Tee off your next weekend at one of Toowoomba's golf clubs. Discover the perfect escape on the green in the sunshine. Learn about the diversity of terrain around 18 holes or perfect your grip with mini-golf. If you feel that golf is just for the elite, you could be wrong. Let's see if golf is for your next get-together with friends.
Here's how to play. Beginning at the tee box, select the correct club to drive the ball to a series of holes (cups) throughout the course, using as few strokes as possible. How hard could it be? Well, that depends on things like the wind direction, your grip, the power and direction of your strokes, avoiding hazards and club choice. Arriving at each hole, you find yourself on a level circle of ground called a 'putting green', marked by a flag. With the cup so near, you'd think it would be simple to knock the ball into it. But the ball can defy gravity as it circles the rim of the cup only to pop off onto the grass. You need to be able to laugh at yourself.
Every golf course is unique in its terrain, presenting different challenges to the player. Golf itself is unusual in that it is a sport in which the playing field is different for each course, rather than following a standard pattern and size. The course generally consists of a fairway, rough (long) grass and fescue (narrow-leafed) grass and hazards such as sand traps, water and rocks. The term 'links' comes from an old English word 'hlinc' meaning 'rising ground' or 'ridge'.
If you end up with your ball in a sand trap (a bunker) right beside the green, here's a hint. You need to hit the sand, not the ball. However, collecting the sand a short distance from the ball could see it end up too far away from the green, depending on the force of your swing. Using the 'Chunk & Run' technique used by pros, will solve the problem. Keeping the club back from the ball by around three inches and the ball further from your stance, make an aggressive shot at the ball. See more tips on golfing at Aussie Golfer.
Golf is thought by some to have been invented in ancient Rome, while others believe it originated in China after the 8th Century. Still, others believe it began in Scotland in the 15th Century. It's a leisurely sport, with a sub-plot of walking exercise in verdant surrounds. Nipping around in a golf buggy is also fun.
City Golf Club Toowoomba
The City Golf Club Toowoomba shines the moment you step through the front door. It oozes fun, friendliness and a laid back atmosphere. Nestled close to the city centre, yet hidden away, the club's challenging course slopes upward by sand traps, ponds and rows of tall trees. The 18 hole course plays host to the Coca Cola Queensland PGA Championship. Get a handle on your grip as you practice in the Mini-Golf and Driving Range.
The course is uphill much of the time, so forceful swings are needed, compared to the Middle Ridge club which is more about strategy. It's also a more picturesque course.
Dining at the City Golf Club is a relaxing experience. Chatting with a friend over coffee while gazing out of the huge windows, makes you feel like hanging around a while. Live music and dancing create a happy mood. Weddings and corporate events are catered for. Several eateries to choose from. Brisk, warm and friendly service.
City Golf Club Motel
Comfort and style welcome your stay at the City Golf Club Motel. What a wonderful way to finish off the working week. Reservations, ph 07 4636 9999 or book online.
Since 1896, Toowoomba Golf Club Middle Ridge, boasts the 'finest provincial course in Queensland'. There's a corporate feel to the club, making it a very suitable venue for a party of colleagues.
Membership is encouraged and affordable for social, junior, ordinary and corporate. Players of all skill levels are welcome. The location provides views of the Lockyer Valley and mountainous surrounds, a good get-away from the working week.
Its 18-hole championship course contains pretty water features with fountains within its par 72 course, 5950 metres in area.
The Pro Shop will look after your club fittings, plus you can book in for a lesson. Weddings and functions in the Diamond Function Centre, for seminars, conferences, private dining for up to 160 guests.
Ridges Deck Bistro overlooks the 18th green, with views of the course, lake and surrounds. Lovely in the sunset or for an easy, al fresco Sunday brunch. Open 7 days. Catering for special occasions, lunches, business meetings, seminars, conferences. Reef and beef. Devonshire teas, sandwiches.