Murray Downs Golf & Country Club is located in the heart of the historic Murray Downs sheep station in New South Wales, just across the bridge from Victoria's Swan Hill.
The golf course at Murray Downs was designed by Ted Parslow, and opened for play in March 1991
It is now the centrepiece of the country club, and surrounding residential development
The course itself winds through typical Aussie bush, although this is not accidental.
The native tees and shrubs that frame each hole were carefully chosen, and some thirty years after planning have grown to provide an attractive environment for the course.
This is particualarly so on the front nine, but on the back nine more mature non indigenous vegetation and more lakes provide a slightly different parkland feel
The rolling sandy terrain is perfect for golf, and Parslow has provided a course that rewards the thinking golfer.
Angled greens and strategically placed bunkering reward golfers that can place their ball rather than the long bombers.
It must be said however that Parslow demands you carry the ball to position, so shorter hitters or those with low ball flights will struggle on a number of holes where bunkers and water intervene.
Water hazards are in play on nine holes, often with clusters of bunkers on the other side of the fairway tightening the lines of approach.
Like the bunkers, the greens are big with lots of movement.
Each green has some interesting pin positions and often lots of unpinnable space.
The course was in immaculate condition when we visited, and a pleasure to play
Notable holes include:
- hole 5, a picturesque long par over water- par is a very good effort!
- hole 8, a short dog leg par 4 with a well bunkered green
- hole 10, a short dogleg par 4 with a wide shallow green- one of the widest I have seen!
- hole 11, a short par 3 to a convoluted green surrounded by bunkers
- hole 16, a par 5 with a diagonal 'bite off as much as you dare' type tee shot over water
- hole 17, a testing par 4 with water threatening on the back and right of the green
Murray Downs is generally regarded as the best of the Murray courses.
It is a lovely place to play golf
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