Golf enthusiasts took advantage of the opportunity to watch Bendigo's greatest golfer in action on Saturday.
PGA Tour winner Lucas Herbert played in the Bendigo Golf Club's annual Christmas Challenge event and local members and golf fans walked the fairways to see what it takes to be the 41st ranked player in the world.
Herbert didn't let the onlookers down, particularly with some of his drives as he launched his ball to areas of fairways that club players could only dream of reaching off the tee.
Herbert spoke with the gallery and was happy to give out some advice to the keen golfers.
Herbert had a high-profile team-mate for the best ball stableford event in Western Bulldogs premiership forward Tory Dickson.
Dickson played 114 games for the Bulldogs and kicked 181 goals, including three majors in the 2016 grand final win over Sydney.
Herbert, a parochial Western Bulldogs fan, played off a handicap of plus six in Saturday's event, while Dickson played off 12.
Dickson was no slouch in terms of distance off the tee, regularly blasting his ball a long way down the fairway.
Herbert is back in Bendigo for a short break to catch up with family and friends.
Straight after Christmas he has a stopover in Queensland before traveling to Hawaii for his first event of 2022 on the PGA Tour, which starts on January 6.
He has two events in Hawaii before the tour returns to the west coast of America for three events in California, including the iconic Pebble Beach Pro-Am in the first week of February.
Herbert will make his US Masters debut at Augusta from April 7-10.
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Their handicap was always going to make it tough for Herbert and Dickson to win the event on Saturday.
With a field of about 200 players, a morning trophy and afternoon trophy were presented.
In the morning event, James Boyd and Campbell Boyd scored 46 points to win on a countback from Graham McIntosh and Mal McIntosh and Paul Bowe and Darren McGregor.
Fourth place went to Les Dean and Mick O'Sullivan on 45 points.
In the afternoon group, Tim Rodda and David Boromeo scored 48 points to edge out Mike Harris and Stephen Turner on 47 points.
Mick Taylor and Gary Dougall were third on 46 points on a countback from Peter Mill and David Trickey.
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