The Templar Course
When planning the improvements to the 18-hole layout, a decision was made to secure the long-term future of golf at Swanston by providing facilities that would encourage new golfers of all ages to both try golf and encourage their progress through to being full members in the future.
To achieve this goal it was felt that one 18-hole course was not enough. A separate course is essential to enable learners of the game to play without feeling the pressure of the more experienced golfer pushing from behind.
On the 4th Wednesday of each month, April to October, the Templar Course is played as a 6-hole ‘competition’ layout where 3 pairs of the par-3’s are joined together to make 3 par-4’s. This is then played three times to make a par 63 18-hole golf course. This is a great way for learners of the game to test themselves, achieve a handicap and progress towards playing on a full-size course. In 2011 we started using the 6-hole layout on Friday afternoons to enable juniors to play a Stableford format for handicap.
Like all good Disney movies there’s plenty that will entertain the kids, but also something in it for the adults. The greens, for example, are small but are made to a full USGA (sand based) specification and should therefore be a joy to putt on for golfers of all abilities and in all weather.
80 yard 4th hole over corner of pond and the 12ft square Huxley Premier tees have been designed to enable a consistent ball strike without the mess that grass tees would become given the clubs used for short holes.
A round on the ‘Templar’ course takes less than an hour and is also great fun – whether you’re 8 or 80 years old, a scratch golfer or yet to get your first handicap.
Look out for our Annual open Par-3 Championships that started in 2009; five different age and ability categories to enable all of the family to get involved and a chance to play in a match-play final!
For more information, visit Swanston Golf.