Growling Frog Golf Course

Course Overview

Par: 72
ACR: 73
Length (m): 6185
Architect: Graham Marsh
Design Year: 2004
Top 100: Not ranked
Growling Frog Golf Course is a public golf course offering a wide range of playing times 7 days per week. Contact Growling Frog Golf Course for more information.
Located in Melbourne's north in a majestic bushland setting with many kangaroos and the Great Dividing Range as a back drop.

Address and Contact Details

Growling Frog Golf Course
1910 Donnybrook Road
Yan Yean, Victoria, 3755
Tel: 03-9716-3477
Pro: 03-9716-3477
Fax: 03-9716-3927

Location Map

Course Location Map  Driving Directions

Course Playing Tips

Hole 1, Par 4 (330 m)
This short par 4 has a fairly easy opening tee shot to a wide fairway. This hole on most days plays shorter due to the help of a prevailing northerly wind. A solid drive on the fairway will leave a short downhill iron to the green. Proper club selection is crucial because shots missed long will leave a demanding up & down as the contours fall away steeply towards the creek.

Hole 2, Par 3 (161 m)
Trouble lurks when missing this green in any direction, making shot selection from the tee critical. Bunkers surround the left side of the green and water on the right, punishing the golfer who misdirects their golf shot.

Hole 3, Par 5 (482 m)
This hole offers a good birdie opportunity. Hitting your drive down the fairway is imperative to reach this green in two. Avoiding the large fairway bunkers on the left is crucial, so most golfers will aim for the right side of the fairway. Those who do not try to reach the green in two, can lay up on a flat area which is 80m from the green. The short iron approach will offer golfers a good chance of one putting as the green is reletively flat.

Hole 4, Par 4 (349 m)
Due to the very narrow fairway, shot selection is pivital on this short par 4. Players can either lay up between the bunkers leaving a mid- iron approach shot or they can go for broke and try to clear all the sand on the left by attempting to hit close to the green. Any shot played from the right of the fairway will be challenging as a large river red gum guards the green. Water comes into play in the rough left of the bunkers and behind the green.

Hole 5, Par 3 (135 m)
This hole is a picturesque setting of red gums, water, rocky out crops and rock fences. It is the shortest par 3 on the course. Visually from the tee, there appears to be little turf to play from if the green is missed. Furtunately there is a large amount of space around the right side of the green that cannot be seen from the tee. There is a rocky out crop at the back of the green, making correct club selection important.

Hole 6, Par 4 (421 m)
This long, slight dog- leg right hole, may end up being the most difficult hole. Once you get to the landing area, you will see water left and a large bunker greenside. This large simple contoured green is often effected by wind conditions which can make the approach shot a long one.

Hole 7, Par 4 (331 m)
This highly strategic short par 4 presents many different options. The fairway goes over a rise, with a shallow green which is positioned sideways and you will be penalised for a long shot over the green. If you want a better angled approach shot, you will need to favour the right side of the fairway. Playing left is safer but you will have a more difficult approach shot over the front bunker.

Hole 8, Par 5 (506 m)
The ideal driving line is to skirt the right fairway bunker. The right side of the hole 8 green is guarded by a river red gum. When playing the second shot, you need to decide whether to lay up short of the next fairway bunker or play for the green. A second shot finishing down the right side of the fairway will leave a difficult third shot over the tree to get onto the green.

Hole 9, Par 4 (346 m)
The ideal tee shot for hole 9 is to favour the right side of the fairway to have the proper angle to the green with your second shot. But be careful, one must avoid the right hand side bunker.

Hole 10, Par 4 (360 m)
Hole 10 provides a downhill drive to a tight fairway, guarded by a bunker on the right and water to the left. A drive along side of the fairway bunker will present the ideal line leading into the green which slopes away to the back.

Hole 11, Par 5 (488 m)
Hole 11 is a par 5 which rolls with natural undulation and hundreds of kangaroos can often been seen laying in the surrounding grasslands. Cross bunkers set up the second shot and the elevated undulating green is one of the course's most difficult green.

Hole 12, Par 3 (134 m)
Trouble lurks on hole 12 when you miss the green in any direction. Making shot selection from the tee absolutely critical. The green complex does not have any bunkers but could cause difficulties as the green slopes to the back. Wayward tee shots may find water to the left or right of the green.

Hole 13, Par 4 (350 m)
At hole 13 a drive into the centre of the fairway will present an ideal angle to approach the green. Be cautious of your approach shot, if it is hit too long, it has a chance of finishing up in the creek.

Hole 14, Par 4 (331 m)
Hole 14 is a middle length par 4 where an accurate drive is neccesary. The ideal landing area is on the fairway close to the right fairway bunker, as this will present the best line to the well guarded green with a mid- iron.

Hole 15, Par 5 (511 m)
This tee presents spectacular views to the north and you will see many of the other golf holes on the course. Hole 15 plays to the North and has a downhill tee shot. The landing area is guarded by bunkers. Further along the fairway there are more bunkers and water in the rough. The green will not be reached due to the length and complexity of the green surface. This perched up green has some unexpected contours and is protected by bunkers and a rocky out crop at the back of the green. You may have trouble keeping your approach shot on this tricky green. An up and down par is an excellent outcome.

Hole 16, Par 3 (188 m)
Hole 16 is a beautiful long par 3. Many players will be decieved by the bunkers across the front and may play one club short. Like many of the golf holes, there is a lot of turf around the green although it may not be visible from the landing area. Safe play is a shot short which sets up a reletively simple pitch or putt to the hole.

Hole 17, Par 4 (332 m)
This medium length par 4 plays North East with two large bunkers guarding the right side of the fairway. There is a generous landing area to the left for drives playing downhill to the green, which makes this hole a birdie opportunity before the difficult finishing hole.

Hole 18, Par 4 (357 m)
At the 18th hole you will encounter a great view of the ranges to the North and the clubhouse to the East. The slight dogleg left has a typical cross wind from left to right, which can make driving difficult and will play into the strategy of your second shot. Your drive needs to avoid the fairway bunkers if you want to reach the green in two. Once reaching the green, the sloping green can provide many challenging putts.

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