Melbourne’s Sandhurst Club boasts two 18-hole championship courses, excellent practice and hospitality facilities and convenient transport connections making it one of the most popular golf clubs in the region. The Champions Course, designed by Thomson and Perrett, is dedicated to past greats of the Australian PGA and provides players with a challenging yet entertaining round of golf. The second hole on this Sandbelt styled course is in honour of Dan Soutar (1882 – 1937), who pioneered professional golf in Australia.
This short par-4 is dominated by water that follows the hole its entire length on the left side, waiting to catch any wayward shot from an over-enthusiastic drive or hooked pitch. Halfway down bunkers either side of the fairway cause a bottleneck and players are advised a cautious approach, with a long iron or 3-wood from the tee to come up short of this narrowed section.
This approach leaves a longer second, but due to the short length of the course, the green can still be reached in regulation with a decent second, where a mid-iron should have no problem reaching the elevated green. A pocket bunker on the front right of the putting surface may encourage players to aim left, however steep drops on all sides of the green demand accuracy, and any wayward shot will leave the player with a difficult 3rd.
The relatively flat surface means most players shouldn’t face too much difficulty once they reach the green, and if they are able to string together a series of accurate shots a birdie is definitely achievable on this hole, standing them in good stead as they head into the far trickier 3rd.