Laid out on a 125-acre Limestone Coast property, the course at Mount Gambier Golf Club, also known as Attamurra, is an ideal stopover point for golfers travelling between Melbourne and Adelaide, sitting as it does just off the Princes Highway, around a four and a half-hour drive from either city.
Mount Gambier goes back quite a bit. We know that Mick Morcom was asked for advice on grasses in 1930, and his son Vern drew up alterations for the course in 1957, charging £52 for his services, but the work was never carried out after the club decided to relocate to its current location.
It’s not known who designed the initial 9-hole course but brothers Brian and Murray Crafter extended the layout to eighteen holes in the 1980s.
In recent years, the club has removed more than two hundred old cypress pines from the course, while also installing a new automated irrigation system. Neil Crafter’s Golf Strategies firm was also brought in develop a course improvement plan to further refine the layout.
The plan is based on upgrading the playing surfaces to Santa Ana couch fairways and bentgrass greens, widening the holes, reducing some tee carries and moving bunkers to positions that are more relevant in the modern era.