Last month I asked whether readers were more interested in seeing Tiger Woods at the Australian Masters or Greg Norman at the Australian Open.There were some mixed opinions with some readers mentioning that the tournament courses is also a determining factor. Maybe some more information on each course in required and for international readers, bear in mind the courses are about a 900 km apart from each other.
Kingston Heath Golf Club
Always rated in Australia’s Top 5 courses, Kingston Heath is situated 20 mins from Melbourne’s CBD in the famous sandbelt of Melbourne, Victoria. Geoff Ogilvy has labelled the prospect of an Australian Masters at Kingston Heath just as exciting as Tiger Woods playing in one. Apparently this was a fairly large factor for Tiger playing as well, excluding $3 million of course. If you want bunkers, this place has ‘em. Not just any old bunkers either. Possibly the best anywhere in the world. A classic golf course designed on a very small patch of land.
NSW Golf Club
Rated by US Golf Digest as the best golf course outside of the US and the UK, it sits on the cliffs just south of Sydney, about 20 minutes from the city centre and famous Bondi Beach. Holes run in all directions on this tricky links type layout so no matter what the wind direction you’ll always be faced with some troubling shots. Perched on cliff tops overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the wind has a tendency to blow. The signature hole is the par-3 sixth with a tee shot over crashing waves. Depending on the wind speed and direction, it can be a 4 or 5 club difference.