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Is This Australia's Greatest 19th Hole?

Any golf course in Australia is lucky if it has one world-class golf hole. So when even a course’s wedge play practice area can be played as a world-class par-three in its own right, you can be sure the venue in question is special.

Ogilvy Clayton Cocking Mead has released a drone video of the work it’s done on a new practice facility at Victoria Golf Club on Melbourne’s sandbelt, which allows members to play shots up to 120 metres in length, and, if need be, the area can be turned into the club’s spare ‘19th hole’. 

Victoria’s new 19th hole fits in between the club’s par-four 10th and par-four 11th holes and most golf club members around Australia could only dream of having a substitute hole of such quality.

“We built this hole around 12 months ago and you can see it’s established really well, so much so that it doesn’t look like a new feature, and that’s really important to us,” said Ogilvy Clayton Cocking Mead’s Mike Cocking.

“Whenever we’re doing work on old, established courses like Victoria [Golf Club], we want any new greens or new bunkers to feel like they’re an original part of the course.”

The concept here was two-fold: one, it was to provide an extra space to practice, you can play bunker shots, chips, putts, and even pitch shots up to about 100 metres.”

“But in the event the club needs a 19th hole, there’s also a flat space about 120 metres from the green where you can play it as a spare hole and it works in really well with the order of play where you can come from the 10th green, play this, and then walk onto the 11th.”

“So with the combination of this area as an additional practice space, the chipping complex closer to the clubhouse and the reworked driving range, not only has it given the club a 19th hole but it’s perhaps created one of the best sets of practice facilities anywhere in the country.”

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