We’re please to announce that the new back nine on Royal Canberra’s original 18-hole course has opened for play this week to great acclaim from members, guests and the media. Celebrations for the opening included a ribbon cutting by the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and a demonstration match featuring Geoff Ogilvy. This milestone marks the completion of the original 18-hole course, with the front nine completed 12-months ago. The future redesign of holes 19-27 will then complete the project, and further contribute to Royal Canberra’s elevation back into the top echelon of clubs in the country.
The back nine takes in some of the best land on the property, with the stretch of holes from 13 through 17 being the most dramatic. This stretch includes the long par-4 14th hole (see below) that plays over the edge of Lake Burley Griffin, the design of which was loosely based on Commander Harris’ original design. Tree removal down the right of the old hole helped create a wide corridor – so wide that we felt it could handle a central bunker to help set up some of the strategy of the hole from the tee. The green features wings that serve to emphasise this strategy, with a left pin rewarding an approach from the right of the fairway close to the lake, while for a right pin the strategy flips, favouring an approach from the left.
Over the coming weeks we will post some hole-by-hole images and commentary, including before and after pictures in order to help explain how the holes have changed and the reasons for the changes.
:: Mike Cocking