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 Open Course
The Open Course was designed by Peter Thomson & Mike Wolveridge from Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett and opened for play in 2002.
It was specifically designed and built for championship golf.
Peter Thomson referred to the course as 'The Leviathan', given it's length and difficulty
The links stretches to 6783 metres from the back markers and is littered with pot bunkers at every turn.
A Leviathan indeed!
The Open Course hosted The Australian Open in 2003 and 2005, and The Moonah Classic in 2008, 2009, & 2010
Moonah Links is located in a sandy dunescape on The Mornington Peninsula known as "The Cups"
Although it is set back from the beachfront, it is classic linksland and perfect for golf
Peter Thomson has fashioned a course that threads it's way through the heaving dunescape offering a variety of challenges.
I thought the par fives were the backbone of the course, with the second, fourth and eighteenth holes the most memorable
Notable holes include:
- hole 2, a snaking par 5 with more pot bunkers than blades of grass on the approach (see pic top of page)
- hole 3, a dogleg par 4 to a green unseen over a hill
- hole 4, a strong well bunkered par 5
- hole 5, a mid length par 3 to an elevated green
- hole 9, a shorter uphill par 4 with the green tucked behind some pine trees
- hole 17, a longer par 3 across a valley to an elevated green
- hole 18, an epic par 5 where pot bunkers dominate the landscape from tee to green. Due to the size of the undulations in the fairway, many of the bunkers are relatively unseen making it a hole you need to play a number of times to have any idea of the lines you need to take..
The Open Course is a nicely presented links course of epic proportions.
Playing off the back pegs gives you an idea just how good the professionals are, but is not a realistic option for most of us
Off the appropriate tee, The Open Course is a fine test of golf
With all the dips and hollows and pot bunkers, if this course was in the UK or USA caddies would be in high rotation.
But in Australia you need to play the course a few times at least to learn the lines of play so you can plot your way around as Peter Thomson envisaged.
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