Designed by former touring professional Graham Marsh, Maroochy River Golf Club was established in 2015 when the Horton Park Golf Club was forced to relocate from the heart of Maroochydore to a flat floodplain inland at Bli Bli. Like Victorian examples Yering Meadows and Eastern, the relocation was conceived initially as a 27-hole project but to date just 18 holes have been built and there are doubts the club will need, or want, to add to the open, windswept layout created for them by Marsh.
The Marsh design at Maroochy River is fairly standard fare and not dissimilar to other projects of his at places like Eynesbury and RACV Royal Pines, for the quasi-links nature of the ground movement, the tight, elevated green sites and the use of water and severe back tees to test good players. The routing initially struggles for coherency, with early holes continually crossing either side of a linear creek and strong golfers forced to walk backwards to get to the tips. There are some attractive bunker complexes and nice par threes, but also a few holes that border on the brutal for the average member. These include the 18th, which is often played into the teeth of the wind, over water and up into another difficult, elevated green.