The Mildura Golf Resort has embarked on a redevelopment of its site consisting of a subdivision of 100 allotments, and an upgrade of the golf course, which has just celebrated its centenary. Located in an area that is semi-desert (recieving on average just 280mm of rainfall), Mildura has developed because of the Murray River which supplies irrigation water to the many vineyards and fruit tree farms. The golf club too relies entirely on the Murray River for its irrigation supply.
Stage 1 of the redevelopment commenced in late 2011 and opened for play in April 2012. Stage 1 consisted of the construction of a new par 3 2nd hole and realignment and lengthening of the 3rd hole. This enabled the first stage of the subdivision to commence.
Strong sales of the Lots enabled Stage 2 to commence in October 2012, and this work was completed in January 2013. It consists of 2 new holes, the 16th and 17th on new land acquired by the Golf Resort. This new land was very flat, low lying and flood prone and basically treeless (as are the surrounding plains). The only vegetation consisted of very hardy desert salt bush. This contrasted with the existing golf course, which has a very mature landscape of large planted Eucalypts (River Red Gums and Sugar Gums) and a variety of Pines, many of which are more than 100 years old. It will be many years before the new holes have this same mature character.
The 16th is a very long par 4 and the 17th a short par 4. A large lake was constructed between the holes to provide the fill to elevate the holes above flood level and give them visual interest.
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