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Australia's "the Cut" Country Club

Set on real linksland, the Cut in Western Australia is routed through undulating dunes, with twelve holes offering views of the Indian Ocean. Located fifty miles south of Perth, the Cut was opened in 2005 and named after the Dawesville Channel that "cuts" between the ocean and the Peel Inlet. "Very rarely do you find a piece of property so stunning that you just can't imagine it being used for anything other than golf," says course designer James Wilcher. Measuring 7,023 yards from the tips, the Cut tests players with a southwest wind that regularly reaches 40 m.p.h. The short 322-yard par-four seventeenth (pictured) is a dogleg right with a blind tee shot. The Cut is part of the Port Bouvard Residential Estate, which includes homesites, villas, a town center and a marina. A hotel and two apartment towers are planned for completion in 2009, and the golf club will offer an international membership later this year. For more information, call 011-618/9582-4444 or visit the-cut.com.au.

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