Overview

The Mornington Peninsula is the perfect golfing destination for your group. It is within easy reach from Melbourne and comprises some amazing golf courses. The rugged coastal area allows for perfect links conditions as well as some traditional tree lined classic courses. The region is also famous for its wines which are considered some of the finest in the country. You can enjoy tastings at the Cellar Door along with craft beer, artisan food, farmers markets and even natural hot springs, or take in the beautiful coastline with ocean beaches on one side of the Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay beaches on the other.

Your accommodation at Shells Apartments offers a combination of 1/2 and 3 bedroom apartments and can be split into twin rooms if preferred. Each apartment contains a comfortable living area and fully equipped kitchen. They are located on the main high street in the center of town, just moments from a selection of restaurants and cafes and within easy reach of the beach.

Included in your trip:

  • 5 nights accommodation at Shells Apartments in Sorrento in a 3-bed/2 bathroom apartment (either twin or single occupancy rooms)
  • Cooked breakfast each morning
  • 5 rounds of golf (the courses shown are a suggestion only)
  • Each golf round includes shared motorised carts
  • Private airport and golf transfers (we can offer without transfers if preferred)

Package pricing from AUD$1,820 per person (twin share) and AUD$2,365 per person (single share) based on 12 golfers.

**Package valid throughout November 2020 - March 2021 - black out dates will apply**

Itinerary Day-by-Day

Day 1
Flights Arrive into Melbourne airport
By own arrangements (note: we can arrange for pick up from the Melbourne CBD if preferred).
Coach Transfer to golf
You will be met by your driver and taken to golf, allow 2 hours from collection at airport.
Golf
Moonah Links (Legends Course) (18 holes with shared motorised carts) 
Moonah Links Legends Course opened for play in Nov 2003. Very different layout to the Open Course, blending undulating fairways that wind through ancient Moonah forests with pure sweeping links country. With panoramic views from raised tees, shared greens and a host of other unique features this course will fast become a must play for all serious golfers.
Coach Transfer to your accommodation
After golf you are transferred to your accommodation in Sorrento. (approx 20 minutes)
Accommodation
Shells Apartments   (Shells offer 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Each apartment comes with comfortable living area and fully equipped kitchen and 2 bathrooms (1 bathroom if only 1 bedroom). As well as this you will have a balcony to socialise on with access to a BBQ. All in the centre of town and close to all amenities) 
Shells Apartments is one of the newest serviced apartments on the Mornington Peninsula. Set above some great shops and cafes, they are located right in the heart of Sorrento.
Day 2
Dining Breakfast
Breakfast is taken at a local cafe below from where your accommodation is situated
Notes Return transfers to golf
You are collected from your accommodation and taken to golf (approx 10 minutes) and picked up after your round and returned to your accommodation
Golf
Portsea Golf Club (18 holes with shared motorised carts) 
Portsea GC is a wonderful Mornington Peninsula course located adjacent to the Point Nepean National Park. The course has been carved through natural tea tree scrub which has resulted in a variety of holes -from long, sweeping par 5's which wind their ways through deep valleys through to tight par 3 holes which require pinpoint accuracy to ensure the ball remains on the putting surface.
Accommodation
Shells Apartments   
Shells Apartments is one of the newest serviced apartments on the Mornington Peninsula. Set above some great shops and cafes, they are located right in the heart of Sorrento.
Day 3
Dining Breakfast
Notes Return transfers to golf
You are collected from your accommodation and taken to golf (approx 25 minutes) and picked up after your round and returned to your accommodation
Golf
RACV Cape Schanck Resort (18 holes with shared motorised carts) 
RACV Cape Schanck Resort's 18-hole championship golf course was designed by American Robert Trent Jones Jr. in the late 1980's, created among rolling sand dunes and surrounded by national park. Perched high on one of Australia's most spectacular coastal headlands, the course boasts stunning cliff-top views over the majestic Southern Ocean and Port Phillip bay. The challenging design and breath-taking scenery combines with the course's brilliantly manicured greens and fairways to provide a fantastic backdrop for an enjoyable day's golfing.
Accommodation
Shells Apartments   
Shells Apartments is one of the newest serviced apartments on the Mornington Peninsula. Set above some great shops and cafes, they are located right in the heart of Sorrento.
Day 4
Dining Breakfast
Notes Return transfers to golf
You are collected from your accommodation and taken to golf (approx 20 minutes) and picked up after your round and returned to your accommodation
Golf
St Andrews Beach (Gunnamatta Course) (18 holes with shared motorised carts) 
St Andrews Beach GC (Gunnamatta Course) has been reopened after being closed for almost 12 months. The course is highly regarded and designed by international renowned golf course architect, Tom Doak. The course 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.
Accommodation
Shells Apartments   
Shells Apartments is one of the newest serviced apartments on the Mornington Peninsula. Set above some great shops and cafes, they are located right in the heart of Sorrento.
Day 5
Dining Breakfast
Notes Return transfers to golf
You are collected from your accommodation and taken to golf (approx 20 minutes) and picked up after your round and returned to your accommodation
Golf
The Dunes Golf Links (18 holes with shared motorised carts) 
The Dunes Golf Links is in a links style 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 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.
Accommodation
Shells Apartments   
Shells Apartments is one of the newest serviced apartments on the Mornington Peninsula. Set above some great shops and cafes, they are located right in the heart of Sorrento.
Day 6
Notes Check out of your apartments
Dining Breakfast
Notes Transfer to the airport
You are collected and transferred to the airport (allow 2 hours).

