Played here for the first time last week and was thoroughly impressed. It’s a great old style course that for me felt like a Sunningdale of Australia with perhaps even a small sprinkling of Augusta. The bunkering is one of the highlights, and certainly in the Russell/Mackenzie style. It’s a great start with a really short par 4 opener that demands some precision to a well protected green. In fact the first 3 holes to me were world class. The second is the first of many blind tee shots with a great downhill approach and the third is a great par 5 with a watery grave all the way down the left and a bunker perfectly placed on the right. Other highlights on the front would be the mammoth 7th and signature par 3 8th over the water. I reckon the front 9 is the stronger half but there are still many great holes on the back. The course was in excellent condition and there was hardly a soul out there, which just added to the experience. The only slight let down for me was a bit of repetition with 5 or so similar tee shots, blind over the hill to a fairway that leads gently to the left, but I would certainly return in a heartbeat.
Date: May 24, 2013