Hole Profile: Champions Course Hole 1, Carnegie Clark

Named after Australian PGA legend Carnegie Clark, the opening hole on Sandhurst’s Champions Course is a beautiful par 4 that will often set the tone for the round. Sandhurst, one of Melbourne’s leading golf clubs located in the city’s Sandbelt region is home to two championship 18 hole golf courses, the North Course and Champions Course, and a wide range of leisure and recreation facilities.

The Champions Course, which takes its inspiration from previous greats of the Australian game, offers golfers a diverse and entertaining challenge. The opening hole is a short par 4 and a hole that typifies the course, requiring accuracy, rather than power to master. The narrow fairway is flanked by trees and bunkers down the left-hand side, fortunately the sand traps are quite short, and any reasonable drive would likely negate the hazard. The right provides the favourable line, although players must be careful not to overcook their tee shot, and end up in the rough, which is dominated by hundred-year-old gum trees.

With a slight dog-leg the green opens up for the second shot, and the large flat putting surface should make an easy target. One of the easier greens on the 18, the first provides a great chance to start your round with a birdy, although those who are careless with their drive are likely to end up regretting it later in the round.