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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 190
I N the 95 years of its existence, Commonwealth Golf Club has evolved into a world class golf course. Lying in the heart of Melbourne’s famous Sandbelt, Commonwealth’s standing among this country’s finest layouts is well supported by its constant listing among the top-25 courses whenever course rankings are published. Commonwealth is no different to its neighbouring Melbourne Sandbelt courses in that the bunkering here, particularly greenside, is brilliant. The bunkering combines well with the beautifully contoured green surrounds and tilted putting surfaces – designed as such to dictate that an approach must come from the right spot in the fairway – to create a stern challenge. This is best seen on Commonwealth’s wonderful collection of par-4s. The round opens with one of the heaviest bunkered holes on the course but, played well, the 303-metre dogleg right can offer players the chance to get off to the ideal start. Club selection here is so important from the opening tee shot. Short and safe leaves a longer approach and a likely par but an aggressive play with a tee shot blasted over the fairway bunkers can set up a birdie opportunity. Risk-and-reward is a strong aspect of the Commonwealth design and there is no greater example of it than on the 364-metre 16th hole, one of the most photographed holes on the course. The fairway doglegs left around a lake and some players might be tempted to blast their drives over the water to chase a simple approach and possible birdie. The conservative play can also reap a birdie but the longer approach must be left below the hole on what is a steep sloping putting surface from back to front. E COMMONWEALTH GOLF CLUB QANTAS Golf Club is welcoming its members to Commonwealth Golf Club on Monday May 23 to compete in the 2016 Championship Series. The top two teams in the four-ball best ball event will win an all-expenses paid trip to Christchurch, New Zealand to compete in the Championship Series Final to be held at the Clearwater Golf Resort from December 6 to 9. To win the trip, participants must have a valid Golf Australia handicap. The prize includes return economy flights from Australia, three nights’ accommodation at Clearwater Golf Resort, Queenstown, two rounds at Clearwater, green fees, daily breakfast and lunch, dinner on the first night and last night, polo shirt and cap, airport and golf course transfers. Annual membership fee of $249 applies for Premium membership. Join Qantas Golf Club and register for Commonwealth Golf Club today. With two levels of membership, Free and Premium, you can choose the one that's right for you. Visit qantasgolfclub.com SOUTH OAKLEIGH • VICTORIA thecourse
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