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  • #14476
    Avatarxrman
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    I combined my love of motorcycling and golf this week. I rode up to Edenhope and played 9 holes and next day played 18 at Nhill.

    Edenhope has very nice greens and reasonable fairways. Nhill was the opposite. Bot courses were flat terrain, tree lined with a regular avenue pattern of moderate height. Nhill had fairly wide fairways. I didn’t manage to hit into any traps , so I can’t comment on their quality of sand. They looked good. So did the water hazards at Nhill, which looked very Blue Lake / Azure colour.

    It was hot on the day I was playing Nhill, so I learned to walk in the shade of the avenue of trees for relief. I hit one drive with a big push and ended up getting into the adjacent fairway. The trees were only about 25-30 m high, so I hit a PW shot at 45 degrees back onto the correct, fairway and then a 7 iron onto the green on the par 5 hole. That sort of thing is impossible at my home course where the trees are too high and several thick between fairways.

    It was fun playing with just a Driver, 22 hybrid, 7i, PW, SW and Putter. Lots of partial shots were called for. I regained my respect for the 22 F7 Cobra Hybrid! I kept reading more break in the putts than existed, hitting 37 putts for the game. I manage a birdie on one par hole.

    Both courses are worth visiting.

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    #14479
    FrancieFrancie
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    Had the chance to play at Green Acres GC in Kew, Melbourne last week. I’ve never played there before and was interested in seeing how it set up. Just around the corner from the Kew GC it’s set on it’s original location adjacent to the Yarra River. It’s a very tight course that has large trees bordering the fairways making it a tight driving course. This might be ‘offset’ by it’s shortness in length. It’s only rated 124 off the yellow markers and par 71 (I think). It’s a bit up and back course with lots of dams with a few raised greens. It’s more a positioning type of course rather than smashing driver every hole, as there are quite a few holes around 350 – 380 mts in length and some tight dog legs which need you to shape the ball if you go for it.

    It’s condition at this time of the year was very good (considering lockdown) but unfortunately just as we hit off they were spreading fine soil on some of the greens around the front nine. The back nine had their greens freshly cut and were a lot smoother/quicker.

    The clubhouse was new looking and well appointed. We managed to have a deal which included some finger food which was a good variety and quite nice. I really enjoyed the walk……which wasn’t too hilly or difficult and will definitely go back early next year as our group are going to organise another game before winter. I’m not sure how wet it gets in winter but I suspect a fair bit so a game earlier next year will be great.

    “Do yourself a favour”……have a hit there if you can.

    •Inaugural Victorian OOM Putting Champion - Long Island 2011
    •Inaugural ... National champ
    •Hole In One - 7th Hole Portsea GC - 9/10/2012
    Best ever score off the stick - 74 (Gardiners Run 10/12/2020)

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    #14481
    CommishCommish
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    #14484
    FrancieFrancie
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    Ha….life is good in the country. 😉

    •Inaugural Victorian OOM Putting Champion - Long Island 2011
    •Inaugural ... National champ
    •Hole In One - 7th Hole Portsea GC - 9/10/2012
    Best ever score off the stick - 74 (Gardiners Run 10/12/2020)

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    #14489
    MadamMadam
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    Ha….life is good in the country. 😉

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    #14706
    SchmuckSchmuck
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    Ha….life is good in the country. 😉

    I’m in the country.. WHERE’S THE PEACHES 🍑?

    POTUSA one of the best fun bands ever!

    Incessant Threadjacker

    NSW Amateur 9hole Speedgolf champ 2019 & 2020 BTB 🤭

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    #14938
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    Echunga ( S.A.) golf course is set in the Adelaide Hills, near the tourist town of Hahndorf.

    The course is well watered and has lush fairways and good greens. Direction to the next tee were clear. It has rolling hills and uses gullies in the fairway to add to the tee shot pressure. Several tee shots required accuracy with corners close by, or narrow gaps between tall trees. There was a deep layer of fine sand in the bunkers ( big tick from me) making splash shots possible.

    Green fees mid week $30 and they have several carts available for hire at $28.
    It took about 30 minutes via the freeway from the Southern Suburbs to get there.

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    #14939
    AvatarDavidM
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    Echunga ( S.A.) golf course is set in the Adelaide Hills, near the tourist town of Hahndorf.

    The course is well watered and has lush fairways and good greens. Direction to the next tee were clear. It has rolling hills and uses gullies in the fairway to add to the tee shot pressure. Several tee shots required accuracy with corners close by, or narrow gaps between tall trees. There was a deep layer of fine sand in the bunkers ( big tick from me) making splash shots possible.

    Green fees mid week $30 and they have several carts available for hire at $28.
    It took about 30 minutes via the freeway from the Southern Suburbs to get there.

    Yes a likable course, but care needed in the winter months as it can be too wet to play.

    #14948
    Avatarxrman
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    Echunga ( S.A.) golf course is set in the Adelaide Hills, near the tourist town of Hahndorf.

    The course is well watered and has lush fairways and good greens. Direction to the next tee were clear. It has rolling hills and uses gullies in the fairway to add to the tee shot pressure. Several tee shots required accuracy with corners close by, or narrow gaps between tall trees. There was a deep layer of fine sand in the bunkers ( big tick from me) making splash shots possible.

    Green fees mid week $30 and they have several carts available for hire at $28.
    It took about 30 minutes via the freeway from the Southern Suburbs to get there.

    Yes a likable course, but care needed in the winter months as it can be too wet to play.

    I am used to playing in the mud and slush in gale force winds. I live in Victoria!

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    #15999
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    I played Warrnambool golf course today. it is rate in the top 100 courses in Oz.
    Cost $49 for 18 holes.
    Fairways were well grassed.
    Greens were fast.
    The fairways were wide enough, but some slope up and down and laterally to make shot making a bit difficult.
    There is a section that goes through the sand dunes with elevated tees.
    Scenery was good.
    The club house seemed a bit tired.
    We found the course a physical challenge using push carts ( ages 67 and 72, but fit old blokes) .
    Bang for buck? Yes it was worth the green fee.

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    #16149
    Avatarxrman
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    Over the weekend I played at the Harrow golf course in SW Victoria. Harrow has a tiny population , yet has had a 18 hole scrapes course since 1909. I have played it in winter once and thought it was pretty good. Now in summer, the club is obviously in recess as it looked a bit unkept. The scrapes needed more sand and the holes were full of leaves. Still for $5 it was a great hit out. The fairways are lined with towering gum trees, with various shapes that made the course interesting. I found out that white golf balls are not ideal on the browned off fairways. I will try orange coloured ball next time. Maybe I will lose less than the 5 balls I left there!
    Harrow has tried to re-invent itself with its sound and light show, plus an excellent cricket museum display which focuses on the 1886 tour of England by an all Aboriginal team.

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