Sandhurst Club is home to the PGA of Australia - which moved its national headquarters here in 2007 - and both its Peter Thomson-designed 18-hole courses lie within one of Victoria’s major modern residential developments.
Although the housing element of the property is more prominent on the Champions layout, this intrusion is offset by the course occupying a more undulating setting than its sibling, resulting in a wider variety of holes.
Old Red River Gum trees often flank fairways and, for those who like to play the running game, large open-fronted greens are much in evidence.
Every hole is dedicated to a former Australian PGA Champion and there’s a plaque beside every tee with a brief career history of the golfer concerned.
A couple of par threes are real feature holes at the Champions course. The 198-yard 6th is named after Frank Phillips and it’s set amidst a small group of old Red Gums, with the tee shot played across water from tee to green. On the back nine, the “Norman von Nida” 11th is the shortest hole on the card, played slightly uphill to a long narrow green fronted by a sandy waste area.
The Champions course pays tribute to Australian golfing legends with a plaque at each tee box commemorating their individual achievements including peter Thompson and Greg Norman.
The Champions course is a long course off the back tees. Get a golf cart!
Plenty of strategic hitting is required to avoid fairway bunkers. Some elevation throughout the course that is surrounded by a housing estate.
Good use of water as well in the design of some holes.
Overall it's a fun 36 hole complex, but the 'champs course is the pick.