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Torquay is currently going through a total revamp of it's
fairways, greens and environment. Many of the exotic plantings of
the past are being cut down and replaced with natives. The
fairways are being resown and there are plans to change the sizes
of some of the smaller greens to make them a little larger. The
biggest changes will revolve around making the course more links
in nature, which with the prevailing wind off Bass Straight,
should make things interesting.
Currently the course could be said to be in 'good'
condition, with new grasses establishing themselves, and still
some bare lies about the fairways.
At 5900+ metres is a medium length course, by todays standards,
but with the wind off Bass Straight coming in at 20-30 knots it
makes the course, play much longer.
Many of the holes on the back 9 give views of the sea, and the
surf that the area is so famous for. The picturesque 17th hole is
a short par 3, but gives sweeping vistas of the sea and many
parts of the course, and the traps around the green await
anything other than a straight hit.
Well worth the experience now, but will only get better in time.
I played the course in December 04 and it is in great shape. The
fairways are fantastic with the couch taking hold. The old 13th
is now the short 15th as too many balls were flying into houses
and passing vehicles so the order on the back nine has changed to
reduce walking distance between holes. The first was a short par
5 but now is probably the hardest hole on the course, a 395m par
4 with water ever present on the left with the approach shot to
the green. Torquay has changed to a more links type course with
less trees, more bunkers and this was inevitable with it's
close proximity to the coast line. The views from the 12 and 17th
tee are awesome looking towards Bells Beach and it's great
that these occur late in the round. There is a good mixture of
par 3 holes. The 17th is only 118m long, but is tough when the
wind blows. The front nine is flat. The back nine is more
undulating. Some of the greens on the back are tricky,
particularly the 14th which slopes from back to front and right
to left. Both my playing partner Lloyd and myself thought the
greens were true to putt on. Torquay with the changes now plays
to a par 70.
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