Golf Courses

Moonah Links (Legends Course)

Peter Thomson Drive
Rye, VIC, 3941
Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula

Moonah Links (Legends Course)

Moonah Links Legends Course opened for play in Nov 2003. Very different layout to the Open Course, blending undulating fairways that wind through ancient Moonah forests with pure sweeping links country. With panoramic views from raised tees, shared greens and a host of other unique features this course will fast become a must play for all serious golfers.

Moonah Links Legends Course opened for play in Nov 2003. It is a very different layout to the Open Course, blending undulating fairways that wind through ancient Moonah forests with pure sweeping links country.

With panoramic views from raised tees, shared greens and a host of other unique features this course will fast become a must play for all serious golfers.

In contrast to the Open Course which was purpose built to challenge the modern champion, the Legends Course is a more friendly golfing experience for players of all ages and abilities.

The course is a loop of 18 holes that generally follow the valleys through a variety of landscapes ranging from ancient Moonah woodlands to open links land.

The fairways are generous and the putting surfaces gentle, but the bunkering style is bold and wild in appearance.

At 6,315 metres, the course is fun but not a pushover.

The Legends Course does justice to the champions it honours and will inspire others to emulate their feats.

It recently debuted in the top 30 courses in Australia by Golf Australia.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6315
Architect: Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett
Design Year: 2003
Top 100: 34

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 487m

A reachable in 2 par five that entices the longer hitters to take on the corner, a carry of over 200 meters. A raised green will punish the short approach with a fast green sloping from left to right.

2
Par 4, Length 304m

A short par 4 best played conservatively. A wayward drive can easily find trouble on both sides. A straight drive will leave a short iron to the raised green.

3
Par 3, Length 162m

Ensure you have enough clubs to avoid the sandy wasteland below. This hole often plays straight into the wind so good club selection is essential.

4
Par 4, Length 340m

The most exciting tee shot on the peninsula, hitting out onto a fairway some 40 meters below. A tee shot to the corner will allow

5
Par 3, Length 154m

A medium length par 3 can be deceiving in length, playing longer that initially thought. With trouble on both sides an accurate tee shot is required; anything short of the green will encounter difficulty.

6
Par 5, Length 501m

After a tee shot to the corner the hole veers to the left. Longer hitters can attack the large double green which is easily reachable in two. Shorter players can lay up short and have a easy approach to the green.

7
Par 4, Length 362m

Looking more formidable than actually is, the drive over the bunkers into the valley positions for the best approach. A two teared green makes for difficult putting.

8
Par 4, Length 414m

A tough driving hole with bunkers impeding from both sides. Again with a double teared green making putting difficult.

