Hole Profile: Champ’s 4 – Eric Cremin

Melbourne’s Sandhurst Club is one of the region’s top golf clubs, boasting two championship golf courses and fantastic practice and training facilities. The 4th hole on the Champions Course, named after the 1949 Australian open winner Eric Cremin, is a deceptively challenging short par 4. At just 337m from the rear tee many players may be expecting to pick up a birdie on this hole, however, well-placed bunkers and undulating green can cause problems.

At the tee the hole is dominated by the lake, however, this should prove little concern, although those who overhit their drive may be caught out by another water body to the right of the green. A well-placed drive is key to this par 4, with bunkers guarding both the front right and left of the green. Ideally, players will want to land just short of the two sand traps on the right which will provide a clear line to the green for the second. Those who to take the middle or left side of the fairway will be left with a difficult chip over the high ridged bunkers on the left which that obscure the green, and entice the player to overhit.

The back of the green is characterised by a deep swale, waiting to gobble up any shot that overruns. The green itself should pose little challenge once a player finds the putting surface, however with little room for forgiveness at any stage on this hole, finding the green in two and holing for a birdie is a rarity, and despite its lengths players should be happy to get away with par.