|The opening tee shot at Cardwell|
Cardwell is a very, very flat course, and, as I found, has some drainage issues in a couple of areas of the first and second holes after rain, but the rest seemed to have dried out well. It's a woodland style course and a habitat for the endangered mahogany glider, for which the club is providing nesting boxes.
The course makes good use of a small creek that runs down it's southern edge, crossing it on the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th holes. There's also a pond on the 9th, so you may want to bring a few spare balls. The greens are unfortunately a bit unimaginative, generally small and circular, which seems the norm at small courses for some reason, but were well maintained. The fairways and rough were also in good condition.
Green fees are $20, with an honesty box system in use. As usual, photos and a brief hole-by-hole description are below the fold.
|A slightly boggy approach to the first green|
|The second green|
|The third green is protected by a creek with deep rough|
The fourth hole starts with a tee shot over the creek to another generous fairway. It's only 300 metres long and there's little danger.
The longest par four on the course is the 401 metre fifth hole, running straight back toward the coast. For such a long hole the green is tiny, and sits out in the open past the tree line.
The sixth hole is a 437 metre par five with a sharp dogleg to the left. The seventh and eighth hole lie within the dogleg, but are declared out of bounds. The approach shot to the green is over the creek again.
|That creek keeps on appearing|
|The eighth green|
|Your tee shot on the ninth has to avoid the pond on the left|
|The ninth green looking back down the fairway|
The clubhouse seems to be shared with the lawn bowls club, and has a large patio area looking down the ninth hole. It was closed when I was there, so I didn't get to peek inside. If playing during the week I would recommend picking up some drinks from the shops just in case.