9
Par 5, Length 495m

A long hole that can be troublesome when the wind strengthens, with trouble down both sides of the fairway. The second shot is best left 50 to 60 meters short of the green. The large green is also tough as there is trouble behind.

10
Par 3, Length 177m

A seemingly easy par three can be challenging with club selection. The amount of wind plays a crucial factor in club selection.

11
Par 4, Length 272m

A short par four reachable for the long hitters. With trouble down the right side the percentage play is to lay up with long iron to allow for easy approach to a relatively flat green.

12
Par 5, Length 491m

A challenging hole with a blind green. Longer hitters can easily reach the green in two. The green feeds from the down slope of the fairway. The green is fairly large and has a few undulations.

13
Par 4, Length 420m

The hardest hole on the course requires a blind tee shot followed by a long second into a green decorated by the surrounding sand dune. Club selection is essential or can make for extremely long putts.

14
Par 4, Length 413m

Another strong par four with the tough shot being the approach, anything to the right can encounter trouble. A double teared green again makes putting challenging.

15
Par 4, Length 353m

A unique par four that requires much thought, usually an iron tee shot to the corner allows for a mid iron approach to a raised green.

16
Par 3, Length 185m

The largest green in the southern hemisphere, the hole is dictated by pin position.

17
Par 4, Length 380m

A tee shot down the right side will feed into the ideal approach position. A raised green with bunkers on bother sides demands a precise approach.

18
Par 4, Length 405m

A wide fairway allows for an easy tee shot, strategically placed fairway bunkers may cause some trouble. A mid to long iron approach into a green that slopes from left to right sets up for the perfect finish.

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Portsea Golf Club

London Bridge Rd
Portsea, VIC, 3944
Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula

Portsea Golf Club

Portsea GC is a wonderful Mornington Peninsula course located adjacent to the Point Nepean National Park. The course has been carved through natural tea tree scrub which has resulted in a variety of holes -from long, sweeping par 5's which wind their ways through deep valleys through to tight par 3 holes which require pinpoint accuracy to ensure the ball remains on the putting surface.

Portsea Golf Club is a wonderful Mornington Peninsula course located adjacent to the Point Nepean National Park about 85 minutes south of Melbourne.

The purely sand based fairways on the course provide a basis for a great wet weather course and Portsea is one of the best draining courses in Australia.

Recent design improvements in bunkering, teeing grounds and greens have further enhanced the course. The natural drainage qualities of soils found in the Portsea area also ensures that golfers enjoy a firm footing all year round.

The course has been carved through natural tea tree scrub which has resulted in a variety of holes-from long, sweeping par 5s which wind their ways through deep valleys through to tight par 3 holes which require pinpoint accuracy to ensure the ball remains on the putting surface.

As recently as January 2002 the course was rated in Golf Australia magazine as number 25 in the country and this ranking will only be enhanced with the work being done by well-respected golf architect Mike Clayton.

Portsea holds several Tournaments throughout the year for Amateurs and Professionals alike. Among these is the famous Portsea Pro-Am which is held annually on January 2nd and is regarded as being one of the best Tournaments of its type in Australia.

A 72 hole Amateur event is also held in August and a 5 day Spring Tournament is held in October.

New accommodation is now open (June 2013) at Portsea Golf Club. To view the Mercure Portsea Resort and Golf Course website, please click here.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 5973
Architect: Jock Young, Sloan Morpeth and Michael Clayton
Design Year: 1925
Top 100: 57

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 446m

New bunkers on the left side create an added challenge to this hole. The line you take from the tee depends on the wind. Slightly right of the Moonah tree is the line for most golfers. The second approach should be played right of the fairway and the chip shot should be taken with utmost care. This green is difficult.

2
Par 3, Length 151m

A little par three with a green on the bottom of the hill. It's just a simple low-to-mid iron shot where it's best to find the green as the surrounding undulations can make it difficult to get up and down.

3
Par 5, Length 437m

Played from a high tee with great views over the bay. Avoid the left side of the hole all the way to the green as it's out of bounds. Two solid approaches can set up a birdie.

