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.
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.