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I have been a member here for a number of years and love it. Having read some recent reviews, I thought I would share some updates.
The Par is now 67, with the 16th having been converted to a Par 5 this year. As a small country club, there are plans to lengthen other holes when financially able to do so.
The course has in recent years purchased a number of motorised carts which are available for hire (if you don't wish to walk up hills!)
The best way to keep abreast of what's happening at Woodend or contact the club is via its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/woodendgolfclub/
Guests and green fees players are always welcome (even on competition days). If in doubt call or contact via Facebook. Oh and the course is currently in magnificent condition
Played there last week, following the strong rains and winds, course was in good condition considering the amount of rain over the previous few weeks.
Woodend is a grate course out of the 18 holes I could only fault
one hole the first par 3 on the front nine. After playing this
course you will feel like Sir Edman Hillary because of the very
hilly lay out. One more thing check the weather before you play
in might be nice and sunny where you are but the weather changes
fast in the ranges.
woodend is always in good condition because of recyled water. I
always enjoy the course.It is a very very short and easy course
but also has some challanges.
Woodend is a short but tuff golf course. The greens are very
slopy and are a bit slow, but an enjoyable course. Some tite
farways can be hard for diriving with a fair bit of rough.
Woodend is a short course with a few steap hills. It has 6 par
3’s both nines having 3 each then the rest of the course is
par 4’s there are no par 5’s but it is a challenging
As a professional golfer, I frequently play practice rounds at
Woodend. Yes it’s true, midweek golf at Woodend is the best
kept secret I have ever seen. I am so often all alone on a lush
green golf course, an amazing thing in the drought conditions
currently in Victoria. The reason I choose to play a lot of
practice rounds at Woodend is purely due to the course layout.
The course is a great test of your all round game. There are
enough tee shots where you can pull out the driver, but then
several holes on which course management is far more important
with a lay up from the tee.
Woodend is an exceptional test of all iron shots as well. A round
at Wooodend will force you to play off every sloping lie
possible, adding to the chalenge of the regular short iron shots.
While the course does lack a few long, challenging holes, there
are plenty of long approaches required on the par 3’s, such
as the uphill 5th, which is an extremely difficult hole, and the
long par 3 15th hole at the far end of the course.
Woodend has perfected the short, strategic par 4 hole. The 6th is
less than 300 metres, yet is always a challenge to par due to the
steep undulations and smart placement of trees. The par 4 13th
hole, which I as a professional can reach with a 3 iron, is very
short yet a genius par 4. The severe undulations and severely
sloping green can cause many problems on a hole that seems very
This is not even mentioning the “famous” signature
hole, the par 3 11th. With the green set a long way below the tee
down the far end of the big hill, I generally hit an 8 iron that
seems to hang in the air forever until it hits the green many
many metres below. A hole with no hazards has never been such a
challenge simply due to the difficulty of judgement of distance.
Basically, Woodend is a golf course that is a great test to any
golfers game. While long drives are not hugely important, you can
still score well without them. It will test out every club in
your bag, and a par round will truly be earnt. Go and enjoy a
quiet round at Woodend while you still can.
Woodend is a hilly short course with lovely views of Mount
Macedon. It has one of the most amazing par 3s in Australia. At
164m the 11th is hit from an elevated tee to a green that is 38m
approx below. After some lovely holes you come to the 16th that
rises up the same hill in it's last 100m. A motorised rope
pull is then used to pull you up to the 17th. You must have your
short irons working to play this course as some greens lie on
tricky slopes. A long par 5 is absent because of lack of land.
This would be an asset with so many short holes.
Driving through the front gate here is like stepping back in
time. The old clubhouse overlooks the first hole and is hidden by
dense bushland. It reeks of an era long gone and instantly spells
out how your round is going to play out. The greens are
suprisingly good, flat and tricky but they roll well and hold
pretty true. The beauty of this course is its small charms. It is
not long but there are some magic little holes and the par
3's are a delight. You can really feel the course was created
by people who love the game and is played on by those who think
likewise. The first 5 holes are a great mismatch of a different
form of golf, if you love playing par 3's and being
challenged to hit the right part of the green or hit the right
slope you will love this place. There are some really interesting
holes which will certainly make you think; hit long for your
second on the straight uphill 16th and you are likely to find
your ball back at your feet! But whatever charms you may find on
the other 17th holes, this course is worth playing simply for the
11th. Probably one of the most amazing par 3s in this country.
It's beauty is in its simplicity. The tee is positioned on
the end of a severe cliff and the small target green looks a
million miles away. Nevertheless with a trusty short iron in your
hands you can watch your ball sail in the horizon, hang for what
seems forever, and the then drop vertical (hopefully) somewhere
near the hole. I dare to suggest playing this hole never gets
old. The feel of the 11th works wonderfully with the rest of the
other eccentric 17 holes.
All in all, Woodend is the type of place where golfing
pretensions are left behind, where you simply enjoy getting the
ball into the hole and take in all that nature has to offer.
If I can offer any advise it would to try and play this place
midweek, if you're lucky you'll have the course to
yourself & you'll be in for a magic little experience.
The woodend golf course is an awesome course for all there is 6
par 3's 3 on each 9. The course is missing a long par 5 so
for most its a drive and a wedge to the green. The old clubhouse
is great a great traditional look. The most famous hole on the
course would be th 11th it's a 168 metre hole but from the
tee off to the green is 38 metre down. The 16th is the opposite
its a par 4 that goes back up the hill. I enjoyed the course it
is really worth playing
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