4
Par 4, Length 407m

This is the best hole on the course. A great driving hole where you need to keep it centre right. The approach is deceptively long and most golfers leave it short. Take an extra club.

5
Par 4, Length 327m

Keep the tee shot to the right side of the fairway. The approach should be played to the left side of the green.

6
Par 4, Length 319m

Here is a great opportunity to capitalize on the downhill slope of the tee shot's landing area. A difficult approach shot to a hard green - you need a great deal of loft here.

7
Par 3, Length 173m

A long downhill par three that must be played with an accurate iron. Make par from the left or right side bunker is difficult.

8
Par 5, Length 481m

A strong birdie chance is offered on the 18th. Once you've hit your drive you have to make a decision. You can either take on the bunkers or lay up. Either way be warned, the green is very slippery.

9
Par 4, Length 370m

The first is a great opening hole that lets you get off to a solid start. A long iron approach can be required depending on the wind. There's also a new bunker on the left side of the green.

10
Par 4, Length 244m

Appropriately called Little Devil, long hitters go at the green while others tend to lay up. The approach requires plenty of touch.

11
Par 5, Length 445m

A classic par five hole. A good tee shot played right of centre can set up a birdie opportunity. The second approach is assisted by a downhill fairway.

12
Par 4, Length 374m

Yet another visually stunning hole at Portsea. It?s a rather difficult hole that requires a good drive and an even better approach. The approach here is critical and the green is sensational. Approach shots short or left of the green pay a price here.

13
Par 3, Length 158m

Club selection is critical on this wonderful par three. Landing middle to right of centre of the green is rewarded.

14
Par 4, Length 407m

Tee shot must be aimed at the tower on the horizon. Depending on the wind, the approach can require anything from a pitching wedge to a three iron. Most golfers under club here, so step up one with the approach.

15
Par 4, Length 266m

A tricky short hole. The tee shot must hit the fairway with either a driver or long iron while the approach requires a short lofted club.

16
Par 3, Length 167m

An interesting par three hole. Most golfers leave their approach shot so it's best to take another club. If you hit the back part of the green it should roll down.

17
Par 4, Length 362m

A good tee shot centre right of the fairway will get you off to a good start on this par four. Most golfers tend to under club here, so take an extra iron shot in. Beware, the left side of the hole is out of bounds.

18
Par 4, Length 401m

A blind tee shot that requires you to aim at the large tank on the hill. The approach is to a deceptively large green. Keep it to the left side with the approach.

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RACV Cape Schanck Resort

Trent Jones Drive (via Boneo Road)
Cape Schanck, VIC, 3939
Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula

RACV Cape Schanck Resort

RACV Cape Schanck Resort's 18-hole championship golf course was designed by American Robert Trent Jones Jr. in the late 1980's, created among rolling sand dunes and surrounded by national park. Perched high on one of Australia's most spectacular coastal headlands, the course boasts stunning cliff-top views over the majestic Southern Ocean and Port Phillip bay. The challenging design and breath-taking scenery combines with the course's brilliantly manicured greens and fairways to provide a fantastic backdrop for an enjoyable day's golfing.

Located on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, RACV Cape Schanck Resort offers all the ingredients for a spectacular coastal holiday, conference, social event or wedding! Just a 75 minute drive from Melbourne, RACV Cape Schanck Resort offers stunning views of Bass Strait, Port Phillip Bay and beyond and is the perfect base to explore the wineries, beaches and villages of the Mornington Peninsula.

With a total of 82 bedrooms, comprising of a choice of recently refurbished stylish ocean and premium ocean view rooms, 2 bedroom executive ocean view suites and 2 or 3 bedroom self contained villas, the resort can cater for a variety of groups. All rooms are exceptionally spacious complete with ensuite bathroom, private balcony, individual heating/air conditioning system, Foxtel and 42 inch plasma televisions. Villas and executive suites also have a spacious and fully equipped kitchen.

RACV Cape Schanck Resort’s magnificent 18 hole, par 70 championship golf course is consistently rated among Australia’s best 100 courses. The resort also offers an on-site driving range, complete with grass tees, practice bunker and putting green, a full chipping and pitching area and a fleet of motorised carts for hire, plus a range of on-site recreation facilities including tennis courts, games room, pool table, heated swimming pool and spa, sauna, school holiday children’s activity programs and a 4km jogging track.

