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Bonnie Doon Golf Club Mid-construction Update Stage 4

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……

1st Hole

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!

2nd Hole

The 2nd plays as a short par 4 along a similar the same corridor as the old 10th hole.

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.

 

17th Hole

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.

Peninsula Kingswood North Course Holes 10-15 Open for Preview Play

Holes 10 to 15 of the North course open today for preview play as part of an interim composite course.  Featuring one of the most spectacular loops on the property, this is the first chance members will have to play the new holes which have been out of play for much of the past year.  While the holes largely remain in their previous position, changes have been made to bunkering, greens, sandy wastes and native heathland areas.  A new 10th green, built in a redan style and pushed some 40 metres further back, is a noticeable change which also creates an opportunity to play the hole as both a strong par 4 or shorter par 5.  Likewise at the par 5 15th, a new set of tees have been constructed nearer the 14th green to allow occasional play as a long 4 – particularly when the 10th is played at its full length.  Major changes will also be noticeable on the 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th greens whilst the table-top green at the 12th which extends from the unique hogback fairway has largely been retained.

The front nine construction is largely complete with holes under grow in with construction shifting to the clubhouse zone and practice facilities.  All 36 holes are expected to be complete and open for play later in the year.

The image below shows the par-3 14th hole from above. Additional images of the new holes, taken by Gary Lisbon, will be released via our social media channels in the coming weeks.

:: Mike Cocking

 

Lan Hai Simulation

The 3rd Hole at Lanhai International (Links) was a long par 5 that played around the edge of the irrigation storage lake. Our plan moves the hole away from the lake and involves building some quite large dunes down the left of the hole so that the water doesn’t play a key role. Similar works will take place on the 6th hole and wetlands will be created at either end of the lake to give it a more natural appearance. Earthworks have just commenced and we should have something bulked in early in the New Year.

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Bang Pra Flyover Simulation

Bang Pra sits in beautiful surroundings amongst mountains and a wide variety of old trees and is one of Thailand’s oldest courses.  The greens and bunkers are a long way from competing with the worlds best but the routing is very good and the course is fortunate to have space from off the tee uncommon in this part of the world.  As a result it has enormous potential and should be amongst the best courses in Thailand.

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New 19th Hole at Victoria Golf Club

This short video provides an update on the new 19th hole and practice area at Victoria Golf Club, which is now well established having been built approximately 12 months ago.
:: Mike Cocking

Update on the North Course at Peninsula Kingswood

With nearly all holes on the South course now open for member play, our work at Peninsula Kingswood has moved on to the North course. This video update features drone footage from December 2016 of the North course’s back nine, providing a glimpse of the scale of transformation that is taking place. Our work on the North course will continue throughout 2017, with all 36 holes due to be open for play during 2018.

:: Mike Cocking

New 9th Hole at Ranfurlie

This video provides an update on recent work at Ranfurlie Golf Club in Melbourne, which involved a redesign to the 9th hole. The new hole is due to open for play in April 2017.

:: Ashley

Cranbourne GC :: 14th Hole

Our new 14th hole at Cranbourne Golf Club is progressing well after finishing construction and grassing in spring. The below drone video provides a unique perspective of the new hole and helps explain a little about where the hole sits and how it plays. We expect play will commence in late summer ready for the club championships.

 

:: Mike Cocking