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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 284
from the fairways by hand. “There weren’t many to find” was his curt summary of what I’m sure he felt in hindsight was a misspent youth. World Cup of Golf contestants and observers will be introduced to or reminded of the dramatic presentation of the greenside bunkering of which Metropolitan and nearby Royal Melbourne share a common similarity. Around many of the green complexes, bunkers are cut with such clean edges right into the slick putting surfaces you swear you could finely slice cheese on them. Hazards with a more natural, unkempt look are equally impressive in the right surrounds but no finer example of such pristine, eye catching ‘green/bunker segues’ exist anywhere in the world. Apply an ounce too much force with certain pin placements and green speeds and you may join many thousands before you to suffer the embarrassing fate of having putted clean off the greens. Having to swap a putter for a chipping implement is one of the rare ‘pleasures’ and humbling experiences that golf in these parts can provide to players of every level. Soren Kjeldsen – part of the winning Danish duo in 2016 – said during a lull in a practice round how special it was being on the Sandbelt and the inspiration derived from playing courses of this calibre featured heavily in the Danes’ ability to lift the Cup at week’s end. Should they return to defend, I’m certain both will draw similar inspiration from the unique test of golf that Metropolitan will undoubtedly provide to the world’s best. E TOP-100 SPOTLIGHT Address: Golf Rd, South Oakleigh, Victoria. Contact: (03) 9579 3122; email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.metropolitangolf.com.au Designer: J.B MacKenzie (1906); Dr Alister MacKenzie (1926); Dick Wilson (1959); Mike Clayton (2006); Neil Crafter & Paul Mogford (ongoing). Green fees: Interstate and overseas players can apply for a weekday tee time through the office. Golf Australia’s Top-100 Courses Ranking History: No.15 (2018), No.12 (2016), No.13 (2014), No.9 (2012), No.8 (2010). FACT FILE Steep closely shaved drop-offs are a feature of the greenscapes. PHOTO: Brendan James.
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