Victor Harbor Golf Club is located on the east coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, though the nearest point on the course to the shoreline (where the Inman River reaches Davenport Anchorage) is more than a kilometre away.
The club was founded by nine enthusiastic businessmen in 1911 and their James Herd Scott-designed course was available for play a year later, on 28th September 1912.
A club claim to fame is that it’s where the “shotgun start” was introduced to Australia by one of its American-born members, Dick Ambrose in the 1960s. This klaxon-start format to begin a competition with the “bases loaded on every tee” is apparently now known as “an Ambrose” in many Australian clubs.
The 402-metre opening hole is reckoned to be the “signature hole” on the layout, its elevated tee positioned around 100 feet above the fairway, looking straight towards the town and the Great Australian Bight.
And just when you think you’ve seen it all on a golf course, after putting out on the home green at the 306-metre 18th, there’s an electric rope-pull installed to assist you making your way up the sloped path to the clubhouse!