CLUB OF THE MONTH: BLACK BULL GOLF CLUB

YARRAWONGA• VIC­TO­RIA The Mur­ray River re­gion is home to the best value golf in Aus­tralia. There’s a qual­ity mix of tra­di­tional and re­sort-style cour­ses and stand­ing along­side the best of them is the new­est kid on the block.

Golf Australia - - CONTENTS - WORDS & PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BREN­DAN JAMES

Bren­dan James trav­els to the new­est course on the Mur­ray River and ex­plains why it’s al­ready one of the Top-50 Best Value Cour­ses in Aus­tralia.

The Mur­ray River is a hol­i­day­maker’s play­ground with an ideal year round cli­mate, nat­u­ral beauty, his­tor­i­cal sites, great food and wine. There has, for many years, been an abun­dance of riches for the trav­el­ling golfer with more than two dozen cour­ses dot­ted along the great river be­tween Al­bury and Mil­dura.

The new­est of these lay­outs, Black Bull, opened its first holes in 2010 with the re­main­der com­ing into play two years ago. In just seven years it has risen to be­come one of the most highly re­garded cour­ses along the ma­jes­tic river.

Black Bull is quite dier­ent to all its neigh­bour­ing cour­ses.

Most no­tably it is lo­cated south of the Mur­ray on the Vic­to­rian side of the bor­der – mak­ing it the first river course built since Wodonga Coun­try Club opened for play in 1983 – long af­ter poker ma­chines had cease to fuel the de­vel­op­ment of the big Mur­ray river clubs like Yarrawonga & Mul­wala, Co­bram-Ba­rooga, Rich River and Mur­ray Downs. All, of course, are found just north of the bor­der in NSW.

On course, Black Bull oers rel­a­tively wide fair­ways, big greens, ex­pan­sive bunker­ing and sub­tle mound­ing. There have been trees planted across the prop­erty, but mostly form a

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The sun sets across Lake Mul­wala and the 18th green at Black Bull.

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