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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 174
So this summer represents your last chance to play without joining – and the club is offering a tempting deal as a swansong. Until the end of February, unaccompanied visitors can enjoy 18 holes in a cart plus a renowned “Swampy” burger in the clubhouse for $85. Once you get there, you’ll encounter an eminently enjoyable and challenging course that fits the semi-rural landscape of the city’s rural-urban fringe. There are wide open spaces and the playing corridors created by designer Graham Marsh generally reflect that spaciousness, although many holes give accurate players a more defined target if they want to attack the greens. Waiting throughout is a sea of sand. In fact, first-timers to Twin Creeks can be deceived into thinking the course is more sand than grass as the bunkers have a way of dominating the eyeline. There are more than 80 of them, spanning more than two-and-a- half hectares across the course. They are large, many with undefined edges, and they twist and spread across and alongside many fairways (only the 16th hole doesn’t use sand as its primary defence). But in many instances bunkers are used to obscure the view rather than capture a stray shot. It’s a course where if you can focus on the target rather than the accompanying pitfalls, it’s not as difficult as it first looks. Yet there are subtle differences to the layout that aren’t evident at most courses. That old adage of firing for the middle of the green when you’re taking the conservative route? Throw it away. Marsh’s greens are mostly multi-sectioned with ridges and spurs distinctly separating each lobe. Often, the high area of the putting surface is in the centre as two or three pockets of the green spill sideways from that point, making the edges the lowest part. So the fringes often provide the best ‘miss’ in order to leave an uphill putt – centre of the green is often not the best play at Twin Creeks. The hole where the bunkering is most prominent is the 545-metre 9th. This gargantuan par-5 begins from a high tee with 10 bunkers dotting the winding fairway that dips to a low-set layup area before rising to a green with more pockets than a pair of cargo pants. Two bunkers dominate the landing area for the tee shot, half a dozen more litter the layup area – which is split in two, depending on your aggression levels – and with more ringing the green. TWIN CREEKS IS A SEA OF SAND. IN FACT, FIRST-TIMERS CAN BE DECEIVED INTO THINKING THE COURSE IS MORE SAND THAN GRASS AS THE BUNKERS HAVE A WAY OF DOMINATING THE EYELINE.
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