The Mirboo North Golf Course
Hole 7 Par 5 Hole 8 Par 4 Hole 9 Par 4 Hole 10 Par 4 Hole 11 Par 5 Hole 12 Par 4
Hole 13 Par 3 Hole 14 Par 4 Hole 15 Par 4 Hole 16 Par 3 Hole 17 Par 5 Hole 18 Par 4
The first is a short downhill par 4 featuring two bunkers and a ticket of trees ready to catch any misdirected drives down the right hand side. It is possible to drive the green, but it inevitably a blind shot, but does yield up the occasional eagle. The speed and slope of the green make putting a tricky proposition.
One of the few simple to play Par 4s. This tee shot is quite intimidating, but there is more room than you can see. Be wary of the OOB to the right (Avoiding visiting the neighbours) and Ronnie's Hill imposing itself on the fairway. An elevated tee hits down to the fairway, followed by a second shot to an elevated green. Try to avoid the greenside hills, but don’t go too far right on your approach or the big numbers could come your way.
Running almost parallel to the Mirboo North Rail Trail. Ideal tee shot is a 180m around the bend to the right of the fairway to open up the approach to the green. Backing onto a hilly paddock, often a hoard of bovine spectators will watch your game with interest from elevated views, earning its name.
A slight downhill tee shot to a green surrounded by knolls to assist any wayward shot to the right and long – this one is aced more than any other hole here at Mirboo North!
The slope assists drives remaining on the fairway, with a knoll running perpendicular to the direction of the fairway either cutting midrange drives short or assist longer drives gain extra ground. A difficult to see ridge also divides the green into two distinct halves, making a simple looking putt unexpectedly divert course.
short par 3, but not one to take lightly. This green is cut into a steep slope, where inaccurate strikes to the left will race downhill and those to the right will be caught in the long grass for a difficult chip on. Knock it on and take a crack at birdie!
A dogleg right, uphill par 5 that will challenge your nerves. One of the few holes around Victoria where the second shot is more important than the first. Keep it left - anything to the right will require a chip to the middle of the fairway around multiple sets of trees. This two-tiered green is protected by being raised from the left and a steep bush downhill to the second to the right.
A straight ahead par 4 with very little danger if you hit your drive on the fairway. Right is heavy rough and gum trees and left is worse, including "The Valley" ready to suck in any errant balls. Often it is recommended to play this hole as a short par five. The green sits well above where you will play your second or third shot from with almost none of the green surface visible from down on the fairway. Take an extra club to make sure you get on this deep green.
'Home is the Hunter, home from the Hill … and the Sailor home from the Sea’… Well sort of, because there’s still a testing little par 4 to finish. This shortish par 4 requires longer clubs than you would think and a bit of though, because it is an upward shot to a blind green, never quite knowing the depth of the pin on the green.
This medium-long par 4 is something of a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’… which is why it rates as one of the toughest. Though the 10th is gun-barrel straight, it’s tight and requires a good tee shot onto the fairway, which rolls with a severe right to left for the first 200 metres, to be any chance of a par. The prevailing westerly wind can also add to the level of difficulty as you hit straight into the teeth of it. The green is large, but protected by bunkers at the approach on both sides.
This is a great birdie opportunity. The big hitters can reach this small green in two. Otherwise, avoid the left side to leave a clear second shot. Be aware that the green is raised and any strikes to the right will run down the hill, while attempting to hit high will risk interference by an overhanging tree on the edge of the fairway.
After chasing the tee shot on the 12th most players will be catching their breath during a steep uphill walk to their second shot. Longer players will salivate at the chance to driver over the hill followed by a short chip to reach the green in two, but with deep drop off to the right and an awkward green, this is truly a risk/ reward hole with birdies on offer for the bold.
This deceptively difficult par 3 is protected on the right by a copse of trees and swamp, while on the left Jack Gunn's "Bloody Tree" stands guard. Any ground or short ball will be diverted away from the green by the raised lip at the front. Any long balls have a tendency to run out of bounds.
Hole number fourteen is a classic tree lined uphill par 4 that accepts both a draw and a fade onto the fairway. Players will have a slight uphill prospect that often requires an extra club to make up for the uphill and false front green.
A slight slice off the tee is definitely an advantage as the hole turns right to left most of the way to about 140m short of the green. Avoid going left off the tee as a forest of gum trees await you and interfere with direction to the green. Too far right and the OOB to the recreation reserve capture errant drives. A conservative play off the tee making sure you hit the fairway is a wise way to start this hole. The approach to the green has three rolling levels with a slight rise from the front level to the top. Middle of the green is always a smart play.
A delightful medium length par 3 with a carry over the drain required off the tee onto the green. The ideal shot is a gentle slice around the trees on the right side of the hole. Although the green has no bunkers protecting it, missing this green on any side will require a deft touch to get the ball close. Another green which slopes back to front so leaving an uphill putt will make putting a lot easier.
If you’ve had a bit of a fright on the 15th and 16th with a slice, then the 17th is the place to get it back under control - It is those that draw the ball that suffer here. The drain across the 16th transforms into a thickly bushed creek as a lateral hazard along the left, with a strongly sloping right to left fairway. Often it is with relief that the ball winds up in the rough along the left. The green is one of the softest to allow for an aggressive approach once you survive and find flat fairway.
This par 4 for the men looks innocent enough from the tee, but rates as one of the hardest holes on the course. Distance plays short. The landing area is wide enough, though there are thick trees both sides of the fairway. The reason it’s so tough on the scorecard is that the fairway steers gently around to the right and with nothing but trouble to the right of the green, though the hill to the left compensates despite the small valley between it and the green. When the pin is towards the back of the green, even an approach shot that sticks is no guarantee for a 2 putt.