Warrnambool Golf Club dates from 1926 and was designed by George Lowe Jnr.
The course is located on rolling sandy terrain on The Shipwreck Coast not far from the heart of the busy regional town of Warrnambool
Up to seven hundred sailing ships were thought to have foundered on this coast line!
These days a stiff sea breeze is more likely to play havoc with a golfer's scorecard..
At 5750 metres Warrnambool is definitely not long but the constant elevation change and ever present wind keep golfer's honest.
The golfing journey at Warrnambool covers a number of parkland type holes either end of the round- as well as some classic links holes in the dunes.
You never know what is around the next corner!
Personally I prefer the links holes, but did appreciate the variation the parkland holes offer.
Warrnambool is also the old stamping ground of PGA touring professional Marc Leishman who grew up adjacent to the course and honed his legendary game there.
Notable holes include:
Holes 4, 5 & 6 are known as Shipwreck Bend after the many ships that went down in this stretch of coast:
- hole 4 is a short dogleg par 4 with the elevated green also protected by a large dune on the inside of the dogleg.
- hole 5 is perhaps the best hole on the course. It's a straightaway longish par 4 through a chute of tea tree. You need to be accurate!
And the sea views from the elevated tee are glorious..
- hole 6 completes the triangle with a short uphill dogleg to a well protected green (see pic mid page)
- hole 8 is a short downhill par 4 that can be driven in the right conditions- but take care because the the tight fairway has bunkers left and right and the shrubbery framing the fairway eats golf balls..
- hole 10 (Tussock Hole) is a long par 5 oft played into the wind and toward the coast. In any conditions it is a testing hole, but into the wind it's a monster!
- hole 13 (The Plateau) is a memorable short par 3- there is 20 metres of elevation change upward from tee to green and the green is wickedly quick from above the hole
- hole 14 is a longer dogleg par 4 requiring two strong shots to get home to a slightly domed and elevated green. Par here is a good effort!
Warrnambool is lovely place to play golf and hang out.
Any visitor to the area should combine a game here with a game at Port Fairy.
It is a pretty handy combination and a recurring destination for knowledgeable Travelling Golfers
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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