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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 234
just seems to get better with age. In 2015, it was No.20 in Golf Australia’s ranking of the Top-100 Public Access Courses in the nation. This year, despite the high inclusion of several new layouts, it maintained its No.20 spot. It seemed to take a long time for Meadow Springs to get the recognition it deserved but in recent years – perhaps post its run of hosting seven West Australian Opens – it has become more acclaimed for its enjoyable design and superb presentation. Jones’ design is outstanding but the lasting impression Meadow Springs leaves on all golfers is its conditioning, which has barely wavered from first class for decades. The immaculate couch fairways and bentgrass greens set a standard of conditioning many private clubs would look upon with envy. The quality playing surfaces fully complement the design. The American has a reputation for working with the natural beauty of a site and it was no different at Meadow Springs. His finished product weaves between towering Tuart trees, four lakes and more than 70 bunkers. He is certainly not afraid to intimidate the golfer with a sea of sand or make a player second-guess their shot with a strategically placed pot or huge Melbourne Sandbelt-style bunker. Another hint of the Sandbelt can be found with the enormous, sloping putting surfaces. Nearly all the greens feature wide openings from the fairway, while the well-manicured surrounds offer golfer’s a variety of short shot options, which simply adds to the fun of
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