This top private course gave its public neighbor a spectacular lift

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Imagine if Gil Hanse reworked Augusta Municipal Golf Course, the city-owned track near the home of the Masters, and Augusta National paid for it — and agreed to do the maintenance, too.

Or if Tom Doak touched up Pacific Grove Golf Links, the seaside muni just north of Monterey, and Cypress Point assumed its care.

Nothing of the sort would ever happen, right? And yet it has, half a world away.

For the details, we turn our gaze Down Under to the Melbourne Sandbelt and a course called Sandy Golf Links, formerly known as Sandringham.

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Words Josh Sens. January 31, 2022.