With Eastern Golf Club's move to Yering on the horizon, Yering Meadows has popped up in conversation of late.....but I'm not sure it has ever really received the kudos I think it deserves. So I thought I'd chip in with the following......
Have now played 30 rounds as an Introductory Member(Mar-Dec 2013) at Croydon Golf Club's new course at Yering Meadows and feel qualified to offer a balanced review of this track given I have played all 27 holes in various conditions and have observed golfers of all abilities tackling the course.
From a natural surroundings point of view this course is special with 360 degree views at every turn. Not at all surprising the hot air baloon companies operate in the vicinity. Can be foggy at dawn, but only 1 of my 30 rounds (tee times 7.30-8.00am) was reduced to a 9 hole comp.
From a layout perspective the course is very challenging with water features well positioned to penalise any errors in execution. In my view a clear sign as to why the course rates so highly from an architectural point of view. Golfers who enjoy managing their way around the course will quickly or eventually identify "where to miss" and "no-go zones".
As far as conditioning goes, the Legend Couch fairways are kept in good knick year-round. Only minimal surface water and roped off areas even in the heart of Winter. From an iron-play point of view I like the fact they don't turn rock-hard in Summer.
As for the tee boxes, they are exactly what you’d expect from a championship course…..even and well-grassed.
The greens here roll true, but are not overly quick outside Pro-Am and Club Championship time. The greens have been shaped and contoured to make for challenging approaches on all holes. Smallish greens with run-off areas provide some defence for the short Par 4s whilst large 2-tiered greens make for an easier target to hit, but often leave the golfer with a tough uphill or downhill putt.
The Par 5s here are an excellent test and will appeal to all levels of ability. I have seen golfers succeed most by playing them as genuine “3-shotters”, but often the ego will end up hurting the big hitters. Not surprisingly quite a few balls end up in the “drink” on these holes. At any rate I like the fact that these holes can be played a variety of ways. As for the Par 3s, I rate the 16th as the prettiest hole. All are a solid test of golf with short, mid & long irons required. Naturally, choice of club is highly dependent on wind conditions.
What I have noticed is how well positioned the fairway bunkers are, capable of trapping the mis-executed drives of the big hitter and just as likely to swallow the mis-timed slice or hook coming off the clubface of the high handicapper. Greenside bunkers are plentiful and reward accuracy as to be expected.
Ultimately this is an inspiring course that gives the golfer a great sense of satisfaction when a good score has been posted.