Hole 1: THE CLIMB
|Par (M):||4||Metres (M):||248|
|Par (L):||4||Metres (L):||245|
A lovely little opening challenge lies ahead. A hole that dog – legs off to the left and is steeply uphill for its final 100m. A layup to the base of the hill with an iron or hybrid is usually the best option, making sure that you keep to the right hand side of the fairway to open up the approach to the green. Fairway left will bring trees into play, making the approach much more difficult. Fortune may follow the brave for those longer hitters wanting the green off the tee. The path is over the trees on the left. With the green shaped liked an inverted bowl on the front half and right side, with steep downward slopes from the edge of the green. It’s important that any approach is advanced at least 2m on from the edges, otherwise the ball may end up back at your feet.
Hole 2: TIME TO ATTACK
|Par (M):||4||Metres (M):||298|
|Par (L):||4||Metres (L):||298|
Look down a wide, straight fairway from the tee, a good opportunity to get a score on the board. While two fairway bunkers loom ahead on either side of the fairway, these are not in play for most. A good driver or three wood down the middle is ideal to attack the slightly raised green with a short iron from just before two bunkers. The green appears small at first glance but is larger than it looks, not too undulating, but beware of some pin positions, especially at the back, which will require great touch to be rewarded an up ‘n’ down. Warning: Don’t over-club your approach shot and fly the green as you might encounter difficulty with the path running out of sight across the back.
Hole 3: THE DROP
|Par (M):||3||Metres (M):||120|
|Par (L):||3||Metres (L):||120|
A nice short par 3 with a highly elevated tee comes with its own challenges. Choose your club carefully. The elevation of the tee can easily lead to incorrect club choice. Two green-side bunkers left and right at the front of the green, along with a narrow opening and tall gums close on the right of the fairway are intimidating, and can play with the mind. A fair sized green which slopes toward the Barwon River provides rewards with an uphill putt for those able to get their ball to rest on the left hand side of the green.
Hole 4: SHAPE IT
|Par (M):||4||Metres (M):||276|
|Par (L):||4||Metres (L):||276|
A great hole, but it demands imagination. A sharp dogleg left early off the tee coerces the golfer into thinking they must bend the ball around the corner, causing added pressure on the tee-shot. An iron of the tee will leave most a 130m approach. Those who wish to play aggressively run the risk of running out of fairway or out of bounds. For long hitters the green is achievable with the right line over the trees on the left, but beware of thick rough and difficult lines for those who don’t make the distance, and out of bounds to the back and right of the green for those who do. Make sure the green is clear before teeing off. Many a good golfer has come to grief here by not playing the percentages, it may warrant a second thought.
Hole 5: STRAIGHT & NARROW
|Par (M):||4||Metres (M):||358|
|Par (L):||4||Metres (L):||333|
Without doubt one of the tougher holes, a Par 4 playing longer than its metreage would imply. With a narrow chute for the tee-shot, and the difficulty of avoiding the low hanging branches from the trees lining the right of the tee and fairway, it requires a carefully controlled tee-shot.
Driver is preferred here with a straight ball flight starting down the left side. Those who hit with a fade will be advantaged by a more open approach to the green. With an elevated green ahead it is not uncommon to underclub, so an extra club will often assist the unwary. The green slopes back to front and left to right, so leaving the ball on the right side of the pin here will be to advantage.
Hole 6: THE PINE
|Par (M):||4||Metres (M):||364|
|Par (L):||4||Metres (L):||360|
A hole to respect! Recently extended with a new green, this hole is deceiving. The illusion of a wide fairway greets from the tee, but a careless drive soon brings reality into view. A large pine on the right narrows the approach dramatically, too far right and the approach suddenly becomes a nightmare. Keeping left is the preferred line; but too far left and the trees trap the ball or the steep slope rolls you onto the next fairway, bringing the trees into play for your next shot towards the green. A small bunker on the right of the fairway past the pine is a trap for the unwary. The green imposes another problem, too far left and you roll into a steep gully with thick rough. Approach carefully.
Hole 7: SLIPPERY SLOPE
|Par (M):||4||Metres (M):||302|
|Par (L):||4||Metres (L):||297|
The pressure is off here with the tee-shot requiring a drive down the left hand side of the fairway, letting the natural slope bring you back to the centre. Too far down the right side and you may find the trees and restrict your ability to get to the green. Big hitters may attempt to go over the trees on the right to the green. Most approach shots are now above or below your feet, firing in to a green sloping from left to right with a severe falloff across the front and right hand sides, careful here! Too far left and you risk staying above the hole making for a tricky up ‘n’ down, too far right and ‘see you later’, down the slippery slope to the rough. Once on the green take time to read the putt carefully. There is a surprisingly steep slope left to right to contend with, which is difficult to read for the unwary. Getting your speed right will be the key.
Hole 8: A FINE LINE
|Par (M):||3||Metres (M):||139|
|Par (L):||3||Metres (L):||136|
A comfortable Par 3 which makes its way slowly up to an elevated green. Simply put. This tee shot requires two things, ACCURACY and LUCK. With a dramatic green slope from right to left and a bunker to trap those too far left, a shot played towards the right of the green is the preferred line for right handers. But be warned, too far right, or short, and up ‘n’ down has become very difficult. Putting from the left of the pin is the preferred option giving the reward of an uphill putt. Putting from the right and the slope takes over.
