Yowani - ACT - Australia

Yowani Country Club,
455 Northbourne Avenue,
ACT 2602,

  • +61 (0) 2 6242 3377

  • Andrew Robinson

  • James Herd Scott

  • Steve Cairns

James Herd Scott, the Scottish-born professional who had already had a hand in designing courses such as Monash in New South Wales and nearby Federal, was the man who laid out the course at Yowani Country Club in the mid-1950s.

The club announced an exciting new project at the start of 2019, with Ben Davey from Contour Golf Design appointed to prepare a master plan that will see the club sell its current clubhouse, bowling greens and driving range.

The idea is to move the clubhouse to a new location in the southwest corner of the property then redesign half the holes, with the new 18th following the curve of a lake in full view of the new clubhouse.

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Description: Located less than a ten-minute drive north of downtown Canberra, the course at Yowani Country Club is a late 1950s James Herd Scott design, with narrow tree-lined fairways routed around a couple of sparkling lakes. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 1

This excellent course is only five minutes north of the city, on the main road. It even has the fairly new City to Gungahlin tram line running close.

It's a parkland course that is usually well watered and has plenty of old growth trees lining the fairways. Course condition was very good when I played, even considering the high traffic load it appears to have. The downside is that during autumn and winter it can become quite heavy underfoot: the sun in Canberra in winter doesn't have enough strength to dry things out. Signature hole is a fairly short par 4 that requires a drive over or beside a lake. In true risk/reward golf, the more lake you take on, the shorter the hole plays! A pleasant course.

The redevelopment plan looks quite interesting and may do good things for the clubs finances, but there are inevitable trade-offs in terms of reduced space for the course proper. Will be interesting to see how or if it progresses.

March 18, 2021
6 / 10
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