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Up for the challenge? Greg Norman designed holes open at Lakeside

Up for the challenge? The back of the 6th green at Lakeside Golf Club, opened to golfers on Tuesday, with the  7th and 8th holes pictured below.

Up for the challenge? The back of the 6th green at Lakeside Golf Club, opened to golfers on Tuesday, with the 7th and 8th holes pictured below.

Will you be up for the challenge of Lakeside Golf Club’s four new holes designed by world golfing champion Greg Norman?

An exciting addition to the course considered by golfers as the best in the region, the four new holes consist of three Par 4s and one Par 5 hole.

Designed by Greg Norman Golf Design, they are the culmination of a long period of change and construction at the course.

“We are proud of the beautiful and challenging course we have here at Lakeside and these new holes are a key part of Lakeside’s future growth,’’ says Wests Group Macarthur CEO Tony Mathew.

There are still five holes that need to be reconfigured on the existing site and these changes are anticipated to start within the next 12 months.

The upgrades to the course are expected to be completed within the next three years.

Dean Hopper, Lakeside’s Golf Course Superintendent sees these changes as a “big step towards Lakeside’s completion and the course reaching championship standards”.

Back to the new holes, which were launched yesterday, and the 5th, which plays as a 415m long Par 4.

It’s actually the longest Par 4 on the course for both the men and the women and has bunkers positioned on the left hand side of a wide fairway and two greenside bunkers. At around 600 square metres, the green, although long, has plenty of landing area.

The 6th hole is the only Par 5 on the new holes and is 501 metres for the men and 431 meters for the women. Fairway bunkers off the drive and further down the hole at the second shot present the sternest test.

A green that has a bunker on the left hand side catches over hitters. The green is also long and narrow as it curves to a drop off on the right hand side.

The 7th is a 368 metre Par 4 for the men and a 296 meter Par 4 for the women. A narrow teeing shot requires accuracy but the landing area opens to a large fairway, while fairway bunkers are in distance of the longer hitters.

A strategic hole for your tee off is required as the approach shot in has water on the left and a bunker on the right.

The last Par 4 on the new holes measures 328 metres for men and 263 metres for the women. Although a short hole, there is a large carry for the shorter hitters, out of bounds on the entire right hand side and fairway bunkers.

Once finally clear from the tee, one must position their approach shot to avoid the tree on the left of the generous sized green and the drop off on the right.

The areas around the fairways are native Cumberland plain woodlands consisting mainly of eucalyptus crebra, eucalyptus moluccana, and eucalyptus tereticornis.

The understory consists of acacia decurrens and bursaria spinose with kangaroo grass and weeping meadow grass adding to the natural beauty of the course.

For golfers wanting to take on these new holes, please contact the club on 4634 5838.

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