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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now to the 19th, where you can sit back on the veranda to reminisce with your friends, and enjoy a cold drink or two.