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Published March 21st 2017
Tee Time at Yarrawonga
Yarrawonga's Peter Thompson-designed Black Bull Golf Course is the centre piece of the Silverwoods Golf and Lifestyle Resort right on the southern shore of Lake Mulwala and just 2.5 kms east of Yarrawonga's CBD on the Murray Valley Highway.
Yarrawonga's Black Bull Golf Club has first class practice areas, a fully stocked pro-shop and inviting 19th hole. Photo: Janet Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
The 6256 metre Par 72 course is classified a Resort Links with carpet-like Grand Prix couch fairways and lively G2 Bent greens.
It's a challenging course with wide sweeping fairways and plenty of bunkers plus water hazards all strategically positioned to capture any wayward shots.
The Black Bull is watching over your every stroke. Photo: Janet Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Welcome to the Bull Ring - a challenging series of holes on the front nine. Photo: Janet Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
The Bull Ring is a testing little section comprising the 4th, 5th and 6th holes.
The 4th is a daunting 179 metre overwater Par 3, the 5th a 353 metre Par 4 with bunkers and water up the right side and the 6th another Par 4 390 metres with fairway bunkers left & right and water behind a bunkered green. You'll need to be on your toes through here – No Bull!
Despite the Black Bull's challenging layout Yarrawonga's great weather makes for some very relaxed golf. Photo: Janet Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
It's worth noting too that the Black Bull's website and card euphemistically ask golfers to "be aware of the native fauna & flora" that call the course home. In other words, keep a wary eye out for snakes in the warmer months.
I've been to beaches with less sand. But then the Black Bull is all about the challenge. Photo: Janet Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
An excellent undercover driving range, practice putting greens & bunkers ensure you'll be properly warmed-up before you hit the first tee.
The Black Bull pro shop offers coaching and club-fitting services together with a broad range of merchandise to ensure you hit the fairways fully and properly equipped. Clubs, carts and buggies are all available for hire.
Club Hire 9 Holes $15, 18 Holes $20
Cart Hire 9 Holes $22, 18 Holes $40
Buggy Hire 9 Holes $3, 18 Holes $5
Best of all an annexe to the pro shop is a well-stocked 19th hole open to members and visitors alike.
The latter stages of the Black Bull back nine meander through some much sought after real estate on the Silverwoods Golf and Lifestyle Resort, right on the edge of Lake Mulwala. Photo: Janet Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
The twin towns or Yarrawonga and Mulwala are just over 3 hours drive north of Melbourne via the Hume and Goulbourn Valley Freeways or via the Hume Freeway to Benalla then the C373 to Yarrawonga. Both boast a broad range of accommodation options together with a variety of excellent sports and service clubs.
It's a great weekend away destination and, for golfers anyway, the Black Bull is just the icing on the cake.