Set within the resort of the same name, the superb 18-hole championship golf course will test even the very best golfers, and the need to play it more than once is definite.
Designed by Nigel B Douglas, the course merges perfectly with the natural hilly terrain, and it is this terrain that gives Austin Heights the wonderfully unique character that so many local and international visitors adore.
Being set in hilly terrain the fairways are often undulating, and it is a good idea to grab yourself a course planner before heading to the first tee.
Austin Heights is all about playing smart golf, and trying to keep the ball where you can see it. Attacking the Austin Heights golf course is certainly not a good game pan, especially if you have never played it before.
As a visiting golfer you are thrown straight in at the deep end, with a tough par 3 awaiting on the 2nd. From the elevated tee you can see all the trouble; out of bounds to the rear left, large hollows left and right short provide additional difficulty. A smart play is to the right half portion of the green. The green is undulating, so par is not a certainty even if you reach the green.
A delightful hole is the eight, demanding from the tee with an almost island fairway between the bunkers and the ponds which run the length of the hole. The slightly elevated green will test your ability to correctly select your club.
Without doubt the hardest hole on the golf course is the 10th. A 500-metre par five which requires you to carry or lay-up short of the pond some 200-metres from the tee. The second requires precision and the third must find the green which is protected by severe slopes. Once the green has been found the troubles are not over, heavily undulating and extremely quick you need a delicate touch to be able to walk away with a par.
Austin Heights culminates with a superb 385.metre par 4. From the elevated tee, the tee shot is straightforward, but the approach over the pond to the well-protected green is the challenge.
The magnificent clubhouse, overlooks the 18th green and is the perfect place to sit and relax with a cold refreshment after your round, contemplating what might have been.