Posted by Michael on 7 May 2010 | 0 Comments | Tags: Magenta Shores,
Magenta Shores was awesome and exceeded all expectations. Playing the second hole i thought that I was in for a real links golf treat as it runs alongside the water with some spectacular views. A southerly bust came through on the second but then the blue skies returned and the course was primed for scoring. The two young guys I played for were very good golfers. Jake has won the world under 18 championships and finished second recently in the Aaron Baddely invitational in Asia. This is all aged 16. So stay tuned for his progress.
I thought a thrashing was on the cards, but standing on the 14th tee was 1 up on both of the lads. Admittedly we were all playing some average golf. Magenta Shores can kill you if you go offline, and I was fortunate enough to win a few holes at the opportune times. I guess I am probably used to playing Monster courses like this and learning instinctively where not to hit it on a hole.
Today was not the day for my 2 iron to misbehave, in the wind on a links course. So I was always behind the 8-ball. The course is not very forgiving if you stray, and you are lucky to find your pill off he fairways. The 14th hole was brutally difficult - a long par four played over a large dune and then downhill to a green surrounded by trouble - typical of what you can find here at Magenta. I wont do a full course review, but this course fully deserves its spot in or around the top 20 tracks in Australia. Check out the video, and also have a look at the on-par blog for some thoughts on a few of the holes.
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