The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
GOLF & LEISURE 135 Club GM Peter Vlahandreas, is thrilled to have Hill-Rennie’s endorsement for a fresh marketing drive. With the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath from 21-27 November, Vlahandreas believes the timing is perfect for the collective’s reboot and alignment with “like-minded” accommodation partners. “We want to put it back on the map that this is the best place in the world to play golf,” he says. “ The biggest problem is that we’re not promoting ourselves as a once-in-a-lifetime destination, and that’s really important. “We’re all within 20 minutes of each other, with the exception of Peninsula, and where else in the world do you have that? I think we take that for granted as Melbournites.” Vlahandreas, who is driving the initiative along with Hill- Rennie and the Metropolitan’s GM, Peter Paccagnan, hopes to have a new-look Sandbelt website and social media channels up and running by September. “So that as we lead into the World Cup we’ve got the appropriate platforms from which we can talk to people, and they can talk to us,” says Vlanhandreas. “ These are exciting times... we now know we need to evolve and can’t lock the gates anymore and expect people to come to us.” For the golfing purist, the reputation of this esteemed and unique group of Sandbelt clubs is unsurpassed. The biggest surprise was that, providing you had a current club membership in New Zealand, they weren’t an exclusive, closed-door domain. Sure, there are restricted tee time slots for visitors, and strictly enforced etiquette rules, but you’ll be made to feel as welcome here as you would on a provincial South Island sheep track – maybe even more so. The Sandbelt’s customer service and attention to detail is second to none and we left vowing a return to every club we visited. And make sure you add on at least a round outside the marquee acts of Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath. While they all share the same sandy soil, no two courses are the same, and when you factor in the design aesthetics, grooming and history of each, they’re remarkably well priced. Here, then, is our course-by-course breakdown to help you build your bucket list. We’ll see you around the brazier... Kingston Heath Golf Club, which will host the World Cup of Golf in November.
The Cut - Spring 2016