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Pray for rain! A public course that could rate very well, if only
things weren't so dry. Fairways unfortunately are extremely dry
probably the worst i have ever seen. Greens are generally large
Stay away from this course, for the time being, unless you are
absolutely desparate for a game of golf.
Fairways are absolutely shocking front 9 were very patchy (from
excessive unrepaired divots) and dry (the yellow fairways made it
difficult to spot the ball).
On the positive side, the greens were true and really tested the
touch of one's short game.
For the moment, you would be much better off playing at courses
currently in better condition by order of preference:
Beaconhills, Yarra Bend, Kingston Links, Glen Waverly
I've avoided playing this course so far due to the reviews saying
how dry it is. However I decided to give it a go and was
pleasantly surprised. The course has definitely benefited from
the rain in recent months with the fairways in good condition and
the greens in great nick. Tees are a mixed bag and the markers
moved more to even out the wear and tear.
After speaking to people who play it often, they say it will stay
like this until Dec/Jan when it starts to dry out again. So take
the time to play it now while it is looking it's best.
The front 9 are easy, flat with wide fairways. The back 9 are a
different story with challenging layouts, strategic bunkering and
greens with plenty of undulations.
The only gripe which is rife across public courses is the slow
play. When will courses learn that spacing out the groups a tiny
bit more will make the experience more enjoyable and earn repeat
business. Otherwise start employing a course marshall to move
things along. Don't expect to get around in under 5 hours.
The recent rain has bought the course back from the brink, its
still dry but the fairways are looking better than they have in
The course is very busy and this shows in the general wear and
tear of the grounds, with divots and pitch marks being a constant
factor of play.
However the course is great fun to play with the early holes
letting you warm up gently before the tricky ones kick in later
in the course
Played this today for the first time. Clearly, Sandringham is
blessed with location, location, location. Its a sand-belt
course, next to one of the greatest courses in the world, Royal
Melbourne – which is right across the road. Sadly, this
course is playing far from its potential. The fairways are bone
dry. Tees are in a bad way – too much sand, too many
divots. And the bunkers are simply a waste of time. Overall
– the course is quite pretty – lots of open space,
and not to challenging. But really – its quite boring and
does not entice you to race back anytime soon. A bit of water,
and a bit of TLC, and this could easily be one of the best public
tracks in Melbourne.
Sandy used to be my favourite, however having played their nearly
every week for 3 years enough was enough and we’ve moved
on. Certainly the drought has done dear old Sandy no favours,
however there seems to be some very bad management in play as
well. Rather than move the tees forward and back, time after time
they were in the same position. As a result it’s now next
to impossible to find a spot where you aren’t standing in a
hole. The greens with more grass than Cheech and Chong, the
bunkers have less sand than an English beach and yet prices
continue to be increased. No surprise really that the number of
cars in the carpark has been steadily decreasing in the last few
I have been a regular at Sansy for many years. In that time the
course has gone from what I would say as being one of the best
public courses in Melbourne, but in the last year or so it has
been let go (blaming the drought) but the tees and green are less
than satisfactory. I hope that it is brought to its former glory.
Set across the road from Royal Mebourne in the city's famous
sandbelt district, Sandringham Golf Course is one of the best
public access courses in metropolitan Melbourne.
While the front nine lacks a little bit of character, the course
comes into it's own in the back half. Holes 12-18 are a
pretty good test for the 10-20 handicapper, however are far from
unplayable for the beginner. My favourites are the tough 193metre
par3 13th, the reachable in two 453metre par5 14th, and the well
protected 149metre par3 15th. These holes would not be out of
place on the course of Sandringham's next door neighbour, and
are great fun to play. If you need a par on the narrow 357metre
par 4 18th to break 90, good luck.
Although at least one bunker is in play on every hole, the course
is not overly difficult. My feeling is that Sandringham could be
markedly improved by adding an additional bunker or two to a
dozen or so holes. Yet it is still a challenging enough place to
play and is agreeable to golfers of all standards, giving even
the beginner a chance to play on Melbourne's famous sendbelt.
Sandringham is a well maintained course. It holds up
exceptionally well in the wet months, and may even be a little
dry if there hasn't been much rain around of late. At around
$23 it is excellent value for money on one of Melbourne's
very best public access courses.
If you are a Melbourne sandbelt virgin this is the perfect
location for your deflowerment.
A true sandbelt course that gives the beginner at least 4 holes
to settle down before being thrown into the thick of things,
Indeed the first nine holes are pretty forgiving with wide
fairways and manageable rough. It is only when you tee off 10
that you begin to experience what Melbourne sandbelt can deal to
you. Inpenetrable manuka and scrub borders on one or both sides
of the next five holes. If your ball strays here then forget it..
just play a provisional and get on with the game. Unfortunately
too many souls spend ages trying to find their ball and the
result is a lot of waiting around between holes despite the
ever-attentive and zealous marshalls on their buggies. The
bunkers are also placed to perfectly tempt and punish those
looking for a birdie. If the wind is blowing take note - yardages
are a waste of time here - you may have to plus or minus two
clubs depending on the wind.
Overall - play safe and this is a pushover course - try for glory
and you will instead be challenged, rewarded or punished as your
shot befits. My tip - keep the ball low. A very good course for
15-25 handicap golfers and great value for money. No wonder the
Japanese have a club here.
As always., tee off before 8 or after 11 to beat the rush... or
expect a 5 hour round.
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