Players returning to the 2017 Northern Territory PGA Championship – presented by Cazalys Palmerston; may notice a number of subtle changes that have been made to the golf course over the past 12 months.
New tees have been installed at the par-four 5th and 18th holes, both providing tournament organisers with the option to increase the length of both holes on certain days.
The new tee at the 18th extends the hole by over 30 metres, providing competitors with a few more thought processes to consider at the conclusion of their rounds.
The 5th hole, potentially a driveable ‘risk reward’ proposition for players of this calibre, can also be extended by around 30 metres if required with the inclusion of a new back tee.
The ‘Hand of God’ has also been responsible for the demise of a number of enormous Mahogany trees that were uprooted in wet season storms, some in quite strategic locations which should bring smiles to the faces of a number of players who tangled with them in 2016.
The tree-lined par-71 layout certainly held its own last year, with the halfway cut falling at one-over par and winner Jordan Zunic finishing at 11-under for the four rounds.
No player shot all four rounds in the 60s and just four players (Zunic, Max McCardle, David Bransdon and Taylor McDonald) shot sub-par rounds every day.
With the tournament being held just two weeks after last year’s dates, Darwin’s glorious dry season weather will be expected all week with the course conditions to play 'firm and fast' once again.