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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 243
Kooindah Waters’ back nine has, in my opinion, a great variety of holes that make the round more memorable. For mine, one of the best offerings on the inward trek is the short par-4 14th hole. This is a terrific 298-metre hole where danger lurks only a few footsteps from the edge of the fairway but the temptation to attack from the tee will be too much for some, despite the obvious drama resulting from a miscued drive. An out-of-bounds fence lies 15 metres from the right of the fairway for its entire journey to the green. Wetlands – exposed during construction to the surprise of Watson and Parry – lie less than five metres from the left edge of the short grass. The wide fairway then narrows considerably the closer you get to the huge green, with massive bunkers staggered at different lengths left and right. While the designers acknowledge today’s long hitters can easily make the green from the tee, they also believe the shot must be hit on the perfect line to be successful. Another short offering comes into play at the 17th – a 126-metre par-3 where the tee shot is played across wetlands to a semi-island green. The putting surface is a massive 38 metres from front-to-back, with a tier cutting through its pinched-in waist, which places an absolute premium on getting your club selection spot on. “IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE THIS BEAUTIFUL COURSE WAS ONCE A LIFELESS WETLAND.” – Brendan James TOP-100 RANKING JUDGE'S COMMENTS
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