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Federal Golf Club dates from 1933 when a 9 hole course with sand greens was established.

That original site is now submerged beneath Lake Burley Griffin.

The club moved to it's current site in Red Hill in 1949 and engaged James Herd Scott who produced a 9 hole course with sand greens.

The course was extended to 18 holes in 1951, and by 1955 grass greens were in play


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In 1967 Prosper Ellis made further renovations to the layout. 

The course has remained largely untouched since, although ongoing work has substantially improved conditioning.

My first impressions of Federal were that it was "very Australian"- gum trees, kangaroos and a rolling bushland site.

The kangaroos outnumber the players, and look very much at home on the pristine, tree lined fairways.


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Federal is quite a challenging course, but not at all 'tricked up'.

The routing is impressive and takes you to all points of the compass, incorporating up and downhill holes

It makes the most of the native bushland.

It's all there in front of you- you just need to keep playing good solid golf to position.


Notable holes include:

-  hole 1, a lovely opening par 5 heading downhill from the clubhouse and turning left (see pic top of page)

- hole 3, a challenging longish par 3


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- hole 4, a mid length par 4, which really plays it's length. The view back from the elevated green to the Brindabella Ranges is a highlight


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- hole 8, a pictureque par 3 over water with some nice pin positions


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- hole 10, a longer par 4 downhill

- hole 17, an epic par 5- just a lovely hole


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Federal GC is one of 5 quality courses in the A.C.T.

With so much to see and do in Canberra, it's an ideal spot for a golf trip.

Any such trip would always include Federal GC



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