Gailes Golf Club

Brisbane, QLD | User Rating: Rate-3 (3.5) | Add A Review

Gailes Golf Club hosted the Australian Open in 1955 and the Australian Senior Open in 1999, as well as many major Queensland events. An attractive, long course, with interesting bunkers, and minimal water, Gailes has excellent drainage and is arguably the best wet weather course in Brisbane. Visitors are always welcome.

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  • Name: Gailes Golf Club
  • Region: Brisbane, QLD
  • Address:
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  • General: (07) 3271 2333
  • Holes: 18
  • Metres: 6280m
  • Par: 73
1. TroyM | Rated | 02 Oct 2015 | Add A Review

We had a great afternoon at Gailes. The challenging course was complimented by a wonderful array of wildlife. The greens were a little firm, they weren’t receptive to aggressive wedge play, there seemed to be more value in running the ball up from the front of the greens.The fairways were in great order.

2. dreuelopr | Rated | 21 Aug 2015 | Add A Review

This is a very good course for your average golfer. Not overly challenging and can be very rewarding if you take it on. Very enjoyable course and heaps of wildlife to view on the way around. I will be back again soon.

3. TroyM | Rated | 07 Jul 2015 | Add A Review

I’ve played Gailes many times before and this time I found the course to be in great order. It was tough to get a feel for the speed of the greens because of the heavy due and freezing early morning but they were in fine shape. The layout and length of the course is always a challenge at Gailes. It’s a fair golf course, if you miss a fairway you’re going to be punished by the mature tree line but you will be rewarded with nice run if you’re down the middle. The fairways were in excellent conditions. The local wildlife certainly add another dimension to the day.

4. Savagerko | Rated | 27 Jun 2015 | Add A Review

Played last week, nice course, very long. One of the members was VERY rude, people like this put you off your game.


  • well kept


  • rude members

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5. lahepeuiw | Rated | 09 Apr 2015 | Add A Review

What a course!! Excellent condition with challenging holes. The first two holes are par 5 and are both crackers. I will definitely play again. Pro shop staff were very friendly and helpful as well.

6. HoInWan | Rated | 26 Nov 2014 | Add A Review

Course is always in good condition but I don’t think much of thr layout to be honest.

Green speed is always consistent and roll very true. Tricky at times being rather grainy.

Clubhouse and changeroom facilities are prehistoric. Probably one of the worst clubhouses in Brisbane in my opinion.


  • Course Conditioning
  • Greens


  • Layout
  • Prehistoric Clubhouse
7. wedgeman | Rated | 14 Sep 2014 | Add A Review

Gailes Golf Club is set amongst tall gum and pine trees on a naturally undulating surface with an unusual par of 73. The course opens up with two par 5’s with a dam sitting on the right side of the 1st green being the only major water hazard to be concerned with. The real feature at Gailes is the bunkering with numerous fairway traps and several surrounding the greens putting lots of pressure on approaches with anything misguided almost always being punished. Accuracy off the tee is a must here with thick tree lined fairways combined with heavy bunkered greens making it tough to save par from the scrub. The overall condition of the course is pretty good with fine greens and well maintained fairways making it comparable to most other public courses in Brisbane. A number of local kangaroos enjoy the green surrounds as well making for a relaxing round of golf just 20 minutes from the city.

8. uejotrihi | Rated | 15 Aug 2014 | Add A Review

I really enjoyed playing here. Interesting layout and in fair condition. The greens are doing it tough with the dry weather, but they still offered up a decent playing surface.

Staff in the shop and club were friendly and courteous.

Fantastic wildlife.

9. FamousGrouse | Rated | 10 Mar 2014 | Add A Review

This is definately one of Brisbanes best kept secrets, it is in beautiful condition and the greens are superb and a good pace.
If you score well here you have played well.
There are three very challenging par three holes which will get your attention along with some well thought out par 4’s.
Every time I play here I notice some improvement has been made to the course which is good to see.
Friendly staff and you’re bound to enjoy a round amongst the kangaroos who populate the course in abundance.
Well worth the visit.

