Cobram Barooga Golf Club, located on the Murray River on the New South Wales – Victoria border, will redevelop part of its Old Course to create space for a new driving range, teaching and technology centre, and an undercover facility that includes Top Tracer technology and food and beverage offerings.
The driving range will be located adjacent to the clubhouse and the covered bays will sit approximately on the location of the current 18th green. A large turf teeing area will also be provided for more traditional practice, with target ‘greens’ located at varying distances.
In order to attain the necessary space (and avoid the need for high screen netting), changes to several holes on the back nine is required. The 16th hole, which is currently a 325-metre par 4 will be shortened and its green moved to the right onto a sandy ridge. The hole will become a 268-metre short par 4, drivable for players who dare to take on diagonal bunkers just short of the green. The 17th hole (a 154-metre par 3) will have its tees shifted 20 metres to the left and the green and its surrounds will all be rebuilt. It becomes a shorter 137-metre par 3. The play order of holes 14-17 may also change, so the current 16th and 17th will become the 14th and 15th holes. This is yet to be confirmed.
The most significant change however is to the 18th hole. Currently a 470-metre par 5, the green and most of the fairway will be moved by up to 60 metres into vacant land formerly occupied by the Clubs four bowling greens. It will remain a par 5 but will play very differently to the current hole. Work on the new holes and driving range will commence in early-mid 2020.