Over at golf.com Joe Passov is discussing, “6 New Courses Featured in 2015 Top 100 Courses in the World Rankings,” and first up is Ellerston which comes in at #73.
Given how infrequently the course is played and that my fourball never includes anyone who’s a rich-lister it’s not surprising I’ve never heard of it, therefore I’ll have to take Joe’s word for it regarding the infinitely small number of rounds and the course itself which is, “Set in the rugged bush country of the Upper Hunter Valley, a four-hour drive northwest of Sydney, the muscular, drama-filled Greg Norman/Bob Harrison design features plentiful forced carries over deep gullies and ravines.”
Here’s 70,000 acres – Go pick a place
Over at Darius Oliver’s Planet Golf we’re told, “The (design) team was given carte blanche to use any part of Packer’s 70,000-acre sanctuary for their course. Following several days scouring the vast area, the fast-flowing Pages Creek was discovered and instantly recognized as the perfect location to build the dramatic course that Mr Packer desired…They created shots and sequences that simply would not be possible on a more accessible course and built a number of severe green sites pressed hard against the edge of the rapidly running creek."
Better than Barnbougle
Phillip Heads at the Courier Mail writes, “James Packer’s Ellerston is ranked the third best layout in the nation behind Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath in the latest version of Australian Golf Digest’s definitive top 100 rankings,” and then adds, “After finishing ahead of such gems as Barnbougle Dunes and NSW last time, a fresh posse of judges made the trek up to Ellerston to see whether such a high ranking was warranted,” AGD architect editor and respected course design critic and consultant Darius Oliver writes in the March 2014 Digest. “The verdict: it was.”
Here’s the links to Joe Planet Golf and Phillip Heads
Quote of the Day
“The exclusive layout remains almost as hard to get on as Augusta National, the home of the US Masters.”- Phillip Heads
Sad to say that Kerry Packer never lived long enough to play the course.