Goldfields
Mount Alexander Golf Club
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Heather
We have just visitied Castlemaine and played a round of golf at Mt Alexander Golf Club.  The course was well laid out with some challenge throughout the course.  The most memorable part of our visit was the welcoming and friendly members.  Would love to play there again.
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pharlap
Played here recently during the Saturday afternoon comp. Really enjoyed the course lay something different every hole with tight fairways surrounded by bush (spent more than my fair share of time in there). The members were really welcoming and laid back which was great as I hadn't previously played much competition golf. Only negative was that the condition of the course was a bit patchy however overall great experience.
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q-tip
Mount Alexander is one of TWO golf courses within the small city of Castlemaine of around 9000 people, the other being the more challenging and better conditioned Castlemaine Golf Club in South Muckleford located 6km south-west of the town centre Forest/Barker Streets traffic lights. Normally, I would encourage a town having 2 golf courses, but it is a shame that towns of less than 10000 people (like Ararat, Stawell, Benalla and Castlemaine), it is quite clear from at least one course that these towns should only choose ONE golf course where all resources should be invested in Known as the dog park course nowtime for an unbiased update and brief history of golf which was first played in 1899 on the current land occupied by Mount Alexander Golf Club. During the period 1899 to 1932, Mount Alexander and Castlemaine were in fact just one club, called Castlemaine Golf Club playing golf on the original 9-hole course (which is currently partly occupied by the school and housing). The Mount Alexander course expanded during the 1920s to open as an 18-hole course in 1931. During the early 1930s, an apparent split between Mount Alexander and Castlemaine Golf Clubs occurred and in 1935 the reformed North Castlemaine Golf Club renamed their course to Mount Alexander Golf Club to distinguish it from the Castlemaine Golf Club located at South Muckleford. Mount Alexander lost all its grass greens in drought and now measures 4993m Par 69 with five par 3s ranging from 110-186m, eleven par 4s ranging from 232-398m and two par 5s measuring 434m. Course has a mixture of kikuyu / rye / clover and couch grass fairways which are patchy and bare, dirt patches on most fairways. There are tiny-to-small sized Santa Ana couch grass greens (with some poa grass) which are extremely bumpy with many dead patches. The course layout is built on rock with many exposed rocks clearly visible near the tee and on most fairways, and even with drought-breaking rains, the course conditioning is terrible to poor at best. In terms of hazards, there are no bunkers on the course. There are 5 storage ponds/dams around the course which don't come into general play. The course is reliant on stormwater run-off and use high-salt content bore water to fill these 5 storage ponds/dams for course irrigation. I can only assume the rocky-quartz based layout has poor soils, as the course was extremely bare and dry fairways and green surrounds, despite the storage ponds/dams being full during my visit. FRONT NINE holes worthy of mention include: the 358m 6th (index 2) which doglegs 45 degrees left off the tee with a scattering of trees at the dogleg left corner to a tiny 8m wide x 6m long bunkerless green; and the 179m 9th (index 8) with the green 5-10m below the tee which is quite close to the clubhouse. BACK NINE holes worthy of mention include: the 398m slight bend right 12th (index 1) which plays gently downhill to the bunkerless green; the 282m slightly uphill 13th (index 10) which doglegs 90 degrees left from 160m off the tee with thick vegetation and trees from the dogleg to the green-which has the best green surrounds on the course consisting of couch grass; and the 434m 14th (index 6) with its elevated tee above the fairway that plays straight with a slight fairway bend to the left to the green with OOB homes behind the green and OOB school oval on the right. The par 3s (at 2, 7, 9, 11 & 17) are slightly varied in topographical elevation from tee to green. The pick of the par 3s are the 9th & 17th at the clubhouse with the greens below the tee. The par 5s (at 5 & 14) are generally short and weak with the 5th fairway resembling a quarry site with barely no fairway grass coverageThe pick of the par 5s would have to be 14th. Course elevation ranges from 310m above sea level along the bottom of the 14th fairway along the northern boundary of the course to approximately 360m above sea level at the elevated 5th tee. Course access is from Wimble Street near the centre of town off either Hargraves or Barker Streets. Played here 24/10/2012 with $10 green fees 7 days a week. Locals use the course to walk their dogs and I saw no other golfers on the course but about a dozen locals walking their dogs through the courseafter playing the course I now see why Mount Alexander is referred to as the dog park course The clubhouse opened in 1971 and with club functions being the main source of income at Mount Alexander, the Club is clearly losing the battle to open as viable golf course. The club should at least close 9 holes and perhaps look into opening as a 9-hole course as was the original plan since opening the course until the late 1920sfor starters convert part of the course as an official park for the dogs! If you value your time and golf clubs, I'd recommend a round at Castlemaine instead of Mount Alexander
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Despite malicious information given in the past on this course, it has not closed. The course had water supply trouble during the drought and lost six greens. Three have been rehabilitated, and the other three are currently being done and will be in use soon. In the meantime the club uses 15 greens, with the first three repeated to make 18 holes. Regardless of the quality of the course, all country courses that have had a hard time during the extended drought deserve support. To spread false information on courses via sites like isg is a disgrace, and the perpetrators ought to be ashamed of themselves. Play Mount Alexander just to support the club. It's been there for 135 years since the early goldminers took up the game.
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Goldfields, VIC 3450, Australia
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