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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 243
T HROUGHOUT his playing career, Craig Parry won tournaments using sound strategy complemented by good ball-striking and a world class short game. As the co-designer of Kooindah Waters – near Wyong, on NSW’s Central Coast – he brought those elements of golfing brains over brawn to the design table and the result is not only challenging but highly enjoyable. Parry collaborated with highly acclaimed course designer Ross Watson on the Kooindah Waters design, which converted flat, featureless land into a superb golf course that opened for play in 2006. Kooindah Waters, by modern standards, is certainly not a long course at 6,083 metres from the back pegs. Length was never a major issue for the design team because they did not set out to create a brutal test most visitors to the course would be intimidated by. “One philosophy we had about Kooindah from day one was that it had to be user- friendly,” Parry said. “When the course was almost finished I would go out with my young boys and hit some shots and if it was too hard they would not want to go back. “The last thing you want to do, especially with a public access course, is scare people away after one round. You don’t want them going away saying, ‘I’m never gonna play that golf course again’. Then they tell their friends and before too long your course has a reputation for being too hard or being unfair.” Take the 149-metre par-3 2nd hole for example. At first glance it looks like an all-or- nothing tee shot is required over wetlands to reach the diagonally-angled green that is perched just above the hazard to the right. However, to the left, is a massive bail out area where a right-hander could easily hit a little sliced mid-iron and bounce their ball up onto the green. At least, that’s how I’ve played it a few times.
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