Ive said it before, Graham Marsh knows how to design golf courses. My home course, the Growling Frog golf course in Melbourne is a Marsh design. He combines playability with risk/reward, some wicked short par 4’s, and has a thing for lots of sand! Played yet another Graham Marsh course recently, Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club, located in Luddenham, West of Sydney. Measuring 6,444 metres from the black tees, the course winds its way through bushland and a large resort style housing development.
Graham Marsh’s touches are evident from the first tee. Strategic bunker placement is evident on most tees, impacting club selection and choice of shot. The course is in excellent condition, fairways are well grassed, the rough can be punishing with a lot of ball eating reeds and grasses, and local bushland. Bunkers are ever present, from tee to green and water comes into play on numerous holes. The greens are subtle and quick rewarding the putter that has their eye in, but punishing to one that is struggling with the blade. There are often long distances from green to next tee given the winding layout through a housing estate, so carts are recommended.
A good first hole can set the scene for a golf course. The first at Twin Creeks is a mid length par 4, requiring an accurate drive to avoid the bunkers and leave a short approach, or a layup short of the bunkers leaving a longer and tougher approach. A pin placement on the left side of the green will need approach shots the carry the huge bunker gaurding the slightly elevated green. The water technically isnt in play but will still creep into the players thoughts on the tee! An excellent opener to the course.
A long par 5 reminiscent of the 11th at the Growling Frog. The tee shot tempts the player to open up the shoulders and get distance into the drive given the length of the hole. The second shot is the one that will have you reaching for distance guides and GPS devices. The green sits in the distance surrounded by a sea of sand, unreachable to all but the longest of hitters. Options now need to be weighed up on where to layup. The green is elevated and some pin positions will bring the greenside bunkers into play. A par here is a good way to finish the front nine.
Whenever a par 3 is ranked 6th on the scorecard it always pays to take notice! The 14th is no exception. At 179 metres from the back tees, the hole is uphill to a small green well protected by bunkering on either side. Wind will play a factor in club selection, and this hole will play at least a club longer than it looks.
A classic finishing hole to close out the round. A large gum tree partially block the perfect line for the drive on the left of the fairway. No problems for those with a natural draw, but faders are going to have to think long and hard about shot selection. The approach shot has to carry water short of the green, again well protected by a lot of sand.
Twin Creeks is a very enjoyable course, challenging off the backs for a low handicapper, yet fair for a high handicapper off the front tees. Another great layout from the Graham Marsh stable of course designs.
Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club
– Par 72
– 6,444 metres (Black)
– Address: 2-8 Twin Creeks Drive, Luddenham NSW
– Proshop: (02) 9670 8888