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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 163
left bunkers but again facing the threat of the central trap. It’s uphill, it’s tricky and my word it’s a fun challenge. It's also an early example of the clever design that uses undulation and changes in altitude to test and trick you, rather than sheer length alone. The second hole is really not that difficult, but you'll think it is standing on the teebox. Next you'll be met by a long par-5 that plays predominantly into a prevailing wind. With a whole wasteland of bunkers waiting for your ball roughly 110m out, you're best to play this one as a three-shotter. Then there’s the par-4 11th hole, which the course’s own guide ominously describes as a place where “par is possible”. It is, but only if you can avoid the two large bunkers embedded in the middle of a narrow fairway, and then a couple more at the green’s edge, not to mention the menacing long grass that flanks much of the hole. The Sands is definitely a thinking player’s course and it’s a rollicking good ride for much of the journey. With views over the surrounding dunes and wetlands a lovely bonus, you’ll need to have your eyes focused on what lies ahead at this 6575-metre gem. But that’s not all this coastal links track has in store, situated just an hour south- west of Melbourne in the uber-popular surf town of Torquay. THE SANDS IS DEFINITELY A THINKING PLAYER’S COURSE AND IT’S A ROLLICKING GOOD RIDE FOR MUCH OF THE JOURNEY. OF THE FOUR PAR-3s YOU'LL TRAVERSE AT THE SANDS, THE 136-METRE 13TH IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE PRETTIEST.
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