Hole Profile: North 12 – Ray’s Wagon

Sandhurst Golf Melbourne North Course

The North Course is one of two championship golf courses at Sandhurst Club in Melbourne. The beautiful 18-hole course is inspired by the traditional Scottish links courses, offering a challenge for all abilities. It is complemented by Sandhurst’s fantastic facilities and the stunning location within Melbourne’s Sandbelt region.

The 12th hole is a long par 4 named Ray’s Wagon. With an undulating fairway angling slightly uphill, the North’s 12th hole is one that can often cause surprise difficulty for players. From the tee, golfers are greeted with an open view and will likely have sight of the pin. Bunkers on the right may encourage players to go safe and aim left, however, fortune favours the bold and a shot to the right will leave an easier second to the green. Be warned though, this shot is especially tricky when faced with a strong headwind.

Assuming a good fairway position, the second should land a player on the putting surface. However, pin position is key for success on this hole with sand traps guarding the front left of the green. A controlled lofted ball maybe the answer, to clear the sand and avoid running on out the back of the green. Players who kept right will have a better line to the green and likely end with an easier putt for potential birdie, or at the very least a par saving 2 putt finish.

Whilst a birdie is possible on this hole, players should be happy with par. Even those who drop a shot should be happy knowing that easier holes follow and the chance to get their round back on track is not too far away!