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Billed as Australia’s most prestigious golf facility, yet built on arguably its shakiest premise, the much hyped St Andrews Private golf course project on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula appears to have fallen over. Planet Golf was informed that as of last week all staff had been retrenched or let go and that machinery and equipment, including pumps, irrigation pipes, sprinklers and tractors, were being offered for sale to local superintendents and golf courses.
What makes a golf hole memorable? It’s a question with endless answers, from beauty to celebrity, from strategy to difficulty or simply because it was the scene of an unforgettable personal achievement. A memorable hole might be a great hole or an unforgivably poor one. There are any number of reasons why certain holes stick in our memory, and golf course architects are forever looking to exploit human curiosity by creating shots that can be instantly recalled the moment a round ends. This month we look at some of the toughest shots in golf, and examples in Australia where extreme difficulty has not only complicated the game but also made holes more memorable.