10. Tim59 | Rated | 06 Sep 2013 | Add A Review

Me and my friends enjoy playing different courses all over SE Queensland and one of our most important criteria is the green condition, specifically it must be fast and true. Unfortunately when we played here yesterday, the green was quite slow and grainy which take away what otherwise would have been an fairly decent track.

We played Oxley, which is nearby Gailes last Sunday and thoroughly enjoy ourselves. The green there is 100% better, so hopefully Gailes can improve the green over Spring.

11. vifriprec | Rated | 03 Aug 2013 | Add A Review

the course is really fun, however the greens are in really poor condition.. so dead patches, same really grainy, some sand patches. ive played the course once before and they were in top condition but it seems they have deteriorated during the winter.. hopefully bounces back.. relatively each and friendly course to play..

12. Jallen23 | Rated | 03 Aug 2013 | Add A Review

Great course, Very well looked after. Best part about gailes is there is hardly any water so you don’t go through as many balls as usual.

13. trajecheg | Rated | 26 Jul 2013 | Add A Review

Great course well set out. Fairways in excellent condition. Staff very friendly

14. DanielleCallens | Rated | 05 Jul 2013 | Add A Review

Not a bad track to play for the average to above average golfer. Fairly open fairways, easy to get out of trouble if you’re in the trees, very challenging greens. A good course that has something for every level of play.

On vacation here and playing a number of courses – I would say this one was one of our better local choices yet. Got a little nervous at times with the Kangaroo Fan Club who liked to be on your tee box or right in front of it (lol)….all in all an okay golfing experience.

Great rate off!

15. rymaho | Rated | 16 Apr 2013 | Add A Review

Really nice place for a round. I’m a mid 20 handicapper, and returned to Gailes after many years. It was a decent course then, and from what I remember it has improved even more.

The fairways and greens are kept in great condition, and you get a bit of everything here – tiered greens, flat and undulating holes. There isn’t much water to be concerned about, but most of the greens, if not all are protected by bunkers.

Definitely the best value in Brisbane if you catch them for a Thursday special

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16. JohnFitz | Rated | 19 Jan 2013 | Add A Review

Played Gailes GC Friday 18th Jan and the course is in good nick. Only minor gripe is that the sand in the bunkers is inconsistent – some good some not so good with dirt and stones.

17. donny010 | Rated | 08 Jan 2013 | Add A Review

Great looking course with fairways in great shape. Greens had been sanded a day or three before so were a tad slow. Bunkers were very inconsistent, some were like rock and others really fluffy. I walked the course and cost me $33, don’t know about paying $70 with a cart – I could play Brookwater for that sort of money.


  • Nice course on the west side of town
  • fairways in top condition
18. PaulVicki | Rated | 01 Jan 2013 | Add A Review

We arrived 1.5 hours early (forgetting about QLD time) but were well looked afetr by the pro shop and hit off an hour before our scheduled time. The fairways and greens were in good condition but the whole experience including the clubhouse, was one of a course that is past its prime.
A train line and a freeway running in front of the course probably sums up their predicament. $70 per person, including cart is slightly above the value equation but overall a good golfing day.

19. STING | Rated | 05 Oct 2012 | Add A Review

Played for the first time ever a few days ago. Course was in immaculate condition. Challenging greens which were quick and bunkers were in good condition (not like some courses where they are more dirt than sand). Strongly recommended. You get what you pay for.


  • Well kept
  • Quick greens
20. Weetixbix | Rated | 19 Dec 2011 | Add A Review

Played in December 11. I have always liked Gailes but hadn’t played it for many years. It was good to return. Course was in wonderful condition. It has a good variety of holes to keep things interesting. The fairways were perfect, the greens were a good speed and ran true, and the bunkers were unbelievably fluffy (I think they have been reconditioning them).

Great place to play golf.

21. Markperry | Rated | 29 Jun 2011 | Add A Review

Going to play my 4th game today.hope to play the back 9 come on Spence72
see ya there.

22. Gumbie64 | Rated | 25 Jun 2011 | Add A Review

Played on Wednesday. This is one of my favourite courses in Brisbane. Great value for money and a variety of holes.

