Melbourne’s Sandhurst Club boasts two championship golf courses that offer very different but entertaining challenges for golfers of all abilities. The Champions Course takes its inspiration from past champions of the Australian PGA and requires a complete skill set to master. The North Course follows the traditions of the classic Scottish Links courses with an open design that demands respect.
The 6th hole on the North Course, Pure Malt, is a long 418m par 4 that typifies the round, with its open fairway that is often subject to westerly winds and a few well-placed bunkers designed to catch and frustrate a player. Teeing off between the trees, players will have a clear view down to the pin over the broad fairway.
Bunkers on the left may encourage a drive to the right, however, with the wide playing surface one should still be able to drive the middle, without too much fear of falling foul of the traps on the left. A long second shot should find the green, although two more bunkers guard the front edge, requiring a confident shot to the back of the putting surface, or an accurate approach between the hazards.
The green itself provides a large undulating surface and drops away quickly to the surrounding rough. Players with a good drive and accurate approach may card a birdie, but realistically a 2-putt par should be a satisfactory outcome for this challenging hole.