Hole 18: 461 meters. Par 5.
Ogilvy says, “A wonderful par 5 to finish. A birdie chance for the long hitters, but a tough slog for those who won’t get to the top of the hill. Bunkers to be avoided all of the way there and a green that slopes from front to back makes your shot in hard to get close, from any distance.”
The drive is played up and over the crest of a crowned fairway that feeds toward lateral bunkers on either side.
Viewing the approach, the first bunker on the right is set more than 30 yards short of the surface (obscuring one’s view of paired bunkers that guard the green’s right flank), while the left bunker is flush against the green’s front edge. Happily I was able to play a soaring 7-wood that came to rest 15 feet beyond the pin for a two-putt birdie – a nice end to my first day “down unda.”
From the right side, one can perceive the green’s rearward tilt.
After a 20-hour journey and a walking round on an empty stomach, I was relieved that I’d be spending the night on property.
To make matters even better, my playing companions and ~25 of their friends were kind enough to share libations, a delicious meal (shrimp on the Barbie), and war stories until 11:30 that night. I could not have imagined a better introduction to the Australia golfing experience.
The last few “stragglers” of the evening insisted on a group photo before their departure.