Golf course review: Wallacia Panthers

I was planning to head out and play a round at Wallacia Panthers yesterday, but because of some busyness with my playing partner (my dad, that is), we went out to play 9 holes today. Wallacia’s a 15 minute drive south if you take the Mulgoa Rd exit from the M4 and is under the umbrella of the Panthers group of registered clubs.

The course itself is an 18 hole, par 67 measuring at 5168m, but the front 9 is a fair bit smaller than the back (2362m v 2806m). It’s a rather undulating journey, which in my opinion presents a much more fulfilling challenge than a flat track such as the Colonial at Werrington. With the changes in level come differences in left to right slope, so at some holes (particularly the par 4 3rd) a wise drive is required. A couple of the greens, notably those on the par 3 4th and 6th holes, have at least 2 tiers, which are a bit difficult to pick up from the tee, so a slightly wayward shot can leave you with a tricky prospect of saving par.

The course is undergoing some reconfiguration, which is good because the layout seemed to be a bit strange and difficult to navigate. This is made worse because there is no course layout on the scorecard,  and a couple of times we were left to ask regular players at the course where to go next. Also, the 9th green is about 450m from the clubhouse, and it’s more logical for players to play the 410m par 5 10th, whose green is adjacent to the first tee. The course seemed to be in reasonably good condition overall, with good scenic views. No real hazards to speak of besides bunkers at the 4th and 6th that can be brought into play with a less than accurate tee shot.

Green fees are:

Mon-Fri 9 holes – $10
Mon-Fri 18 holes – $15
Weekend 9 holes – $18
Weekend 18 holes – $25

If you have a 2008 Golf Course Guide, you will receive a 2 for 1 deal, making it a quite inexpensive day’s play regardless of whether you play 9 or 18. Check the first link for special deals for Panthers members.

Overall it’s a good value course – based on other reviews I’ve read that say that the back 9 is better than the front 9, I’d probably do well to go back later in the year and play 18. However based on the front 9, I’m happy to recommend it for any golfer who wants a reasonable test, but be prepared for a bit of exercise.

Rating: 3.5 stars

My overall form was okay – still putting a bit rustily, but accuracy off the tee was quite pleasing. I was a bit surprised to overshoot the green on the 4th, taking a 3 iron and ending up about 25 to 30 metres long (card says that it’s 177m long, so that’s about 200m). The wind was variable, but usually moderate, so not too hard to negotiate.

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