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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 239
The course was a victim of its own beautiful setting, with the towering flooded gums isolating each fairway casting shadows over many of the greens for long periods each day. But the course has flourished in recent years with its high standard of presentation now complementing the beautiful surrounds and challenging design. One of the memorable aspects of a round at Bonville is the high quality of its par-5s. Each requires attention to strategic detail and, just like Augusta, putting your shots in the right position from the tee and in lay-up areas will reap benefits. The 485-metre 4th is a great driving hole with a saddle-shaped fairway funnelling even slightly off-line shots back to the centre of the mown portion. The aggressive player may consider going for the green in two shots here but it is a shot that must be solid and shaped slightly right-to-left around the dogleg and the wall of Flooded Gums flanking the fairway. Two fairway traps and a huge swale, both about 60 metres short of the green, are in play and can complicate the errant lay-up shot. There is no better example of risk-and- reward par-5 strategy design than that found on Bonville’s closing hole – a 460-metre journey up and over a hill between deep rows of massive flooded gum trees that line the way to the green, which sits just beyond a pond and stream. Standing on the crest of this hill looking down toward the green, with the azaleas in full bloom, you can imagine a similar view confronting players at the Masters when playing the famous 13th or 15th holes. For many players, there is never any question whether to go for the green in two shots or not. In such a wonderful theatre that the 18th provides it is hard not to add to the drama by throwing off the shackles and risking a dropped shot or two by playing aggressively.
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