Blog 16 – Cohuna

Course no. 16, Cohuna, Vic

Big River Red Gums and 6 holes on the river flats make this a true Murray River golfing experience

Nomadic_golfer : February 2020

Par 72, 5960m, slope 122, green fee $35

4 par 3s from 135 – 178m, 10 par 4s from 305 – 393m, 4 par 5s from 460 – 492m

We are now into Start Appleby country, still on the Murray, in the sports-mad town of Cohuna, 270km north of Melbourne. We stayed in a camp ground adjacent to the main street (across Gunbower Creek), and right up against the town’s sporting facilities of 2 ovals (converted into 3 ovals for cricket), bowling greens and grass tennis courts. It is impressive for a town of just over 2000 people.

The Cohuna course is full of Aussie flora and fauna in a riverside setting about 6km out of Cohuna. I played early on a Sunday morning in February and there were literally hundreds of kangaroos and ibis all over the course. Fairways were a bit patchy and warrant preferred lies. Greens very smooth but have some bare patches. Massive river red gums frame every hole and make for some very narrow chutes, particularly on some of the shorter par 4s like 6 (313m) and 7 (360m). I like the start, a medium length par 4 with huge gums down both sides, then 2 lone pines on each side as you approach the green, which is set slightly left. Tee shot down the right side gives you the best line in. Other holes of note on the front 9 were: 5 (a par 5 of 465m bending left with the creek as a hazard on the left from about 200m amongst the trees); and 6 (an interesting tee shot with trees making any path through the chute difficult to find; there is more room with a lower, and preferably r to l, trajectory tee shot). The setting for holes 12 through 17 is magnificent, you feel like you’re in a different world, on your own, down amongst the river flats. 14 is probably the pick of these holes (indexed no.1), a 400m left to right turner that narrows significantly in the landing zone. Overall, a lovely place and very enjoyable golf experience..