Hole By Hole Description.
Mt. Xavier is an 18 hole, par 70, 5340 metre (ladies par 70, 4733 metre) course.
It is a picturesque course with well maintained sloping grass greens and drought resistant couch tees. The course is undulating and has narrow fairways boarded by trees. Combine this with bunkers, water hazards and crossings it produces a challenging and enjoyable experience for golfers of all levels of ability.
The following is a description of each hole and its unique features.
Men. Par 4. 232 Metres.
Ladies. Par 4. 224 Metres.
A short par 4 to open.
The fairway arches gently from left to right, falls from left to right particularly in the later stages.
The green can be driven, but is most commonly reached in regulation with a wedge or small iron.
A distinct birdie opportunity.
Men. Par 3. 174 Metres.
Ladies. Par 3. 141 Metres.
A down hill hole from tee to green. A bunker protects the green at the front left. Heron’s creeks runs behind the green.
Men. Par 4. 330 Metres.
Ladies. Par 4. 310 Metres.
A reasonably short and straight par 4. The second half of the fairway is slightly downhill and has a gentle slope from right to left. A grass swale (formally a sand bunker) protects the front left of the green. The green is arguably the flattest on the course.
Men. Par 5. 438 Metres.
Ladies. Par 5. 378 Metres.
Rated the most difficult par 5 on the course. The fairway remains straight until a particularly narrow opening to the green is reached, at which point it veers right and uphill. The straight section of the fairway is divided into two tears. The lower first tear is joined to the second higher tear by a gentle slope. The green is particularly difficult with significant slopes from the high right and back edge to the front and left lower margins. A bunker also guards the front and left of the green. A boundary fence runs behind the green.
Long hitters give themselves a chance of reaching the green in two, however accuracy is crucial to achieve this. Most golfers will be happy reaching the green in regulation. A drive climbing the slope on the fairway is ideal, and a second shot that provides a clear path through the opening to the green, is essential to achieve this.
Men. Par 4. 320 Metres.
Ladies. Par 4. 316 Metres.
The fairway runs downhill to a natural water channel a short iron or wedge shot from the green. This initial segment of fairway is divided perpendicular to the channel into two, a high side (on the right) and a low side (on the left). Along the left boarder of the fairway is a boundary fence. Beyond the channel the fairway rises slightly and slopes from left to right as it approaches the green. Once again the green slopes significantly, this time from the back and left to the front and right.
Men. Par 4. 365 Metres.
Ladies. Par 5. 365 Metres.
This hole begins a tough stretch of par 4 to finish the front nine.
The early part of the fairway arches right to left and straightens out to finish. This arch has been exaggerated in recent times with the introduction of measures (including a barrier along the left side of the tee) to protect houses beyond the boundary fence on the left side of the fairway. Right of the green is a grass swale (formerly a sand bunker) which rolls away to the creek.
Men. Par 4. 345 Metres.
Ladies. Par 5. 296 Metres.
A straight hole with lateral water hazard (creek) encroaching on the fairway on the left within the first 100 meters. A large eucalyptus tree on the right side of the fairway at this point prevents golfers from giving the hazard a wide berth. The last 150 meter of the fairway is uphill. The front right of the green is protected by a bunker.
Men. Par 4. 380 Metres.
Ladies. Par 5. 310 Metres.
The longest Par 4 on the course. The fairway turns left to right approximately 180 meters from the green. The fairway is uphill prior to the turn and plateaus beyond the bend. Drives down the left side of the fairway tend to run off into the rough past the turn. A lateral water hazard (creek) is present on the left boarder of the fairway. The green has two distinct tears, a small front lower tear and a higher large back tear.
Men. Par 4. 300 Metres.
Ladies. Par 5. 265 Metres.
This fairway shapes right to left and is uphill all the way to the green. Two deep ‘eye’ bunkers protect the front right and left of the green.
An accurate drive sets up this hole. It makes for an easier small iron second shot onto the green and reduces the chance of crossing the boundary fence behind and left of the green.
Men. Par 3. 177 Metres.
Ladies. Par 3. 139 Metres.
A downhill par 3. The green is small and difficult to land on with a tee shot. Occasionally nearest the pin prizes on Saturday club competition are not awarded as nobody lands a ball on the putting surface. A boundary fence boarders the right side of the fairway.
Men. Par 5. 450 Metres.
Ladies. Par 5. 423 Metres.
The beginning of a three hole stretch where the fairways increase in width, are less densely bordered by trees and shots are increasingly effected by wind. Rated the easiest hole on the course this hole most commonly offers up an eagle in club competition.
The first half of the fairway is undulating, the second reasonably flat. The green is also reasonably flat and large.
Men. Par 4. 316 Metres.
Ladies. Par 4. 265 Metres.
The fairway gently rises from the tee to green to approximately 100 meters from the green, at which point it drops away and rises again to an elevated green. The green is comparatively big and flat, however does yield some borrow. A boundary fence runs behind the green.
Men. Par 5. 447 Metres.
Ladies. Par 4. 363 Metres.
Men and women play from different tees. Women progress along a straight but undulating fairway. Men are presented with a fairway that arcs left to right. The tee is set back amongst pine trees. The fairway falls away gently right to left initially and a substantial amount closer to the green. Attempts can be made to cut across the arc of the fairway, however, this brings a number of established trees right of the fairway into play.
Men. Par 3. 118 Metres.
Ladies. Par 3. 110 Metres.
One of the most talked holes on the course. Sometimes referred to as the donkey drop the fairway drops steeply to the green below. The green is wide left to right and slopes significantly from back to front. A tee shot right of the putting surface can run across the 15th fairway to the creek.
Men. Par 4. 276 Metres.
Ladies. Par 4. 254 Metres.
The fairway dog legs left to right late. The tee is elevated giving the opportunity for those with a long enough drive to take on the row of trees on the right side of the fairway and place a ball on the green for one. Beyond the trees on the right of the fairway runs a creek the entire length of the fairway past the green.
The green slopes from back to front and right to left (most noticeably on the left end). A sand bunker sits at the lower front side of the green.
Men. Par 3. 170 Metres.
Ladies. Par 3. 115 Metres.
A tough par 3. Men and Women tee off from opposite sides of the creek. The path to the green from the women’s tee is straight however the fairway slopes right to left towards the creek. Men play a fairway split by a creek at Herron point. The first section is flat. The second section rises to the green. The green slopes severely from right to left. The lower front left of the green is protected by a sand bunker.
Men. Par 4. 362 Metres.
Ladies. Par 4. 323 Metres.
Rated the hardest hole on the course. The tee is elevated. The fairway falls initially to the creek. Following the creek the fairway bends left to right and runs uphill for a longer second segment.
The fairway is boarded by trees. Beyond the trees on the right is a boundary fence.
The green is small and protected by a large gum tree on the right. Behind the green is another boundary fence.
Par is a good score.
Men. Par 3. 140 Metres.
Ladies. Par 3. 136 Metres.
The tee and green are elevated. The fairway falls and rises between these two points. A row of trees is all that stands between an errant ball crossing the boundary fence on the right.
A ball crossing into the car park behind the green is to be dropped in the marked zone left of the green.
A sand bunker is present at the front right of the green.