Castlemaine Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 73
6096 M
11 Reviews
Played here after a long dry summer. The fairways were reasonably good, but the dry summer has made anything wayward a problem with rock hard ground & very dusty. The greens & surrounds had been over watered, so many good shots were not rewarded because of plugging issues. A lot of greens had been damaged & sanded, so it wasn't looking it's best for the occasion. Front 9 was average but the back 9 was more enjoyable & had a bit more character. I would like to come back & play this course after some good rainfall to see how different it would be. I assume it would do the course the world of good. Despite my comments, it is still a good course for a small town with 2 courses.
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A great, challenging course worthy of a weekend away or drive from the city. Locals were very welcoming and the course was in great condition. Played in April '13, first time in a year and the fairways were nice and green, the greens in very good condition and the rough has been cleared up a little so it penalises a stray shot without being ridiculous. Some really challenging holes, both in length and design, and in playing the course on consecutive days, the breeze helped determine how brave we were at times. The 5th over (or around) the water is a favourite and we'll definitely be back again.
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Time for an unbiased update and brief history of golf which was first played in 1899 on the current land occupied by Mount Alexander Golf Club. During the period 1899 to 1932, Mount Alexander and Castlemaine were in fact just one club, called Castlemaine Golf Club playing golf on the original 9-hole course (which is currently partly occupied by the school and housing adjoining Mount Alexander Golf Club). Land was purchased in 1938 for the present site of the course and in 1941 play commenced at the Castlemaine Golf Club in its current location at South Muckleford with 18 sandscrapes being converted to grass greens in 1971. Castlemaine now measures 6002m Par 72 with three par 3s ranging 139-201m, twelve par 4s ranging from 283-414m and three par 5s ranging from 440-500m. Course has a mixture of common couch / cool+warm season ryegrass / clover grass fairways and teebeds. There are small-to-medium sized dominant extreme & penncross bent grass greens. In terms of hazards, there are no bunkers on the course. There is 1 pond in front of the 13th tee and 3 storage ponds/dams around the course which come into general play at 5, 13 & 15. The front nine has a shale-based layout which can be exposed in the rough under the tree-line. Careful when crossing to-and-from the clubhouse side as the speed limit on the Pyrenees Highway is 100km/h!! Holes worthy of mention include: the 201m 4th (index 7) is a long Par 3 which plays gently uphill to a 20m long x 10m wide bunkerless green; the 288m 5th (index 13) which bends to the left or plays shorter if you take a line over the right edge of the dam to the 12m long x 12m wide bunkerless green; and the 334m slight bend right 13th (index 10) with a right-sloping fairway to the red-staked creekline along the far right rough to the bunkerless green which is not visible from the tee. The back nine is a much better layout with more undulation in the fairways and more challenging holes. Generally, the longer holes are quite wide and open, but it is the shorter Par 4s at 11, 13, 15 & 17 where you need to find the short grass off the tee. The layout is not heavily tree-lined with fairways wide enough to navigate a decent score The triangle holes' across the town effluent dams are also worthy of mention given the mature tree-lined fairways closing in on the fairways: the 313m slight bend right 15th (index 12) with a storage dam far right of the fairway; the 465m sweeping dogleg right 16th (index 8) with a yellow-staked (dry) creek cutting across the fairway about 130m from the green; and the 335m straight 17th (index 6) which plays slightly uphill to a green with a small double tier across it. The par 3s (at 4, 7 & 12) are slightly varied in topographical elevation from tee to green. The pick of the par 3s is the 4th. The par 5s (at 1, 8 & 16) generally become more challenging to par as you warm into your round. The pick of the par 5s would have to be 16th. The 3 storage dams hold approximately 130ML of water to irrigate the course and collects stormwater run-off with also town effluent water pumped to the dams. Castlemaine is one of TWO golf courses within the small city of Castlemaine of around 9000 people, the other being Mount Alexander located in Wimble Street in town. Played here 26/10/2012 with $20 green fees 7 days a week. Course elevation is approximately 300m above sea level. Course access is from Rilens Road (off the Pyrenees Highway) located 6km south-west of the town centre Forest/Barker Streets traffic lights.
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A gem of a course. Played there last week, and after the recent rains and floods what a surprise. Very testing layout with creeks and dams coming into play on various holes. A great place for a social club, and our group pf 6 will become more when the word gets out next year. thanks for the day
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Solid layout with deceptive little tests along the way. Great fairways very good greens considering they hadn't been cut for nearly a week due to the wet conditions, so when cut I'm 100% positive they will play beautifully. With recycled water now available and the dedication of the volunteer members, this course will only get better. The locals were great and extremely hospitable. Give the club a call and take a social club up the road YOU WON'T REGRET IT.
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Castlemaine is a really good course, and green all year round now. Their newish greens are great to play and it poses its challenges without the hills making it a plesant round of golf. Enjoy playing there.
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Golf Course Details
Pyrenees Highway (Newstead Road), Castlemaine
Goldfields, VIC 3450, Australia
General: 0354721682