Melbourne North East
Freeway Golf Course
18 Holes
PAR 67
4773 M
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25 Reviews
henschke
Played this course today without reading any reviews prior. I was pleasantly surprised & would say that this is one of the better public courses close to Melbourne city. Even though it is short, with a Par of 69, it is still difficult as there are plenty of bunkers & water hazards to think about. Greens were good & there were a few with interesting breaks. Enjoyable course.
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lukos87
Played here yesterday and was amazed at the condition. For $17.50 after 1 this is one of of the best public tracks close to the city. Reasonably short in length but there is alot of danger lurking if you take driver off the tee on the shorter par 4's a few of the greens are mounds which will punish you if you miss your spot. Fairways are pristine at the moment and the greens are in stunning condition. If your near the city forget the crowds at yarrabend and albert park and treat yourself to this 18 hole track!
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freewaygolf
Returned to Freeway for the first time in a few months during the week (17-21 Sept.) and was reminded of what a gem this course is. Nice and challlenging, good length, interesting Par 3s and good condition. The reason I'd stayed away is that over the past year or so playing on weekend has been a shambles. It has been so busy, and they've let so mnay groups on we were always met with multiple groups waiting on the first tee, a big backlog after the 4th waiting to play up the hill for the 6th, and on one occasion on a Sunday we were met with 4 (!) groups waiting ahead of us on the 10th. It is a lovely golf course, as I was reminded by an exceptionally pleasant round on a quiet weekday, but the management has driven me away from spending my weekend $ there.
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andyrock
Played the front 9 today on the way home from work, had heard a few good things so thought I would check it out. Fairways were really consistent and the layou rewarded smart golf, some pretty short par 4's that require good placement for a good approach. It was fun and good value, would be interested in coming back for 18 and maybe play in a comp. greens were a bit slow and patchy on some holes.
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malky
Played Freeway on 18/09/2011 for the first time in many years with a tee off time of 7:00am - recommended by the Pro Shop guys booking me in as a group of 2, rather than an hour later where we would have been behind many groups of 4. Worked a treat - despite a group of four hitting off before us, seemingly jumping the queue, we flew around the course in just on 3.5 hours - a record, surely for a public course! The course has benefited from plenty of rain with lush fairways, even if there are plenty of divots around. Despite a wet week prior to us playing, the course was in top nick - for a public course - with only a few patches that you might define as "muddy". Nothing much has changed recently on the front 9 - it's the back 9 where there are major changes. 14, 15 and 16 have had complete make overs - it's a pity that there aren't any signs on the 14th to let returning players know that it's now 120m longer than it originally was. Also, the walk between 13 and 14 seems abnormal, all the way back down the 14th fairway and along a practice area designated for groups - I imagine there will be some changes in the future to 12 and 13 to link up to the 14th. The small, domed greens haven't changed - a better coverage of grass than in years previous - but the pace was varied from hole to hole, making it extremely difficult to read. Highly recommend this for the weekend happy hacker and social groups - plenty of variety for everyone from the short Par 3's (3 / 16), pleasurable Par 4's (6 / 9 / 15) to the Par 5's (1 / 11)
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q-tip
Freeway GC will measure 5037m Par 69 once the renovations are complete. Now with the 14th hole closed and a few length changes it measures 4904m Par 68 with five par 3s ranging from 115-180m, twelve par 4s ranging from 257-387m and the opening 511m Par 5 with its elevated tee, sweeping dogleg right with a green guarded by a bunker on the right. Freeway is a short course with some good bunkering, but hardly any sand in the traps. Fairways are a little bare in places, teebeds are good and flat and the greens aren't quick but aren't very slow either. Be careful off the tee here on the back nine as most of the shorter par 4s have doglegs and if you overshoot the fairway you end up in a water hazard. Driver is not the club for the longer hitters on some of the par 4s here. Having said that the front nine is a little less boring the back nine. Highlights here include 359m 5th which plays slightly uphill to a 2 tiered green sloping to the front guarded by leftside and rightside bunkers. The 304m 6th with its elevated tee is picturesque with a dam on the left from 150m off the tee to the green, also there is a fairway bunker 60m short right and the green is guarded by 3 bunkers on the left. The 387m 15th gently doglegs left with a green guarded on the left by a large bunker and a gully with a water hazard 50-80m out from the green on the right which is not visible from the fairway crest on your second shot. Played here 15/11/2010 and weekday green fees are $16. Little too short and not really challenging for me. Good course to introduce new players.
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