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A group of ladies played at Branxton last week and we found the
course well maintained and very interesting especialy the first,
second and seventh holes. Although a 9 hole course,the back nine
has different tee off positions which makes the holes very
different. The greens are rather fast and some to lob on.We had
very nice lunch at the club house and came across some very
friendly locals. Avery nice day of golf and a surprisingly hard
Measured Par 35 2771m with three Par 3s ranging from 130-140m,
four Par 4s ranging from 325-400m and 2 back-to-back Par 5s
ranging from 455-480m. Course is fairly easy with flat, bone-dry
brown-yellow fairways, slow upside-down saucerlike grass greens,
with not too bad teebeds. Some holes have good length, but the
bunker-green complex is not planned at all.
Best holes are probably the Par 5s which both has water to
contend with off the tee, with greens guarded by left and
rightside bunkers.The Par 4s are less demanding and are all
Played here 7/4/06 and paid $15 for 9 holes. It has a decent
clubhouse with most facilities available and is fairly ok course
for a social hit.
Played Branxton GC 9 July 05. Friendly pro and golfers. Easy to
get on the course after 1230pm on Saturdays.
Tee-ed up not expecting much more than a simple country course.
What a surprise! Nearly all the holes are deceptively difficult
(for a mid to high handciapper). Walking to take your 2nd on the
1st hole and being confronted by a small "up turned
saucer"green with water, bunkers and OOB protecting it is a
bit of a shock. None of which you can really see from the tee.
Accuracy off the tee is essential as the tree lined fairways are
The greens were fast and difficult. They can do some damage to
your score card. Many have pins close to the edge that drops away
into OOB or water. Your approach and putt needs to be good. The
8th with a multi level, multi slope green is diabolical but fun.
Unlike many 9 holers, Branxton has a couple of very different tee
positions in the back 9. 2 of which add substantial water to the
tee shot. Many bring OOB or other hazards into play the second
Most of the time, players are blind from the tee as the pins are
obscured by either dog legs or trees or both. Long par 4's
and varying length par 3's add some interest. Club choice is
important and you'll use the full range of them in your bag.
Cheap as chips, even by country standards, and away from the
maddening crowds on much more expensive Hunter courses. Well
worth playing and I'll be back.
After hearing a few good reports about this course I was very
dissappointed to say the least, poor greens makes it impossible
to sink any putts and a fairly average layout makes this course
one of the worst I've played. Shame really when it is so
close to the Vineyards.
One for the beginner
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