The Dunes Golf Links

The Dunes Golf Links

Course Overview

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6409
Architect: Tony Cashmore
Design Year: 1997
Top 100: 16
The Dunes Golf Links is a public golf course offering a wide range of playing times 7 days per week. Contact either The Dunes Golf Links or GOLFSelect for more information.

The Dunes Golf Links is a great links style course on the Mornington Peninsula and many of the holes could be plucked straight from Scotland or Ireland. The Dunes is one of very few links style courses in Australia. All the holes are played through and over rolling sand dunes on what is known as the "Cups Country" of the Mornington Peninsula.

The Mornington Peninsula is fast becoming Australia's answer to the Monterey Peninsula of California or South Carolina also in the USA. The large number of courses in the region make it a real golfing getaway.

The 18 holes Dunes Championship course is a tough test for all standards of golfer, especially when subjected to the elements (which is generally the case). The Cups 9 hole course is a more relaxed par 33 layout designed to attract the casual golfer.

The championship course features a number of different styles of holes, some with elevated tees hitting down to wide fairways, a number which are generally flat with subtle undulations and some great par 3s where bunkering, wind and large, uneven putting surfaces are the norm. Wind is a real factor at The Dunes and slightly errant shots are exaggerated by the wind's presence, leaving a more difficult approach, or in many cases, a chip out of complete trouble. 

Address and Contact Details

The Dunes Golf Links
Browns Road
Rye, Victoria, 3941
Tel: 03-5985-1334
Pro: 03-5985-1334
Fax: 03-5985-8305

Location Map

Course Location Map  Driving Directions

Course Wallpaper Images

All wallpaper images by Gary Lisbon Golf Photography.

Note: If your golf club is interested in Gary undertaking a photo shoot of your course then please contact him personally on +61-3-9563-6776 or complete our enquiry form.

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Course Playing Tips

Hole 1, Par 4 (409 m)
This hole is a mid length par 4 whereby keeping a line left of the distant cypress trees, you can cut the corner off the fairway.

Hole 2, Par 4 (365 m)
The second shot on this hole is at least one more club than the yardage would suggest, and into the wind possibly two or three more clubs.

Hole 3, Par 3 (135 m)
Play this shot straight at the pin, don't go left and right.

Hole 4, Par 4 (310 m)
This short par 4 has plenty of room to the left with the drive, however a drive played left will leave a difficult second shot. The best line is straight over the bunkers.

Hole 5, Par 5 (473 m)
Don't let the dune put you off on this par 5. The carry is only 140 metres from the back tee to a big wide valley. The best line is directly over the white stone.

Hole 6, Par 3 (193 m)
This par 3 has a large green and down wind plays a short 200 metres. The best line for this hole is down the left edge.

Hole 7, Par 5 (477 m)
This is the last of the blind drive holes. Drive over the hill into the huge valley which leaves a big bail out area for the second shot to the right. Playing this line however will leave you with a tough pitch.

Hole 8, Par 4 (392 m)
Off the tee hit as far as possible.

Hole 9, Par 4 (376 m)
This part 4 has a big dogleg to the left, so aim just to the right of the fairway bunkers.

Hole 10, Par 4 (340 m)
A long drive over the bunker will leave you with a beautiful second shot.

Hole 11, Par 4 (300 m)
On this short par 4, the bunkers on the dune can be carried if the wind direction is right.

Hole 12, Par 5 (502 m)
This par 5 is the longest hole on the course with a tough dog leg to the right. A long drive down the centre will open up the hidden green through the wasteland.

Hole 13, Par 3 (160 m)
This hole plays long into the wind with more room at the back left section of the green than what appears.

Hole 14, Par 4 (354 m)
Watch out for the second shot as it is longer than what the yardage would suggest on this par 4.

Hole 15, Par 5 (392 m)
Off the tee, keep left of the "six pack" fairway bunkers and carefully place your second shot. Also make special note of the reverse tier on the green.

Hole 16, Par 4 (419 m)
For this par 4, a drive left of centre will ensure a shorter and safer shot.

Hole 17, Par 3 (179 m)
A beautiful looking par 3 hole however if you intend missing the green (which none of us do!) miss it right.

Hole 18, Par 4 (409 m)
Aim just left of the slot in the dunes, and this will bring you to rest in a beautiful wide valley.

Course Dress Regulations

The Dunes requests neat golf attire at all times. The following is the dress standard that is required while on the course and in the Clubhouse :

  • Collared shirts are compulsory.
  • Slacks or shorts must be tailored. Predominately white socks are to be worn when wearing shorts. No football socks will be allowed
  • No Denim attire is accepted
  • Football Jerseys, T-shirts or Track Suits are non-complying with the dress standards
  • Golf shoes are the preferred footwear, shoes that are not golf shoes must enclose the feet and have flat soles
  • The Dunes Golf Links is a compulsory soft spike course

To Gain Entry into the Clubhouse all the above conditions apply excepting footwear and trousers. The changes are:

  • Footwear in the clubhouse may be heeled
  • Clean, neat and tidy jeans are permitted in the Clubhouse.
  • No hats are to be worn in the Clubhouse
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