Nomadic_golfer : April 2022
Par 72, 6054m, slope 123 $40
5 par3s 120-215m, 8 par4s 300-390m, 5 par5s 455-505m
Dan Soutar design from the late 1920’s. Nicely manicured, kikuyu fairways and tees, bentgrass greens, on the shores of Lake Albert with lake views from half a dozen holes. Culminates in a strong 170m par3 finish, parallel to the lake and a lovely view into the 17th green after a blind tee shot and dramatic downhill approach into a well protected and narrow green.
The course is tight-ish off the tee with many well established gums (predominant), but not harsh penalties for missing. Green complexes vary, are medium in size and bunkered, and have a number of subtle and not-so-subtle ridges and shelves which add interest.
A couple of really nice green complexes complete a pair of my favourite holes, in 11 (sweeping right to left, short par 4 with myriad of options off the tee, to a firm, shallow green complex guarded short left by a willow, that demands a well-struck approach, and 17 (360m par4 that plays shorter if you attack and find the downslope from a blind tee-shot, that shapes slightly right to left with OB right. Steep downhill approach to a narrow bunkered green with the lake forming a superb backdrop).
The 9th also has a nice, cheeky green design, on the end of a short par 4, sloping away from you, well bunkered, and demands a precise short iron approach, with spin.
With the 5 medium length par 5s and lack of long par4s, there are plenty of scoring opportunities on this very well kept, and well patronised, country golf course