Moonah Links Resort is located in the heart of The Mornington Peninsula an hour south of Melbourne
It boasts luxury accommodation and sporting facilties including 36 holes of championship links golf.
The two courses are known as The Open, and The Legends courses
The Legends Course
The Legends Course is the younger of the two, and was designed by Ross Perrett from Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett and opened for play in 2003.
Perrett did a terrific job providing a second course with an entirely different feel to it's big sister.
The terrain is more varied and Perrett has used it to great advantage and produced a course that is testing, but fun to play.
It is shorter (6315 metres from the back markers) and the perfect partner to The Open Course.
Each hole on the course is named after a golfing legend- it's a nice touch!
Whilst The Open Course is set in a vast dunescape of epic proportions, The Legends has a more intimate feel with delightful short par 4's setting the tone, rather than epic par 4's.
In this regard holes 2, 4, 11 & 15 are memorable, and fun to play.
I love the start at The Legends- the first hole sets the scene for a grand adventure with an impressively bunkered rolling par 5.
Turn the corner and you face a short par 4 which will test your accuracy- it's a tight, shallow green in a lovely setting.
And in the background you can see a sea of sand waiting for you on the par 3, third.
Welcome to The Legends!
Notable holes include:
- the epic par 5 opening hole (Aaron Baddeley), a beautfully bunkered adventure from tee to green
- the short par 4 second hole (Steve Elkington) which requires a deadly accurate approach to a small tightly bunkered green
- the mid length par 3 third hole (Tom Watson) plays from elevated tee to an elevated green with a sea of sand in the valley between
- the short dogleg 4th hole (Greg Norman) which has an elevated tee shot, down to a valley and then up again to an elevated green
- the nicely bunkered par 5 ninth hole (Gary Player), which has a lovely green setting surrounded by trouble (see pic top of page)
- the driveable par 4 eleventh (Bobby Locke) demands a decision on the tee- lay up or take it on?
- the dogleg par 4 fifteenth hole (Jim Ferrier) with a truly scary approach over a minefield of bunkers to an elevated green
The Legends course has proved the more popular of the two courses with both members and public over nearly twenty years, and has always been my favourite of the two.
It is just a fun course to play
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