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St Michaels Golf Club

No such natural drama as The Coast next door at St Michaels Golf Club. The rolling undulation of "St Micks" is its trademark and a big part of its beauty. While the legendary Alister Mackenzie consulted on the more famous New South Wales course next door, St Michael's more or less fell into place naturally it wasn't hard for the early members to work out what should go where. There have been few changes to the original 1938 design and it has stood the test of time well.

Many of the fairways are tight, flanked by thick clumps of tea tree like that found at the New South Wales course, and some of Melbourne's superb sand belt courses.

However, for this writer, it is St Michaels' par-3s which leave one salivating for more. The 186-yard 5th rates as arguably the best. You play from a chute over a hidden sandy wasteland to a large green with a ton of swing but the trick is to judge the wind from your sheltered position on the tee.