370 metres is a little downhill but can be treacherous if you stray to the right.  The tree line can deflect wayward balls into the hazard area, or into positions that will not offer a decent shot to the green. 
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Hole 18 at 465 metres with a double dogleg may have you thinking easy par, but anything not straight could find the hazards on either side of the fairway.  With the creek crossing the fairway about 160 metres out from the green, it may be wise to lay up if you are distance challenged.  The 18th green is rather flat and generous in size.
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Now to the 19th, where you can sit back on the veranda to reminisce with your friends, and enjoy a cold drink or two.