Course difficulty: 6
Course rating: 2
19th : 0
The greens are woeful, bumpy, patchy and usually slow. The bunkers have “things” growing in them, the fairways are always in poor condition and resemble any other courses rough. That is all you can say about it. The course is not looked after and there are no signs of improvement. It has been a poor course ever since I’ve been alive.
At $11.50 a nine, it is cheap, but you still feel slightly ripped off when you leave. The practice green is probably the best green on the course. Lake Claremont does have a par 3 course which is fun and good to take the Mrs on, but of similar standard and most holes (6 of 9) are under 100m. Good if you need to practice your wedge shots.
Avoid this course unless you have to.
The surroundings of Lake Claremont have the potential to be a decent little course. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd all border the “Lake” (swamp is more appropriate unfortunately but it is an interesting site) and make it a challenge for anyone with a hook. Great opportunity to hit over the lake on the par 5 2nd which is usually too enticing to avoid.
The layout of the course is not bad, with three par 3s, 4s and 5s. The highlight being the 5th, a nice 160m par 3 that is a bugger of a hole. Hitting over a valley onto an elevated green, that must only be 5m deep (although generously wide). Protected by a bunker at the left front and horrible drop offs over the back and the right make it no easy approach. The green is two-tiered with the right being a good half a metre higher than the left, which can give you some entertaining putts.
No driveable par 4s which is sad. The 3rd is short enough, but unless you have a massive, dependable hook it is too well protected by the trees on the left. The 6th could be drivable, but is massively uphill and unless you hit it around 290m it’s not an option.
Lots of car parking.
Every green, bunker and fairway. No bar, hardly any food or amenities at all.
The photo is actually the practice green which they have stuck a flag in.
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