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The North Course

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Take on the North Course

Emphasising strategic shot making and providing a test of golfers’ short game skills, the open styled North Course features large sprawling greens, where getting to the putting surface is just the start of the challenge!

Borrowing from the traditions of Scotland where Peter Thomson enjoyed his greatest success, the course has several distinct features such as the Wall surrounding the 3rd green and the Burn (reminiscent of St Andrews) which dissects the 9th fairway.

Utilising a Legend Couch on the fairways provides the North Course with superb conditioning and playing surfaces all year round.

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Course Overview

Hole by Hole
Hole1

Dandenongs

Par4 Index17
366m
318m
305m
292m

Hole 1 Pro Tip

The opening hole plays as a slight left-hand dogleg. A generous fairway into a relatively flat green. A good first opening hole to get you warmed up.

Hole2

Eastward Ho

Par4 Index3
406m
393m
380m
335m

Hole 2 Pro Tip

After a generous opening, it's down to business with a strong par four which will play with a cross wind most of the time. It is important to take the bunkering into account from the tee as finding one of the fairway bunkers will make saving par difficult. A medium to long iron will be required to find the putting surface surrounded by complexes of humps, hollows and two bunkers on the right-hand side.

Hole3

Wall

Par3 Index14
181m
162m
153m
131m

Hole 3 Pro Tip

The first of four par 3’s, this hole displays a prominent wall feature surrounding the back and left side of the green. This hole can also play primarily with a cross wind and will play a factor in shot selection. It is important not too stray too long or too far left or you may be left with a difficult shot over the wall.

Hole4

Long

Par5 Index9
517m
497m
485m
417m

Hole 4 Pro Tip

A long, straight par 5 with out of bounds looming on the left. The safer option is to go right and take on the group of bunkers which link the 4th with the 5th hole. In a northerly this hole may allow longer hitters a chance to make it home in two shots. Bunkers front and left guard a double-tiered green.

Hole5

Whins

Par4 Index4
388m
370m
341m
316m

Hole 5 Pro Tip

The 5th commences a trio of solid par 4s each with their own character. The wind will again influence strategy from the tee as a straight shot here is important to avoid bunkers left and right. The green is angled in a way to allow several options of approach into the green, however a fade for a right-handed player is the best fit for the approach.

Hole6

Pure Malt

Par4 Index1
418m
385m
372m
344m

Hole 6 Pro Tip

A westerly wind is common which means the hole will often play to its full measure. Throw in a prevailing cross wind and accuracy is the main factor to hit the green in regulation. Bunkers guard the left side of the fairway with greenside bunkers protecting the front of the green from short-sighted approaches.

Hole7

Skye

Par4 Index10
374m
347m
335m
305m

Hole 7 Pro Tip

Being middle or right hand side of the fairway is the aim for the medium length par 4 7th hole. Bunkers guard most of the left side from tee to green so the smart play is to approach the angled green from the right-hand side. The green primarily slopes from back to front and has two bunkers guarding the front left side. If out of position, the safe play is to find the middle of the green.

Hole8

Samson

Par3 Index12
173m
159m
151m
141m

Hole 8 Pro Tip

The 2nd par 3 you will encounter provides a good test for any golfer. The green is heavily guarded by bunkering with the front bunker being deceptively further away from the green then it appears. The front pin position is tight but the rear of the green is broad and generous at nearly thirty metres wide. Therein lies the tip – be long to be conservative.

Hole9

Bluidy Burn

Par5 Index7
512m
487m
479m
451m

Hole 9 Pro Tip

The name says it all! The burn which protects the 9th green will tantalise the longer hitters who dare to flirt with danger. This green can only be reached by two very long hits and may not be worth the risk with a water hazard running along the front of the green. The left fairway is further guarded by fairway bunkers that need to be negotiated however the fairway is generous down the right side to appease the more conservative golfer.

Hole10

Sandhurst

Par4 Index6
375m
357m
345m
317m

Hole 10 Pro Tip

The star of the back nine requires a tee shot aimed at one of the many ancient River Red Gums which signify the Sandhurst development. There are two options from the tee: to play conservatively to the right side of the fairway thereby requiring a longer approach to the green, or to take the heroic line over the left side fairway bunker to provide the reward of a shorter iron to the green.

Hole11

Purgatory

Par5 Index13
497m
482m
458m
424m

Hole 11 Pro Tip

The par 5 11th hole offers the opportunity of good scoring for those who subscribe to the risk and reward theory. The fairway is generous from the tee which, with a prevailing south westerly, will give players the chance of going for the green in two. Placing your tee shot down the right side of the fairway will give you the best angle to approach the green. The green is heavily guarded on the front with little room to run the ball up to the green requiring the approach to carry the full distance. A good scoring hole for the long hitter.

Hole12

Ray's Wagon

Par4 Index2
391m
375m
365m
330m

Hole 12 Pro Tip

The 12th fairway angles slightly uphill then towards the left for the second half. Off the tee shave the right-hand fairway bunker. The reward for achieving this preferred position is that the green is angled better for the approach shot. Into the wind however, it is a line only the brave would attempt. This hole can be straightforward or difficult depending on where the pin is for the day.

Hole13

Crockies

Par3 Index18
137m
128m
112m
104m

Hole 13 Pro Tip

The lucky 13th is the shortest hole on the course and is offset by two large, ancient Gums. The tee shot must negotiate two bunkers which guard the left side of the raised green. Mounds and hollows at the right and rear suggest careful club selection aimed to the tight heart of the green.

Hole14

Red Gums

Par4 Index16
321m
277m
270m
224m

Hole 14 Pro Tip

The 14th hole provides a good opportunity to better par for the long hitters. The quality of the tee shot will determine your chances with bunkers, deceptive slopes and water that can prove challenging to navigate

Hole15

Wee Dram

Par3 Index8
178m
171m
165m
152m

Hole 15 Pro Tip

The par 3 15th plays across the restored hollow of a former gravel extraction area. To carry this should not be an insurmountable task being well short of the green but as we all know, water can be a strange and powerful lure for golf balls. The elevated doubled tiered green with bunker on the right side suggest a left to right shape tee shot.

Hole16

Wurundjeri

Par4 Index15
324m
305m
298m
255m

Hole 16 Pro Tip

The 16th is an enjoyable straightforward short to medium length par 4. There are tress on the left and a fairway bunker on the right to avoid. The approach leaves a short iron to a large kidney shaped two-tiered green.

Hole17

Thommo's

Par5 Index11
528m
515m
493m
450m

Hole 17 Pro Tip

The par 5 17th requires an accurate tee shot between two large Red Gums to set up a long approach or lay up into the double green. The long hitters who can carry the fairway bunker will find themselves in a good position to hit the green in two. The out-of-bounds fence threatens the left side. The penultimate 17th has been purposely configured for an exciting do or die situation.

Hole18

Woe Betide

Par4 Index5
392m
361m
349m
317m

Hole 18 Pro Tip

The final hole is a deceptive par 4 that offers a risk and reward opportunity. The key here is to avoid a watery grave so knowing your carry distance will determine which line you take off the tee. Those who take the water line will be rewarded with a great angle into the large green. A good finishing hole with a fantastic view of the 19th!

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” The greens are in excellent shape. Lots of bunkers. You want to be good out of the bunkers if you are one of the members. The course itself is great. The greens are in excellent shape. Lots of bunkers. You want to be good out of the bunkers if you are one of the members.

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