Testimonials & Gallery
“Had Dr. Alister MacKenzie set foot at Woodlands, I suspect it would outrank Metropolitan and Victoria as the third-best course in the Sandbelt, but any course without the famous pedigree suffers in international renown.
The par-3 holes rival Melbourne’s best – and thereby some of the best in the world – but I found most interesting the short par-4 third and fourth holes, each slightly under 300 yards, and the 550 yard 15th. On all three, the approach shot should be a short one, but the greens are so small and firm and hemmed in by trouble at the sides that the wise player will opt to play a running approach instead of a pitch.
I can’t remember the last time I saw a hole in America that really cried out for a run-up shot – and here are three on one course!”
“Woodlands has always been the unsung chorus of the Melbourne Sandbelt of courses, for no good reason. It has all the attributes and elements that make the rest of the chain so famous. The southernmost of the belt, it has perhaps been seen as the furthest to go, but those who choose to run another stretch, the rewards are bountiful.
It is a course of character, of greens tees and bunkers of Melbourne style, set in a native woodland of some density and beauty, bringing the birds and bees to charm our playing of our favorite sport. Golf at its best on the southern doorstep, waiting to welcome.”
Painting by Robert Wade
Titled – Shadows on the Seventh