The course is renowned for its natural charm and strategies created by its superbly crafted greens and bunkers.
Designed by Dan Soutar and built by one of golf’s unsung heroes – Mick Morcom – the course opened to great interest, due to the fact its 6800 yards and par 82 made it one of the longest and hardest courses in Australia.
Just after opening, Alister Mackenzie made an important visit, devising the bunkering scheme and refining a handful of holes and designing the 15th hole.
15th hole – Par 3
142m Men / 113m Women
Signature hole at Kingston Heath. It is uphill to a green that is protected in front and to the right by extremely steep bunkers. An eight iron is your best bet. The middle of the green is the only place for the ball on this hole. There is a slope from back to front so be gentle if you land above the hole.
9th hole – Par 4
330m Men / 276m Women
A thick tea tree in front of the tee creates a very tight entrance to this blind fairway with bunkers just forward of the apex of the bend. A long iron to the side of the fairway that leaves a wedge to the green is recommended. This is a demanding hole in a strong northerly wind. The green is rather flat.
3rd Hole – Par 4
269m Men / 209m Women
A short par 4 at only 269 metres but it is no pushover because of the small green and deep bunkers guarding it. A three iron to the left side of the fairway is recommended. This provides an opening for a delicate 60 metre pitch to a very firm green. Short and left of the pin will leave you the easier putt.