|My gallery on the third|
Driving up to Ravenshoe you pass through the Atherton Tablelands with its green pastures and dairy farms. The forest is thick, lush and tropical all the way until Ravenshoe, but it suddenly changes after that. The landscape dries out, and the rainforest opens up to eucalyptus bushland. The Ravenshoe-Millstream Country Club is located in Millstream, past this transition point, and is very much a bushland golf course..
|The first green had a few bare patches, but the other greens were better.|
The first hole is, unusually both on courses generally and nine hole courses particularly, a par 5. It's straight and fairly short at 464 metres, and there's a good chance to get to the green in two. Unfortunately I hooked my tee shot and was blocked by the trees down the left.
|The view from the second tee|
|Looking back from behind the third green|
The downhill 292 metre fourth is the shortest par four on the course, with a bit of a dogleg left at the end to place the green behind some high trees. It looks like they may be making a separate fairway to the left for the 13th, which suited me quite nicely as I pulled my tee shot high and long and ended up with a nice lie for a short punch to the green.
The 301 metre fifth has a sharp dogleg to the left around tall trees. If you don't draw the tee shot or hit high over the trees you will end up going through the fairway and into the trees. I tried the draw option but overdid it and went deep into the trees. Next time I'll try a five iron off the tee.
The sixth is the first par three on the course, a flat 132 metre shot to a fairly open green that is fairly long.
|The seventh green|
|The 8th hole. The 17th tee is at left in the foreground.|
The course concludes with a downhill par five at 455 metres - perhaps a little short, but a nice finish. There's a bit of a dogleg off the tee which favours a bit of a fade, and then it's straight to the green.
In summary, Ravenshoe-Millstream is a nicely laid out, natural feeling, bushland golf course. It's currently in need of rain to clear up some bare patches in the fairways, and a couple of greens have some patches in need of work. The course fee is a bargain at $10 for the day, so you can play as many holes as you like, and the clubhouse was surprisingly good for a small out of the way club.