23. spence72 | Rated | 16 Jun 2011 | Add A Review

Play there yesterday with a mate both new to the game. It was one of best course i have play only lost 1 ball.Sand wedge got a good work out with big sand trap.Great course enjoy it great value for money.

24. bjj1980 | Rated | 19 Apr 2011 | Add A Review

played it. Liked it!

25. mitch22 | Rated | 07 Feb 2011 | Add A Review

Excellant course with an interesting layout. Fairways and Greens were in excellant condition although Greens were a little on the slow side.

26. golfamaniac | Rated | 09 Jan 2011 | Add A Review

This really is a gem of a course. The fairways are always kept in mint condition and it most certainly reminds me of courses in the UK.
However, the club itself was not welcoming and the clubhouse should look at improving its lunch menue.


  • - fairways
27. Tragolf | Rated | 24 Jun 2010 | Add A Review

Often play this course as part of my social clubs competition, personally, I dislike the 2nd hole as I believe it gives lady golfers a very unfair advantage, guys tee over a water hazzard to an impossible up hill fairway that also slopes to the right. Very difficult hole which gives the gals a much easier set of playing options. Otherwise, this course always impresses.

28. dude_from_lismore | Rated | 17 Jun 2010 | Add A Review

Course itself is great. Staff are very rude. Been there a few times but last time the girl in the pro shop was extemely rude and epitomized gen y, making me feel like I was rudely disturbing her socialising time on Twitter or facebook or something. Paid top $$ for a cart only to have it nearly die on the second fairway. Asked for a replacement only to be told there wasn’t a single charged cart. 6 holes later we are being towed by a fully charged public cart. Hmmmm. No apology or offer to refund money. Just dirty looks for annoying them with this hassle. What happened to friendly service?


  • Well maintained
  • Love the kangaroos


  • Rude, arrogant staff.
29. cammac04 | Rated | 28 Apr 2010 | Add A Review

i have to agree with maverick1. this is probably one of the most underated and suprising courses i have ever played on. i played 18 here a couple of months ago in comp. something that you will find here is that if you are on your game you will shoot a very nice score and if not i believe you will be in for a bit of ball hunting in the various tall trees at gailes. one thing that lets this course down a bit is its practice facilities. its driving range is about 50m short of what it should be and you have to use your own balls! i believe if you live within 15-20 mins of gailes you should definately give it a go.

30. Maverick1 | Rated | 05 Aug 2009 | Add A Review

This has to one of the most under-rated golf courses in Brisbane.
Always challenging yet equally rewarding.
Ground staff do a great job maintaining the fairways and greens alike.
I Play here every second week as a social golfer and have never been made to feel unwelcome. This course is in fantastic Nic and would recommend it to anyone.
Not much water but make sure your on the money or your bound for deep sand or tall trees!

31. Tom1978 | Rated | 09 May 2009 | Add A Review

Played in a saturday stroke event and it was a challenge off the back markers. I didn’t have a good game but not because of the course, I just played crap!

I like the layout and the greens, fast and unforgiving on solid putts. Maybe they went a little overboard with bunkers around the greens as anything short, long, left or right gets sandy.

My main concern was the 5 HOURS it took to get around! To be honest all the courses that have the "double tee times" of the 1st and 10th have this issue with extremely slow rounds even though they allow a break in the middle (10am-12am) to let the flow through…IT DOESN’T WORK.

Just let there be one starting hole for the whole day…not just aimed at Gailes.

Apart from this it was a great day and the kangaroos were very friendly!

32. Skitz | Rated | 18 Feb 2009 | Add A Review

Gailes is a great course for the intermediate and onward players as it requires some precice shots and some need alot of elevation as of the hilly terrain. i recomend a cart for this course im 21 and walked it was pretty tired after. great greens and staff highly recomended

33. ego2468 | Rated | 03 Feb 2009 | Add A Review

Not a bad course and we had a good round but every time that I go to this course they have overbooked it.

We were booked to tee off at 7.30 and didnt get onto the first till 8.15. The rest of the day went so slow we didnt finish our round until 1.30.

Its happend numerous times to me and I am afraid that was the last straw.

