Woodlands is a beautiful tree lined course that doesn’t attract as much attention or fanfare as the rest of the courses in Melbourne’s Sandbelt despite having the same trademark bunkering and interesting greens that its neighbors are famous for. The knock on Woodlands is generally that it is too short and it does have several short par 4’s however in my opinion these holes are some of the best on the course and all of the shorter holes have devilish greens that are notoriously hard to hold unless approaching from the correct angle.
I found the front nine to be better than the back it starts with a grand sweeping dogleg left par 4 from the top of the hill near the clubhouse and continues with a great variety of different holes intelligently routed across gently undulating terrain. The back nine is a bit flatter in places but maintains the interest in all the green sites many of which look like a bunker has taken a bite out of the green.
As is the case with most of the Sandbelt courses they have a 19th hole that was in play the day I played and they have done a good job with this par 3 it fits in well with the rest of the course.
Date: March 01, 2018