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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 248
These fairways were fully converted to Santa Ana couch grass by the end of 2006 and have thrived ever since, making them the envy of some major city clubs boasting far bigger budgets and grounds staff. But it’s Morcom’s design that is the real star of the show. In a final report to the club in 1961, Morcom wrote: “I endeavoured, when on the site, to set out a golf course which could be considered in the championship class having ample total yardage, much variation in individual hole design and yardage, and using the property to the best possible advantage. This, I believe, has been accomplished.” Indeed it was and today Leongatha is ranked at No.65 in Golf Australia’s Top-100 Public Access Courses in the country. In 2015, it was ranked No.83 in the nation. The topography gives rise to several blind tee shots, while the smallish greens place a real premium on accuracy from the fairway. Not to mention the fact each of Leongatha’s fairways is flanked with magnificent natural bushland (some of the bigger gums are obviously more than a century old) that provides a feeling of isolation and plenty of challenges for the wayward hitter. There is no easing into a round at Leongatha (unless you hit off the 10th). The 370-metre par-4 1st hole throws out the challenge straight away as you drive from an elevated tee into a wide fairway that dips into valley en route to the green. “LEONGATHA IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF AN AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY COURSE PUNCHING WELL ABOVE ITS WEIGHT IN TERMS OF OFFERING FUN, CHALLENGING GOLF ON WELL-PRESENTED PLAYING SURFACES.” – Brendan James TOP-100 RANKING JUDGE'S COMMENTS
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