The fourth and final stage of our redesign at Bonnie Doon GC is almost complete with grassing of greens and fairways to take place over the next month. After 8 years we’ll finally have a complete and consistent 18 hole course and we look forward to continuing to work with the club to see it realise its enormous potential.
A little about the holes themselves……
The new long par 4 1st is played over some beautifully undulating ground to a terrific green site, just below the hill it shares with the 17th. Interestingly this was the previous 18th hole but played in reverse with the large valley now used to play over for the approach, originally a feature of the tee shot. A series of bunkers and sandy wastes dominate the left side of the hole and link the 1st to the 2nd but they shouldn’t trouble the thoughtful golfer as the large expanses of short grass to the right of the green and away from trouble will help feed a ball toward the target. The area around the clubhouse has changed significantly with a new large practice putting green and 1st tee taking up the ground just in front of the verandah….a nervous start awaits for those who don’t like a crowd!
We’ve added the option of using a forward tee to play this as a difficult long par 3, something currently missing from a course which features a number of short 4’s and 5’s.
The 17th plays across a lovely piece of ground shaped a little like a bottle….wide at the start of the fairway and narrowing at driving distance with a large dune on the left and bunkers on the right. The green site sits against the same large dune on the left and the canny golfer may choose to use this to their advantage by banking an approach shots off the slope, rather than flirting with the bunker on the right.
Short Game Facility
Finally a new short game facility sits in the first half of the old 9th and offers golfers another option for practise or a brief warm up prior to their round rather than having to make the journey down to the driving range.