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Kingston Heath Golf Club

Cheltenham, Australia
4.3
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Holes

18

Par

72

Built

1909

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Architect

Dan Soutar,Dr Alister MacKenzie

According to local lore, Royal Melbourne's composite course may be the world's greatest, but there is no better course in Melbourne itself than Kingston Heath. Though not overly lengthy at 6352 meters, the course still presents one of the great tests in golf. The preliminary design constructed in 1905 received the Alister MacKenzie touch some twenty years later, when the master added some of his renowned bunkers and set the stage for the stunning vision that is the contemporary Kingston Heath. No two holes here are the same, though the longer ones are mainly doglegs; MacKenzie's bunkers and tea tree groves demand that all golfers consider their shots carefully, and they can expect to use every club. Beware especially the 3rd, one of the world's best short par 4s; accomplished golfers will find it drivable, though the grueling small green that awaits discourages most from even trying.

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Bearwood Lakes Golf Club
12 Hcp 52 courses played
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Kingston Heath has been one of Australia’s top rated course for decades but we just didn’t understand why on our visit. Speaking to golf pro’s and managers later in our trip the common message was “purists love the course & the design of the bunkers”?? I always wonder if I’ve missed something when my view is at odds to the consensus but we just didn’t get it! The course is absolutely flat, the holes are nicely designed and it was enjoyable to play but it just wasn’t that good or enjoyable! In our view it certainly wasn’t worth its place as the most expensive course we played in Australia, or its high ranking.  We only got to play once and maybe our view would change if we tried it again but I’m not convinced..... On our trip blog we rated it the 10th favourite of the courses we played in Australia. Regardless of what we thought of the course though, KH is the most wonderfully friendly club and everyone made us most welcome.

21 August
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16 Hcp 59 courses played
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No. 2 ranked course in Australia and for good reason. Beautifully designed by Soutar and MacKenzie in 1925. From the moment I entered the front gate, to having my bag taken to the pro shop, to receiving wonderful token gifts and a photo from the staff of me standing at the starters box to a beer at the end of my round, all the hype surrounding 'the Heath is justified. Absolutely perfect day had on the 2nd best course in Australia in my opinion! No wonder it's held every major golfing event :) It's easy to walk around this course that sits on such a rich sandy base. Not a lot of elevation change to this course as is the case with most of the sandbelt courses, but the routing and design of the holes are what makes it truly world class. The course has great holes everywhere, no more so than on the run home, at the 142m Par 3 15th, design heaven is seen from every angle. The bunkering at KH is outstanding in terms of design and the quality of each one, good depth, quality of sand. This is only one of the dangers as the razor edge greens attached to them play generally very quick with bunker to bunker shots more than likely if the golfer gets it wrong. Undulating and great sized greens make for the beautiful make up of this world class course. Tys.

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