The 13th hole is set across a motorway, requiring golfers to walk several hundred feet around through paired gates to finally reach a tee that is quite near the 12th green as the crow flies. This then is one of a handful of holes not included in the Composite course used for major tournaments (along with 8, 9, 14,15, and 16).
At 134 meters (147 yards), on flattish ground, and featuring exquisite greenside bunkering carved from the edges of a raised green, the 13th seems quite like many other par 3 found in Melbourne’s Sandbelt. However, in reflection, I see just how quickly one gets spoiled by the vast number of terrific short holes in this part of the world.
For those failing to find the green with their tee ball, short grass is found short/left and long. Bunkers are found on both flanks, though only one is to the left.
The firm, sloping green will test recovery shots. Many players will unwittingly play scotch hockey from bunker to bunker to bunker.