Another cracker post, true to form. However, you've missed
out on the hidden gem of the sandbelt, Cheltenham. Occupying the
same sandy soil that makes Royal Melbourne and Victoria among the
world's finest, it features nine beautiful holes meandering
across the undulating site.
The excellent design is matched only by the perfect maintenance
practices, with kikuya on the green fringes. This mandates a
"target-golf" style of play, which is long overdue,
considering the emergence of the arsy "bump-and-run"
play which has polluted the games traditions in recent years.
Cheltenham however does not feature water hazards. Obviously this
is to its detriment.
I was very concerned to hear from a member-friend of mine, Percy
(a lurker here), that Pacific Coast Design did a master plan for
the club, where they suggested the planting of native grasses.
What a joke. I can't understand why they want the place to
appear natural...if I wanted to see something natural, I'd go
down to the National to admire TWP bunkers.