Cheltenham, VIC, Australia
I had the privilege of playing the Australian Masters here in 2011. I wish my memories were fonder on the scoreboard, but I did not have a good week. Scorecard numbers aside this is without a doubt one of the finest golf courses in Australia and has been ranked consistently inside the country’s top 10 courses for decades.
As with many of the finest courses in Australia and particularly the Melbourne sandbelt, the property is landlocked. The yardage on face value is short from the championship tees, just under 7,000 yards. And yes, this is another of the gems which was touched by the great architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie during its development in 1927. The course is littered with bunkers, all perfectly placed to gobble up tee shots and approaches into the treacherous greens which demand the utmost precision and respect. The perched greens with their very firm, very fast surfaces are what I remember being the most challenging aspect of this magnificent golf course.
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