The Creek Course is characterised by gently undulating couch fairways, huge, deep bunkers filled with yellow sand, and by firm true greens surrounded by interesting bumps, swales and hollows, all closely mown, as well as plenty of greenside bunkering that cuts into and helps mould the slopes of the putting surfaces in the best traditions of Melbourne’s Sand Belt much admired by Faldo, who has spoken previously of his love affair with Mackenzie’s work at Royal Melbourne.
The native couch fairways have been oversewn with fescues, and this should provide both an excellent, green playing surface year round, and a quick transition back to couch dominance in spring. Beyond the fairways there is generally a wide zone of maintained short rough prior to either long pasture grasses or the residential areas under development.
There are some quirky elements too, like the ‘square cut’ tees, the creek itself, and the creative use of a few remaining pines in hole strategy.
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