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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 284
W HEN you consider the expansive list of great golf courses Australia boasts, it’s perfectly natural that some of the nation’s classic layouts occasionally slip from public consciousness under the weight of the striking new offerings opening to great fanfare. For every Cape Wickham or Lost Farm, the Royal Melbournes and Kingston Heaths still manage to maintain their revered status via an unwavering commitment to excellence and aided by regular tournament hosting. The 2016 World Cup of Golf showcased Kingston Heath once again to besotted international audiences and the Composite Course at Royal Melbourne will do the same when it hosts its third Presidents Cup in 2019. Long ensconced among the Top 100 Courses in the World, the brilliant Metropolitan Golf Club enjoys a similar reputation as a classic Sandbelt layout despite having been off the public radar in recent years. Granted ‘Metro’, as it is commonly known, played host to the Australian Masters just four years ago but prior to that it had been some time since the South Oakleigh club had revelled in the eyes of the world being cast upon it. All that will change when the World Cup of Golf returns in November for the third consecutive staging in Melbourne, following the 2013 and 2016 Cups won by Australia and Denmark respectively. Metropolitan will once again dust off a universally held reputation as one of the most fastidiously manicured golf courses on the planet, the equal or superior to Augusta National, depending on which opinion you value. Bold statements to that end were best captured during arguably the most high profile event ever staged at Metropolitan – the 2001 WGC- Accenture Matchplay Championship, won by recent US Presidents Cup skipper Steve Stricker. Tom Lehman, the 1996 Open Champion, ranked the presentation of Metro that week as “only half a club behind Augusta”, invoking a forthright response from Victorian Stuart Appleby the next morning. “I think it’s a whole set of clubs ahead of Augusta in condition.” Appleby said. ► TOP-100 SPOTLIGHT The par-4 5th is widely regarded as one of Metro's classic holes. PHOTO: Gary Lisbon. The 18th green and its challenging surrounds.
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