PUTTER UP: take a swing at Brisbane’s newest putt putt course

St Lucia Golf Links Garden Golf
Grab the family and a putter and head down for a game of Garden Golf at St Lucia Golf Links. Photo credit: Hillstone St Lucia

There’s a new kid on the block – or should we say putt putt green – and they’ve sure made a grand entrance into the mini golf scene in Brisbane.

Grab a beer or cocktail with one hand and take a swing at Garden Golf Putt Putt with the other. Yep, you read that right. St Lucia Golf Links’ new putt putt course is fully licensed so you can order a drink of your choice and take it with you to keep you hydrated (and to keep the game interesting).

The 12 greens that make up the new putt putt course are riddled with obstacles to keep the game fun, competitive, interesting and challenging. Every green has four holes, each at different difficulty levels, so everyone can join in on the fun. The kids even have a dedicated hole on each green too! It’s not just any putt putt course either – winding around turns and bends with mountainous rocks, bridges, trick shots, swinging poles and more, your game is sure to be nothing short of unexpected and exciting.

Garden Golf, St Lucia Golf Links
Grab the family or some mates and head down for a game of Garden Golf Putt Putt at St Lucia Golf Links!

Shaded by magnificent overarching trees and paired with idyllic views overlooking the stunning golf course, you’ll find it hard to believe you’re just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the Brisbane CBD.

Are you worried it will get too busy and you’ll stand twiddling your thumbs as you wait? Fear not! The newly built Garden Golf Pavilion boasts panoramic views and plenty of seating, where guests can sit and enjoy a drink and some food before or after their game. Order a cold pressed juice, funky cocktail, boutique beer or a chilled glass of wine and pair it with some of the best pizzas in town from Hundred Acre Bar. And yes, there is a dedicated kids menu too!

Garden Golf pavilion
Enjoy a drink and a bite to eat under the new pavilion before or after your game of Garden Golf at St Lucia Golf Links!

Director Jens Holland said they wanted to make golf “fun, affordable and accessible”.

“Golf is so much more than 18 holes on the green,” Jens said.

“With young families looking for fun and entertainment outdoors, it made perfect sense. There’s a driving force for venues to become more family friendly (and) this was the answer.”

Jens said their vision for the next five to ten years was to become “the best public golfing facility in Australia with cutting edge technology”.

Since 2017, St Lucia Golf Links has undergone a multi-million dollar upgrade to create a unique and unmatched golfing, dining and event experience. Upgrades to Hundred Acre Bar included the new bar, a new kitchen and stone-fired pizza oven, and the spectacular Garden Golf Pavilion – the perfect addition to the Garden Golf putt putt course.

“We’ve built a new bar… We’ve created an elegant but casual dining experience. Everyone that comes here feels relaxed,” Jens said.

St Lucia Golf Links Garden Golf
Head down to St Lucia Golf Links to experience their new Garden Golf putt putt course!

Director of golf Peter Clark said the public response since Garden Golf Putt Putt first opened in early November had been “fantastic”.

“It’s been unbelievable. It’s been a lot more popular than we expected,” Peter said.

“There are lots of families out there playing but it’s open for all ages… A lot of the grandparents are bringing their grandchildren out to play.

“It’s so family friendly it’s crazy.”

Director of golf Peter Clark
Enjoy an Aperol Spritz or another drink of your choice while you play a game of Garden Golf at St Lucia Golf Links. Photo credit: Hillstone St Lucia

Just to tempt you even more, the grand opening offer will allow you to play Garden Golf for just $9 per person, seven days a week until March 15 and under-fives can play for free!

Whether you’re an early riser or prefer a later game at night, this is the place for you! Garden Golf Putt Putt is open seven days a week from 7am. The last tee off is at 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and 8pm every other night of the week.

Whether it’s for a date, a weekend visit with the kids or a hang out with your mates, this Garden Golf Putt Putt experience will leave you wanting more – we guarantee it. Just a heads up: if you plan on coming in a group of 20 people or more, make sure you ring ahead of time to ensure you can have a swing!

See you on the green!

For all the true golf fans out there whose skills humbly exceed that of putt putt, St Lucia Golf Links’ golf course is a must-do. Tucked away beneath the natural foliage, the 18-hole golf course is more than 5,400 meters in length and designed for golfers of all experience levels. If you haven’t already, this is definitely one you should check out.

St Lucia Golf Links is also home to Hillstone St Lucia – a magnificent function venue overlooking the golf course. With a breathtaking backdrop and exceptional service, guests can book for a corporate function, wedding, or private, charity, school or university event and can choose from a range of private function rooms.

Jess is a journalist who grew up on the Sunshine Coast before relocating to Sydney to finish her final years of schooling and then returning to Brisbane for university. Her passions lay in food and drink, event and entertainment editorial pieces and she enjoys keeping up to date with all things Brisbane. She credits her dedication, passion and love for journalism to her time spent in Gladstone as a cadet journalist – what she considers her most valuable experience in the field to date. On her days off (which are rare) you will find her with an almond chai latte in one hand and a book in another while probably still answering her work emails