Located in Melbourne’s Sandbelt region, Sandhurst is one of the area’s leading golf clubs, boasting two 18-hole championship courses, excellent training facilities and being Home of the PGA of Australia. Sandhurst’s North Course has been inspired by the traditional links courses of Scotland, with open, rolling fairways and undulating greens.
The 17th Hole on the North Course, known as Tommo’s is the 4th and last par 5 of the round and provides players a great chance to pick up a shot going into the 18th if they are willing to take a chance. Teeing off between two towering red gum trees, accuracy is key, and a wayward tee-shot here can destroy a round if one is not careful. Bunkers, center and right, midway down the fairway can cause some players problems, but the long hitters should be able to clear these leaving them with a great opportunity to find the green with their 2nd. The out-of-bound fence encroaches on the left, and players may prefer to aim right to be safe, although this will lead to a slightly trickier position for the green.
The large double green is flanked by sandtraps along its front and rear edge, although the ample putting surface should prove an easy enough target to hit. Players who come up short will be left with an up-hill chip onto the surface, with the deep green providing plenty of space for the ball to run on if required. Many players may aspire for an elusive eagle on the 17th, however, unless the gods smile on them with a favourable pin position and generous 2nd shot, a 2-putt birdie is a more likely outcome, with anything less than par defiantly feeling like a big disappointment at this stage of the round.