Lake’s new tee stand opening
The tee shots marked the official opening of the hole’s new tee stand and the overall 145-metre pathway which comprise the first of an exciting three-stage project at the site.
YMGCR Life Member and club legend Karen Droop struck the first drive off the new tee. The 13-time lady club champion said: “I’m glad that’s out of the way!”. Almost out of sight as her excellent drive was straight down the middle of the fairway!
Lady captain and reigning club champion Judy Kruger followed with a longer drive. President Gil Cunningham used his height and might to move the ball nearly 200 metres on the now 267-metre hole. The final tee shot, by reigning men’s club champion Baxter Droop, went 257 metres into the bunker directly in front of the elevated green.
Men’s captain Peter Warner said the 3-stage development came about after golf course architect Richard Chamberlain detailed his plan to address long standing safety concerns regarding the location of the old men’s tee with errant shots from the previous hole, the Par 3.
Pete acknowledged Richard’s input into the project and issued “a big thank you to course superintendent Chris Burgess and his team” on “the first-class results achieved so far”.
“Congratulations to all involved in the works completed to date. Please pass on the thanks to all of your groundstaff.
“We’ve known for some time that action was required and I’m excited to see Stages 2 and 3 as they unfold. I sincerely hope all members and guests will enjoy the challenge the new hole presents.”
The men’s captain said the works undertaken inhouse were the most major to a golf hole at Australia’s largest public access golf course. “It’s a pet love of mine to commemorate these sorts of things,” he said.
Four Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort golfers hit off on the new 15th Par 4 Lake Course tee stand on Monday, having reached the tee stand via the new pathway structure exiting the Par 3, 14th hole.