Huntingdale - Victoria - Australia

Huntingdale Golf Club,
Windsor Avenue,
South Oakleigh,

  • +61 (0) 395 794 622

  • Golf Club Website

  • 15 miles from Melbourne city centre

  • Welcome with a letter of introduction

  • Not known

  • Charles H. Alison, Sam Berriman

  • Steve Hibon

Huntingdale Golf Club was officially established in 1941 but it has a history that goes as far back as 1896 when Surrey Hills Golf Club was formed.

That club broke up in 1914 then some of the original members got together and founded the Box Hill Golf Club. In 1924, the club moved to a different site and became the Eastern Golf Club. When land became available to some of their members in 1938 at the old Melbourne Hunt Club grounds, Charles Hugh Alison – a partner of the legendary Harry S. Colt – was engaged to design a new 18-hole layout and so the Huntingdale Golf Club finally came into existence three years later.

Alison, incidentally, was a fascinating character who spent some time in the 1920s designing golf courses in Japan – but that’s another story for another country. He never actually walked the site here and the layout was planned in his study back in England with construction carried out by Sam Berriman, the club curator for many years.

American architect Dick Wilson advised the club (on cutting back trees and modifying some bunkers) during his visit to Australia in 1959.

Where Huntingdale Golf Club has really made its mark on the Australian golf scene is its annual hosting of the Australian Masters. Most of the winners of the gold jacket since 1979 have been home grown but notable overseas winners include Bernhard Langer (1985), Mark O’Meara (1986), Michael Campbell (2000) and Colin Montgomerie (2001).

Huntingdale plays long and fast with greens maintained in “Masters” condition all year round. Back- to-back par fives at the 6th and 7th holes are particularly demanding on the front nine and the closing par fours at holes 16 to 18 are some of the toughest finishing holes in competitive golf.

The course was extensively revamped in recent times by the design combo of Jack Newton, Graeme Grant and John Spencer.

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Description: Where Huntingdale Golf Club has really made its mark on the Australian golf scene is its annual hosting of the Australian Masters. Rating: 4.7 out of 6 Reviews: 3

The course is good without being great. The defence of this course is in it's bunkering with a great number of the greens completely surrounded. Played this course a couple of months ago and the greens were a little slow and weren't running as true as I expected. All in all I would play this course again but not ahead of the other sandbelt course (Royal, Kingston, metro)
4 / 6
February 02, 2016

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Huntingdale was home to the ‘Australian Masters’ tournament for 30 years between 1979 and 2008. It borders the Metropolitan Golf Club, but looks and feels very different. This course has a reputation for having too many holes that play parallel to each other offering a monotony of playing up and down again. Each hole is tight and fairways don’t have the same width as other Sandbelt courses.Huntingdale Golf Club - photo by Fergal Upon careful reflection, despite the tree lined nature of the course, everything is in the right place, the course was in fantastic condition, the vegetation was healthy and there are no glaring errors with the current state of the course. I didn’t get the feeling that trees were overgrown or needed to be cut down. In fact, I concluded that the trees framed the holes so well with delightful backdrops. I thought Huntingdale had bunker complexes just as impressive as Kingston Heath and Royal Melbourne (West). It’s just a really demanding course with some of the longest collection of holes in the area. I gave this course a lot of well-deserved credit up until the par three 15th hole. Click the link to read Fergal’s full report on Huntingdale
5 / 6
January 15, 2015

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It is a few years since I have played Huntingdale but I noticed there is no review of the course so I thought I would add one. For some reason many golf reviewers rate Huntingdale lower than many of the other Melbourne snadbelt courses and with this I disagree. I have played Commonwealth, Metropolitan and Yarra Yarra and place Huntingdale ahead of all of them. It is not spectacular but it is a consistently enjoyable course. If you are to be critical you might say that there are no great golf holes yet there is variety, challenge, great fairways and greens and terrific satisfaction if you post a decent score. I truly do recomend the course as one you should play if you get the chance.
5 / 6
October 02, 2007

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