I have written here before about playing a round at St Lucia (in Brisbane) Golf Links. One of the two totally public courses in Brisbane this is one of my favourites to sneak onto for a quick 9 holes.
A couple of things vexed me today though that are worth ventilating if you are ever considering playing a round there:
1. If you want to buy a drink before you tee off get a tee time after 7am. The restaurant / coffee shop does not open till 7am and the pro-shop does not have drinks on sale.
2. I know that we have had a wet couple of days in Brisbane but to have the greens on 3 holes on the back nine not mowed after 8am in the morning is inexcusable. Today the greens on 14, 15 and 16 had not been mowed and added at least a shot to par.
3. Don’t go to St Lucia if you want a round in which golf etiquette is followed by all players. I was in the bunker twice this morning and on both occasions my ball rested in a foot print that had not been raked by one of the players that proceeded me.
I will keep coming back to St Lucia because it is convenient to me, reasonably priced (albeit it is getting close to a cost point that will make going down the road to Indooroopilly GC more enticing) and the layout always inspires thought. If you are playing there though you ought be aware of the items above.