Eynsebury golf course, built by Graham Marsh’s team as part of the ambitious development of an 18,000-acre property in Melbourne's west, opened to the public in 2007 and enjoys pleasant rural views of the regions bushland and its impressive Grey Box forests. This easy walking layout is built through what will eventually be housing but with enough fairway separation to ensure the golf never feels hemmed in. Greens and tees are located in close proximity and there is a nice flow to the routing with enough of the holes displaying a distinct personality.
Eynesbury was a fairly difficult project for these designers, as the virgin site was essentially flat and a tremendous amount of dirt had to be pushed around to create the undulation required to make golf interesting. Generally speaking the shaping work was well handled, with the track’s best holes tending to be those that are uncomplicated by heavy contouring or unnecessary obstacles. An obvious exception is the par five 10th, its final third split by a deep meandering ditch that creates a really effective upper shelf for golfers to attack on their second stroke. Hitting toward the higher road is more dangerous but it leaves golfers with a far simpler approach than from the conservative lower area. Unfortunately the use of this same ditch elsewhere is less effective, while targets on a couple of the longer fours do seem unduly complex. Otherwise Eynesbury is a pretty good track that provides great value golf for public course players in this part of Melbourne.