Erinvale has possibly the largest sized greens of any Top 100 course, which makes back pins a challenging proposition. They offer a multitude of pin positions and are cleverly designed. Misjudge your approach shot and you could find yourself with an extremely lengthy putt. I’m told by Greg Leckie, the club’s long-serving superintendent, that all 18 occupy a total of 1.3 hectares (they wouldn’t nearly fit into a rugby field), about double the normal size you find at most courses. And yet the tough long par-4 17th has a tiny green compared to the others, a narrow target between two greenside bunkers. Flirt with the edges of these greens and you are usually in trouble, water, ditches, swales and bunkers. The greens are magnificent for putting, running at a perfect pace, and the overall conditioning of the course cannot be faulted. The clubhouse downstairs has had another upgrade and is a comfortable and attractive space for before and after the round.