I wont be back

34. Golf4life | Rated | 05 Dec 2008 | Add A Review

I have played at Gailes a few times, and have never been excited in coming back. It is not a bad course, offering length and general good course condition but for some reason lacks something. I find it about dull and abit disinteresting. Quite of few of the par 4’s are sharpish doglegs and require a good drive to post a good score. Scoring must be done early as the first 2 holes are par 5, which are not terribly difficult. (Watch out not a hit a kangaroo). It is not a bad course nor a fantasic course. I never come back with extremly high expectations.

35. Drgribuls | Rated | 20 Aug 2008 | Add A Review

Not a bad little track. I don’t recall seeing much water around the place. The biggest thing for me was that when i arrived the course looked like it was jam packed into a small area, and i expected the worst. however once i got out there i found it quite entertaining. I quite like the blind tee shot on the first hole. Lots of kangas around! i did find it odd though that there is a practice fairway in the middle of the course.

36. berihebi | Rated | 08 Apr 2008 | Add A Review

Really like Gailes and would consider membership if I lived on that side of town. Greens were a bit disappointing when I played there early April but previously have been pretty good. Nice variety of holes. The 9th and 18th with fairways narrowing toward the green with overhanging trees on each side of the fairway are nice finishing holes I reckon.

37. BuggeraCup | Rated | 18 Jan 2008 | Add A Review

Gailes is a great members course. Due to access to reclaimed water the course is always in great nick even throughout the drought. Try to get off to a good start with two par 5’s and a driveable par 4 in the first four holes. The course is tree lined and not overly long with the main defence being the green side bunkering. All up this is probably the best value course in Brisbane.

38. Jonno | Rated | 14 Jan 2008 | Add A Review

This is a very good value for money deal. A lot of the courses around Brisbane will charge you well over $50 on the weekends for a round and cart. Some tough holes early and a lot of doglegs. Very enjoyable course and heaps of wildlife to view on the way around.

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39. CATFORD | Rated | 14 Dec 2007 | Add A Review

Gailes is good course, and recent solid rain has improved the course markedly with the fairway offering great lies and the greens in good condition. There are a large amount of bunkers ranging from fairway bunkers to massive creaters around the short 3rd Par 3….all in all I love this course and regularly play there on Friday lunch times!!!

Although I personaly find it a little short….but in saying that I have only played off the social tees so comp marker may make it a little better in that area.

I have also heard rumours that Galies Golf Course is going to be redeveloped closer to the Brisbane river with the majority of holes be re done around that area at a cost of 1 Million dollars a hole so hopefully they can add a bit of length to the course and really make it one of Brisbane best course’s

40. steventarte | Rated | 03 Dec 2007 | Add A Review

Gailes is a suprisingly good golf course. Everything was in good condition – in the drought. The greens were easy to read and the fairways were nice and green. All in all a pleasure to play – I’ll be back.

41. brownie19 | Rated | 03 Dec 2007 | Add A Review

Gailes is a good suburban golf course. The fairways always seem so green (I drive past everyday) and they are. The layout is good with plenty of interesting holes. There is an abundance of kangaroos throughout the course so not only are you trying to hit it on the fairway, but miss these guys.

Cons would have to be location. Right next to the Ipswich motorway and train line.

This course may not last with the motoway upgrade which would be a shame for Brisbane.

42. Golf4life | Rated | 26 Sep 2007 | Add A Review

Gailes is a decent course, though it is nothing special in my eyes. I find the course a tad boring. There are too many doglegs, when a driver can go right through them. It is an old course which has not been modified overtime to resemble newer courses around.

43. DrDrift | Rated | 18 Jan 2007 | Add A Review

Played at Gailes regularly and the course condition is not too bad, considering that they are constantly upgrading and repairing.

A lot of wild life (Kangaroos) in that place.

Fairway - Good condition if you are hit over 100m from the tee otherwise it is like a dirt track. Not much trouble in that place, heaps of trees but rarely OOB.

Bunkers - A little disappointing, very hard, plenty of barks, leaves, branches, and even stones in some.

Green - Average to good condition. Sloppy greens can be very challenging.