The magnificent golf course vistas can be enjoyed from the comfortable surrounds of the restaurant with stunning a la carte cuisine and an outstanding wine list, or the informal Golfer’s Lounge and Terrace which offers a tapas style menu, snacks, casual meals and beverages throughout the day in a cosy environment.

Designed by renowned course architect, Robert Trent-Jones Jnr, the resort course features huge greens, large open bunkers, tree lined fairways and spectacular ocean views on eleven holes. With excellent drainage and superbly manicured greens and fairways, the course provides year-round high standard playing conditions. Course distance markers and a colour coded flag placement system are provided. The on-site driving range boasts grass tees for an authentic driving experience.

RACV Cape Schanck Resort offers all the ingredients for a successful conference, social/charity event or wedding, within a stunning coastal environment. The resort’s modern conference and event facilities offer two large conference rooms, a private function space and four meeting or break out rooms with an abundance of natural light. The resort’s unique location also lends itself to interesting activities and team building exercises and it plays host to fabulous domestic and international conferences as well as corporate golf day events."

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 70
Length (m): 5252
Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jnr
Design Year: 1987

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 327m

All up hill. This hole plays a lot more difficult than its par and is rated accordingly. Heavy bunkerage on the left of fairway and just short of the green place emphasis on accuracy and the right choice of club. Take plenty of club for the second shot to the elevated green and to carry the bunkers.

2
Par 5, Length 489m

The longest hole on the course, a definite 3 shotter. Position your tee shot over or to the left of the first bunker. Keep the second shot to the right of the fairway for an easier approach to the large green. The road way on the right is out of bounds.

3
Par 3, Length 172m

Often affected by wind this hole plays deceptively long with the most trouble being the deep greenside bunkers. A long green, a shot to the centre should secure par.

4
Par 3, Length 137m

A shorter par 3 with the two tiered green heavily bunkered on the right and left. This is another hole where distance is deceptive and which is considerably influenced by the wind.

5
Par 4, Length 348m

A straight forward par 4 that plays longer than its yardage. Watch for the bunker on the left off the tee. Play to the right of the green to avoid the bunkers on the left. The roadway left is O.O.B.

6
Par 4, Length 318m

This dogleg left has one of the toughest greens in golf - measuring 76m in length with several swales. A drive toward the fairway pots will provide a line into the green. That's when the fun begins. Forms front to back of the green there is approx 6 clubs difference. Take time to choose the right club as a long putt on this green is difficult to judge.

7
Par 3, Length 143m

A very challenging but scenic short hole. Keeping your ball dry is your first concern. Positioning of your tee shot is important because of the steep undulations on the green. When putting the ball will always fall towards the water.

8
Par 5, Length 435m

On of the longest holes with difficult carry off the men's tee over water and fairway bunkers. Strategy is to drive to the right side of the fairway. The second shot, if possible, is best played to the right side against the right to left slope and away from the string of pots on the left. Aim for left centre of green to avoid the deep greenside bunkerage.

9
Par 3, Length 84m

Position your tee shot towards the left side of the fairway. If you want to take on the corner beware of the right hand fairway bunker. Distance for the second shot to the well bunkered green is deceptive. It's longer than it looks. Take plenty of club.

10
Par 4, Length 257m

A short but demanding par 4 particularly if the pin is placed top right on the green. Direct your tee shot to the centre of the fairway avoiding the traps on the right which extend up to and protect the right of the green. Play to the left or centre of the green which is fast from right to left to save shots.

11
Par 4, Length 329m

A challenging drive just to reach the fairway. Once negotiated the second shot to the uphill sloping green is deceiving and you will be wise to use an extra club. Both roadways, right and left, and the buildings on the right are out of bounds.

12
Par 4, Length 334m

The driving area looks narrow from the tee but widens out after 100m. Keep left of centre to get a better view of the green. It pays to go forward to check the pin position before playing your second shot. Try to avoid a downhill putt on this treacherous green.

