Commonwealth GC evolved from beginnings at Murrumbeena GC then Waverly GC before moving to its current sandbelt location in 1920.
The course was designed by the club professional Sam Bennett with input from club captain Charles Lane.
The completed course opened in 1926
In 1938 Sloan Morpeth instigated a comprehensive remodelling of the greens and bunkers during his lengthy tenure as Secretary/Manager
Over time the Club was able to acquire further adjacent land, and Sloan Morpeth was there to oversee the changes
Commonwealth hosted The Australian Open just once- in 1967- when Peter Thomson won by 7 shots
But the club has a proud history of hosting major events- 2 Women's Australian Opens, 2 Victorian Opens, 2 Womens Victorian Opens, 3 Australian Amateurs & 3 Australian Senior Amateurs
Based on a rolling sandy terrain, Commonwealth displays all the attributes of the great sandbelt courses.
Firm greens and beautiful clusters of sand faced bunkers dominate
Each fairway is framed by an impressive array of gum trees and typical Australian bush
Commonwealth is perhaps a little tighter in the playing corridors than other sandbelt courses, and demands thoughtful and accurate play.
The green complexes are tilited to favour an approach from one side or the other so an accurate tee shot is rewarded
Notable holes include:
- hole 1, a short par 4 where longer hitters need to make a decision- lay up or have a go?
- hole 8, a long and difficult par 4 with a severe elevated green
- hole 9, one of the scariest short par 3's anywhere! It's a brilliant hole!
- hole 16, a longer par 4 with a lake very much in play off the tee, and a green that favours a tee shot near the lake...
- hole 18, a par 5 which meanders across in front of the majestic clubhouse to a lovely green site
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