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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 231
1.BARNBOUGLE DUNES ONE of the ‘Mecca’ golf experiences of the world. Accommodation is on-site, rustic and comfortable, and the restaurant is simple, fresh and relaxed with terrific food. Owner Richard Sattler and his daughters and staff, who run the establishment are rippers and a throwback to the quintessential Aussie ways. The golf is tough but fair; beautiful and raw and when the wind blows it’s hilarious. Every hole is different and I remember every hole, which is a testament to the design. Lost Farm next door is in a similar standing. A great golf trip for everyone. 2. NEW SOUTH WALES IN MY mind it’s better than Pebble Beach. It’s similar in its proximity to the coast but has stronger inland holes. It can be windy but offers holes with large risk/reward opportunities. I get excited every time I get time to play at NSW. 3. ELLERSTON I’VE only played it once but, as you can imagine, Kerry Packer left no stone unturned and got the great Greg Norman to cut up the available acreage into something spectacular. Everything is top notch and pristine with some awe-inspiring holes. If you get the opportunity to try a locally made meat pie on your round, it must be done. An amazing experience and one I hope to do again. 4. THE NATIONAL (MOONAH COURSE) I LOVE all The National golf courses and the experience at Cape Schanck but my favourite is the Moonah. Long, treacherous holes mix with short ones and greens that have been shaped by Dr Seuss. It’s so much fun and I love going back to experience the three courses and the welcoming clubhouse and staff. 5. METROPOLITAN AGAIN, I’ve only played it once. It’s a bit tricky to get on as I’m not a reciprocal member but if you get the chance to play ‘Metro’, you’re in for a wonderful experience. When I checked in to play, they excused the state of the course! “It’s under repair,” they said. Well, if that’s under repair then I certainly didn’t notice it. The greens have subtle undulations that penalise if you get yourself on the wrong side and the fairways are immaculate. E PAT RAFTER Australian Tennis Legend CELEBRITY TOP 5
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