13
Par 4, Length 312m

A straightforward hole that calls for a long straight drive to avoid the hill on the right which falls away and is heavily treed. Play the second shot to the left of the green to use the slope and keep away from the bunker on the right. Check the pin position on this long green.

14
Par 3, Length 153m

A beautifully scenic hole played from an elevated tee to a three tiered green. More effected by wind than any other hole, the green can be hard to hit. Play it straight as trees on either side will gulp up any wayward balls.

15
Par 4, Length 318m

Rated the most difficult hole on the course, this dogleg left with out of bounds on the right, puts maximum pressure on the tee shot for all standards of golfers. The key is to aim for the centre left of the fairway. The second shot is to a well bunkered, elevated green. Take plenty of club to hit over the bunker to the centre of the heavily undulated green.

16
Par 3, Length 144m

Main trouble for this shorter hole is on the green. There is very little chance of a straight putt. Aim to the left centre and below the hole to improve your chances on this testing green.

17
Par 5, Length 455m

Play this par 5 hole strategically and a birdie is well within reach. Play the first two shots left of centre to give yourself a clear third shot into the green. Even the better golfer is not advised to attack the green in two, so don't be tempted to take on the corner.

18
Par 4, Length 290m

A tricky hole to finish on. Accuracy from the tee is all important. Deep trouble awaits a wayward shot to the right. A drive placed toward the left hand fairway bunker will set up a short approach to the two tiered green which is one of the smallest on the course.

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St Andrews Beach (Gunnamatta Course)

209 Sandy Road
St Andrews Beach, VIC, 3941
Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula

St Andrews Beach (Gunnamatta Course)

St Andrews Beach GC (Gunnamatta Course) has been reopened after being closed for almost 12 months. The course is highly regarded and designed by international renowned golf course architect, Tom Doak. The course 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.

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.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 74
Length (m): 6090
Architect: Tom Doak
Design Year: 2004
Top 100: 23

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 497m

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.

2
Par 4, Length 279m

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.

3
Par 4, Length 405m

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!

4
Par 3, Length 197m

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.

5
Par 4, Length 387m

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!

6
Par 3, Length 169m

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.

7
Par 4, Length 377m

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.

8
Par 4, Length 332m

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.

9
Par 4, Length 339m

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!

10
Par 4, Length 384m

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!

11
Par 3, Length 147m

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!

12
Par 4, Length 389m

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.

13
Par 4, Length 452m

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!

14
Par 4, Length 279m

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!

15
Par 4, Length 361m

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.

16
Par 3, Length 197m

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!

17
Par 5, Length 468m

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.

18
Par 4, Length 404m

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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The Dunes Golf Links

Browns Road
Rye, VIC, 3941
Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula

The Dunes Golf Links

The Dunes Golf Links is in a links style 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 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.

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. 

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6409
Architect: Tony Cashmore
Design Year: 1997
Top 100: 19

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 409m

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.

2
Par 4, Length 365m

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.

3
Par 3, Length 135m

Play this shot straight at the pin, don't go left and right.

4
Par 4, Length 310m

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.

5
Par 5, Length 473m

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.

6
Par 3, Length 193m

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.

7
Par 5, Length 477m

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.

8
Par 4, Length 392m

Off the tee hit as far as possible.

9
Par 4, Length 376m

This part 4 has a big dogleg to the left, so aim just to the right of the fairway bunkers.

10
Par 4, Length 340m

A long drive over the bunker will leave you with a beautiful second shot.

11
Par 4, Length 300m

On this short par 4, the bunkers on the dune can be carried if the wind direction is right.

12
Par 5, Length 502m

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.

13
Par 3, Length 160m

This hole plays long into the wind with more room at the back left section of the green than what appears.

14
Par 4, Length 354m

Watch out for the second shot as it is longer than what the yardage would suggest on this par 4.

15
Par 5, Length 392m

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.

16
Par 4, Length 419m

For this par 4, a drive left of centre will ensure a shorter and safer shot.

17
Par 3, Length 179m

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

18
Par 4, Length 409m

Aim just left of the slot in the dunes, and this will bring you to rest in a beautiful wide valley.

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