Moonah Links – Open Course

Course Data
Location Victoria, Australia
Yardage 7468 yards Par 72
Course Rating 76.0
Playing Date 17 Feb. 2007
Designer Peter Thomson (Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett)
Opened 2001
Caddy No
Golf Cart Yes (can be driven on the fairways)
Rating
Overall Rating
4.60
Course Layout
4
Difficulty Level
6
Greens Condition
5
Fairways Condition
5
Landscaping & Views
4
 

This is a links style course on hilly terrain. There are 36 holes made up of the Open Course & the Legends Course. The Open Course is longer and more challenging, hosting the Australian Open every year. The long course is developed on a vast land, boasting a little less than 7500 yards par 72. It features wide and undulating fairways punctuated with pot bunkers, leading onto large multi-tiered greens. Personally I like the Legends course a little better as the holes look tighter and are actually tighter.

 
3rd Par 4 413 yards

A gentle uphill dogleg to the right. A carry of 250 yards is needed for the tee shot over a right corner bunker onto the plateau where the green is in view, otherwise it is a dangerous blind uphill and it might not reach the green in 2 shots. The green is large and front-sloping.

 

3rd Par 4 413 yards (3)

3rd Par 4 413 yards (2)

3rd Par 4 413 yards (1)

 

4th Par 5 609 yards

A straight, long par 5 with a downhill tee shot. 8 fairway bunkers are strategically placed.

 

4th Par 5 609 yards (3)

4th Par 5 609 yards (2)

4th Par 5 609 yards (1)

 
5th Par 3 190 yards

5th Par 3 190 yards
A par 3 over a shallow ravine. The green is elevated and 3 bunkers are in play. This hole sits on completely natural terrain.
 
8th Par 4 468 yards
An almost straight, long par 4. Unless you are a truly long hitter, you can’t reach the green in 2. Several bunkers are well placed along the way.

 


8th Par 4 468 yards (3)

8th Par 4 468 yards (2)

8th Par 4 468 yards (1)

 
13th Par 5 537 yards
A straight par 5 reachable in 2 with the wind behind you. However, 9 bunkers spreading across the hole makes it difficult to hit the green in 2 shots. The green is wide, elevated and double-tiered left and right.
 

13th Par 5 537 yards (3)

13th Par 5 537 yards (2)

13th Par 5 537 yards (1)

 
16th Par 4 464 yards
A dogleg to the left, a long par 4. Distance off the tee as well as on the second shot is important to hit the green in regulation. The green is large and undulating.
 

16th Par 4 464 yards (3)

16th Par 4 464 yards (2)

16th Par 4 464 yards (1)

 

 
17th Par 3 202 yards

17th Par 3 202 yards
A par 3 over a shallow ravine. The wide green slopes sharply from back to front so that too strong a shot will be in trouble as the downhill putt or approach is difficult to judge the distance. Being short of the green is equally punishing as the apron slopes even steeper.
 
19th hole
It is a 2 hour drive from the Melbourne Airport and a 100 minute drive from Central Melbourne. The distance markers are in meters. A superb hotel, Peppers Moonah Links Resort, is adjacent. I stayed there and played 36 holes, the Open & Legends Cours, in a day.


Hotel

Hotel

Restaurant

The course is ranked 17th in Australia by Golf Digest 2006. Peter Thomson’s (Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett) other courses in Australia are Hope Island GC (ranked 24th), Moonah Links – Legends Course (ranked 37th), The National GC – Ocean Course (ranked 46th), Alice Springs GC (ranked 62nd), Twin Waters GC (ranked 68th), Camden Lakeside GC (ranked 72nd) and Sea Temple G&CC ranked 94th).