Hole 9: MINI-MONSTER
|Par (M):||3||Metres (M):||178|
|Par (L):||3||Metres (L):||178|
A beautiful little Par 3, nice and honest with a strong downhill and right to left slope with a lone bunker guarding the front right corner of the green, just large enough to swallow up the slightest miss-hit. A large green allowing for a variety of pin positions results in the hole length varying from 140m to 180m+. With a head on breeze a common occurrence, this hole can be a monster if not respected. Aim for the middle or short on the green to enhance your chances.
|Par (M):||33||Metres (M):||2283|
|Par (L):||33||Metres (L):||2243|
Hole 10: THE RANGE
|Par (M):||4||Metres (M):||294|
|Par (L):||4||Metres (L):||291|
Don’t go Right! A challenging hole, the appearance from the tee being short and narrow with a large gum on the right blocking the view of the green. The driving range and a line of trees run down the entire right side of the fairway which opens out beyond the large gum. Confidence and shot selection off the tee are crucial. Long hitters may go over the gum for the green while shorter shots are best kept tight left of the tree. Once past the gum your next challenge is to choose the correct club to attack the raised green. Beware of the bunker at the back and the inverted bowl like shape of the green at the front which rolls the ball back down the steep slope if not hit well on.
Hole 11: THE SNEAKY TREE
|Par (M):||3||Metres (M):||160|
|Par (L):||3||Metres (L):||160|
A 160m Par 3 but don’t be fooled! This little hole requires some golfing smarts! With a tall tree just off line about 50m from the tee, many a good shot has been dealt with harshly. High hitters risk collecting branches, so be prepared to put a little shape on your shot depending on where the hole is cut. The raised green is a fair size, starting narrow and widening towards the back, with slopes towards the front and left. There is long thick rough on the left and back with a sneaky little bunker front right to deal with the over-shaped shot which should make you wary. This hole usually experiences a head wind so often plays longer than expected.
Hole 12: SHORT ‘N’ SWEET
|Par (M):||3||Metres (M):||115|
|Par (L):||3||Metres (L):||112|
A short Par 3 with no obvious traps. A bunker hides out of sight to the rear left of the green along with a steep drop-off at the back for the over-hit tee shot. The green slopes from back to front, so any shot landing on the front edge runs the risk of rolling or spinning off down the slope.
Hole 13: THE CHUTE
|Par (M):||5||Metres (M):||453|
|Par (L):||5||Metres (L):||410|
Get ready to hold your nerve and back yourself. This tee shot out of the ‘chute’ promotes immediate thoughts! ‘Out of Bounds’. Thick rough and the river right and water left for the longer hitters. Choose your shot shape carefully and commit. Once through the chute the fairway opens up but beware of the trees, one in the centre of the fairway and the others in the left rough make shot placement important if you wish to attack the green. With a one metre green elevation and all sides falling away it is wise to guide your approach to the centre. There is a bunker on the left, steep runoffs on the right and back, and a large undulating green with difficult reads, a need for care with speed is important.
Hole 14: LENGTH & LINE
|Par (M):||4||Metres (M):||385|
|Par (L):||5||Metres (L):||385|
The longest Par 4 on the course for men and a Par 5 for the ladies! Don’t make it harder by missing the fairway. Too far left and your shot to the green is blocked by tall trees, too far right and you meet thick rough, leaving you with a very long and difficult shot home. The tiered green is raised, the tier slope running across the green left to right. Bunkers on the left and back for those who overclub or are careless, along with the elevation and resulting surrounding slopes make missing the green costly.
Hole 15: DON’T BE GREEDY
|Par (M):||5||Metres (M):||442|
|Par (L):||5||Metres (L):||395|
One of the easiest holes on the course. A wide, right dog legged fairway, an elevated tee shot and a large green. But don’t be fooled! Too far right off the tee and you bring trees and heavy rough into play. The general rule is ‘You can’t be too far left’ but the rough provides difficult lies. A target in the centre distance provides a good guide for direction. The elevated green slopes back to front with steep slopes at the back and right side, along with a bunker guarding the left.
Hole 16: MORETON BAY
|Par (M):||3||Metres (M):||155|
|Par (L):||3||Metres (L):||155|
A 155 metre Par 3. Accuracy is vital here! An uphill shot to a green which slopes slightly from left to right. A large Moreton Bay Fig just before the green on the left traps the hooked approach, with the large roots and rough beneath often making chipping on difficult, ‘unplayable’ is a regularly used option here. The right of the green drops away steeply making a misread putt or poorly aimed approach disastrous.
Hole 17: STRAIGHT UP
|Par (M):||3||Metres (M):||174|
|Par (L):||3||Metres (L):||170|
174 metres of pure golf, beautifully lined with tall trees left and right, to a generous elevated green sloping back to front. Not a bunker in sight but beware the front of the green which slopes away quickly. Choose your club carefully! Short of the pin is best, leaving an uphill putt.
Hole 18: LAST BUT NOT LUCKY
|Par (M):||3||Metres (M):||180|
|Par (L):||3||Metres (L):||180|
A challenging one hundred and eighty meter Par 3 to finish. If you miss-hit and strike the power-lines or poles which run along the right hand side of the fairway you get a ‘compulsory’ second go with no penalty. It is important to hit straight here. Left is exposing you to the risk of ‘out of bounds’ on the oval, being trapped under trees, or running down the steep slope from the green into the thick rough of ‘The Canyon’. If the green is too far for you, short and right is the best option, but the rough right of the fairway can be thick so take care. The large green slopes back to front with subtle undulations, so line and speed are important.
|Par (M):||33||Metres (M):||2358|
|Par (L):||34||Metres (L):||2258|