The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
142 THE CUT James Graham travelled to Melbourne with the generous assistance of Tourism Victoria. Be sure to read the second part of his Victorian road trip, to the Mornington Peninsula, in our bumper spring issue. HUNTINGDALE Hosting the Australian Masters for 30 years from 1979 has elevated the newest member to a deserved place in the Sandbelt collective. “If I could play golf for the rest of my life, for fun, I would play courses like Huntingdale. It’s almost like something magical,” says former top-10 player Paul Casey. Head pro Steve Hibon is already fielding bookings for the World Cup period; such is the reputation of this magnificent course. Consistently rated as one of Australia’s best, Huntingdale boasts superbly manicured fairways, strategic fairway bunkering and large, rolling greens. Players hitting wayward shots to the far side of the greens can anticipate long, undulating putts and its final stretch contains some of the toughest and finest finishing holes in the world. HUNTINGDALE GOLF CLUB WHERE: Windsor Ave, Oakleigh South GREEN FEE: A$165 WHEN TO PLAY: Limited Mon-Fri slots available on application WEB: www.huntingdalegolf.com.au PHONE: +61 3 9570 4133 EMAIL: email@example.com PENINSULA KINGSWOOD With roots going back to 1904, Peninsula has undergone a variety of overhauls and redesigns since it first opened as a resort course in 1923. Renowned Kiwi designer Sloan Morpeth was responsible for one of the biggest improvements in the 1960s when he created today’s celebrated North and South courses, carved out of dense scrub. A recent merger with neighbouring Kingswood has inspired another overhaul, and the courses and on-site accommodation are currently closed to visitors while further changes are made. Golf operations manager Ben Ferguson expects the welcome mat to be rolled out again later in 2016. Meanwhile, he suggests Kiwi visitors try Kingswood, which is in pristine condition as an Australian amateur championship qualifier venue and open for play until April 2018. PENINSULA KINGSWOOD GOLF CLUB WHERE: Centre Dandenong Road, Dingley Village GREEN FEE: A$135 (Kingswood) WEB: www.peninsulagolf.com.au PHONE: +61 3 9551 1670 COMMONWEALTH The late Auckland-born legend Sloan Morpeth is a revered name around this par-73 South Oakleigh landmark. The three-time New Zealand amateur champ was club manager for 33 years from 1930 to 1962 and also had a distinct hand in recent design tweaks. Among the big events played on the course since those days are the 1967 Australian Open (which Peter Thomson won by seven shots) and the 2010 and 2011 Women’s Australian Open, both won by Yani Tseng of Taiwan. The club is also included as one of the “Thirty-one courses I would take a good friend to see” in designer Tom Doak’s The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses. “The genius of Commonwealth is its adherence to one simple rule – that each green should be oriented or tilted in such a way that it cradles an approach from one side of the fairway and shoulders away shots from the incorrect line of approach,” he says. Consistently rated inside Australia’s top 20 courses, Commonwealth’s four finishing holes rate among the great closing stretches across the Ditch. COMMONWEALTH GOLF CLUB WHERE: Glennie Avenue, South Oakleigh GREEN FEE: A$220 WHEN TO PLAY: Limited Mon-Fri slots available on application WEB: www.commonwealthgolf.com.au PHONE: +61 3 9575 0444 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org. NB: Visitors also need a letter of introduction from their home club. STAY & PLAY For convenience, comfort, and service, it’s hard to top the Quest Moorabbin as your accommodation partner while playing the Sandbelt. Just 550m from Kingston Heath’s gates, the Quest has 60 well-appointed and self-contained apartments in studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom options. Other features included free Wi-Fi in all rooms, in-room breakfast service and shuttle-bus transfers to the courses for group reservations. The golf-friendly Quest is also close to the city’s many Bayside shops, waterfront, malls and its quirkier restaurants, such as Fat Bob’s Bar and Grill (home to the best gourmet burgers in Melbourne) and the top-rated 2Brothers Brewery. For more information, bookings and rates, visit www.questmoorabbin.com.au or phone +61 3 9981 8900.
The Cut - Spring 2016