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#1 Birdie_Blitz

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:45 AM

Hi guys, as a golfer in the North West of Melbourne who currently is not a club member I was interested in your opinions on the three main public access courses available. 

 

I played Mandalay yesterday and while I had an issue with peoples inability to rake bunkers I rate the course as more interesting than the Frog and while not as settled in as Eynesbury considerably cheaper ($35 a round) on a par with design and considerably less traffic.

 

I would be interested on peoples preferences between the three and any others that are in the area that would allow weekend access. 



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:05 AM

Frog... better maintained course

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:08 AM

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:41 AM

Never played Mandalay, so I can't comment on it.

 

I'm a member at the Frog...so you can understand that I rate it. Certainly far more playable on a regular basis than Eynesbury. The latter being geographically in the middle of Buttfukk, Nowheresville.


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:52 AM

played all 3 of them mentioned in the last 3 months.

 

Growling is much easier than the other 2. Whilst it is usually in excellent condition, winter seemed quite harsh on the frogs fairways. I think it should reach its prime within the next 8 weeks, and I believe green coring is happening in the next week or so.

 

Mandalay is in brilliant condition. The difficulty of that course relies on how windy it is on the day but overall more of a members course, where knowing the lay of the land is very important in shot selection. It may be a little too difficult of a course for most average golfers, and I know some players that live in that estate, but travel out to Craigieburn for their regular rounds because its a little more friendly.

 

Eynesbury I wrote a comprehensive view of the course recently on here. Again, fantastic condition. Easy enough for the skilled golfer, savage on those a little less skilled or those who lack distance.

 

All 3 courses are awesome and having the ability to play them regularly reinforces how fortunate us Melbournians are with our courses.

 

Others around include Craigieburn, Yarrambat and Bundoora. All 3 courses serve a purpose, Craigieburn is quite easy, great for confidence building, Yarrambat is fun except for the greens, which are inconsistent from hole to hole, Bundoora is great for forcing long straight shots and playing for approach angle off the tee.


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:53 AM

Frog... better maintained course

I think you are right - Frog is better maintained but it is more established and settled in. As I mentioned in the original post bunkers were awful and I tried most of them yesterday. Off the fairway yesterday was ordinary and rocky (my Sand wedge can attest to that with a big gouge on the bottom of it). It is also seems to be quite volcanic soil so cracks etc. however fairways were good, greens OK needed another mow but not a comp day. Not sure how it holds up through the winter/summer as only my second time there.

 

Mandalay I think is a better design than the Frog there is a bit more variation in the Par 4s - Holes 3, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14 and very strong finishing hole 18. Par 3's are all solid but probably need a shorter one to break it up a little all are 170m+ from Championship markers.



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 11:32 AM

Frog.  Mandalay has some good holes but some stupidly designed push up greens too.  Eynesbury a distant 3rd. 


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 11:40 AM

Other knock on Mandalay I have heard is the greens go very hard in summer and are hard to hold with approach shots.

 

If the grass is up as well forget it ball lost (But same knock could be said about the frog if they decide to grow it out again).


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 12:02 PM

Other knock on Mandalay I have heard is the greens go very hard in summer and are hard to hold with approach shots.

 

If the grass is up as well forget it ball lost (But same knock could be said about the frog if they decide to grow it out again).

yeah and the last time I went to Mandalay they had mowed the grass but left the clippings lying down, so the ball would go under them and be even harder to find that if the grass were standing up


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 12:58 PM

Other knock on Mandalay I have heard is the greens go very hard in summer and are hard to hold with approach shots.

 

If the grass is up as well forget it ball lost (But same knock could be said about the frog if they decide to grow it out again).

 

Threw a sand wedge into one of the greens yesterday landed a foot from the hole and bounced 15 feet in the air. Imagine they could get pretty hard during Summer.

 

Having said that I don't mind that it as long as it is consistent just means that you have to adjust your game and land them 15 feet short of the flag.  Just a different challenge.



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Posted 21 October 2017 - 08:49 PM

I have always had a great round at eynesbury. Great course. Some nice long holes.

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 01:33 AM

Eynesbury is a complete shlt hole.
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Posted 22 October 2017 - 09:08 PM

I heard from a reliable source that if you drive to the ass end of the world you still have about 4 hours to go before you reach Eynesbury.
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Posted 15 November 2017 - 03:57 AM

I heard from a reliable source that if you drive to the ass end of the world you still have about 4 hours to go before you reach Eynesbury.


Not reliable Max. 1hr 10 from my house.
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Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:34 AM

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Other, less impressive stuff...(I know...it's marginal...)
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C Grade LD Growling Frog 26/12/17, 15th hole, Callaway BB Alpha, HOF Patriot shaft, same old testicles of steel
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C Grade LD Growling Frog 1/9/18,...maybe these are now so commonplace I should just stop listing them....

 

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