In 2017, Ha Na Jang came from four back to win in Australia. Jang played her last six holes at 5-under par with an eagle and birdie on the final two holes to claim the 2017 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open title.
A gentle dog leg right welcomes the player. A good drive left of centre to avoid fairway bunkering along the right hand side will give longer hitters an opportunity to go for the green in two or lay up with a long iron. The shot to the raised green is hard to judge and, if to the left or long, can leave a difficult up-and-down.
A shortish par 5 where a solid drive will make this hole reachable in 2 shots. A tight line for the second shot to the area between the two bunkers guarding the green offers a definite birdie chance.
A tough par 3 surrounded by bunkers on both sides and two grassy hollows over the back. Club selection is difficult because the tee is protected from the prevailing south-westerly winds that can blow very strongly.
This hole has a blind drive over a hill to a narrow fairway with an out of bounds on the left. You can use anything from a long iron to a short wood to get over the hill. The challenging mid to short iron second shot, best played from the right hand side of the fairway, is to a narrow green well guarded by bunkers left and right.
A shortish par 4 with two big bunkers down the right hand side. Most players lay up at the neck of the fairway which leaves a short iron into a two tier green divided by a diagonal ridge. Bunkers guard the left side of the green.
Fairway bunkers on the left side catch the long tee shot while the tall gums guarding the right hand side require an accurately placed drive. The partly blind second shot normally played upwind needs careful club selection. Deep bunkers are positioned front left and right of the green.
A short hole with a green that has three levels. Any shot miss-hit or under-clubbed will end up in the front left bunker or down a deep slope front right of the green. An essential and satisfying green to hit but beware the long putt from the back to the lower level.
The hole dog legs left, with a fairway in the landing area that slopes severely away to the right making it hard to keep your tee shot up the preferred left side where you can get a look at the green with your second. From the right you are faced with a blind second shot with a mid to long iron depending on the wind. The green is very small and elevated, and with two well placed bunkers short left and right, is one of the most difficult greens on the course to hit in regulation.
Long hitters will land their drives between the left fairway bunkers and the right hand side bushes and the burn, giving them the opportunity to go for the green in two. The green is elevated above the fairway and protected by bunkers.
This is the first of four demanding par 4 holes in a row, and is the most difficult hole on the back nine. A well hit accurate drive is needed with trees on both sides of the fairway. A long iron upwind is usually required with bunkers surrounding both sides of the green.
A short par 4 with the tiger tee set up into a sand hill. A driver or three-wood over a hill will leave a short to mid iron into the skyline green set on high ground. One of the flatter greens on the course with a steep drop-off behind and bunkers guarding both sides.
A slight dog leg left where a good tee shot is essential. A precision second shot is required to the elevated green which is small, undulating, and provides many difficult pin positions. Better to err on the short side with the shot, rather than be over the back!
The most straight forward hole on the course and one where a long drive over a rise is well recommended. One of the few greens not built up but watch club selection as there is fairway short of the green you can’t see. A bunker short right and grassy hollow over the bunker will catch any wayward shot to the right.
Perhaps the signature hole of Kooyonga. This wind blown par 3 has a sheltered tee, and an exposed green, rendering club selection exquisitely difficult. Deep bunkers surround the green with a steep slope over the back.
One of the hardest par 3’s you will ever play. The green is elevated with severe slopes off both sides and at the rear. Two bunkers guard the left side while on the right, bunkers extend back from the green a long way. A par is well earned here.
The most difficult par 5 on the course. A good drive that avoids the left hand bunker will give you a chance to go for the green in two. To lay up on the left side with the second shot will reward the accurate golfer with a short shot to a narrow green, well surrounded by bunkers.
A stunning hole with a gentle dog leg to the left over a rolling hill. A good drive will clear the deep bunker positioned on the left side of the fairway. This will leave a short to mid iron shot with water covering the front right part of the green. Anywhere on the green is acceptable.
A short but tight dog leg to the left, where long hitters can take on the corner bunkers. The reward is a short pitch to a flat green with bunkers left and right. Laying up will leave you with a blind shot with a short or mid iron.