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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 174
Three holes later, the 309-metre 12th [pictured above] is another to feature different paths to the green separated by sand. The driveable par-4 offers an enticing direct path between fairway bunkers towards the most open part of the green, or a much safer but far more indirect route well to the left. This hole was aced before any of the par- 3s when the course opened, so it can be had in a favourable wind. Twin Creek’s finishing quintet separates the birdie-makers from the bogey-salvagers. The uphill par-3 14th can only be hit in regulation by the purest of long shots from 179 metres away, before the par-5 15th scales the steepest hill on the property on its way to an angled green that is hard to find even with a wedge. The 16th is a 417-metre beast with water flanking the right side of the green, while water lurks left on the par-3 17th where the large green is bisected by a prominent spine. Then comes the 18th, a 402-metre test of execution and nerve. The par-4 begins from a chute of trees and demands a right-to-left tee shot to avoid running into sand. The fairway then angles left alongside and over a lake to a long green guarded left and right by bunkers with the water still in play short and left. With a good score or all the bets on the line, the approach to the last is a great place to hit the best shot of the day, whether it’s with a 3-iron, a 9-iron or something in between. As a club, Twin Creeks leans to the innovative side by operating some novel competitions for its members. The best might be the annual ‘Top Gun’ event, whereby 18 members qualify via designated rounds throughout the summer for a one-round shoot-out. These 18 join one wildcard selection in a lengthy 19-player battle that sees one golfer eliminated per hole until the winner is left standing after a marathon round. If that sounds like your brand of golf fun, head west soon for Twin Creeks’ final summer fling. OTG 5 LOCATION: Twin Creeks Drive, Luddenham, Sydney. Take the M4 west of the CBD then the Mamre Rd exit south to Luddenham Rd. The club is about a 50-minute drive from the CBD. CONTACT: (02) 9670 8888; www.twincreeksgolf.com.au VITAL STATS: 6,444 metres, par-72. Slope ratings are 132 (at 6,444m), 130 (6,147m) and 128 (5,808m). DESIGNER: Graham Marsh (2006). DEFINING FEATURES: Windswept fairways, large, sprawling bunkers and multi-segmented greens. FEATURE HOLE: The par-4 18th wraps left around a huge gum tree and a water hazard that extends all the way to the green. LIKELY BALL COUNT: Most mid-teen handicappers won’t lose more than a ball or two. 19TH HOLE: Whether sitting inside the spacious clubhouse or on the verandah overlooking the 18th green, you won’t be in a hurry to leave after the final putt drops. TWIN CREEKS GOLF & CC FACT FILE
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