Date: November 14, 2017
Author: Dave Tease

Haddad on the holes to watch

Asef Haddad knows a thing or two about playing Twin Creeks – he’s been the Director of Golf at the Graham Marsh designed golf course for the last three years.

Haddad believes the three critical holes on the course to look out for are the fourth, 12th and 18th.

“Without a doubt, the most important hole on the front nine is the fourth hole. Risk reward for the long-hitter if they want to take on the creek and fire it over, they’ll have a short iron into the hole.”

“Layup and you have to go in with a seven iron to nine iron.”

The hole has a hazard on the right-hand side and trees on the left, with a creek about 90 metres in front of the steep, sloping green.

“Graham Marsh said it was his favourite hole on the course,” Haddad added.

On the back nine, the pivotal hole could be the heavily bunkered short par four 12th.

“You’ll find there will be a few eagles on this hole,” Haddad said. “90% of the field will be able to reach this green provided there’s no wind into their face.”

“Aaron Townsend was the first player to have a hole-in-one albatross on this hole not long after it first opened, back in 2008.”

“There are bunkers everywhere here. It’s easy to make a two or a three, but you could walk off with a six quite easily also.”

The last hole Haddad believes will make or break a player is the picturesque 18th, the final hole on the course. Despite the magnificent water views, the massive tree on the left-hand side means some strategy from off the tee.

“You have to hit a draw from the tee. Otherwise, you’ll find the fairway trap and then have a nice, long shot into a green that is heavily guarded by bunkers and water.”

“It’s a good viewing hole for spectators.”

“ Hopefully we’ll see someone hole a nice put for the championship right in front of us,” he smiled.