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Played Marri Park for the first time this week.
Was very impressed with the course and I must congratulate the grounds staff on the upkeep of it, the greens, fairways and bunkers for what they are given the environment we're A+.
It's pretty flat all round and layout was a bit on the same-same side but it's a good challenge of golf. Tip: don't aim to get any roll up onto greens, you've got to hit them as the grass just bites straight away there.
As for the amenities, it's a bit like walking into a 1984 timewarp but that's ok, it is what it is.
For the average guy/miss, thn this one's probably a good bet to
have a "belt" of a few balls, that's if you don't take your golf
too seriously. However, this isn't the case for my friend, or
We arrived to find a friendly staff member and a clean
clubhouse/tavern. Made our way to he green and off we went. This
is where the fun pretty much ended. The fairways are pretty
tight, the rough is unforgiving and the greens are fast and flat.
I haven't played many course in my few years of playing. I do
know, however, that there is a dress code and ethics that one
must respect. Not to mention the respect that one player should
have for another. On numerous occassions, the gentleman in the
blue singlet that was playing before us, insisted on playing
chance with his shots. In which my friend and myself almost
became the unwanted receivers of rouge shots. Some people
Apart from almost being hit with golf balls. It wasn't too bad.
But that's exactly how this course is. Not bad. Not ok, just not
Hard and dirty. These are two words I use regularly to describe
this golf course, in particular the greens, attached to the
otherwise only notable feature of Casuarina and the surrounding
area - the Tavern, and you're gonna need a stiff drink after
this round. Everytime I play this course, around once every 4-5
weeks lately, I end the round angry, bitter, dark, frustrated and
promising myself I just wont come back for this sort of
humiliation or beating ever again. But I do. This course is a
challenge no doubt about it, and the main reason that is so is
because the greens are small and hard, and you just cant hold
'em when you hit 'em. As far as length is concerned the
course smacks of public and very often it's your inability to
work your tee shots that takes you out of contention for hitting
the otherwise easily reachable greens. That's forgivable
though, and for those who regularly play metro courses and the
like you know what you're likely to get in terms of length
before you take to the 1st tee. But even when you're driving
is on and you're putting yourself within 2nd shot wedge to
short-iron distance consistently, the greens can buck what is
apparently a solid approach shot right off the surface leaving
you seething. Even with the rain we've had in the last couple
of months (May/June '05) I still cant get a ProV1 to hold the
greens out here and if you can even find a pitch mark to repair
on any of the dance floors then good luck getting your tool in
the ground, without breaking your wrist, to have a chop at it.
Nothing disappoints me on a golf course than bad greens and I
seldom get a nice roll out of these babies. The fairway widths
are fairly generous, and the rough and treelines are reasonably
forgiving and spraying your drives can be a hit or miss affair as
to whether you've got a chance of recovery or not, but more
often than not you have. Think sandy lies like the treelined
areas of Wembley Downs and you're coming close. Course
condition has been pretty lush lately, but show me a course in WA
this Autumn with the rain we've had that isn't.
Unfortunately the practice facilities you'll see as you come
into the club house to sign up for your 18 holes of misery are an
indication of what is to come. The range boasts only 150m to hit
a few short irons and the putting green has room for only about 3
people at once. This course frustrates me and I'm hanging out
for the round I know I should be able to shoot here so I can kick
this course into touch forever and make it a distant, but very
dark, memory in my otherwise enjoyable golfing history. For the
sake of golf, I'd like to be argue that for 18 holes of golf
this is $20 well spent but the reality is I would probably get
less angry hitting two buckets of balls on the range and not have
to drive for 30+ minutes from Perth City to do it. However, if
for no other reason, play this course once so every other course
you play thereafter will appear a lot better.
challenging. I play hear most weeks, its one of those courses
that rewards you if ur hitting straight but punishes u if u dont.
i dont agree with dirtbag about the greens since they been cored
about 5 weeks ago there really smooth and prob best they have
ever been, and ive never had trouble holding the greens all
though i do hit real high. if ur on it will reward u have to play
smart though i shot my best score for that course 3 weeks ago a 3
over 75 then came out next week and shot 83 so gotta be on ur
good day the only thing i hate about this course is the rough u
run off fairway very unluckly that u wont be sittin up against a
big clump of weed but over all its a good challenge
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