Golf has been played in the coastal town of Mollymook since the early 1900s, when a short course known as “Mollymoke Links” was fashioned on private property near Collers Beach. Mollymook Golf Club was established with a 9-hole course in 1951 and within a few years the original sand greens had been converted to grass and the clubhouse relocated to overlook Mollymook Beach.
In 1977, the club realised it was unable to expand the Beachside course so it created the 18-hole Hilltop course on a separate property located a couple of kilometres inland to the northwest. Nowadays, most of the club’s turnover is generated through the licensed club operation on its original property, allowing the main golf facility to exist semi-autonomously away from the tourist trap overlooking the beach.
Feature holes on this tight, tree-lined Hilltop track include the 324-metre 7th, doglegging left past a creek that crosses the fairway, and the 178-metre 9th, which returns the outward half to the modest clubhouse facilities. On the back nine, both par threes (at the 178-metre 12th and 172-metre 17th) bring creeks in play, though only a badly topped tee shot should ever end up wet here.
I've played this course on and off for the past 15 years and it's looking as good as it ever has circa late 2021. The relatively standard suburban parkland course has undergone tree removal and significant improvement to it's overall conditioning and is a lovely place to spend a few hours. The town of Mollymook ain't half bad either, with beach, forest and a number of dining options all in close proximity.
Mollymook Golf Club is blessed with two courses. The Beachside course comprises nine holes overloooking Mollymook Beach and adjacent to the club's main entertainment facilities. Up on top of the hill within earshot of the surf beach The Hillside course is the club's golfing hub.
The Hillside Course was designed by local Bill Andriske and opened for play in 1977. Hillside is a serious test of golf in a beautiful setting- in some golfing circles it is playfully dubbed "The Ultimate Challenge!".
The undulating site reminds one a little of Bonville or even perhaps that famous course in Georgia. The kikiyu faiways and bent grass greens are well manicured and a pleasure to play on
Fairways cut a swathe through a mature eucalypt forest, testing both the length and accuracy of every golfer. Some of the more interesting holes require the golfer to also negotiate water- there are 8 holes where water is in play!
Notable holes include:
- the tight dogleg par 4 second hole
- the par 5 sixth hole bending around the creek and then over reeds to a green set in a bend in the river. It is a very good hole
- the par 4 seventh is an impressive dogleg which requires a pretty decent tee shot- long enough to leave a clear approach over the creek and between trees to a long diagonal green
- the downhill dogleg par 4 tenth hole with water lapping at the edge of the green
- the longer par 4 eleventh hole with island tee shot and water protecting the right side of the green
- the pretty par 3 twelfth hole with water again in play
- the par 5 thirteenth hole with water protecting the front of the green..
- the pretty par 3 seventeenth hole over water
Mollymook is a great test of golf and a pleasure to play. Highly Recommended!
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.