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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 175
The two main courses complement each other neatly; the Murray is tighter as it weaves between tall gums that appear from trunk-level to paint the sky, while the Lake course provides a little more room to move but watery demises for wayward shots on several holes. The Executive nine, meanwhile, is not merely another nine bunged on to make up numbers. It’s short but fun and is ideal for new or high-handicap golfers, although golfer traffic indicates it receives plenty of play across the board. I took on the Murray course first, marvelling at the way the imposing gums form a military- like guard along the edges of most fairways. You can’t help but pay attention to the Murray River on your left at the 470-metre 5th hole, especially if you flick your tee shot left like I did and watch in hope that you’ll see the ball again. Fortunately I did, earning a close-up view of the watercourse when my ball trickled within a couple of metres of the red hazard stakes. A couple of holes earlier, the 3rd presents a strong par-4 with an inviting but penal green complex, while ahead the front nine finishes with a strategic par-5. The fairway at the 9th pinches in on the second shot as two opposing ponds or billabongs create a narrow passageway. Layups can often be ho-hum blasts up the fairway but not on this occasion. The back nine flows up and back in places with some pleasant holes before the 125-metre 17th changes the tone. This uphill par-3 is protected by a quartet of bunkers left and front- right with a green where it truly pays to remain below the cup. The Lake course rises and falls more than the Murray, giving occasion peeks of nearby Lake Mulwala. That feature gives the course its name, but so do the lakes and ponds scattered across the course. It’s the 8th hole before water is in play. The 283-metre par-4 is an inviting but potentially menacing hole, tumbling downhill with a pond on the left side towards a green tucked tightly behind the wet stuff. 5 EVER BEEN TO A GOLF CLUB THAT HAS A 60-SEAT MOVIE THEATRE? YARRAWONGA- MULWALA RECENTLY ADDED ONE TO GO ALONG WITH THE BAR, BISTRO, FAMILY FUN ZONE AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS.
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