Queenscliff Golf Club shares it's unique location on Swan Island with one of Australia's most important military posts.
Visitors to the club must drive across a narrow bridge from the old world town of Queenscliff to the island, passing through security on the way.
It's a wonderful spot for a golf course. The rolling sandy terrain is perfect for golf and just a nice place to be.
The military base is on the east side of the island and completely unseen from the golf course which looks west over Swan Bay.
The west side of Swan Island resembles a bird and wildlife sanctuary.
It is relatively untouched by human development- other than a sporty little links like golf course and modest clubhouse.
The views across Swan Bay to Queenscliff and beyond are spectacular.
The course has five holes right on the island's coastline, and a nice variety of linksy holes routed through low lying dunes and ti tree.
The bunkering is at times reminscent of the sandbelt courses.
The undulating sandy base is perfect for golf!
The members love it, and so they should.
Notable holes include:
- hole 2, a short par 5 which turns left and follows some wetlands along the way to the green
- hole 3, is an impressive midlength par 3 protected for the length of the hole and at the green by bunkers. There is room aplenty right, however with a left to right wind prevalent it can be a very dangerous proposition..
- hole 6, a strong par 4 running parallel to the water. The tee shot needs to be long to carry a significant ridge, or the approach will be blind. The green is right on the water with anything long or left sure to get wet
- hole 7, is a short par 4 with tee on the corner of the island. The tee shot has swamp land right and Swan Bay left
- hole 8, is a dogleg par 4 hitting away from Swan Bay to an elevated green with deep bunkering catching the eye
- hole 11, a par 5 along Swan Bay which arcs around to the right to a nicely bunkered green (see also pic top of page)
- hole 12, a second successive par 5 with the bay bordering the fairway left. The approach and the green are both heavily bunkered
Queenscliff is not a modern day championship course, but rather a lovely golfing experience for all level of golfer.
At 5873 metres off the back pegs it is not a long course, but when the wind blows it can provide a stiff test
It's a place to enjoy the game and the company and just being alive!
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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