QUOTE: growler @ Aug 9 2005, 12:00 AM
courses surrounded by houses offer no inspiration at all. I just cannot believe that this is called a links course as is nothing liks St Andrews Scotland, Carnoustie, Royal Lytham, etc.
The hype that all these courses are being marketed tries to suggest that they are better than the established sandbelt - in my opinion that just ain't so. Housing developments with open space is closer to the mark.
Strange how on a windy day there are not too many on the course and yes I'm proud to be a fairweather golfers. There are many better things to do than be on a golf course when the weather is inclement.
Furthermore, not all shares are resold for more than they were purchased and many seem to ignore capital gains taxes, sales commission etc.
I'll look forward to seeing the new Norman courses just down the road from Sandhurst in a few years. The more competition the merrier, just hope there are enough buyers for all of the shares.
Why is the drainage going in so early after construction - something not seen????
Firstly the North course is not 'Surrounded by houses',
only 1 full hole is bordered by houses. Two others have a tee and
green on the edge. The Champions course on the other hand will
Additionally no-one suggests the course is better than say RM or other Sandbelt courses, nothing comes close to RM as far as I'm concerned, especially here in Melbourne. By the way, how old are the sandbelt clubs, maybe in time the newer courses will be better, who knows.
Hype is there to sell memberships, without it you die, just the same with any other product.
Just to let you know, the comps are generally full on the weekend, and that means playing in the wind, which blows for the majority of the time. When did you come down to see, sorry not to see 'not too many on the course'?
Also, do you define windy as inclement?
Yes I have played StAndrews on a still day, and like ttitheridge said, it was there for the taking, and it was.
Yes, you are right in saying shares don't always make money, but I doubt the majority of people pay that amount of money for a profit in the future, more the ability to join a good club, and MAYBE get some money back when they finish playing. I know I feel that way.
True, the more the merrier, but overall I think we are getting to the stage where there are too many courses in Victoria (I Might start a new topic). The only way clubs will stay afloat is to have shares or make public rounds a very expensive option. We have to be very careful.
In regards to drainage, I think it was decided to hold off on a percentage of drainage until after a full winter and summer, remember Sandhurst opened in mid winter. Personally I think it was a great idea, as you cannot foresee everything.
BY the way, you still didn't answer whether you have played the course as yet?