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When you visit the High country you expect the best in most
things. Food, wine, outdoor activities and the like. It would
come as no surprise then that the Mansfield Golf Club, also live
up to that expectation.
I was fortunate enough to play there for a week in January 2004.
The course is in pretty good condition, when you consider the
lack of rainfall that has been well documented. I was told they
have been using recycled water for the past few months. It shows
in the condition of the course, and was told by a long standing
member that the course will be even better in the months ahead.
I played early every morning teeing off just on 6.00am. This was
to really appreciate the peaceful surroundings of the High
Country. With the High Country in the distance and the early
morning silence only broken by the birds etc the game of golf
takes on a calming presence.
The golf course itself is not long, but you need to put your ball
in the right places on the fairways to attck the greens. The
course as a result of using it's recycled water, ensures that
you get value for money from your drive to your putt. The tees,
fairways and especially the greens are in great condition
(especially after playing a few local courses in Melbourne where
the conditions have been a little disappointing).
I would say the course is pretty tight, but if you spray a shot
onto an ajoining faiway you usually are ok, but just remember to
The course starts with a nice slight dogleg to the right par 4,
about 294 meters, and closes with depending on the tee another
dogleg right par 4 308 meters.
Each hole has a unique feature about it.
1st-par 4, slight dogleg right 294mtrs, 2nd-par 5 slight dogleg
left, tough green 476mtrs, 3rd par 3, bunkers left and right of
green, tough little 123mtrs, 4th straight par 5 434mtrs, treed
right side to catch stray drives, 5th par 5, you need to be
straight and accruate for all shots on this 444 mtrs hole, 6th
hole par 4, hole slopes down to the rightside of fairway, aim
left side and allow a good drive to get over hill on left to run
ball to middle of fairway, don't go right, trees will cause
problems on your approach to stight green, 367 mtrs long, 7th par
3 bunkers front left & right, slightly elavated green 150
mtrs, 8th par 4, gog leg left uphill, aim for the pine trees
staright ahead, left no good, right makes hole longer, green is
narrow, need accuracy on this 308 mtrs hole, 9th a long par 3 of
184 mtrs, with pine trees lining the hole on both sides, open
green, good hole to end the 9.
The back nine opens with par 4 290 mtrs, tough driving hole with
right being out of bounds and left being eaten up by trees, try a
long iron, or 3 wood, and a small green follows, 11th par 4 377
mtrs wide driving area but trees again both sides unforgiving,
and a nice green, but come in from the left side, 12th par 3 165
mtrs elevated green, with a fews slopes on it, right is trouble
with trees, attack the flag on this hole, 13th par 4 329 and 14th
par 4 373 play alongside each other, not difficult holes but
again accuarcy is the key to these holes, greens are big enough
to attack after a straight driver, will be tough if you stray
onto the other fairways, 15th par 5 437, this follows the 13th
fairway back up hill slightly then flat to a large open green,
again straight up the middle is the trick, 16th par 3 145 mtr,
this green adjoins the 3rd hole, bunkers back, left right and 2
mounds in front requires a nice short iron to be on the green
which slopes upwards, 17th hole par 4, 301 mtrs, green slightly
tucked away to the right, keep ball up left side of fairway,
right re hit as you will be OOB's, green smallish with slopes
from acl to front, 18th hole par 4 308, great finishing hole, can
be dog leg right if tees are back, nice bunker protecting green,
will swallow ball if you come up short, green flat and open,
watch out for people on first tee and clubhouse.
Overall a great country course, with friendly staff and great
facilities. Pack your clubs on your next trip and you wont be
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