Lorne is a coastal village on the famous Great Ocean Road on the south-western coast of Victoria, a couple of hours drive from Melbourne.
It is famous for the annual pier to pub swim!
Visitors flock to see The Great Ocean Road, and inevitiably stop at Lorne to take in the beautiful front beach, and all the surfing activities constantly on offer.
It's a great place for a cuppa or a bite to eat.
But Lorne is more than a stopover- those in the know return over and over to relax and swim, surf, walk or just chill...
Lorne Country Club is a nine hole course set high on the hills overlooking town and beach.
The site is severely undulating and heavily treed- not an obvious site for a quality golf course.
Nevertheless Lorne CC has it's charms- the views down the coast are perhaps not featured as much as one would have imagined- but are a highlight of the round when they do present.
The holes play up, down and across the severe slopes- sometimes all on one hole.
The kikuyu fairways are in excellent shape and provide a good playing surface- and most importantly stop the balls running off the fairways as they no doubt would if a firm and fast couch fairway was in use
Notable holes include:
- hole 1, a dramatic par 5 with an uphill semi blind tee shot followed by a tight fairway and a serious drop in elevation to a simple green below
- hole 2, a relatively simple down hill par 3 to a green on the side of the hill- everything slopes right to left!
- hole 4, a short, claustrophobically tight par 4 down hill with sea views behind
- hole 5, a delightful & picturesque short par 3
Strangely, being a 9 hole course the most notable holes in the back nine were 10, 11, 13 & 14!
Lorne CC is definitely not a championship course, nor will it feature in lists of the better courses.
However the village of Lorne does have world class beaches, and Lorne CC is a nice sideshow to the main event, and a bit of fun!
If you have the time drive to Port Fairy GC along the world famous Great Ocean Road. It takes a few hours or more if you don't stop, but if you take your time you could stop at the 12 Apostles, and lots of other lookouts along the way....
You could also play 9 holes at the cute links like Peterborough course along the way.
And a game at Warrnambool GC is also a must if you are in the area.
The Travelling Golfer can tailor a golf trip to suit your group.
For suggested destinations see The Bellarine Peninsula & The Great Ocean Road.
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