The home of five time Open Champion Peter Thomson and 2006 US Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy, who’s statue greets golfers on the tee of the short 1st hole has a real sense of importance as you approach the clubhouse that is laden with historic honour boards and names of sepia tinged champions such as the aforementioned Thommo, Ogilvy and Doug Bachli to name but a few.
Compared to the other Sandbelt courses sampled on this adventure (Metro and KH being the others), Victoria benefits from the existence of a central dune on the property which facilitates significant elevation changes, particularly on the back nine.
Once again the set of par three holes stand out as an abiding my memory, with the terrifying tee shot on in addition to the heavily bunkered driveable first hole, which we played as our 10th on the day of playing. The back nine is undoubtedly the more impressive and indeed memorable due to the rise and fall of the routing. The flatter external parts of the front nine are in truth a tad samey, however, as you loop back towards the central dune the pulse quickens along with the rising topography.
Special mention must go to the recently re-laid Pure Distinction greens which present simply the best putting surfaces that I have ever encountered. I understand that this creeping bent varietal has also been used at both of the newly constructed courses at Peninsula Kingswood
The club have on course accommodation options for visiting golfers, I am reliably informed that this is the best way to experience Victoria and the wider golfing delights of the Sandbelt.
For more information on my Australian golfing adventure, please click the following link: The Long Road to Van Diemen's Land
Date: September 22, 2020