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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 284
“This is a natural golf course where the grass is playable 12 months of the year. The greens are the same but Augusta is tricked up, very manufactured, seeded special grass, special sand in the bunkers and really a lot of make-up on it.” “This is really just the most natural primo course in the world. You couldn’t put anything near it, as far as I’m concerned.” Returning years later for the 2014 Australian Masters, the nine-time PGA Tour winner’s high regard for Metropolitan remained unwavering. “The fairways are just magnificent. They don’t even make carpet as uniform and as smooth as this. Best fairways in the world, no doubt,” Appleby enthused. I headed to Metropolitan recently to see for myself if this exalted status and reputation for superior manicuring was indeed a perennial phenomenon. Playing in a member’s competition on a Friday morning in March, eight months out from the World Cup of Golf, you couldn’t help but be profoundly impressed. Nearly 50 days without rain in the Melbourne area had the course playing firm and fast with distinct gradients present between fairways, green surrounds, natural roughs and sandy waste areas. Metro was presented beautifully and would be a match to most ‘Tour’ courses around the globe in its current shape. One can only imagine what it will be like for the World Cup at the end of November. At the urging of my playing partner Jen, visiting from Royal Adelaide, I can’t fail to mention the magnificent species of towering eucalypts and bird life on the property and the tantalising smell of the lemon-scented gum wafting across the course as we played. Digging a little into the origins of the design at Metro and once again, like many of the classic Melbourne Sandbelt courses, the ‘MacKenzie’ influence pervades. There was double the dose in Metro’s case however, with the famed Dr Alister adding his own touches during his ► TOP-100 SPOTLIGHT ...THIS IS REALLY JUST THE MOST NATURAL PRIMO COURSE IN THE WORLD. YOU COULDN’T PUT ANYTHING NEAR IT, AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED. – STUART APPLEBY The bunkers surrounding the par-4 16th can destroy a score late in the round.
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