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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 271
their original location, they will be rebuilt to play like other Russell-designed greens elsewhere on the course. “The fundamental reason for appointing RGD is to ensure the club’s viability into the future. To stay where we are risks consigning us to allowing external forces to influence our longevity,” Yarra Yarra club president David Blake said. “To ensure a viable future we need to have a course that reflects the greatness of its original design; that is fun and challenging so that people want to play the course; and a club that people want to join – for the next 50 to 100 years.” Club Captain Bruce Davison added: “With Brian Slawnik leading the RGD team here at Yarra Yarra there is justifiable optimism that, in the not-too-distant future, our course will return to its rightful position as a top level course in this country.” The RGD team has some terrific land and the bones of great holes to work with, especially its collection of par-3s. Yarra Yarra has become renowned for the quality of its four one-shot holes which, as a group, are unrivalled in Australia. In his book, The Confidential Guide To Golf Courses, Tom Doak rated the collection of par-3s at Yarra Yarra as the seventh best in the world. Yarra Yarra opens with its longest par-3 – a downhiller of 201 metres – but it is the shortest of the one-shotters a few holes later that really gets the golfing juices flowing. On a calm day, the 118-metre hole demands little more than a solid pitch uphill to find the heart of the narrow green. But the penalty for missing the target is severe with deep bunkers ringing the tiered putting surface. When the wind is blowing hard into your face here the tee shot is even more ► Address: Warrigal Rd, Bentleigh East, Victoria. Contact: (03) 9575 0575 Website: www.yarrayarra.com.au Designer: Alex Russell (1928) Visitors: Tee times for international and interstate guests, who are members of a golf club are invited to play Monday to Friday. Golf Australia’s Top-100 Courses Ranking History: No.32 (2018), No.34 (2016), No.37 (2014), No.37 (2012). FACT FILE TOP-100 SPOTLIGHT Correct club selection is paramount on the par-3 15th hole.
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