What is wrong with Kwinana golf course?
That course is the same..actually worse, than 12 years ago: Known for it's excellent greens - fast and true, are now constantly slow and bumpy and all over the course bare dead patches litter these once wonderful greens.
The fairways are also on the decline - all of them showing sandy areas over once perfectly tended grass: Perhaps this is an opportune time for the committee to add to the 24 or so on-course bunkers by digging out the patchy areas and making them into good well-needed fairway bunkers ...something Kwinana has always lacked.
Is the greens-keeper who killed the (potentially magnificent) par 3 6th green still employed ?
The two duck ponds are largely ignored by the golfer as being of little consequence: Why don't the staff go down to the shed, grab the back-hoe and extend the (5th tee) pond about 1/3 way into the adjoining 8th fairway (about 10 to 25 meters out from left front edge of green approach), turning a relatively long boring hole (average golfer standard) into a far more dangerous thought-provoking hole - requiring not only a better approach shot but also a tee shot needing more thought to placement than is currently required.
This also applies to the 400 mtr 17th; After digging out the 5th tee duck pond, proceed to the 17th hole and extend that duck pond (along it's Eastern side) out into the fairway - meaning all three tee boxes will be facing between 70 -150 metre (?) tee shot over water, Tiger-line, whilst still retaining plenty of fairway off to the southern -eastern edge to hit tee shot if not comfortable taking on the watery short-cut... these two actions can be achieved with a busy-bee type day.
See Hartfield and the renovations done several years ago.
Also, Championship (Blue) tees can be moved back on several holes; 4th tee can be moved down towards boundary, resulting in current dead straight drive (300 mtr tee) into slight draw bias tee shot ( 330 metres to Pin) Sand from digging out new fairway bunkers can be recycled by building up the new tee box;; 11th tee box has exciting possibilities if moved more to left - creating slight dog-leg on currently straight boring hole (although green is nice).
13th tee should be put back behind retaining wall - to think the area is a natural 'tee-box' space...I wonder if there was a tee box here once(?)
14th green desperately needs green-side pot bunker on the right...again the space appears as though it had a bunker once(?) - just like the bunker (Kwinana's best bunker) that once graced, what should be, Kwinana's signature hole - this green is/was one of, if not THE most dangerous green in Perth.
On the 17th; Championship tee should be built on top of that mountain of sand that's been piled up directly behind the tee box , and has been there ever since I can remember! Now, extend 17th green out along it's Western 'corner' creating an 'L' shape green - re-model the bunker into a round ish one where it currently sits. This, added to the extended duck pond mentioned earlier, will transform this index 1 400 metre par 4 into a 420 metre monster with a raised, daunting tee shot over water to an exacting green
6th hole (and 12th) is one of the best from an architectural sense - change little except make all that waste area to the right into one big bunker, keeping any vegetation( large plants and trees) as part of bunker.
12th hole (short 435 mtr par5) should be signature hole: Move left bunker to old bunker spot - regrow DEEP rough over vacant bunker; landscape green to it's natural bottle-top shape, whilst retaining it's notorious slope; Landscape support struts to the right front and back corners for green support (new bunker fits snugly between the two struts).
About 90 metres from green, replace dying right side of fairway into a bunker area - the severe upward slope of fairway would allow for a high bunker face - Better players consider this a risk-free shot maker - no hole in golf should be considered as such!
.I believe there are members at club who have the necessary skills to assist /advise ground staff in turning this hole into a short but difficult par5. This green 'backs' onto the similarly shaped and elevated par3 6th hole - imagine standing on 13th tee looking down, over 'matching' greens of 12th and 6th holes..all the way down to clubhouse in the distance.
Such a visually stunning view of Kwinana golf course!
There are so many changes that can be done ( little by little and/or busy bees etc) that won't cost the earth - which Kwinana seems to have plenty of...most of it in the wrong places: See the silly bunker on the 6th - surely that was done as a joke! ?
Anyway..just a thought or two..