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    Nice to back on some "greens" for a round at the Copper Club in Port Hughes. Played last year and still in great nick and only ever going to be 9 holes, unless someone floats in with several million dollars.
    Played the Gold/Black combination, gives the second nine an extra 253m.
    A reasonable SW wind blowing, the first few holes it helps but then after the 4th you start heading back into it, then a relief on the 9th for a helping wind.
    Lots of slopes and swales to deal with throughout the course that can help and hinder. Greens were great (after the blacks), quick, subtle slopes and well bunkered.
    Good value at $40 Walking

    CopperClub Gold/Black Tees
    Par 72
    Slope 131 Scratch 72
    6093m


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    Next stop Balaklava GC an hour or so north of Adelaide. The course is 3kms out of the town in the middle of the wheat fields, built on probably the only hilly outcrop for miles.
    An 18 hole course, irrigated fairways and grass greens, it has a good mix of holes that take in the changes of slopes throughout the course, a couple of short tricky dogleg par 4's and strong Par 5's.
    Greens were pretty good although a little two paced, a few subtle slopes to the greens but nothing to drastic.
    Interesting course to play, that is exposed to the breezes, that flicks around the tree lined fairways.

    Balaklava GC
    Par 72
    Slope 119
    Sctarch 71
    6009m
    Green Fee $25



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    Balaklava's my home Course MAZA68.
    It's one of the hardest courses I've found over the years to tear to pieces when having a day on and it's only got harder now all the trees are much taller on those 2 short doglegs.
    Hit Them Well or Hit Them Often

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatchman View Post
    Balaklava's my home Course MAZA68.
    It's one of the hardest courses I've found over the years to tear to pieces when having a day on and it's only got harder now all the trees are much taller on those 2 short doglegs.
    I thought it was, going ask if anyboby new Hatcy but there was nobady around, had the course to myself.
    I liked the layout and some tricky holes if you get the drive in the wrong place - those two short doglegs and 18 spring to mind. That tree on the corner of 17 is a menance, caught the right rough and right behind it!

    Going to try for a game whilst in Adelaide. Is Flagstaff or Mount Osmond any good?
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    Mount Osmond has great views over looking the City. As a course I don’t like it. Up and down hills all day on spongey kikuyu fairways makes it a hard walk. Flagstaff is is very polarising as some like it and others hate it. I haven’t played it in over 20yrs now but my personal choice is I’d play Flaggy over Mount Osmond.
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    Short trip to Adelaide for the Supercars but time for a round at Flagstaff Hill GC as well.
    The course is located on the hills not far out of the city, Par 72 at 5786m of the white tees. A hilly layout, lots of up, down and side hill fairways to hit into, so provides a challenge to keep it on the fairway. A few blind shots as well, that for the first time round make it a bit tricky.
    Greens were running pretty good and soft, bunkers were a bit average, but were there to catch the wayward shots. Signature hole on the front nine would be the 7th a Par 3 across water at 126m, playing longer with the wind blowing around. A few blind tee shots on the back nine holes, 17th probaly the best, blind tee shot on a 378m Par 4 dogleg, plays a little shorter as the second shot is all downhill to the green with water on the left.
    Found Flagstaff Hill a challenging and interesting layout, in good condition.

    Green Fee $44
    Slope 123
    Scratch 71
    Par 72



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    Streaky Bay in SA has a nine hole course, irrigated fairways and grass greens, quite a surprise for this area. The course sits on a hill outside the back of the town, so a few slopes to deal with. A couple of blind shots off tees, but generally ok to work out where to go. Greens were a little slow, but ran true. The second nine tee blocks are moved around a little, mixing up the angle and distance. The most interesting hole was the 7th/16th that has split tee blocks, shares the same fairway except for the last 100m or so, with two greens.

    Streaky Bay GC
    Par 72
    Slope 111 Scratch 70
    5977m
    Green Fee $20



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    Onto WA, with Pink Lake the next course up in Esperance. Pink Lake is a links type layout, cut through the bush that separates alot of the holes from each other. Very undulating, so a solid walk. Several blind shots from several tees and fairways, make it challenging the first time round. Generally anything wide of a fairway is in snake country and not worth looking for.
    A course that needs to be played a few times to work out the lines on the dogleg holes and on the blind shots.
    The course is in reasonable condition, fairways a little patchy, but placing is available. Greens were pretty good but slowish, with some humps and hills to deal with.
    A challenging course to play with a strong ESE blowing.

    Pink Lake GC
    Par 72
    Slope 119
    Scratch 71
    5961m
    Green Fee $20



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    Esperance Golf Course is an 18 hole layout that sits around lakes and wetlands. Plenty of water to catch the offline shots and also a couple of carries across the water off the tee. The course is undulating but not a hard walk. The 9th hole is well away from the clubhouse, but the 12th is right beside it, so I'm picking it was a 12 hole course at one stage. Greens were average as they were coming back from recent coring. Course condtion was better than the Pink Lake course, but layout wise I like Pink Lake over Esperance.

    Esperance GC
    Par 72
    Slope 128 Scratch 71
    5906m
    Green Fee $30



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    I enjoyed the Esperance track a few years back. Certainly an interesting layout.

    Will have to try Pink Lake the next time
    I’m down there.




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    Played Bremer Bay, two quite different nines, front nine bushland and the back nine links style. Right on the coastline so wind is major factor when playing the back nine. Sand greens, no irrigation so the ground is pretty ordinary.



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    Albany is a solid links layout, carved out of the seaside bushland. Lots of slopes, humps and hollows to deal with!
    Top 100 course, having its 125th anniversary - oldest in WA.
    Course was in very good condition, seemed to have plenty of greens staff running around.
    Pretty generous fairways in most parts, that allows for the sideways bounces off the slopes.



    Little local



    Green Fee $50
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