The Mornington Peninsula is home to an extensive region of rolling sand dunes know as 'The Cups'. This region is home to some seriously good golf courses and is becoming one of the great golfing destinations in Australia.
It all started when golf professional and golf course developer Colin Campbell opened The Cape Country Club in 1972 on what is now the site of the National and Cape Schanck Golf Clubs. Twenty years later Campbell was employed by the owner of more 'Cups' land just down the road to build an 18-hole links course. It was called Limestone Valley.
In 1994 Duncan Andrews purchased the property and committed to further development. He appointed architect Tony Cashmore to completely redesign the course. The 'new' course was named The Dunes Golf Links and opened in 1997 and is now 27 holes – a nine hole 'executive' course and the imposing eighteen hole links.
With undulating sandy terrain as a base, 'The Cups' region is perfect for a golf links. Cashmore has crafted a course where the design has been dictated by the land rather than his hand. No two holes are alike! The two nines loop around in such a way to expose play to winds from all directions.
The course is challenging enough for even the best, but playable by all. It is a second shot course, with wide fairways keeping everybody in the game, and a variety of well-bunkered green complexes to sort the men from the boys. But at the end of the day it is the wild, natural bunkering that defines The Dunes – a world-class links – and one of Australia's best.
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.
Date: May 26, 2019