“Links golf is real golf; The Dunes is real golf”. The Dunes Golf Links consistently ranks as The Mornington Peninsula and indeed Victoria’s top ranked, publicly accessible golf course. The success and enduring popularity of The Dunes is testament to its superb layout and conditioning. It manages to provide a serious challenge for the low marker without being a monster for the high handicapper. The Dunes’ excellence is credited with inspiring the renaissance towards links golf in Australia and it has at least one very famous fan - “I love all the peninsula courses but The Dunes stands out. A funky layout that is so much fun to play.” (Jason Day)
St Andrews Beach Golf Course
Designed by Tom Doak and Michael Clayton, St Andrews Beach opened to great acclaim in 2006. It is a links-style course that winds its way through dunes and valleys and features some spectacular holes - the 2nd and 3rd are instant classics. There are the rugged, strategic bunkers, elevated tee positions and quirky architectural nuances of a great links golf course throughout. The clubhouse is simple and unpretentious, but the golf course is why you’re here and St Andrews Beach does not disappoint.
Moonah Links - Open Course
The Moonah Links Golf Resort was built to be ‘The Home of Australian Golf’ and its Open course was conceived and constructed to host the national Open – which it did in 2003 & 2005. At 6,829m off the tips, The Open course is comfortably the longest highly-ranked golf course in Australia, but there are (thankfully) many other sets of tees from which to tackle this vast course. Length is not its only defence either, as the ever-present wind here varies greatly in direction and strength and affects the demands of each hole. Play The Open course at Moonah Links if you want a real taste of modern Championship golf.
Moonah Links - Legends Course
The Moonah Links Legends Course is a tribute to champion golfers and each hole is named after a Legend of the game. It is an immensely enjoyable course with friendly fairways and firm and true greens set in a captivating, sandy landscape. The variety of holes is what makes The Legends Course so much fun from the 1st tee shot to the final putt on 18. The on-site Peppers Moonah Links Resort is one of the options that The Golf Travel Agency recommend for Mornington Peninsula golf holidays and offers first class accommodation, restaurant and spa with consistently excellent service.
The National Golf Club - Old Course
The Old Course at The National Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr and opened for play in 1988. It is the highest ranked course in the region (No. 10 Golf Digest) and is an exhilarating, perfectly presented test. Dramatic changes in elevation offer truly thrilling golf holes such as the Par 3 4th and 7th holes and the twisting, tumbling Par 5 8th and 17th holes. The Old Course at The National is rightly regarded as the best ‘experience course’ on the Mornington Peninsula – a must play.
The National Golf Club - Moonah Course
The Moonah course at the National Golf Club was designed by Greg Norman and represents some of his best work. The Moonah is a vastly different test to its sister, The Old Course, as it is located in front of the stunning clubhouse among the rolling dunes of the The Cups region rather than on the wooded hillside behind it. It is a stern challenge (especially from the black tees at 6,600m) despite wide fairways and semi-rough. The greens typically have multiple sections to them - just make sure you hit the right section to two-putt the hole!
Portsea Golf Club
Located at the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula, Portsea Golf Club can sometimes be overlooked in comparison to its more illustrious neighbours. But make no mistake, the course is worthy of inclusion in any Mornington Peninsula golf holiday itinerary. Portsea boasts a wonderful array of holes, ocean views, perfect playing conditions and a members-club charm that will make you glad you made the effort to play it. The course is complemented by a striking, modern clubhouse and is also the home for the Mercure Portsea offering boutique accommodation.
Sorrento Golf Club
Sorrento Golf Club, like its neighbour - Portsea, is another of the Mornington Peninsula’s somewhat hidden golfing gems. It is a members’ club but opportunities exist for visitors to enjoy the immaculately presented course year-round. Sorrento is an undulating, well bunkered course whose wide fairways are often framed by densely wooded plantations. At times, it has almost a parkland feel to its layout, but the tight, firm, sand-based turf beneath your feet remind you of the course’s links character and heritage.