The proposal to form Belmont Golf Club was published in July 1950 and the following year 240 acres of coastal land had been leased, with Prosper Ellis from Sydney engaged to lay out an 18-hole course for founding members, each of whom paid a 3 guineas subscription.
A team of around a hundred volunteers cleared the undergrowth then bulldozers were brought in to carve playing corridors through the indigenous trees that were growing in the sandy soil. Once all the natural cover had been removed, irrigation pipes were laid and fairways sprigged with grass in readiness for the course opening in 1952.
The course was configured as two returning nines, with some of the holes touching the Pacific coastline: at the 7th and 8th on the front nine, then the opening hole on the back nine. The routing then turns inland for a couple of holes before returning to the shoreline for a glorious three-hole stretch between the par three 13th and the par five 15th.
Belmont Bowling Club and Belmont Golf Club amalgamated in 2018, becoming Belmont Golf & Bowls Club.
At Belmont, the course has two returning nines. The front nine starts and ends in low lying marshland with water dictating lines of play. These holes are largely flat, but can be quite challenging.
The water hazards are key- particularly given the ever present sea breezes coming off the Pacific Ocean..
As the nine moves away from the clubhouse the course moves into gently rolling terrain and tree lined fairways, and then into genuine links style holes on the beach
The back nine misses the marshland but again heads out to the beach before returning via tree lined holes.
It is the links holes you will remember, these are the holes that will bring you back to Belmont: holes 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16.
Architect James Wilcher (The Cut, Pacific Dunes) has been assisting the club upgrade the course, giving the holes along the ocean a modern links feel. These holes are a major upgrade for Belmont Golf Club.
The exciting news is that there is a distinct possibility that the club will acquire further ocean front dunesland in the future. Belmont has a chance to step up to the big league!
Belmont is a good course with some outstanding holes- and enormous potential!
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review