Favourite holes

#3 Par 3 155m

#4 Par 4 232m Straight (Eagle opportunity)

#12 Par 3 119m elevated green, bunkers front, left & right.

#13 Par 4 327m dog leg right

Longest Par 5 - #9 493m (white marker)

Shorest Par 3 - #12 119m (white marker)

6023m Par 73

Overall -4 stars

44. 1crazycat | Rated | 11 Nov 2006 | Add A Review

The good players should be looking for a good start here, ie 3 under after 4. One can score well here on the par 5s, all of which are reachable. With a bit better bunkering and contouring/slopes around the greens it has the potential to be a really good course. Still solid, though.

45. | Rated | 21 Aug 2006 | Add A Review

Gailes Golf Course was a very pleasant golfing experience. The course is quite long with a number of holes that require more than driver and wedge. The par 5’s require at least two woods. Scoring is difficult, especially for a player who hasn’t played the course before.

The course is in reasonably good condition for an area hit with severe water shortages and the greens are in great shape. The course has a number of elevation changes and requires many different shot shapes. There is quite of mix of hole types. The fairways are reasonably tight, but the area on the fringes of the fairway are generally quite forgiving areas to approach the green.

The staff all seem very pleasant, and pace of play was quite good, even for a Sunday morning. I definitely will play this course again.

46. brisbanedrive | Rated | 21 Aug 2006 | Add A Review

Gailes Golf Course was a very pleasant golfing experience. The course is quite long with a number of holes that require more than driver and wedge. The par 5's require at least two woods. Scoring is difficult, especially for a player who hasn't played the course before.

The course is in reasonably good condition for an area hit with severe water shortages and the greens are in great shape. The course has a number of elevation changes and requires many different shot shapes. There is quite of mix of hole types. The fairways are reasonably tight, but the area on the fringes of the fairway are generally quite forgiving areas to approach the green.

The staff all seem very pleasant, and pace of play was quite good, even for a Sunday morning. I definitely will play this course again.

47. shortgames | Rated | 21 Jul 2005 | Add A Review

This track will test all facets of your game. There is a good variety of holes that require shaping the ball both ways.

The greens are extremely grainy and difficult to read. You will miss a lot of putts here so hit it close if you want to go low.

On this course you need to do your scoring early. A couple of Par 5's and then a shortish par 4 will allow you to get it going before you hit the back nine with the difficult 10th hole up there with any of the tough Par 4's in Brisbane.

The website has a great "hole by hole" preview for those that have not played the course before.

48. bighitter | Rated | 28 Jun 2005 | Add A Review

this is one of the best public courses i have played at with a low green fee. easy par 4's and 3's but it is all good.

49. hackeroff4 | Rated | 04 Feb 2005 | Add A Review

Except for the sometimes brutal hills early in the round the course is very nice and having played here often usually in good condition.

Can be murdered by anyone that hit the ball a decent distance. An example being the group I was in when I last played 3 of the 4 players were 3 under after 4 holes and all finished further under par after the 18.

With some very short Par 4's a couple of long Par 3's the course sorts it self out for most golfers as a generally good test.

50. wendydor | Rated | 03 Nov 2004 | Add A Review

When you think of playing golf in Australia, this course meets expectations in the fact of Australian wildlife on all holes. As for the conditions of the fairways, they need a lot of improvement.

If you are looking to play golf inexpensively, this is the course for you. A good course for the casual golfer.

51. admin | Rated | 27 Jan 2003 | Add A Review

The Gailes Golf Club is situated on Ipswich Road as you head West towards Toowoomba and is approx 40 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. The course is over 75 years old and as such, enjoys the benefits of established tree-lined fairways, which always help me enjoy my game.

The first few holes are hilly but for the most part, the holes have just enough changes in elevation to make things interesting but not difficult. The fairways are generous in width from most tees and any errant tee shots are generally punished too much.

Although the area was suffering from lack of rain, the club has maintained a good grass covering on all of the fairways and greens and only the areas in front of the tees were lacking grass (You only got yourself to blame if you end up 10 metres from the tee!)

All in all a great day of golf and recommended for any level of golfer, looking for a social game.

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