Peninsula Golf Courses

With an abundance of magnificent golf courses and boasting the new home of the Australian Open, the Mornington Peninsula has something to offer every golfer. Let Woodman Estate tailor your dream golfing holiday.

Victoria's Mornington Peninsula can be favourably compared to some of the finest Peninsulas in the World. There is an abundance of great golf courses and stunning coastal views from every corner of the Mornington Peninsula. Situated just an hour outside of Melbourne the golf here is simply awesome. There is a tremendous variety of golf courses available including links and resort style courses, all are in excellent condition year round and extremely affordable.

In fact the Mornington Peninsula is set to become Australia's home of golf, with a spate of new golf courses planned including the Moonah Links which will not only house the Australian Golf Union headquarters and Australian Golf Museum, but also the Australian Open every three years from 2003. The ambitious project will create for Australian golf an official headquarters, similar to the Royal and Ancient at St. Andrews.

The Moonah Links project features 36 holes built on a region known as The Cups, 1500 hectares of ancient rolling sand dunes along the southern edge of the Peninsula. The land is, as such, ideally suited to links golf. The area is well drained with a climate ideal for growing turf and a quality underground water supply.

This is not the only new golf course development on the Peninsula. The National Golf Club at Cape Schanck started the ball rolling, back in 1997, when it acquired extra land adjacent to the existing National course and commissioned Greg Norman and Peter Thomson to design and build two spectacular links style courses. Both courses were opened in 2000 and won rave reviews almost immediately.

The National is the only golf club in Australia that offers its members 54 holes on which to play, and the stunning variety of golf available make the membership one of the most envied throughout the country. There are also other golf course developments planned for the Mornington Peninsula including "The Golf Club" to be designed by Ian Baker-Finch, and situated near the Rye Back Beach with ocean views. This project is being developed by David Inglis, the founder of the Heritage Country Club and one of the original visionaries of The National Golf Club. Back in 1997, Duncan Andrews opened The Dunes Golf Links which won almost immediate acclaim and has become Australia's best public golf course and is already ranked amongst Australia's Top 25 courses. In many ways his great vision for the Peninsula to become a great golfing destination, has helped see the area flourish to a point where it can now be compared favourably to any golf region in the world.

The Dunes in Rye is a piece of pure Scottish/Irish linksland – created by God, and merely requiring man to mow a little grass. True, the fairways have been sown in the latest fashionable strain of couch – Santa Ana – and the greens are bent grass, the whole lot fully irrigated, but the rough is natural, and more importantly, so is most of the topography. The Dunes has one solitary tree upon it, so man must battle with wind and the other elements in the true traditions of the game.

The course winds through rolling valleys, hollows, hillocks and swales, and although there are just a few gentle hills, most greens and tees are in elevated positions so that a stout constitution is desirable.

There’s not a weak hole on the course, but a couple define what it’s all about. The 354m par four 14th, if played from the true tee position, confronts the golfer with a tee shot played through a narrow chute beneath two monstrous dunes to a distant dogleg beyond. Judging distances is always part of the challenge on a treeless links course, so play the course a couple of times to truly appreciate it.

The 17th is a longish par three, described as "an exquisite golf hole" by none other than 5 times British Open champion Tom Watson, who should know a thing or two about Links golf.

The National was originally home to one of Australia's most dramatic golf courses and now there are three great courses for the exclusive membership to choose from. Robert Trent Jones Jnr, designed the original National golf course which opened back in 1988 and is currently ranked within Australia's Top 20.

The good judges will tell you that the two new courses designed by Greg Norman and Thomson, Wolveridge, Perrett are even better. The new land is a completely different landscape with a pure links feel to it, and has been described by both Greg Norman and Peter Thomson as the best golf land they have ever seen. Mike Wolveridge even went so far as to proclaim the Ocean course at The National as the best course they have ever designed.

Both The Norman designed Moonah course, and the Ocean course opened for play in 2000.

Portsea is one of the older courses on the Peninsula experiencing somewhat of a rebirth in recent times with the explosion of golf on the Peninsula. The course is highly ranked in Australia and consistenly rates well in the top few of Victoria's best public access courses.

The rolling hills provide spectacular views across the bay and also give you a good aerobic work out along the way.

The superb couch fairways will never leave you with a bad lie, while the greens are fast and true - as good as any on the famed sandbelt courses. One of the country's best and most famous Pro Ams is held there on the second of January each year. Visitors will be welcome to play the famous course at most times, but always check before playing.

Cape Schanck Golf Course is situated right next door to the existing National golf course and enjoys much of the breathtaking surroundings of its more famous neighbour. The course is a resort style, public access course that is immaculately presented and one of Victoria's most popular public courses. It was recently rated the 8th best public access course in Victoria.

Cape Schanck offers so much more than great golf including Luxury on course accommodation in the resorts villas that provide amazing ocean and bay views. The resort also houses a state of the art conference facility and convention centre.

Sorrento Golf Club was recently rated the 12th best public access course in Victoria and is one of the Mornington Peninsula's established golf clubs that is experiencing greater popularity with the increase exposure of the region. The course is well groomed and undulating with all year playability set on a sand and limestone base. The generous fairways and roughs are surrounded by heavily wooded plantations, and the course features quick greens and excellent bunkering. Sorrento is certainly one Peninsula course not to be missed.

Flinders Golf Club is one of the most scenic in all of Australia, with several holes running towards or alongside the ocean and featuring superb views of Bass Strait. The short Par 4 fourth hole, known as the Coffin, is one of the most famous on the Peninsula. The hole runs along a cliff top, with breathtaking views of the ocean to your left and deep gullies and gorges guarding the small green.

Eagle Ridge Golf Course has recently upgraded their facilities with a stunning $6 million clubhouse completed in 1999 and continued course improvements increasing what was already a fine golf experience. The course is very undulating and features 3 lakes, plenty of bunkers, excellent bent grass greens and reticulated fairways. The course itself is a sand-belt links style with several holes tree lined, whilst other played out in the open, more links style. Eagle Ridge is an excellent wet weather course.

Melbourne Courses and Golfing Opportunities
In addition to these magnificent Mornington Peninsula courses, Melbourne boasts a number of internationally acclaimed courses available for use by golf club members with reciprocal visiting rights. These include -

  • Royal Melbourne
  • Victoria Golf Club
  • Huntingdale Golf Club
  • Metropolitan Golf Club
  • Yarra Yarra Golf Club
  • Kingston Heath

Ask our staff for further information regarding access to any of these golf clubs.


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