Depending on who you talk to, this is either the best members sandbelt course or just an average collection of holes. To me is it somewhere in between. The opening hole, a long par 3, is completely wrong, especially when you consider the amazing quality of the other par threes - the 11th is rated the best of the sandbelt and amongst the best in the world, and given the competition in the sandbelt, alone, it really has some stiff competition. Perhaps the problem with this course is that the people who designed it and then tinkered with it, never really understood what sandbelt golf was all about, and the opening hole is the perfect example of this lack of awareness. Too many holes simply have a park land feel to them, rather than the sandy, tea tree bracken of native vegetation. Sandbelt golf is all about wide fairways, lines of tees, great bunkering and super fast greens. The rough should be unkempt, sandy waste. Don't get me wrong, it is a fine course, always in top condition and challenging enough, with fast greens and fine bunkering. However, unlike its sandbelt cousins, it never excites. Worth a visit, but only if you are playing other courses in the area.
Date: March 30, 2016