The Sands Torquay

Opened for play in 2005, The Sands Torquay is a hidden gem. Quite unfairly ostracised by many local golfers for being too tough. The recently held Surfcoast Knockout showed that low scores can be achieved with a number of 64s. In fact local 16 year old member Ben Eccles fired a 63 in 2010 and he swears it could’ve been a 59.

The front nine winds around the housing estate with most holes lined with houses.  The back nine is a more traditional links layout with only two holes lined by houses.  With a number of holes bordering the dunes the 11th hole is the pick of the bunch, a beautifully designed hole embodies all of the natural elements of the Torquay site – sand dunes, tall grass, Moonah trees, and even some rock outcrops. Playing 435m from the black markers or 412m from the Blue it represents an imposing challenge. Picture perfect in every way maybe it is the beauty of the hole that interrupts the golfers concentration or perhaps it could be the length.

The 14th is a tough tight par 4 where anything right will leave you in an area affectionately named the elephant grave yard, it’s true there is even a sign. The 14th and 15th holes are in fact played across a tight ridge which was originally the old Torquay tip. When the wind blows, which it usually does, these two holes play extremely tough, but the view is awesome.