Mount Compass (formerly Fleurieu) is not well known, not designed by a famous architect and not the recipient of a benefactor’s largesse, in fact it is unbelievably maintained by only 3 greenstaff. Despite these ‘handicaps’ and the fact it appears to be patronized more by kangaroos than golfers, this course is eye-poppingly good. The layout is well considered and flows with the terrain beautifully, providing that ‘natural’ feel to the holes. There is an excellent mix of green sizes and complexity allowing for a variety of pin positions, which, depending on the wind, would provide for a lot of options when setting up the course.
Considering the nominal greens crew, the conditioning is baffling. Most courses have two or three times the staff numbers with less results. With a couple more staff tending to the finer points of conditioning I would consider this course a contender for a place inside Australia’s top 70.
Pick of the holes are; the short par four 6th, a classic risk/reward hole with a solid carry over wasteland and the 10th, a dogleg par five reachable in two but can be played a myriad of different ways. Another worthy contender is the par three 12th, a solid mid-to-long iron to a large green well protected by bunkers and a water hazard front right. (Aaron Spalding)
From Australian Golf Digest (May, 2013)