The Murray River is the ultimate golfing destination, with our own Black Bull 18 hole Championship Golf Course the number 1 choice.
Exquisitely landscaped to wrap around the stunning Lake Mulwala location, the Championship par 72 course has been expertly designed by course Architects Peter Thomson, Ross Perrett and their brilliant design team to both excite and challenge golfers. With 400 picturesque acres to explore, spread across rolling fairways, with large well bunkered greens and stunning natural water courses, Black Bull Golf Course will delight with world class facilities.
Professionals James and Glenn McCully at Black Bull Golf Club have a combined 60 years of coaching experience, providing tips and advice to all golfers, from the raw beginner to the tour professional, to get the best out of your game.
Take the Tour - Front 9
This shortest 329-metre par 4 (262 metre from the Ladies tee,) has a water hazard running down the RHS and at 240 metres from the back tee a large fairway bunker protecting the left. The design is for percentage play, where players should lay up short with their tee shots to a larger landing area. Aggressive play is the lower section of the fairway, close to the water, where players will have a better angle to the green. Two large bunkers are either side of the front of the elevate green, which has a variety of pin positions, with the most difficult at the near the greenside bunkers. The more conservative play would be to aim at the centre of the green.
A 509-metre par 5 (466 from the Ladies tee) has a water hazard on the RHS running the full length of the hole from tee to green. There are also two fairway bunkers on the right at 280 metres to catch the longer hitters when the hot northerly winds are blowing. It is the second shot where the difficulty begins; players have to decide to take the gamble and go for the green in two or lay up short of the two fairway bunkers on the left and the deep water on the right. There are large swales left and right of the green and mounding at the back, but no bunkers, giving the elusion of an easy target, but be aware.
A 359 metre, (282 from the ladies tee) straight away par 4, where players feel they can “have a go”, but have to be careful of the cluster of bunkers on the LHS and RHS of the fairway at 240, which narrows the tee shot. The right side of the undulating fairway offers the best line into the green, which has two large bunkers cutting into it’s left side. The percentage play on this little sleeper would be to play for the centre of the green, have your two putts and make sure of your par.
The start of the Bull Ring begins with a strong par 3 measuring 179 metres, (103 from the ladies tee,) has a picturesque tee shot over water. The green has one bunker on the left and another two on the right. The first of these is 15 metres short of the green, giving a false sense of distance. It will be most important to have the right club selection in windy conditions, as the hole is sitting in a low area, where players will feel they are sheltered, but high tee shots will be affected.
This is a par 4, measuring 353 metres, (324 metres from the ladies tee) with the fairway sweeping from on high left down to two bunkers on the right. The second shot is played to an elevated green, which has two bunkers on it’s left and another short right. A short hole with a good chance to make birdie, but could be a handful if things go wrong.
One of the strongest par 4s on the course, measuring 390 metres, (336 metres for the ladies tee), will play at it’s hardest when played into the winter southwesterly winds. The tee shot is played to a narrow landing area with fairway bunkers left and right. The second is challenging, as players will be playing over a ridge to an elevated green, which has two deep bunkers stationed on it’s left side. Player’s will have to make sure that they have enough club to reach the centre of the green, as there is a deep swale at the front. Definitely number one on the index card.
A short par 5 at 464 metres, (396 from the ladies tee) where players will feel that they will have a breather, but be aware, as there is water down most of it’s LHS. A tight landing area for the tee shot, as there are a set of bunkers at 240 metres on the right and that water hazard on the left. The second shot will make players decided either to lay up short of a lone fairway bunker, which is 80 metres short of the green or go for it. The undulating green has two bunkers each side, making a very narrow entry to it’s front. This hole gives players a good chance to improve their rounds with a birdie.
The longest of the par 3’s measuring 201 metres, (149 metres from the ladies tee), plays direct into the northwest summer winds, with the green guarded by four deep bunkers, two on each side. The elevated putting surface is long in length, so it is imperative that players take care and know where the pin is situated, even though they could be on the green, they might be in three putt territory. Players scoring a regulation 3 might feel that they have had a birdie, on this demanding hole.
This “straight away” 351 metre par 4, (284 metres from the ladies tee), heads north with a waterway from tee to green on the left. The drive is played to a narrow landing area with three bunkers at 240 metres on the right and water left. The best line for the second shot is from the left side of the fairway as the green has two deep bunkers on the RHS and a shallow swale on the left. As the putting surface has many undulations, players have to be sure they are on the same level of the pin, for easy putting. This hole is the “little sleeper” and should be played with care, as a big score could arise.
