Bonville Golf Resort is in pristine condition for the third edition of the Geoff King Motors Australian Ladies Classic – Bonville. It is also the opening event on the 2020 Ladies European Tour (LET), and it gets underway on Thursday.
Despite more than enough rain over the last few weeks the course superintendent Aaron Banks and his crew have been busy getting the course into its usual fantastic condition.
“We have had one or two issues,” he smiled. “400mm of rain in the last four days does that,” Banks said last week.
And many of the players who arrived for an early morning practice round agree.
‘It’s my first time playing here, and I’m blown away by it.
“They call it the Augusta of Australia and I can totally agree with that,” Queensland’s Becky Kay grinned.
Her practice round partner Georgia Clarke agreed.
“The guys have done an amazing job considering the amount of rain they have had down here.
“The course is beautiful as always.”
The tournament is also the opening event on the 2020 Ladies European Tour Schedule, and around 90 of Europe’s leading players have made the trek to Bonville.
For some, it is the first time they have seen the course, while for others, it’s like a return to familiar surroundings.
France’s Isabelle Boineau was out early for a look around the Bonville layout. On her third visit, she enjoys returning to the region.
It’s a great place to come. It’s in a great shape and it is a good, competitive course. It asks us to make a lot of different shots.
“We arrive about a week before, it is so far. 24 hours to get here.”
Boineau’s playing partner, American Amelia Lewis is on her second trip to Bonville and loves the course.
“I played yesterday. It is a bit wet with all the rain, but it is so green.”
“I love Australia and love the course.”