Gowran Park is a wonderful parkland golf course with tree-lined fairways and superb greens complimented by various water hazards, lakes and streams.
The first 3 holes are positioned inside the race track with the first tee beside the winning post. There are no trees on the these holes, however, strategically placed bunkers, lake and a tricky third green make these holes challenging to navigate. The 4th hole is the signature hole on the course – a fantastic hole based on the 13th at Augusta. Playing to 100ft trees in the distance, you have to avoid the tress to the right and the creek to the left, expect to play your second shot over the creek which surrounds the green – a true index 2 hole. Water comes into play on the final three holes of the first half where the climax is the par 3 9th hole under the watchful eye of guests in the clubhouse.
The 10th hole should be a relatively straight forward par 3 with a downhill tee shot so no surprise it’s index 17. However index 1 is lurking on the par 5 12th hole which is a dogleg right with water coming into play off the tee if one cuts its too fine. The par 3 13th hole is the last with water until your approach to the 18th green. However before that the 15th hole awaits, it is arguably the most picturesque hole on the course with no bunkers, no water, just a corridor of fairway caught between 2 rows of 100ft trees.
The 16th hole is the lowest indexed of the par 3’s, birdies are a rarity here. The tee shot is across the race track at the very top of the course to a sloping green surrounded by bunkers. The 18th hole tends to play down wind but at index 5 this is a tough finishing hole in front of the grandstands.