Take the Tour - Back 9
This 372 metre, (298 metres from the ladies tee), straightaway par 4 hole, with a generous landing area. The design is for percentage play with a fairway bunker on the RHS at 230 metres and another on the left at 260 metres. Ideal play is to lay up short of the bunkered area and play a longer iron into the large elevated green, which has three bunkers, two left and one right. This is a very strong hole, where all its dangers are there for the players to see.
At 393 metres, (352 from the Ladies tee), this tight par 4 is the second longest par 4 on the course. A fairway bunker at 235 metres on the left and a narrowing of the fairway on the right provides a very narrow opening to play through. The long second shot is played to a deep green, which has two bunkers on the right to catch the wayward shot. A really good hole to make a par on, as both shots will have to be accurate and long, especially when played into a strong “southerly”.
This short, well bunkered, 353 metre, (305 metres from the Ladies tee), par 4 has a water hazard the full length of it’s LHS and two well placed fairway bunkers on either side for the tee shot. Players have the choice of playing short of these bunkers, then having to play a longer second shot into the narrow green or take the driver, attacking to get as close to the green as possible to set up a chance for their birdie. The green has one deep bunker on the RHS front and a large swale on the left, making this hole the “gambler’s choice”.
This is a 490-metre, (466 metres from the Ladies tee), par 5, playing almost due west and perhaps offering a little relief. There is one large fairway bunker on the left and light rough on the right between this and the neighbouring 8th fairway. A good tee shot down the centre can set up play to attack the green in two, but players have to negotiate a bunker 80 metres short of the green and the two nestling into the LHS of the putting surface. The green slopes from back left to front right, with a variety of pin positions, giving players a small chance to make a birdie.
This 152-metre, (100 metres from the Ladies tee), par 3 plays due west into the setting sun, for the afternoon players. The tee shot is played into an open area, where the large green, which has two large deep bunkers on the RHS, would be exposed in windy conditions. Players will have to be careful with their club selection, as the green is elevated, with little natural backdrop, making it difficult to judge distance.
At 384 metres, (303 metres from the Ladies tee), this par 4 has one of the most daunting tee shots to the rolling fairway, as there are two bunkers at 240 metres on the RHS and rough cutting back into the fairway on the left. Also players will have to contend with an extra problem as a water hazard is looming on the right. The second shot is played semi blind to a two tier green, which has no bunkering, but there are plenty of humps and swales to contend with. This is one of those holes that a score of four will look good on your scorecard.
This 150-metre, (116 metres from the Ladies tee), par 3 is one of the signature holes of the course, with water down the left hand side from the tee to the back of the green. There are no bunkers at the green, but with swales, mounding on the right side and water close to the left make a difficult tee shot. As the green is large with many pin positions, sensible play is to aim for the right centre of the green, make your two putts for a solid three.
Although short this 348 metre, (264 metres from the Ladies tee) par 4, has the potential to spoil many a good round, as there is water down the left side and two large fairway bunkers at 230 metres on the right, giving only a 20 metre area to play through. Depending on the wind conditions players have to make the decision to lay up at 200 metres or take on all the trouble and go for it, leaving a short pitch into the green. The green is narrow sloping back right to front left and is protected by four small but deep bunkers on the right. This little “Gem” will leave players with many options to think about.
This 478 metre, (422 metres from the Ladies tee) par 5 heads due north to the views of Lake Mulwala and the sanctuary of the clubhouse. The tee shot has a wide open fairway with two fairway bunkers at 230 metres on the RHS, water and a lone bunker at 260 metres on the left. This is a good chance for players to open up their shoulders and hit a long drive to reach this hole in two. The second is where the fun begins as the water cuts in on the left giving players the thought of going for it or to play safe to the right of the fairway leaving a difficult pitch over a greenside bunker. The large ceremonial green has two bunkers on the left, water at the back right and a bunker at front right. This hole is a good solid par 5, where players can finish their rounds on a high or play it poorly and finish on a low.
Voted #68 in Australian Golf Digest Top 100 2020/21 and in Golf Australia’s Top 100 courses in 2018 by golf enthusiasts. Black Bull Golf Course has been described as ‘beautifully conditioned playing surfaces coupled with interesting strategic holes, making a round here a memorable experience’.
Our Black Bull Golf Course is situated on the land previously known as Naranghi, translating to Billabong, owned for three generations by the Bott family. The Botts were among the first farmers to import the Black Angus Bloodlines from Scotland
to North East Victoria, earning a reputation for having the best breeding bulls in the country. Life sized Black Bull statues, affectionately known as Charlie, provide an important link to the rich history of farming lands the course now inhabits.
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