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A review of Moor Park Golf Club by Robert Rangel

Back in July I played Moor Park Golf Club in a Scratch League match for Essendon Country Club.

Having played the course around 5/6 years ago, I knew its potential and that the greens (when fast) are lethal. Playing off the white markers all day for 36 holes, match play format was tiring to say the least.

Conditions on the day at Moor Park Golf Club were beautiful, hot and dry, however the conditions of the tee’s and greens were IMPECCABLE!!!

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Unlike most golf courses I have played over the summer (dry and dusty) it was actually a relief to be able to take a divot when hitting irons off the tee.

Hilly in places, the course starts with 2 tough opening par 4’s , bunkers that are in play from the tee and treelined fairways that are fairly intimidating to say the least (this theme continued for the next 3 holes)

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The first par 5 at Moor Park Golf Club, with a good enough drive is reachable in 2 shots, again surrounded by newly renovated bunkers that was part of the course plan from the previous 3 years at moor park, and boy have they done a great job with them. Getting to the 8th Hole was a beautiful site of a “half way hut” behind the green. Once refreshed, another tight but reachable in 2 par 5 was to finish the front 9 (I made birdie) 😉

The 10th is a picturesque par 3 looking longer than the 150 yards it played. This is where the course started to get more interesting- 11th Tee shot is completely blind, as in, without knowing where the fairway is until you walk down, a severe drop awaits!

The 12th, possibly to date being the hardest Par 3 I have ever played 216 yards uphill (and into wind!!!!) How I lost this hole in the afternoon after making a Par I still don’t know.

 

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The next 3 Par 4’s are tiger line tee shots, having to play close to a tree line to keep the ball in the fairway. The last par 5 being the 16th is again a tiger line tee shot uphill now and leaving a long second shot to hit the green. The par 4 17th is a lot more challenging than it looks, in fact so challenging that the 2 players from Moor Park I played against recommended aiming back down the 16th fairway to guarantee an approach shot to the green.

A stunning 18th Hole par 3 finish, downhill and surrounded by bunkers with a gorgeous backdrop of the Mansion Clubhouse is the perfect finish which sums up the beauty of the golf course.

The condition of the course was beautiful. Rolling putts on greens were very true and the type of lie around the green was one that could never be complained about!

Overall, toughest test of golf I have faced in around 4/5 years, at the same time being the nicest course I have played. The front nine being the more scorable of the two, whilst the back nine being the real test in driving accuracy and scrambling! A definite test of golf that is by far worth it for the views and condition!

Written by GWD Ambassador, Robert Rangel

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