The Cut GC was designed by James Wilcher, and opened for play in 2005. The course is located in duneland on the coast near Dawesville in Western Australia. Previously Wilcher had worked for Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and Graham Marsh- but The Cut was his 'stepping out'.
The course is routed through some dramatic terrain, with large dunes, and a number of holes located right on the coastal cliffs.
Straight away hole 1 takes you down and up through dunes to a ledge like green sitting on the frontal dune with the Indian Ocean as a backdrop..
Holes 2, 3 & 4 run north along the coastal cliffs with the ocean on your left.
Hole 2 is a good short par 4 which can be particularly tight off the tee when the sea breezes are blowing...
Hole 3 is also a short par driveable 4- but is is a ripper- with the green tucked in it's own little ampitheatre around the corner in the tea trees
Hole 4 is a medium length par 3 exposed to the winds
Thereafter the course turns inland and runs through a housing estate. Most would consider this a serious step down in ambience after the amazing start, but in reality each hole is well designed, and interesting to play
On the back nine there are no houses to dampen your enthusiasm. Things start heating up with the short par 4 eleventh hole with the green significantly elevated on the frontal dune, and the approach up to the green quite severe and often into the prevailing winds.
Hole twelve is the signature hole at The Cut. With an elevated tee shot along the coast to a fairway winding between the dunes, players must ride the winds to find the fairway, and then gird the loins for the uphill approach from long range to a green perched high above. It's a fantastic golf hole!
Hole 13 is a medium long par 3 away from the ocean, and fourteen is a long downhill dogleg par 4 with bunkers inconveniently located where one would hope to land. Fifteen is an uphill winding par 5 with a green hidden around the corner in the tea trees
Hole 16 is a medium length par 3 with the green sitting in a saddle and exposed to the wind. It is an awkward hole because the prevailing winds, the camber of the green itself, and the undulations in the green all conspire to push the ball long and left- and there lies danger!
Hole 17 is a delightful short driveable par four hole through a saddle- one is much better off laying up of the tee, and only repeat plays will provide that sort of information for the sucker golfer...
The closing hole is a nice rolling par 5 with an elevated green- a lovely way to finish
Golfers appear divided on the merits of The Cut, but I like it. Yes, the holes in the front nine (5-9) in the houses lower the standard of the course, but I would argue that they were decent holes anyway- if not aesthetically pleasing. The bigger criticisms however are that there are too many blind shots, and the course is very exposed to coastal wind. Both these points are correct, but members would quickly learn where to place the ball- so really it is only the visitor that should suffer from the over exposure to blind shots
The Cut has a beautful dune setting and a nice variety of holes. It is worth travelling to see despite it's drawbacks
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