Growling Frog - Victoria - Australia

Growling Frog Golf Course,
1910 Donnybrook Road,
Yan Yean,
Victoria 3755,

  • +61 (0) 3 9716 3477

Situated close to Yan Yean Reservoir, the first water storage location in Melbourne dating back to 1853, the Growling Frog Golf Course is a Graham Marsh design set out across 280 acres of bush and wetlands, with mature river red gum trees dotted around the property.

Opened for business in 2004, the layout extends to 6,185 metres from the back markers, configured as two returning nines. Strangely, Barbers Creek, which winds through the property, is never brought into play at any time on any of the holes.

Holes to look out for include the right doglegging 6th (the toughest hole on the front nine) and the longest of the par threes at the 188-metre 16th. The 400-metre 18th is difficult par four (rated stroke index 1), swinging left off the tee towards the home green.

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Description: Opened for play in 2004, the Growling Frog Golf Course was Graham Marsh’s first design in Victoria. Fairways are routed around mature River Red Gum trees within an expansive 300-acre property that offers spectacular views of the Dividing Ranges. Rating: 4 out of 10 Reviews: 2
Thomas Jones

Growling frog is a confusing course to review. While having some outstanding elements, it also has some really poor ones. As such it’s hard to come to a conclusion; is this course just ok, a missed opportunity or a track that is going to disappear with time?

So, what are the good things? I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and the layout. The course showcases secluded Australian bush with Eucalypts and big gums lining the fairways and coming into play on a few holes. The layout is great with a range of holes and green complexes which are both interesting and varied. It’s also got some teeth, while not being too long.

And the bad things? It’s a tough walk, with long stretches between some holes. Hazards, especially fairway bunkers, are too often poorly placed, punishing the shorter hitter but making life easier for the bomber. The condition of the course was also disappointing with sub-par bunkers, greens and a clear drainage problem.

To summarise, I’d say it’s great but terrible at the same time. I got on for $33 on a summer Sunday afternoon; a steal in my opinion. It is fantastic that golf of this standard is accessible at that price. If nothing else, the council needs to be applauded for that. The bones of a really solid course are there; a little revamp and the addition of drainage could see the fortunes of this course drastically change.

March 07, 2022
5 / 10
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Andrew Leonard

Good course in summer, to offer a very good public access track in the north of Melbourne. Unplayable in winter.

June 26, 2021
3 / 10
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