The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
136 THE CUT KINGSTON HEATH Widely regarded as the second-best course in Australia, this par-72 challenge is a must-play for any serious Sandbelter. Every shot you face will make you stop and rethink your club selection. There’s no hiding your flaws around here, especially the closer you get to the green. Said Tiger Woods after winning the 2009 Australian Masters here: “You have so many different options on the course – off the tees, options near the greens. Golfers rave about Kingston Heath and I can understand why.” Opened in 1925 as an untameable 6,812-yard colossus, the modern-day version is all about the bunkering and clever use of dips and hollows around the super-slick greens. It’s also imperative to stay on the plush fairways here more than most of the Sandbelt: the long grass, tea tree and sandy scrapes are unforgiving if you stray. Highlights are everywhere, but if we must single out a memorable stretch, it’s the closing four. When the legendary Alister MacKenzie cast his expert eye over Dan Soutar’s design in 1926, the only change he suggested was reducing the 15th to a par-3, which is now considered one of the world’s best.
The Cut - Spring 2016