This hole will be played some 40 metres longer than normal and the tee shot will cross over the first. This means players will be coming in with a longer iron to one of Victoria’s smallest greens. Previously a good birdie opportunity, but it will see its share of fives this week.
A wonderful looking hole with a slight dog-leg and plenty of trouble down the right side. A tee shot played close to the left fairway bunkers will leave the best angle for the approach. The green is very fast back to front so players leave the ball above the hole at their peril.
The placement of the tee shot is crucial here on one of Victoria’s widest fairways. Three-wood or long iron close to the corner will leave a medium iron to the green. A hole which can produce lots of birdies but also plenty of bogeys and worse.
A great par 4 with out of bounds on the right while a tee shot too far left can block out the second shot to the green. The second shot is often played from a downhill lie and the green slopes off both front and right, requiring an extremely precise mid-iron shot.
A short uphill par 3 with the green well above the tee, making club selection extremely important and difficult. Deep bunkers frame the green on both sides and to the rear, leaving a really tough up-and-down should the tee-shot miss the mark.
One of the excellent short par 4s seldom seen in today’s designs. The green is reachable from the tee but most players will prefer to hit a long iron to leave a pitch into Victoria’s smallest target. For such a short hole, it will certainly see its share of bogeys.
The toughest of the par 3s, slightly uphill. Over the back of the green will cause extreme difficulty. This will be a pivotal hole in the outcome of the championship and demands the most precise club selection from a protected tee where the wind can be tricky to predict.
The longest of the four par 5s, with all but the longest hitters no chance of getting home in two. Trouble awaits left and right from the tee and a very challenging green awaits, requiring an accurate approach even with a short iron.
An accurate drive is required here because finding the fairway sets up a great chance of birdie or even eagle, making this a most exciting finishing hole. The green is very fast from front to back, presenting an exacting challenge when the championship is on the line.