The Heritage Golf and Country Club (St.John Course)

The Heritage Golf and Country Club (St.John Course)

Course Overview

Par: 72
ACR: 76
Length (m): 6667
Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Design Year: 2000
Top 100: 62
The Heritage Golf and Country Club (St.John Course) is a private golf course. Guests must be accompanied by a member. Limited opportunities exist for interstate and overseas golfers to play The Heritage Golf and Country Club (St.John Course) through GOLFSelect. Contact GOLFSelect for more information.

The Heritage Golf and Country Club is a vision which has been a long time in the making. Located in the spectacular Yarra Valley (a prime Victorian wine district) The Heritage is a Jack Nicklaus Signature designed golf course which meanders its way through gently rolling hills and carefully placed water hazards.

The St.John course is a par 72 course which will have you using every club in your bag. With an ACR of 74 off the Gold tee, this beautifully constructed par 72 course challenges at every turn with excellent water features and strategically placed slopes, mounds and traps.

Jack Nicklaus, arguably the most influential player in golfing history, has drawn on all his experience in designing the St John course - a spectacular parkland course which complements the exquisite beauty of the valley. He has also acted as a Consultant in the development of a second 18 - The Henley, a traditional links style course designed by Tony Cashmore.

Both these courses benefit from an excellent sand base (the result of a massive sand capping process) allowing greenkeepers to grow carpet-like couch fairways with ease. The natural, virtually instantaneous drainage following rainfall allows for uninterrupted play.

The St.John course is a championship golf course and at 6670 metres long features specially designed bunkering to guide players toward the green. Generous landing areas, sculptured fairways, immaculately groomed greens, paved cart paths that weave throughout the course, and meticulous landscaping all add to your playing pleasure.

From the challenging quarry hole par 3 11th (with water down the right hand side and and an ever-present quarry rock face skirting the left side of the hole) to the series of long and testing par 4's, The Heritage is an enjoyable test of golf.

Address and Contact Details

The Heritage Golf and Country Club (St.John Course)
Heritage Avenue
Chirnside Park, Victoria, 3115
Tel: 03-9760-3300
Pro: 03-9760-3322
Fax: 03-9760-3325

Location Map

Course Location Map  Driving Directions

Course Wallpaper Images

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Course Playing Tips

Hole 1, Par 4 (324 m)
This short par 4 should help the golfer get off to a quick start, but poor execution could leave the golfer with a bag score to start with. The best play is a driver off the tee, favouring the right half of the fairway. This will leave the best angle into the gently contoured green.

Hole 2, Par 4 (399 m)
Although a bold play, the best tee shot on this long par 4 will be played to the right half of the fairway, bringing the water on the right side of the tee shot into play. If successful off the tee, the golfer will find themselves with a shorter shot to the green with a much better angle into the green. The green pitches from left to right.

Hole 3, Par 3 (169 m)
This mid-length par 3 favours a variety of shots depending on the pin location. A fade to the green works best when the pin is up front or right center, but the always-difficult high draw is favoured when the pin is in the back section of the green.

Hole 4, Par 5 (502 m)
The best shot is played as close to the small pot bunker on the left. The golfer then has the best chance to hit the green in two when playing down wind, or to clear the cross bunkers when playing into the wind. Clearing the cross bunkers on the second shot is required if you are to get a clear view of the putting surface for your third shot.

Hole 5, Par 4 (400 m)
A well-struck tee shot, avoiding the bunkers is a must. Not to be outdone by the tee shot, the second shot is one of the most exciting on the golf course. While avoiding the bunker short left of the green, the golfer will have to use the fairway contours to keep the ball out of the collection bunker on the right and onto the putting surface.

Hole 6, Par 4 (348 m)
Although distance off the tee is a real advantage, accuracy off the tee is the key to par or birdie on this hole. With bunkers protecting both sides of the fairway, finding any one of them will bring the pond protecting the right side of the green much more into play.

Hole 7, Par 3 (144 m)
This long, slightly uphill par 3 demands an accurate, well-struck shot to reach this well bunkered green. Because of the green angle and contours, a draw is the best shape for your shot here.

