St Andrews Beach (Gunnamatta Course)

St Andrews Beach (Gunnamatta Course)

Course Overview

Par: 72
ACR: 74
Length (m): 6090
Architect: Tom Doak
Design Year: 2004
Top 100: 28
St Andrews Beach (Gunnamatta Course) is a public golf course offering a wide range of playing times 7 days per week. Contact either St Andrews Beach (Gunnamatta Course) or GOLFSelect for more information.

International renowned golf course architect, Tom Doak, has designed this classic 18 hole 'links' style course on this unique property just 80 minutes from the centre of Melbourne.

Located in the famed Cups region of the Mornington Peninsula, the first course, the Gunnamatta, officially opened in late 2005 whilst the second course (Fingal) is scheduled to open late 2008. The Gunnamatta course is a Public Access course and features some truly dramatic holes and the careful use of natural hazards. Big scale undulations, combined with creases, bumps and hollows are very reminiscent of the ancient coastal courses of the United Kingdom.

The layout is challenging and visually spectacular with demanding second shots to well placed greens often framed by natural amphitheatres. Craggy Tom Doak style bunkering is common on many of the holes and helps to add the course character that people are starting to ssociate with a Doak designed golf course.

As testament to the quality of the layout the Gunnamatta course debuted 9th in the 2005 Golf Australia Magazine ratings. This is certainly a course worth playing and GOLFSelect can help you experience the wonders of this golf course.

Address and Contact Details

St Andrews Beach (Gunnamatta Course)
209 Sandy Road
St Andrews Beach, Victoria, 3941
Tel: 03-5988-6000
Pro: 03-5988-6000 / 03-5988-5366
Fax: 03-5988-5344

Location Map

Course Location Map  Driving Directions

Course Wallpaper Images

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Course Playing Tips

Hole 1, Par 5 (497 m)
A genuine three shot par five is a spectacular start to your round; this hole plays from an elevated tee across a broad valley, to a beautifully situated green, over fearsome looking sand traps.

Hole 2, Par 4 (279 m)
A long drive of high risk reward' or a medium iron off the tee for positioning' are your choices as this hole is flanked by the largest natural hazard on the property. The fairway dips from the tee into a shallow valley, before rising gently to a long undulating green, heavily bunkered by a blown-out sand dune to the left and front, as well as bunkers behind.

Hole 3, Par 4 (405 m)
This hole is possibly the toughest par 4 on the course. The key to this hole is to get a good drive away to the turn, which exposes a spectacular narrow opening to a large green. Your second shot requires a medium to long iron to be hit with precision. Keep away from the left hand trap...those brave enough to fly the bunkers with be pleasantly surprised with the roll provided by the large hill feeding down to the green situated in a beautiful natural amphitheatre!

Hole 4, Par 3 (197 m)
Hitting into an elevated green across a valley, surrounded by bunkers to the left and right, this par 3 will be a challenge in the ever changing winds. This hole of great natural beauty appears daunting yet very manageable.

Hole 5, Par 4 (387 m)
Beginning from a high elevated tee shot, this is a shot to let rip if you are feeling confident! Take care to avoid the fairway bunker and the rough bunkering to the left of the fairway. The green is open and wide, sloping front-to-back and left-to-right, with bunkering at the front. A good drive will leave you with a short iron to the green. Good opportunity for Birdie!

Hole 6, Par 3 (169 m)
Probably the most visually spectacular hole on the course wonderfully nestled within a small natural amphitheatre among the trees. The green sits just beyond striking bunkering, and is far more generous and forgiving than appearances from the tee suggest. A medium to long iron shot avoid bunker traps on the right and beware of the wind above if your ball finds the putting surface you'll be pleasantly surprised by the size of the green.

Hole 7, Par 4 (377 m)
Beginning from a spectacular elevated tee position, this short par 4 allows a massive joined fairway for the big hitter. A long drive will fly the fairway bunkers, then a short iron to an open rolling green, with challenging rolls and bunkering around. Excellent short par 4 hole that will separate the cream from the crop.

Hole 8, Par 4 (332 m)
A classic hole and another elevated hole like the 7th. With large swales in the fairway, a true links hole, you'll be surprised how far the ball rolls! Dramatic bunkers flank the fairway with the small bunkerless green set amongst a cluster of Moonah trees. The green is the smallest on the course, subtly contoured, with a wide apron to the right and plenty of room behind and to the left.

Hole 9, Par 4 (339 m)
A clear drive from a tee benched halfway up a small dune, you drive to a wide, rolling fairway with the far bunkers seemingly out of reach. Take care to avoid the fairway bunkering close to the green. The small, two level elevated green is flanked by natural bunkers to the right. This hole gets more spectacular the closer you get to the green, one can become so preoccupied with the green, you forget about the bunker front right!

Hole 10, Par 4 (384 m)
The outstanding feature of this hole is the cluster of bunkers on the right of the fairway, encouraging you to think about your second shot! You need to approach from the left, taking care to avoid the rear bunkering on the smallish elevated knob green. Positioning your shot onto the green is the key to this hole!

Hole 11, Par 3 (147 m)
What a beauty...split tee options, both offering dramatically different tee shots! The green is tight with bunkering on the back and right sides. Winds of the day will need to be considered. The rear right of the green is the safest play, allowing the ball to roll back!

Hole 12, Par 4 (389 m)
From standing on the elevated tee you are naturally drawn to the direct line at the flag. Ample fairway exists to the left of the line of charm', and the prudent decision to aim left, away from the instinctive target, is rewarded with an easier approach. Playing at the flag appreciably shortens your approach, yet you must negotiate fearsome greenside traps and a green surface which slopes away from you.

Hole 13, Par 4 (452 m)
Fantastic hole which blindfolds you from the tee! Over a ridge appears a majestic tumbling fairway which rolls away from you to a tiny bunkerless green in its own amphitheatre. Your second shot will surprise you, provided you can avoid possibly the deepest bunkering on the course, to your right just prior to the green. Look for the lone Moonah tree on the hill as your direction to the tee!

Hole 14, Par 4 (279 m)
A truly challenging hole, presented by a cross wind from St Andrews Beach, this short par 4 allows a big drive from the tee, avoid the fairway bunker close to the green sprawled by further bunkering to the green. Stay left and you'll score well!

Hole 15, Par 4 (361 m)
A subtle hole, which gently bends around a stately hill, to a beautifully uncomplicated green. This hole with a southerly is a birdie chance, yet a tough, blind mid iron / long iron approach into the hot summer northerly winds.

Hole 16, Par 3 (197 m)
The last par 3 is a wonderful 'Redan hole', modeled after the famous 15th at North Berwick in Scotland. Probably the most difficult par 3 on the course the left tilted green site is devilishly guarded, approach with respect!. A 240m tiger tee (not in play) was a parting gift from Tom and his crew!

Hole 17, Par 5 (468 m)
A genuine chance to get home in 2! A spectacular elevated tee, allows a big drive, falling short of the fairway bunkering. Your 2nd shot would be a fairway wood keeping to the right, allowing entry to an open green featuring rear bunkering for the over hitter. This hole provides a strong finish and another good birdie opportunity.

Hole 18, Par 4 (404 m)
This hole is visually spectacular from the tee, featuring strategically placed fairway bunkers entering a Moonah tree bowl wrapping the green. This hole encourages a big drive, taking care to avoid the centre fairway bunker. Your second shot will need to be a medium to short range iron to the centre of the green.

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