There are some large golf courses in rural Australia but most are small courses in small regional towns. The local golf club often cannot support the green keeping staff needed to look after grass greens, so they opt for sand-scrapes which are easier and cheaper to maintain.
I have been avoiding playing on sand-scrape courses even though they are closer to my place than the “proper” course complete with real greens that I normally play at. Snobbery I suppose!
Recently I played with these guys in the Twilight Competition at Avoca Golf Club. I am told that the greens are of a high standard for sand-scrapes…unlike my round where I just could not cope with the greens. Putting is not my forte however 3 putts were the rule for me not the exception!
A few days ago I visited the Gold Coast and Brisbane in Queensland, the Sunshine State. Well it was sunny alright in Autumn. A bit hot for me actually.
The state of the course was excellent and Trevor reports on the competition between the many courses resulting in very reasonable green fees for visitors.
However it was the latest golf carts that impressed me most. No need for a GPS finder because it shows distance to the green. It actually stopped when we got too close to the green. You needed to reverse out of the restricted area!