If you did not get enough of the Australian Sandbelt from the President’s Cup then your golf fix for this week is some late night quality time with the remote viewing of Golf Channel’s broadcast of the JBWere Australian Masters beginning at 8:30 EST Wednesday. The third leg of the potential Greg Chalmer’s Slam is taking place at the Victoria Golf Club where he will be trying to add to his startling wins in the Australian Open and Australian PGA the past few months.
The field includes the world number one, Luke Donald along with your household collection of Australian pros like Geoff Ogilvy, Robert Allenby, John Senden, Rod Pampling, and James Nitties. The quality of play should be high as these guys have shown they know how to negotiate the rugged playing conditions and warp speed greens presented by these links style courses.
Geoff Shackelford reveals in a wonderful Viewmaster review of this third gem of the Australian Sandbelt courses that Victoria Golf Club has many of the same characteristics as her more famous sisters at Royal Melbourne or Kingston Heath. Mike Clayton, who has done renovations on many of the Australia’s finest layouts, has brought this one back to life removing trees and restoring the sandy areas that give these courses their distinctive charm. Shackelford describes in great detail a course with “green complexes that offer a mix of extreme and subdued surfaces, with the par 3’s standing out as some of the most intriguing on the course”.
There could be some lingering verbal mud wrestling between Geoff Ogilvy and Robert Allenby resulting from their Spat Down Under after the Presidents Cup and be prepared to strain to understand the always entertaining golf terminology of the Aussie golf commentators. This should be four nights of splendid golf from down under.
(Click here to read Geoff Shackelford’s review of Victoria Golf Club)