Hole 8, Par 4 (393 m)
An accurate, strong tee shot is needed. The 2nd shot looks tough but can play much easier than it appears if the golfer takes advantage of the contours in the approach and green. These contours strongly slope right to left and help the ball feed towards the center of the green. When the pin is on the left, a ball hit to the center should pick up the elevation change in the middle of the green, and feed to the pin.

Hole 9, Par 5 (479 m)
The mid-length par 5 is very reachable in two if a strong drive is struck over the fairway bunker on the left. If successful the ball will reach the elevation change in the fairway, which will feed the ball forward another 10-20 meters. If the golfer achieves this then they will have a good angle to the green, where they have the luxury of being able to hit their second shot short of the green and still have a good chance to bounce the ball on the green. Whether it's the second or third shot to be hit into the green, hitting from as close to the water as possible is a much easier shot because of the angle of the green.

Hole 10, Par 4 (339 m)
The golfer may want to hit a fairway wood off this tee to place their drive between the bunkers protecting both sides of the fairway. Water is very much in play on the second shot as it lays in front of the entire green and fairway pad to the right of the green. Precise placement of the second shot is required on this small but contoured green.

Hole 11, Par 3 (165 m)
With the green sitting at the base of an old quarry and with water protecting the entire right side of the hole, an accurate mid iron is required on this beautiful par 3. With the green measuring almost 40 meters in length, club selection is critical.

Hole 12, Par 5 (464 m)
This downhill tee shot may be the most dramatic tee shot on the golf course. A well placed drive right of the bunkers, but keeping out of the water leaves the golfer the option to reach the green in two. If the golfer can?t reach the green in two, their 2nd shot is best played as close to the water as their nerve allows.

Hole 13, Par 4 (329 m)
This short par 4 plays much harder than its length in that it plays up to 15 meters uphill depending on the tee the golfer chooses to play from. A deep bunker protects the right side of the hole for those golfers trying to cut off as much length as possible. Be sure to take an extra club or two when hitting to the green to compensate for how uphill it plays.

Hole 14, Par 4 (396 m)
Although there are no bunkers on the tee shot, a good tee shot works best favouring the left side of the fairway. With the green angling and pitching hard from left to right, a fade is best played to the left center part of the green without bringing the deep greenside bunker into play.

Hole 15, Par 5 (491 m)
A generous fairway awaits the golfer off the tee. With water protecting the entire left side of the hole and bunkers protecting the right side, placement is critical on this hole. The best angle into the green on the third shot will depend on the location of the pin. Front and left pins are best attacked from the right side of the fairway.

Hole 16, Par 4 (393 m)
This long par 4, plays even longer being over 6 meters up-hill. A strong drive avoiding the deep bunker on the left and right of the landing area is needed. With two bunkers left of the green and one right, an accurate long iron or fairway wood is needed to find the green in two.

Hole 17, Par 3 (171 m)
A long iron or fairway wood is required to reach the green. Like many of the approaches at The Heritage, strong side pitches in the approach help to feed the ball into the green.

Hole 18, Par 4 (432 m)
Off the tee you can hit over the bunkers (to create a shorter approach) or they can play more conservatively off the tee, avoiding the bunkers, but leaving a longer shot with a much more difficult angle to the green. The green is well protected with bunkers, thus demanding both strength and accuracy for the second shot on this difficult, long par 4.

Course Dress Regulations


  • Footwear: Golf shoes with soft spikes. Metal spikes are not permitted.
  • Socks: Worn with shorts, socks may be short but must be predominantly white.
  • Shorts: Tailored walk shorts. Cargo shorts, athletic shorts and below knee length shorts are not permitted. Elastic waist or drawstring shorts are not permitted.
  • Slacks: Tailored slacks and must not be tucked into socks.
  • Shirts: All shirts must have a collar and be tucked in.
  • Not Permitted: Denim jeans, track suits or leisure pants, t-shirts or shirts without a collar, clothing carrying emblazoned advertising.


  • Footwear: Golf shoes with soft spikes. Metal spikes are not permitted.
  • Shorts: Tailored walks shorts.
  • Slacks: Tailored slacks and must not be tucked into socks.
  • Shirts: All shirts must have a collar and be tucked in unless they have a band.
  • Not Permitted: Jeans, denim, tracksuits or leisure pants, t-shirts or shirts without a collar, clothing carrying emblazoned advertising.
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