At just shy of 500m, the majestic 498m par 5, named after one of golfing’s all-time greats, is found just after the turn on Sandhurst’s Champion Course. The ‘Champs Course’ is a fantastic example of a Sandbelt style golf and is one of two championship courses on offer at Sandhurst in Melbourne. With all holes named after past PGA of Australia champions, Champs is a tribute to these masters of the game.
The 10th – Greg Norman, is like its namesake a hole that rewards a bold, powerful playing style, typical of the man who won over 90 international tournaments and twice lifted the Claret Jug.
The combination of the tree lined fairway backed by the adjoining residential area gives this start to the back 9 a unique feel, one of grandeur, as the golfer stares up the hill from the tee. A lone remnant red gum acts as a guardian to the fairway, some 200m from the back tee, waiting to punish any wayward stroke.
Once passed, the fairway opens up, providing a clear view of the green sat atop the hill, protected by its cross bunkers sitting around 40m short of the pin. Forced into a decision the golfer must choose whether to play safe, and aim to stop the ball before the danger of the sand, leaving a longer 3rd to be lofted over to the green (and the hope of a two putt for par), or to offer a small prayer to the golfing gods and hit long, hoping to clear the sand traps, leaving the potential for an extravagant eagle putt, or at the very least a well-placed chip to open the very real possibility of a birdie, and bragging rights as they move onto the 11th.